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Pre-Health Newsletter: January 5th, 2021

Prehealth Advising

I hope the new year is off to a great start for you and you are enjoying your winter break! Winter break is a great time to pursue co-curricular activities such as volunteer or community service, work on applications for research opportunities and enrichment programs, or to catch up on podcasts (The Gustavus Health Professions Podcast features alumni interviews, admission counselors, recruiters and other interesting health related topics), other virtual learning opportunities and reading. What you choose to read helps to demonstrate your interests and passion, especially now when other opportunities may not be available, and choosing not to read and stay informed also sends a strong message. Use your time wisely and enjoy your break! Continue reading “Pre-Health Newsletter: January 5th, 2021”

Advice for Pursuing Veterinary Medicine

Although URGO is a small department at a small university, we provide comprehensive guidance in pursuing pre-health tracks. Students can come to our office to get on track for dental and medical school and more. One student who came to URGO for guidance and research opportunities was Emily Gregg ’17. While Gregg is currently in her fourth year of veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, her experiences at Augsburg forever shaped her educational trajectory and career. Continue reading “Advice for Pursuing Veterinary Medicine”

Boren Language Awards: Why you should consider applying

Augsburg’s URGO and Study Abroad/Away offices encourage students to apply for the Boren Language Awards. Scholarships up to $25,000 are awarded to students to build proficiency in a wide range of critical languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Mandarin, and 60 other languages. Students are also expected to immerse themselves in the culture whose language they choose to study. Additionally, Boren alumni are expected to apply their knowledge to public service by working for at least one year with the federal government including the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security and USAID. Continue reading “Boren Language Awards: Why you should consider applying”

An Allopathic vs Osteopathic Degree: An Augsburg Alum’s Opinion

Many Augsburg graduates go on to pursue medical degrees at a variety of institutions. One consideration that medical students must consider when choosing their program is the choice between an allopathic or osteopathic medical degree (MD vs. DO). According to the American Osteopathic Association, “osteopathic medicine emphasizes the interrelated unity of all systems in the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness.” Allopathic medicine is more concerned with the direct treatment of symptoms to cure illness and disease. Augsburg alum Anil Gherau ’15 chose the osteopathic path and offers some insight into his decision. Continue reading “An Allopathic vs Osteopathic Degree: An Augsburg Alum’s Opinion”

Mayo College of Medicine and Science Virtual Info Session 12/3/20

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 from 2:30 – 4:00pm via Zoom

Interested in pre-health or pursuing a doctorate degree in medical sciences? Come to this virtual group session to learn about what Mayo College of Medicine and Science has to offer!

Contact with questions or to RSVP and receive Zoom meeting info.

URGO Summer Research Info Sessions 11/18/20 and 11/19/20

Join URGO to learn about on campus summer research!


Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 5-6pm via Zoom.


  • Research and creative activities for all disciplines
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Professional development
  • Get paid to do research!
  • No previous experience required!

For more info or to RSVP and get the Zoom meeting info, contact us at

Ross University Info Session 11/5/20

Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6:00-7:30pm via Zoom

Milena Garcia, Associate Director of Admissions, will speak about med school competencies and how Covid has changed teaching. Augsburg alum, Cedith Giddings, ’15 Biology, will share her perspectives as a med student at Ross.

For more info or to RSVP for Zoom info, contact Catherina Kipper at

Pre-Health Newsletter: October 16, 2020

Upcoming Events

As mentioned in the last newsletter, participating in virtual events is a great way to get information and connect with schools. You can always ask schools to help you get connected with alumni–this is a great way to meet with someone and at least conduct an informational interview. Also, don’t forget to sign up for Health Professions Week, November 14-19, where you can access resources to learn about 20 health professions, meet with schools, and have the opportunity to win gift cards ($100) or scholarships ($500) or Kaplan test prep materials. Continue reading “Pre-Health Newsletter: October 16, 2020”