Please use Buff Portal Advising to pre-register for all CE Pre-Health group meetings and special events.

Summer 2021

Wednesday, June 2: How to Get Involved in Research and Get the Most Out of It

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
RSVP on Buff Portal Advising. Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps 

Our guest speaker, David Hutton, is a pre-med student who completed his master’s degree in Integrative Physiology. He will explain why research experience is so valuable for future clinicians and will provide tips on getting involved and having a great experience.

Link to video recording of this presentation from Summer 2021. Password: CEprehealth

Link to video recording of this presentation from Summer 2020. Password: CEprehealth

Fall 2021

Thursday, August 26: Fall Kick-Off for Individually Designed Post-Baccs

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Please RSVP here as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly for food and group size. The deadline to RSVP is Monday, August 23rd by 5pm.
This event will be held in person, on campus (location TBD, depending on group size).

New this year, we are excited to host a fall Kick-Off Event for all individually designed post-bacc students, whether you are brand-new at CU Boulder or are a continuing student. Our goals are to share some ideas and tips for success and to foster connections among post-bacc students.

The Fall Kick-Off Event includes:

  • Tips for success from Dr. Cripps and former post-bacc pre-health students
  • Opportunities to meet fellow post-baccs who will be taking courses with you this fall
  • Campus tour
  • Free dinner!
  • Optional pay-on-your-own happy hour on the Hill with fellow post-bacc students
Monday, August 30: Pre-Application Workshop, Part 1

6:00 to 8:00 PM, Mountain Time

At this workshop, we will discuss what to do in the months ahead to prepare for the application process next summer. We will review copies of successful applications, discuss strategies for asking for strong letters of recommendation, and complete a self-assessment document designed to help you evaluate your own readiness to apply next year (and ways to further strengthen your candidacy between now and then).

Register for meeting:  Buff Portal Advising
Zoom meeting link:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Wednesday, September 8: Zoom Interviewing Tips from a Medical School Interviewer

4:00 to 5:00 PM, Mountain Time

Join us for a casual conversation with an alumnus of CU Boulder and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Jeff Hill, M.D., who will offer some tips on how to set yourself up for success when interviewing via Zoom. Dr. Hill is both a practicing emergency physician and a longtime interviewer for medical and PA schools. He will offer some insights he has gained from the experience of conducting interviews remotely this year.

Register for meeting:  Buff Portal Advising
Zoom meeting link:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps
Video recording from September 2021 session (password: CEprehealth)

Monday, September 13: Choosing a Strategic List of Schools

6:00 to 8:00 PM, Mountain Time
There is strategy involved in choosing a list of schools that will maximize your chance for application success. Factors such as location, GPA, and standardized test scores are good starting points, but this session will dive into additional factors you should consider when learning more about your schools of interest.

Register for meeting:  Buff Portal Advising
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Monday, November 1: Continuing Ed Committee Letter Workshop (cohort-based Post Bacc Health Prof students only)

6:00 to 8:00 PM, Mountain Time

*This workshop is mandatory for students who are participating in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions cohort program's Committee Letter Process this year.*

This workshop provides an overview of the committee letter process, with instructions for completing each step. (You will be required to complete the first steps in the process over winter break.) Only current and former members of the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program are eligible to participate. Check your eligibility for a Continuing Education Committee Letter.

Register for meeting:  Buff Portal Advising
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Thursday, November 18: Guest Speaker, Dr. Elaine Reno, on the U.S. Health Care System, followed by Post-Bacc Social Gathering

Guest speaker: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ramaley W 105 (seating is limited. RSVP on Buff Portal Advising to reserve a seat)

Social event: 7:00 to ???, location TBD

Our guest speaker, Dr. Elaine Reno, an Emergency Physician at CU Anschutz, who will be talking to us about the perks and pitfalls of the U.S. health care system. Dr. Reno will speak not only from the perspective of a physician who is familiar with health care systems in the U.S. and abroad, but also from the perspective of one who had a family member with a rare and terminal disease.

Dr. Reno's presentation will be offered via Zoom (https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps) and will be open to all CU students, but the post-bacc program has reserved a Zoom-capable room on campus so that we (the Continuing Ed post-baccs) can gather in person to attend her presentation together. 

Following Dr. Reno's presentation, we will have a social gathering for all post-baccs.

Monday, December 20: Pre-Application Workshop, Part 2

6:00 to 8:00 PM, Mountain Time

We recommend that you complete the first draft of your common application over winter break. To prepare you to do so, this workshop discusses strategies for writing an effective personal statement and compelling application experience descriptions.

Register for meeting:  Buff Portal Advising
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Spring 2022

Monday, January 24: Pre-Health Interview Strategies Presentation

5:00 to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time

You are strongly encouraged to attend this presentation (or watch the video version, posted in Step 1 on this page) if you have an upcoming committee letter interview or will be interviewing at professional schools in the coming year. The more familiar you are with the interview process, the more likely you are to do well. This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • The categories of questions that are commonly asked at professional school interviews (and an explanation of why they are asked)
  • How to structure effective answers to interview questions.
  • Tips for doing your best, plus a list of commonly-made mistakes to avoid.
  • What to expect during an interview day at a professional school.
  • And more!

RSVP: Buff Portal Advising (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising: After logging in, click on Elisa Cripps's photo to pull up her calendar. Navigate to the day of the presentation to sign up for this meeting.)
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Friday, February 4: Crash Course in Biomedical Ethics

5:00 to 6:30 PM, Mountain Time

In this presentation, we will discuss the key principles of ethical decision-making in biomedical settings, a topic area that is tested on CASPer and that commonly comes up at professional school interviews.

RSVP: Buff Portal Advising (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising: After logging in, click on Elisa Cripps's photo to pull up her calendar. Navigate to the day of the presentation to sign up for this meeting.)
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

If you aren't able to attend this session, you can watch a video of the Spring 2021 presentation here (password: CEprehealth).

Tuesday, February 15: Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Practice Session

5:00 to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time

The MMI format is common at professional schools. With this format, each interviewee rotates through 6 to 10 interview stations, meeting a new interviewer and responding to a new interview prompt at each station. MMI interview questions typically include a mixture of traditional interview questions, role-playing scenarios, and responses to ethical dilemmas. At this session, you will take turns answering MMI-style questions and also serving as a peer evaluator (using a rubric as your guide). Experiencing both roles will help you become more comfortable with this style of interviewing and will allow you to gain insight into the components of effective answers.

RSVP: Buff Portal Advising (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising: After logging in, click on Elisa Cripps's photo to pull up her calendar. Navigate to the day of the presentation to sign up for this meeting.)
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Date TBD: What to Expect in Your Application Year

5:00 to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time

With three successful applicants as Dr. Cripps' co-hosts, we will look ahead to the application year to come, discussing topics such as: 

  • The Casper and AAMC Situational Judgment Tests
  • Tips for success when working on secondary applications
  • How to put yourself in a position to get as much financial aid as possible
  • What the interview experience is really like (from students who completed multiple interviews this year)
  • How to explain the application process to family and friends
  • Logistical considerations if you plan to take more classes at CU Boulder with degree-seeking status
  • Timeline: When to expect to hear from schools, when to start planning to reapply if necessary
  • When and whether to send update letters/letters of intent
  • ... And much more!

Watch the video from the Summer 2020 What to Expect in Your Application Year presentation.

RSVP: Buff Portal Advising (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising)
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps