PreHealth COVID-19 Resources
Pre-Health/Pre-Med students are often required to complete volunteer/shadowing hours as part of the application prerequisites to professional schools. In order to provide students with opportunities to complete hours, despite current conditions, the following list is compiled of a variety of opportunities for those looking to complete hours.
Below are options for virtual events for pre-health/pre-med students. These events include online programs, career fairs, expos, and more that students can attend, ask questions, seek career and/or volunteer/shadowing opportunities, and more. These are great to attend for resources, networking, and exploration.
- List of online health programs, fairs, and expos available
- Online Resources and Events Calendar for the NAAHP
Listed here are courses, webinars, and programs from an assortment of hosts and universities. These are great for students that want or need refreshers on specific topics, are studying for admission tests, are looking to add certifications to their resume, and more.
- Ivy League classes that are open and free access to enroll in
- Webinars and Online classes offered through AAMC
- List of informational podcasts for premedical students
- Emory University’s Emory Premedical Readiness Engagement Program (EmPREP) and upcoming webinars
- Temporary Virtual Nursing Aide (CNA) Certification Program
- Class about pandemics from Harvard
- Class about community change in public health from Johns Hopkins
- Essentials of global health from Yale
- Class “An Examination of coronavirus-COVID-19” from St George’s University
- Medical School Headquarters YouTube
- Georgetown offers free MOOCS including Bioethics, Biomedical Big Data, Globalization, or Genomic Medicine.
While in-person opportunities may be limited at this time, here are some common virtual volunteering opportunities. It is important to remember to keep track of your hours and what you do. You will need to reflect on what you have accomplished, the skills you have developed, and be prepared to talk about how these opportunities influenced you and make you a better professional.
- Be an active, helpful member of your home community. Volunteer to cover childcare needs for neighbors or to check in (by phone/from a distance) on the elderly. If you are part of a religious community, see if there are ways that you can provide support through them. Check with organizations where you have volunteered in the past to see if you can step back into previous roles.
- Operation Warm has a list of 25 ways to volunteer virtually
- Paper-airplanes.org invites volunteers to provide online tutoring to “bridge gaps in language, higher education, and professional skills training for conflict-affected individuals”
- Dosomething.org Places to g’s nine places to volunteer online and make a real impact
- Use idealist.org, volunteermatch.org, or omprakash.org to seek other local options but be ready for slow responses.
- Idealist article: Nine ways to help others during the coronavirus pandemic
- Look into the volunteer National Medical Reserves Corps branch near you
- Donate blood and volunteer to help the Red Cross address blood delivery and donation support needs in your community. (Remote volunteering options exist for those at high risk.)
- Check to see if Meals on Wheels needs more volunteers in your community. Inquire whether other local organizations focused on supporting the elderly need volunteers, for example, Caring Connections is asking for volunteers willing to deliver groceries in NJ/PA counties to step forward.
- Food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in most areas are continuing to look for volunteers and have been trying to maintain social distance for their volunteers and those they serve. Feeding America can help students to find their local food pantry.
- Many chapters of the United Way have updated their volunteer opportunities to show all the local non-profits seeking help.
- Crisis Text Line (requires 30 hours of training)
- Work with underserved and under-resourced youth
- Upchieve: Online tutoring for disadvantaged youth
- Assist in digitizing, transcribing and otherwise contributing to nonprofit organizations
- Zooniverse crowd-sourced research
Do some pre-health reflection and journaling
As previously mentioned, self-reflection is an important aspect of the professional program preparation process. These reflections are the premise of personal statements, and you will also be asked about to discuss your experiences during interviews.
- For pre-med students, refer to: the AAMC Anatomy of an Applicant Self Assessment Guide and AACOM’s Qualities of a Successful Medical Student as you consider your preparation for medical school and the medical profession.
- Use past application essay prompts as reflection questions.
- Advice about pre-health journaling from Princeton Health Professions Advising; Missouri State University
Network with Local Health Professionals
Many local professionals may be far too busy to connect with you currently. However, you may consider seeking out retired physicians who are watching this unfold, or medical students who are currently not allowed on the wards. Shadowing is unlikely to be possible for the near future.
For KU Students, you can use the KU Mentoring Platform to contact KU Alums interested in mentoring undergraduates.
Another useful tool is the LinkedIn Alumni Tool for KU. Students can search by major, location, and/or company of KU alums on LinkedIn. If you have your LinkedIn profile completed, use the “connect” process on the website to send a brief, introductory message about yourself.
Research Professional Schools:
Consider combing through the following websites for schools in your chosen profession in your home state:
Medical school links are available below:
- AAMC Allopathic (MD) Medical Schools
- AACOM Osteopathic (DO) Medical Schools
- Watch this video to learn about osteopathic medicine.
For other professions:
Read, Listen & Watch:
If you have time, try read books that provide insight about being a doctor, applying to medical school, or learning about other health careers. Or, consider reading blog posts/articles that answer pressing questions about the career path and share professional experiences. Blog posts, articles, books, podcasts, and documentaries are great resources for learning about skills and characteristics of professionals in your field of interests, getting a sense for common issues, trending topics, and current events in your field of interest, and getting critical, qualitative data about a profession.
Book recommendations from advisors:
- The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Being Mortal
- When Breath Becomes Air
- The Emperor of All Maladies
- My Own Country
- Teeth: Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America
- Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (Seth Holmes, MD/PhD)
Read Blog posts from current medical students
- AACOM’s Choose DO Blog
- AAMC Aspiring Docs Diaries
Podcasts are a great way to learn and engage.
- All Access Medical School Admissions podcast with Christian Essman, director of admissions at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- Top 10 podcasts for pre-meds from Diverse Medicine
- Premed Mondays with Dr. Dale
- The Short Coat Podcast
- Talking Admissions & Med Student Life hosted by Dr. Benjamin Chan
ALTIUS FREE SERVICES & RESOURCES
Some of you are being asked to move out of your dorms. Most of you have been asked to return to your homes. Life, in general, is in a state of upheaval, which we know extends to your pre-requisite courses and MCAT prep. We’re here to help, with the following FREE resources:
- FREE MCAT Tutoring: Beginning March 23rd, Altius will offer FREE online MCAT Tutoring to all U.S. pre-meds. All sessions will be hosted by our elite 95-100th percentile MCAT Mentors. Interested students can join these live sessions 7 days a week between 2:00 PM and Midnight (MDST) from anywhere with an internet connection. Click here to register.
- FREE Tutoring for any Medical School Pre-requisite Course: Also beginning March 23rd, Altius will offer FREE online science tutoring for all medical school pre-requisite courses (Chemistry, O-Chem, Biology, Biochem, Physics, etc.). Click here to register.
- FREE Transition Counseling: Moving from on-campus to online instruction will present students with multiple challenges, and undoubtedly generate questions and concerns. Altius has over a decade of experience in both hosting online classes and ensuring that online instruction works. If you have any questions or concerns, if you’re struggling to stay focused or motivated, or are facing any other challenges with your new distance learning environment, call (435) 671-5783 to speak free-of-charge with one of our experienced online education experts.
- Also see NAAHP Clearinghouse
Application service information:
The following are links to the application service pages for professional schools.
- Liaison updates for CAS applicants
- TMDSAS (Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service) Coronavirus page
- CASPer (online situational judgment test): will proceed online as usual, per Facebook post
- Allopathic Medicine
- DAT- see 'Important Updates...' section
- AADSAS - Updates for CAS applicants
- TMDSAS (Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service) Coronavirus page
- Athletic Training
- Physician Assistant