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We have a new format for the 2018-19 school year! All annoucements will be posted as blog posts on our website. We will still link to the current items in this weekly newsletter, but on the blog website, you will be able to sort posts by category and by health professions tags. This will also allow us to reduce the Newsletter to one email each week.

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*NEW* Choose DO Explorer

AACOM just launched the Choose DO Explorer, the first fully searchable database for premedical students.

Inside the Explorer, you’ll find information on each medical school’s location, dual degree options, campus setting, mean overall GPA and MCAT scores for enrolled students, and application deadlines. And we’ll be adding more features in the future!

More information: Link

*NEW* OptomCAS is Open

OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2019-2020.

General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website.

More information: Link

Current Applicant Information

Penn State Information

  • Committee Letter Information: Link
  • Personal Statement Modules: Link
  • *NOTE*: Submissions are closed to have a PreHealth Adviser review your personal statement, but the writing exercises are still available for you to use!

General Application Information

  • Application Opening Dates: Link
  • Recent AAMC Announcements: Link
  • AACOMAS Changes: Link 
  • AACOMAS Fee Waiver Update: Link
  • MSAR Changes: Link
  • CASPer Test Information: Link
  • Military Scholarship Update: Link


Jobs & Internships


Volunteer Opportunities


Summer Programs

  • The Prehealth Advising Office has compiled a list of summer volunteer/research/shadowing opportunities. Go here to view.




Fairs and Open Houses




Research Experience




Academic Resources


Health Professions Group Advising

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, Penn State PreHealth Advising offer a series of group advising sessions.
Students considering medical, dental, podiatry, and physician assistant professions must attend a Med Prep or PA Prep group advising session prior to meeting one-on-one with PreHealth Advising.

Please check back in future editions for group advising sessions for the 2019-2020 school year. Dates and times will be posted here and on our website: https://science.psu.edu/premed/advising

Scholarships and Grants

Seminars and Workshops


Early Admissions Opportunities

Year-Round Opportunities

Opportunities available year-round can be found on this page:

Such opportunities include:

  • Offical Calendars from Health Professional Organizations (AAMC, ADEA, etc.)
  • Information regarding Health Professions Group Advising Sessions
  • Information regarding the Committee Letter process
  • Donations for test prep books (MCAT, DAT, PCAT)
  • Medical Scribing positions
  • Other continuous job postings


Newsletter Updates

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