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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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Health Professions Group Advising

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, Penn State PreHealth Advising offer a series of group advising sessions.
NEW for the 2018-19 school year: 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.


Group Advising sessions occuring in the next few weeks:

  • Med Prep: Wednesday, February 27, 6:00-7:00pm in 104 Thomas
  • More to come after Spring Break!

Desciptions of sessions and the full Spring 2019 schedule can be found here: http://sites.psu.edu/sciadvising/2018/12/06/spring-2019-health-professions-group-advising/

2019 Committee Letter Information

Candidates applying for 2020 matriculation into medical (MD & DO), dental (DMD & DDS), optometry (OD), and podiatry (DPM) health professional programs can now begin the process to collect their letters of recommendation through veCollect.

Note the following dates:

  • February 14, 2019: Committee interview scheduling begins
  • March 4, 2019: Committee interviews begin
  • September 26, 2019: Committee interviews end, and we will no longer accept updates from re-applicants and delayed applicants. Please plan accordingly.

veCollect charges Penn State annually per active account. Do not create an account unless you are applying within the current cycle. All candidates must pay the fee every year they have an active account. All accounts will be deleted annually mid-October.

The process has changed this year. Please do not use the old instruction guides.

To view the new instructions for first-time applicants, delayed applicants, and re-applicants, please follow this link:

Personal Statement Reviews

The Prehealth Advising Office has developed a Canvas module to assist students through the reflective writing process. It includes a number of writing exercises. At the end, candidates can submit a draft of their personal statement to be reviewed by a prehealth adviser.

Note: March 22, 2019 is the final date to submit a draft to be reviewed by our office.

We will review the content and tone of your personal statement a maximum of 3 times. We recommend you utilize the Writing Center and your other resources for final grammar and spelling.

If you have not submitted a draft by March 22, you can still use the module's writing exercises as part of the brainstorming and drafting process. It will remain open for anyone wanting to use it.

Instructions on gaining access to the Canvas module and submission can be found here: http://sites.psu.edu/sciadvising/prehealth-advising/personalstatement/

*NEW* AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool

AMCAS applicants were sent a message on Feburary 19, 2019, indicating that the new "Choose Your Medical School" tool was released. Applicants should read all correspondances with their institutions very carefully for instructions. If you have questions, please contact the prehealth advising office. Full e-mail: http://sites.psu.edu/sciadvising/2019/02/21/amcas-choose-your-medical-school/

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Scholarships and Grants


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


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