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MCAT Registration for July-September MCAT exams will open on Feb. 27 at noon. Test dates in January-June opened in October if you are still looking for a date in those months you should do that quickly. Sign up to receive email updates from the AAMC (plus links to free resources). Registration tips.

Check out the Top 10 Test Day Tips

And watch this video (the What to Expect video at the bottom of the page) to see what the security measures are like when you arrive for your test day.

Need a suit for interviews? JCPenney Suit-Up Online Event January 20-May 4. To receive your 30% off coupon, text BOILERS to 67292. JCPenney Suit-Up website

Fulbright Week in the Purdue National & International Scholarships Office. Feb 19-23. Learn more & register for events.

February
  • Feb 2: 12th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Conference and Law Fair (at Marquetter University Law School in Milwaukee). 9am-2:30pm Central Time. Student Registration
  • Feb 3: Rosalind Franklin University College of Optometry Spring Open House. 9am-3pm CT. Register for visit.
  • Feb 5: Summer Health Professions Education Program Application Deadline. By 11:59 pm EST all materials must be submitted. Admissions Timeline
  • Feb 5: ADEA GoDental Recruitment Fair in New Orleans Hotel Reservations (below on March 9)
  • Feb 5: South University School of Pharmacy Interview Prep Webinar. 6-7pm. Register for interview prep.
  • Feb 6: South University School of Pharmacy PharmCAS App Workshop. 6-7pm. Register for workshop.
  • Feb 7: Pathways to Pharmacy webinar from Larkin University. 12pm-1pm. Register for Pathways webinar.
  • Feb 13: Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine Mentor's Club Q&A with Medical Students. 6:30-7:30pm. Join by Webex.
  • Feb 15: Application due for Summer Dental Enrichment Program. University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry-Dental Summer Enrichment Progam. Program information & application.
  • Feb 19: Application due for Discover Dental School Program. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry-Discover Dental School Program. More information & application.
  • Feb 19-23: Fulbright Week sponsored by Purdue's National & International Scholarships Office (NISO). Learn more & RSVP for events.
  • Feb 22: Virtual Health Professions Fair for Underserved & Underrepresented Students (PreMed, PreHealth, Nursing, Public Health). 11am-3pm ET. Virtual Fair Registration.
  • Feb 23: 2024 Connections Corner: Student/DVM Luncheon. 11:45am-1:15pm. Columbus, OH. In conjunction with the Midwest Veterinary Conference, this event allows students to engage with veterinarians from a variety of disciplines. Registration required
  • Feb 26: Purdue Health Professions Expo. 2-5pm. PMU North & South Ballrooms.
March

Pre-Professional Advising & Featured News

Information about events sponsored through our office and at Purdue that you should know about. We also recommend that you sign up for our monthly e-newsletter.

IUSM admissions representatives will be hosting their popular advising appointments with our students again this semester. Because of COVID they will be phone appointments this semester.

This is your opportunity to speak one-on-one with an IU School of Medicine Admissions Representative one-on-one and to ask any questions you have about the process and your future application.

You sign up through an online system with IU. If you find at some point your schedule has changed and you can no longer keep the appointment, please let them know.

Appointments times are limited and will go fast! Sign up soon.

 

 

 

Pre-Professional Advising is here to help you with questions you have about professional school and the application process.

Please make an appointment through BoilerConnect to connect with an advisor.

Currently our appointments are remote (Teams, WebEx, Zoom, or phone appointments). These work well as we often are showing you how to navigate the online resources you will need for your future applications, national exams, professional school resources, etc.

If you feel you need to meet in-person, please email your pre-professional advisor directly and we can arrange an in-person meeting. This will need to be in the morning in Young Hall 132.

You can email your questions to preprofessional@purdue.edu

This website also has a lot of information about applying to professional school!

Each fall, directors of the Legislative Internship program come to campus to inform students about the spring internships. Typically they come to campus in September and applications are due at the end of October.

The Legislative Internship program is a paid program that provides a fantastic experience for students from all majors and backgrounds.

The Statehouse employs college students as interns in Indianapolis during the spring semester each year in these areas: Communication, Information Technology, Policy Analysis, Constituent Services, Graphic & Print Design, and Fiscal Analysis.

Sophomores and above including graduate students may apply. Applications are typically due toward the end of October. Keep this opportunity in mind for the future.

Learn more about the internships and find applications at these websites:

House Republicans

Senate Republicans

House Democratic Caucus

Senate Democrats

If you have questions, please email preprofessional@purdue.edu

 

 

The Democratic Staff of the Federal Committee on Science, Space, and Technology seeks part-time and full-time paid interns.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about this opportunity.

The Center for Career Opportunities may be able to help with a quiet place to work. Fill out this form to check availability. If something is available, we will let you know.

You will need your own laptop.

Human & Animal Healthcare Webinars, News & Events

Links to individual school webinars and other upcoming online events.

For many years professional programs have worked to diversify their classes. It is vital that they do so. In healthcare it actually saves lives to have a more diverse workforce. There is research showing that in areas with more Black doctors, Black people live longer.

Professional programs have very strong feelings about the affirmative action ruling. This could potentially be an interesting interview question which is why we are gathering some of these statements here.

Here are links to a few of the organizations' statements

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Keeping Up to Data podcast episode: The Court's Decision on Race in Admissions

The PA profession is planning to change their name from Physician Assistant to Physician Associate. The national organization has transitioned to American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA.org), however, fully implementing the name is complicated. The AAPA currently recommends that PAs continue to use the title of "physician assistant" as their official legal title in clinical settings.

Follow the transition and learn more on the AAPA website.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering virtual shadowing experiences open to all pre-health students. As of now they only have one session up and ready, but are planning more by Labor Day. Email Bre McKercher at breanna.mckercher@cuanschutz to enroll. (This is a known organization to our office that regularly offers programming to students--usually they offer mountain emergency medicine and tropical emergency medicine courses.)

Two pre-medical students from the University of Central Florida are creating an opportunity to "shadow" virtually by having physicians from various specialties present case-based scenarios on YouTube live. Session times will vary in time/days based on physician availability. They will inform their audience a week prior to the sessions via email. Sign up to be part of their email list by filling out the google form on their Webshadowers website. (This is not a known organization to our office--please let us know if you use this resource and what you think.)

Learn to make clinical decisions through online case studies, assignments, and zoom meetings at Pre-PT Virtual Observation Hours. (This is not a known organization to our office--please let us know if you use this resource and what you think.) Please discuss it with us if there is a fee for the service before signing up.

Law School Webinars, News, & Other Events

Links to individual school webinars and other online information events.

The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) maintains a list of events being held by law schools. Check this website to find events of interest to you.

Tip: Click on the month at the top and on the side click on Virtual and Prelaw Education

AccessLex is a non-profit that helps pre-law students, law students, and law school graduates plan their education and educational financing so that they can attend law school with as little debt as possible. They offer amazing and free resources to students. These include great webinars.

AccessLex Institute has a variety of online workshops on paying for law school, public interest loans, budgeting and other great topics. Register for these workshops.

 

Other Opportunities, Information & Resources

We sometimes hear about other interesting things you might want to check out!

Scribing is an important job that takes considerable training. You essentially follow a physician, PA, or nurse practitioner and maintain all the charting so that they can focus on the patient.

Others on the medical team count on you being there. Do not take this responsibility on lightly or consider this a summer job. You can learn a lot about taking patient histories, building rapport with patients, what tests should be ordered, interpreting tests, charting (obviously), and developing a differential diagnosis.

INScribe has positions at IU Arnett for scribing. Use the InScribe website to link to their online application if interested. If you would like to learn more about ScribeAmerica, visit the ScribeAmerica website.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has a number of recorded webinars about various aspects of funding a medical school education. Check them out to learn more!
The PCAT will be discontinued in 2024. At this point, very few schools are requiring the exam and in 2024, the test will be discontinued entirely. Read more about the retirement of the exam on the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) website.

In September 2023, the GRE general exam was cut in half! Time to take the test will be about 2 hours. The same topics will be covered.

Read more about the GRE changes.

Check out CDC's new materials on Building Resilience Against Climate Effects BRACE Framework.

The Think Cultural Health Newsletter raises awareness of culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health and health care.

Read the 2023 Newsletters here.

The Health Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) allows you to look at data on various reasons for hospital stays by state and see the trends. Fun to play with!
The 2022 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report is the latest reportcard from the US Office of Minority Health (OMH) about how we are doing taking care of all of our people.