Med School Personal Statement Workshop

Writing the Medical School Personal Statement

Tuesday, June 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Are you eager to write a successful med school essay, but unsure how to start, what to include, or how to make the case for your future as a doctor? In this Writing Center workshop, we’ll consider general principles for writing convincing and persuasive essays for med school applications, as well as read and discuss samples of successful statements. Our goal will be to develop strategies for succeeding in this high-stakes writing task.

Please pre-register at the following workshop link:

Health Care Workshop

Attention all health care students, faculty, and pre-health students!
We would like to invite you to attend Military and Veteran Culture for Healthcare Practitioners and Students, a workshop being hosted by Diverse-OT and Veterans, Educators, and Traditional Students (VETS), two student organizations here on campus. With an increasing demand for and focus on providing culturally competent care, this event is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about military culture and health disparities amongst veteran populations. Students will attend an opening keynote presentation, followed by breakout panel sessions led by local veterans that will cover a wide range of military-related topics. 
All UW students are welcome to attend this free event, which will be hosted on April 22nd from 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM at 1345 Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC). Breakfast will be provided! Please register at to save your spot! 
Please see the attached  flyer for additional information. Any questions/concerns can be directed to Brittany Lowen ( Facebook event link: 


EPPA Scribe Program Workshop

Great providers don’t just diagnosis disease; they treat people. The EPPA Scribe Program will provide real case studies from their clinic and emergency medicine practices. The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with a window into day to day clinical decision making and utilize a tool for thinking about clinical situations where ethical dilemmas may be present. The workshop is geared towards students interested in pursuing a career in health care, e.g. medicine, PA, etc. However, all students are welcome to attend.  Space is limited.

RSVP Here:

Tuesday, March 7
Middleton Building, Rm 120

Health Professions Shadowing Program

The Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) invites students to apply for the Health Professions Shadowing Program (HPSP).

CPHA, in partnership with UW Health, offers UW-Madison students a two-week residential shadowing program in early August 2017. The program is designed to help students underrepresented in healthcare build a network of connections with professionals. Over the course of the program, students will learn about current trends in health care from providers in our community through presentations, visits to health facilities, and shadowing at UW Hospital

Program dates: July 31 – August 11, 2017

Applications are due by Sunday, March 5 at 11:59 PM. Application:


  • Must be in good academic standing with school or college.
  • Students must be full-time UW-Madison students who have completed at least 2 semesters of coursework on the UW-Madison campus. Thus, incoming freshman will not be selected nor will graduating seniors.
  • Applicants must lack connections to health care professionals, and must have minimal to no shadowing experience.
  • Applicants must be from groups underrepresented in the health professions, including, but not limited to: ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students, and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Students may NOT apply if they are in the process of applying to a professional program.
  • Selected participants must be available to attend the entire program.
  • Selected participants must provide proof of immunizations, complete a background check, and attend a hospital orientation prior to the last day of classes.

Questions? Contact Lindsey DeCarlo ( or Rachelle Eilers (

Wingra Family Medical Center – Community Resource Program

Community Resource Navigator Program – Summer 2017 Application are due Friday, March 3, 2017

Minimum Age/Education: Must be at least 18 years of age.

Time commitment: Summer volunteers must commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week. Must have availability between 9am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. We can also schedule students on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5-7pm. We will attempt to schedule around your other commitments, and consider change requests at the beginning of the semester. We ask for as much flexibility by you as possible since we must cover all business hours at the clinic.

Navigators will begin work at Wingra Family Medical Center on Monday, May 22. The 2017 Summer semester dates are Monday, May 22-Friday, August 25. Please note: we can work around short 1-2 week planned vacations, but if you are going to be gone for more than 2 weeks over the summer session please wait until another semester to apply.

Training Required: You must commit to actively engaging in 12 hours of training before your first volunteer shift. If you are not able to make the training dates you will need to apply for a different semester as both trainings are mandatory.

The required training dates and times will be:
Wingra Resource Navigator Training
Sunday, April 23 from 10am-4pm
Sunday, April 30 from 10am-4pm

If you are not able to attend both of these trainings but are still interested in participating, please email We will ask you to postpone your participation in the program until the following semester.

If you are not already a UW Health Volunteer you HAVE to complete all steps in the UW Health Volunteer process. Details are located here,

It is your responsibility to register and attend the UW Health volunteer orientation session and complete the required steps before May 22. You MUST be approved to volunteer by UW Health BEFORE the summer session begins. Students not approved by May 22 will have to wait until the following semester. Please note: the entire process takes about a month to complete so please take care of these steps well in advance.

Health and Background Screens Required: Prospective volunteers will need to go through the UW Health volunteer screening process prior to working in Wingra in order to meet clinical requirements. This includes: a background check, TB screening, clinic immunizations, and annual influenza vaccinations (or present a medical waiver for a medical contraindication or a religious or personal conviction/belief waiver or a religious or personal conviction/belief waiver, where applicable). If these steps are not completed by May 22, volunteers will not be able to work in the clinic. This process can take up to a month so please allow plenty of time to have this completed BEFORE May 22.

Attendance: Volunteers are expected to meet their commitments to their scheduled weekly service hours. Supervisors must be notified of any absences in advance or as soon as possible. After 3 absences, the resource navigation coordinator and/or the project directors reserve the right to terminate a volunteer.

Evaluation: All volunteers should demonstrate a good understanding of assigned tasks. In order to ensure that that we are meeting the Resource Navigators’ educational needs, a regular assessment by the resource navigation coordinator or project directors will be conducted on an ongoing basis throughout the duration of the summer.

Interview(s): Applicants are reviewed and considered based on assessed skills, interests, level of demonstrated commitment and the availability of volunteer positions. If you advance past the application step, the resource navigation coordinator and/or project directors will contact you to schedule an interview. A reference check and background check will be conducted in conjunction with the interview.

“Wisconsin Express” Field Experience

REMINDER… DEADLINE APPROACHING… For students from any major interested in a field experience in Wisconsin:

APPLY NOW for the 1-week interprofessional field experience “Wisconsin Express,” hosted by Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Center). This cultural immersion program received a national award and attracts highly engaged students from across the state.

Students nearing completion of their academic program are encouraged to apply! Graduate students, undergrads, and technical college students of all disciplines are welcome. Students with an interest in exploring intersections of culture, equity, health, and interprofessional teamwork will find this program especially valuable in preparation to enter the workforce or compete for admission to health professions training programs.

The 12 regional hubs for the May 21-26 immersion program include:

· Ashland – Native American focus
· Beloit – multiple populations
· Fennimore – Amish focus
· Green Bay – multiple populations
· La Crosse – multiple populations
· Ladysmith – Somali focus
· Milwaukee – multiple populations
· Minocqua – Native American focus
· Shawano – Native American focus
· Sheboygan – Hmong and Hispanic focus
· Stevens Point – focus on food systems
· Wausau – Amish focus

Selection is competitive for limited spaces at each site (6-10 per group). Application link and additional information is online at:

We look forward to welcoming another amazing group of students this year to explore Wisconsin together and kick off the summer!

Keri Robbins, MS.Ed
Wisconsin AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) Program
Assistant Director – Communications and Student Programs
4218c Health Sciences Learning Center | UW School of Medicine and Public Health | 608.265.2442 | |

Medical Technology & Big Data Panel Discussion

The Center for Pre-Health Advising and the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health have teamed up to present a panel discussion about “Medical Technology & Big Data.” Please encourage undergraduate or graduate students interested in health care and public health to join us.

There will be free snacks!

Tuesday, September 27
Union South, TITU
5-6 pm

Vikas Chowdhry, Predictive Analytics R&D, Epic Systems
Rob Nowak, UW Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping
Greg Tracy, CTO, Propeller Health
Kit Van Stelle, UW Population Health Institute

CPHA Health Professions Shadowing Program, Summer 2016

The Center for Pre-Health Advising has partnered with UW Hospital and Clinics to offer UW-Madison students a two-week residential shadowing program in August 2016. Our goal is to help students make more informed decisions about career choices and become more competitive applicants. The program is designed to help students who lack connections to health professionals make these connections.

All participants will have the opportunity to shadow a variety of health professionals for two hours each day. Students will observe clinicians in their routine responsibilities and learn about the qualities that characterize successful health care providers. In addition to daily clinical observation the program includes the following experiences:

  • Students will meet daily with first- or second-year students in a health professions program on the UW-Madison campus.
  • Students will hear from the providers who work in local free clinics and community health organizations.
  • Students will attend presentations on health disparities in WI tribal communities.
  • Students will observe a mock patient case with students in UW-Madison’s Physician Assistant program.
  • Students will conduct informational interviews with social workers, financial department representatives, and other key constituents in the UW Health system.
  • Students will present a final project at the celebratory dinner that will close this summer’s program. Projects will address a topic that the students engaged during the two previous weeks of clinical immersion, and they might take the form of a 5-minute TED talk or a video that will address a health topic the students explored during the program.

There are no costs associated with participation in this program; the Center for Pre-Health Advising will provide students with housing and meals during the two weeks that they are on campus participating in the program.

Program dates: July 31 – August 12, 2016

The following criteria will be prioritized as we consider applications:

1. Priority will be given to students from groups underrepresented in the health professions, including but not limited to: ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students, and students who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

2. Priority will be given to students without connections to healthcare professionals and students who have not previously shadowed in a clinical setting.

3.  Students must be full-time UW-Madison students who have completed at least 2 semesters of coursework on the UW-Madison campus.

4.  Priority will be given to rising sophomore students.

5.  Students may NOT apply if they are in the process of applying to a professional program.

6.  Selected participants must be available to attend the entire program.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 27, 2017.

Students will be notified of their application status soon after the May 27 application deadline. Selected applicants will be invited for an in-person or Skype interview. Selected participants must provide proof of immunizations, complete a background check, and attend a hospital orientation prior to the start of the program on July 31, 2016.

Please find the link to the application here.

Applying to Medical Schools Course

new LEARN@UW COURSE from the Center for Pre-Health Advising!

Applying to medical school is the culmination of a lot of hard work! The Center for Pre-Health Advising is excited to offer a “course” through Learn@UW to help you organize all your hard work into an application that reflects your commitment, enthusiasm, drive, and readiness to serve others through medicine.

We will be offering Learn@UW courses for students applying to dentalPADPT, and veterinary medicine programs in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for announcements so that you can enroll.

Our intent in offering these courses is to support you through the application process. Through the courses, we make available the resources and information we share with students during appointments. You do not receive credit or have assignments you need to turn in, but you will have the opportunity to give yourself assignments as prepare your application materials.

These non-credit courses are for current students and alumni who are going through the application process and are intended to bring together a group of modules that support students during the application process, such as:

  • Selecting Schools
  • Calculating Your Science GPA
  • Activities Descriptions
  • Personal Statements
  • Filling Out the Centralized Application
  • Financial Assistance Programs
  • Exam Prep
  • Interviews

If you plan to apply in 2 or 3 years, please wait to enroll because the application can change and we will modify the course materials to reflect those changes!

This is our first time offering a course like this. Please give us feedback and let us know how we can improve it!

To enroll, please fill out this super short survey by Friday, February 19. The Applying to Medical School course will be available to you by Friday, February 26. 

You’ll be able to enroll later in the semester as well. We’ll let you know about the next opportunity when it becomes available!