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.  

Virtual Events 

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.  

Virtual Courses/Webinars/Programs: 

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.  

Volunteer Virtually 

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.orgvolunteermatch.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. 

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: 

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 lists:

Book recommendations from advisors: 

Read Blog posts from current medical students 

Podcasts are a great way to learn and engage.   

Watch documentaries 

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. 

 


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