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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.
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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

Date TBD: 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.

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Date TBD: 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).

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Date TBD: 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.

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Date TBD: Continuing Ed Committee Letter Workshop (students enrolled in Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program 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 instructions for completing each of the steps in the committee letter process. (You will be required to complete the first steps in the process over winter break.) Check your eligibility for a Continuing Education Committee Letter.

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Date TBD: Group Visit to Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine

Rocky Vista University, 8401 South Chambers Rd, Parker, CO. Meet in the lobby area by the entrance to the medical clinic.

This is 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, talk with current students, and take a tour of the campus.

Date TBD: Group Visit to University of Colorado School of Medicine

Meeting location: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz campus

  • Pay parking is available in the Ignacio visitor parking lot (here's the map). If you have a CU Boulder parking permit, you may have reciprocal parking privileges at Anschutz. If so, talk with Parking Services in advance.

We will meet with members of the admissions team and current students at the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to learn more about their program and their admissions process. 

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.

Date TBD: CU Boulder Annual Health Professions Expo

11:00 AM to 4:00 AM (drop in at any time), UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

At this annual event, admissions representatives from professional schools throughout Colorado and across the nation to come to our campus to meet with prospective students. Come learn more about schools in your field of interest by talking directly with their admissions representatives.

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!
Date TBD: Accepted Students Panel

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Join us for an open-panel Q&A session with a group of non-traditional 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!