Browse the opportunities and resources below to help you get started on your path to your education for a healthcare profession!
Pre-Healthcare Profession Students Checklist
Sign up for GW's pre-health email groups if you haven't already:
- GW Health Professions Advising Pre-Health Listserv
- GW Center for Career Services Health Professions Newsletter
Check the GW Health Professions Advising's primer on the required courses for your career(s) of interest.
Attend a Pre-Health Info Session so that you are eligible to meet with a GW Pre-Health Academic Advisor.
nce completed, sign up for a one-on-one appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor. For first-year students, wait until your second semester to make an appointment. Remember, if you are going through the upcoming application cycle for medical or dental school, you must meet with your pre-health advisor at least once during the fall semester.
Get connected with the GW Center for Career Services for Industry Career Coaching with Nicole Mintz and attend one or more workshops at the GW Health Professions Workshop Series. Refine your resume and interview skills so that you can successfully navigate the job/internship landscape--which will help your graduate school applications.
Get connected with at least one organization, program, or conference for mentoring, support, and community. Below are opportunities for pre-health students, particularly those who identify as URM.
- GW Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS): join for events, study groups, mentoring, and shadowing opportunities. MAPS is the undergraduate chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
- Upcoming conferences, information sessions, and deadlines
- UCLA Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) application due March 3, 2019
- 2019 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Convention & Exposition is March 7-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA (near GW Foggy Bottom's campus!) Sign up by February 4th for discounted registration.
- 2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event March 16, 2019 Chicago, IL
- National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA): NHMA's 23nd annual conference is in Washington, DC from April 11-14, 2019 and undergraduate (and high school) students are eligible to attend. There is a concurrent NHMA College Health Scholars Program meeting and Health Professional School Recruitment Fair on April 13th during the conference.
- Organizations with conferences/deadlines that have passed, but still worth looking for resources and keeping in mind for next year:
- 2018 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Convention & Exposition was March 8-11, 2018 Washington, DC
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Annual Medical Education Conference was March 28-April 1, 2018 in San Francisco, CA (SHPEP Alumni Reception on Saturday, March 30th)
- University of Maryland Health Professions School Recruitment Fair was Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00-7:00 p.m. College Park, MD
- Pathways: Premed Student Workshop and Recruitment Fair was April 28, 2018 12:30-4:00 p.m. Orlando, FL
- Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) 2018 Conference was June 20-23, 2018
- HOSA 41st Annual International Leadership Conference was June 27-30, 2018 various locations
- National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Health Professions Fair was June 30, 2018 2:30-6:00 p.m. Washington, DC
- Association of American Indian Physician's (AAIP) 47th Annual Meeting and Health Conference was July 26-29, 2018 Scottsdale, AZ
- Travel awards were available for AI/AN students interested in biomedical research related to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission areas; applications were due July 2 download the application here: NIDDK Application
- Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair was September 13, 2018
- National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) National Conference was September 17-20, 2018 Orlando, FL
- Public Health Virtual Fair was September 20, 2018
- National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) 2018 Student Development and Recruitment Fair was September 22, 2018 Miami, FL
- 2018 Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Mentoring Sessions was September 29, 2018 Atlanta, Georgia
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Conference was October 4-6, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK
- UC Davis Pre-Health Conference was October 6, 2018 Davis, CA (Conveniently timed during GW's Fall Break!)
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) was October 11-13, 2018 San Antonio, TX
- AAMC Minority Student Medical Career Fair was November 3, 2018 Austin, TX
- Health Professions Week was November 5-9, 2018
- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Conference was November 14-17, 2018 Indianapolis, IN
- Health Career Connection (HCC) application was due December 21, 2018
- NIDDK Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students application due February 1, 2019
- Diversity Summer Health-Related Research Education Program (DSHREP) application due February 1, 2019
- STEP-UP (Medicine, OT, and PT) (Summer Training and Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons) application due February 1, 2019
- Georgetown University's ARCHES application due February 4, 2019
- Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) application due February 15, 2019
- Black Men in White Coats 2019 Summit February 16, 2019 Dallas, TX
- The University of Alabama Birmingham hosts two summer programs for students who wish to pursue science/healthcare. Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program and Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) application due February 19, 2019
- Apply for the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Fee Assistance Program
- MCAT Preparation
- Explore Aspiring Docs, the Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) website to support pre-medical students
- Learn information for pre-med students with disabilities: Misconception, misinformation, and myths
URM Pre-Medical Students
In addition to the steps above, we recommend you:
- Explore AAMC's Minorities in Medicine website
- Explore the Mentoring in Medicine website
- Explore free summer pipeline and MCAT Prep Course programs geared toward URM undergraduate students
- The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pre-Medical Summer Scholars (PMSS)
- University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MCAT Preparation Program
- The University of Kansas Medical Center Pre-Admissions Program
- Sidney Kimmel Medical College STEP-UP Program
- University of Alabama at Birmingham Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)
- Alabama residents The University of South Alabama College of Medicine Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM)
- New Mexico residents The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Undergraduate Pipeline Programs
- Wayne State University School of Medicine MCAT Preparation
- Massachusetts General Hospital Summer Research Trainee Program
- National Hispanic Medical Association keeps a spreadsheet of many summer programs
When you're ready to apply to medical school, register with the AAMC's Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR)