Tag Archives: Pre-health

Upcoming Pre-Professional Health Workshops

We have some great workshops coming up for students that I wanted to draw your attention to:

Navigating the application process for professional health programs
Each workshop will focus on a specific application process, admission requirements, preparing for standardized tests, utilizing the centralized application services, and financial aid for each profession


  • April 5 | 6:00-7:00pm | Virgina room A, Student commons
  • April 18 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons


  • April 6 | 3:30-4:30pm | Forum room, Student commons
  • April 19 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons


  • April 20 | 6:00-7:00pm | Virginia room A, Student commons

Occupational Therapy:

  • April 26 | 4:00-5:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Physical Therapy:

  • April 26 | 5:00-6:00pm | Forum room, Student commons

Additionally, Career Services is hosting:

Pre-Health Advisory Committee Interview Prep | April 19 | 3:00-4:00pm | Alumni board room, Student commons
Planning on going through the Pre-Health Advisory Committee process?  Attend this workshop to learn how to be successful.

Finally, we have a new event this year:

Is MD/PhD right for me? | April 25 | 6:00-7:00pm |  MCALC Academic Learning Commons 1102
Michael Donnenberg, M.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training at the VCU School of Medicine and director of the VCU MD-PhD program. He is a physician, scientist, educator and administrator. Prior to coming to VCU he directed the MD-PhD program at the University of Maryland. His talk will focus on the physician scientist career path, describing what physician scientists do, how they train for their careers, and what undergraduates should do to decide whether to pursue this path and how to prepare to apply for MD-PhD programs.

Multiple Mini Interview workshop and practice session

Multiple Mini Interview workshop and practice session

Monday, Oct. 3
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
University Student Commons, Virginia Rooms B,C,D
Registration required

Increasingly, healthcare professional programs utilize the Multiple Mini Interview as a part of the admission process. A Multiple Mini Interview is like speed dating, but with a whole lot more on the line. You have five to ten minutes to impress your interviewer while you answer a question or respond to a scenario. The process repeats several more times until you have interviewed with eight to ten different people in under 90 minutes!

During the workshop, Career Services will discuss MMI success strategies and then you’ll practice the MMI with Pre-Professional Health Advisors and faculty and staff.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 50 participants. Professional dress is strongly recommend. For more information, contact VCU Career Services at careers@vcu.edu or 804-828-1645.


Registration link: https://www.myinterfase.com/vcu_ucc/event_view.aspx?token=y5W5Dr4+zoJJk2ff4Dssiw%3d%3d



Health Professions Career Exploration


New PhD Program in Oral Health Research seeking students

See links for pdf announcements and message below about new Ph.D. program in the VCU School of Dentistry.

Oral Health Research PhD

The School of Dentistry is accepting applications for Fall entry into our new Ph.D. program. Students will be based at the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research in the School of Dentistry. Our research themes are
· Cancer
· Infection and immunity of the host microbiome interaction
· Tissue engineering, stem cells and new materials

Well-qualified applicants will receive an offer of financial support which will includes a stipend commensurate with NIH guidelines and the payment of all applicable tuition and fees on behalf of the student.

We are actively seeking applicants from VCU. Should you know of any students who may be interested in graduate research in one of these areas please share the attachments with them which include a little more information on the program or ask them to contact me at oloughran@vcu.edu.


Oonagh Loughran PhD
Associate Professor
School of Dentistry
Virginia Commonwealth University

Science & Health Fair: Monroe Park Campus

Science Health Fair MPC

We’ve invited representatives from the region’s top science and healthcare organizations for three hours of career-focused networking on the Monroe Park campus.

Connect with employers and organizations seeking undergraduate science and pre-health students for full-time or experiential opportunities in the health and science fields. Plus, learn about graduate programs on the MCV Campus.

  • Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals – HCA
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School – Medical Master’s Program
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School–MPH Program
  • Home Care Delivered
  • Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (PPD)
  • The Daily Planet
  • U.S. Navy
  • VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity
  • VCU School of Allied Health Professions / Dean’s Office
  • VCU School of Dentistry
  • VCU School of Nursing/Office of the Dean
  • VCU School of Pharmacy

No registration is necessary. Visit anytime between 2:00 and 5:00 pm.

We strongly encourage you to dress professionally and bring several copies of your resume. For more information, contact careers@vcu.edu or call 804-828-1645.

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Course

Health Sciences Student Initiatives and Inclusion is offering, HumanCare, an upcoming interdisciplinary co-curricular course in Spring 2016.  The 5-part course explores topics about diversity, leadership and inclusion specific to healthcare providers.
The course is being offered at two levels; one for beginning participants and one for continuing. In Part 1, new students will learn how patients’ social, cultural, and religious backgrounds might affect their healthcare needs. Students will also learn how their personal experiences can be harnessed to make them better healthcare providers. Part 2 centers on putting those lessons into action and becoming diversity leaders in their fields.

Check out this flyer for more information

Atlantis Project: Short-term hospital internships overseas

The Atlantis Project offers short-term hospital internships in the Canary Islands of Spain and the Azores Islands of Portugal for students interested in broadening their understanding of health. Atlantis Fellows shadow local health professionals, improve language skills, and give back to the community by teaching English to local residents — all of this on some of the most beautiful islands on earth. Starting in summer 2015, Atlantis Fellows may also have opportunities to assist with research projects. 
For questions about the Atlantis Project, please contact the Admissions Coordinator at:
Office hours: Weekdays 9am-4pm EST
Also: The next free Atlantis Project webinar is scheduled for January 21st at 1:00pm EST . The registration link is here: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB53DD89864938

Summer Urological Research Experience

See this message from David “Brandy” Yeater, Research Administrative Manager and SURE Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University:

The James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute will again be hosting a group of students through our Summer Urological Research Experience this coming summer.  We would like to ask you to encourage students with an interest in pursuing advanced degrees in medicine or biomedical research to apply to this year’s program.  Information about the SURE Program can be found at the program website:  http://urology.jhu.edu/research/sure.php.  The website has a link for the online application.  This year the program has joined up with a series of similar programs at Johns Hopkins University, so students will be able to apply to up to three different programs by completing one application.  Thank you for your assistance in spreading the word about this great program.

VCU DHSD Pre-Health student summer programs information session

Join the VCU Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline for a workshop  exploring opportunities for pre-health students this summer. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 7-8pm in the University Student Commons, Forum Room.