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

Summer 2020

Thursday, July 9: How to Get Involved in Research and Get the Most Out of It

5:30 to 7:30 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 is completing his master’s degree in Integrative Physiology before going to medical school. He will explain why research experience is so valuable for future clinicians and will provide tips on getting involved and having a great experience.

If you missed this presentation in July 2020, here is a link to the video recording. The password is CEprehealth.

Fall 2020

Tuesday, August 25: Pre-Application Workshop, Part 1

5:00 to 7:00 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 (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising)
Zoom meeting link:  https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Thursday, September 3: Choosing a Strategic List of Schools

5:00 to 7:00 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 (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising)
Zoom meeting link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps

Thursday, September 24: Virtual Information Session, Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine

10:00 AM to noon, Mountain Time

This virtual information session is being held exclusively for Continuing Ed Pre-Health students. It offers a great opportunity to learn more about the osteopathic approach to medical education and to get a glimpse into life as a medical student. We will meet with members of Rocky Vista’s admissions team and talk with former CE pre-health students who are now medical students at RVU.

Register for meeting: Buff Portal Advising (use link on ce.colorado.edu/advising)
Zoom meeting link (passcode: RVUCOM): https://rvu-edu.zoom.us/j/94084143839?pwd=YlZreWdKQS9ZM1Q0cHBkcGRxRXdnZz09

Thursday, October 8: Virtual Information Session, University of Colorado School of Medicine

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mountain Time

This virtual information session is being held exclusively for Continuing Ed Pre-Health students. We will meet with members of their admissions team and talk with former CE pre-health students who are now medical students at CU SOM.

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

Thursday, November 5: Continuing Ed Committee Letter Workshop (Post Bacc Health Prof students only)

5:00 to 7:00 PM, Mountain Time

*This workshop is mandatory for students who are participating in the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions 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.

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

Thursday, November 19: Zoom Interviewing Tips from a Medical School Interviewer

5:30 to 6:30 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.

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

Monday, December 21: Pre-Application Workshop, Part 2

5:00 to 7:00 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.

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

Spring 2021

Date TBD: Crash Course in Biomedical Ethics

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

Date TBD: Pre-Health Interview Strategies Presentation

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!
Date TBD: Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Practice Session

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.

March 2, 3, 4: CU Boulder Annual Health Professions Expo

The 2021 CU Boulder Health Professions Fair will be offered virtually this year. Students can sign up for 15-minute individual advising sessions with admissions representatives at participating professional schools, or may join 30-minute group meetings to ask questions and also hear answers to the questions asked by others.

This event will be hosted virtually on Handshake and spans 3 days with a different focus each day in early March.

  • Day 1, March 2nd: Medical (MD and DO) and Dental Schools
  • Day 2, March 3rd: PA, PT, and OT Schools
  • Day 3, March 4th: Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medical Schools
Date TBD: What to Expect in Your Application Year

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 test
  • 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.

Date TBD: Accepted Students Panel

Join us for an open-panel Q&A session with a group of nontraditional pre-health students who successfully navigated the process this past year and are about to head off to professional school. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about their experiences during the application and interview process and to hear their advice for future applicants. Come hear what it's like from those who have just gone through it!

RSVPBuff Portal Advising
Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/my/elisacripps