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We offer a variety of workshops to educate you and disseminate information pertinent to Pre-Health students. There are several workshops, which include information for first and second year students, competitive application information, small group application preparation, writing personal statements, the interview process, the application process, summer medical and dental opportunities, volunteer and research and much more!

These workshops are held in a variety of locations and most healthcare professions workshops are held at least once each semester in the academic year. You will need to register for each workshop you attend. If you need to cancel your reservation, please inform us 24 hours in advance so another student can attend.

See our 2023 Virtual Pre-Health Kick-Off & Involvement Fair information.

See our 2024 Centralized Application Services (CAS) Event.

Registering for Workshops

Some of our Pre-Health workshops are live and require registration, which you may do on our workshop registration page. A full list of our available workshops, including online workshops, is below.

Online Workshops

Pre-Health 101 Workshop

This workshop is geared towards all incoming UF students who are interested in going on to professional health care programs of medicine, dentistry, optometry, chiropractic, pharmacy, veterinary and podiatric medicine. This workshop is designed to ensure students have learned the basic information and can begin meeting the requirements for a competitive application. Topics include:

  • PH Advising Info at UF
  • Academic Expectations
  • Prerequisite courses
  • Semester plans and resources at UF
  • Characteristics of a Competitive Applicant
  • Health care experience opportunities

Academic Tips

Application Workshops

If you are planning to apply to professional school for the next application cycle, watch the application workshop specific to your profession. We also offer live workshops on AMCAS/AACOMAS, AADSAS, and CASPA during the SPRING semesters, usually in April. In the workshops below you will find out about the following:

  • Timing of application
  • Centralized and online application services
  • Secondary (formal) applications
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statements

Allopathic Medicine – AMCAS
Candice Pantor, Manager for Admissions Communications w/ AMCAS
Watch the Mediasite presentation
Watch the Microsoft Stream presentation

Am I a Competitive Applicant?
Abigail Johnson, Lecturer/ PH and Bio Advisor CLAS
View the Zoom recording
View the Mediasite recording

Are You a Competitive Applicant?

This workshop will examine what professional schools are looking for in applicants, and will help you assess your own strengths and weaknesses. We will also discuss how to move forward once you’ve decided whether or not to apply in the upcoming application cycle. You may use our Pre-Health Assessment worksheet in conjunction with this workshop.

Choosing Schools

This workshop will also take a look at criteria to be considered when selecting professional schools. Such topics as mission statements, location, curriculum, grading will be explored.

Dentistry – AADSAS Application

Brittany Hoover—CLAS Asst. Director Pre-Health Advising

Global Health Experiences

Growth Year Planning

This workshop is for students who are considering taking one or more years off after graduating. What should you do during that time? What are your academic and non-academic options? When should you apply? The links mentioned in the workshop can be found on our Growth Year Planning page.

Impacts of COVID-19 on the Future of Medicine

Are you concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your future career as a physician? Do you have questions about how the pandemic is affecting the application process, medical education, clerkships and rotations, residency, and the future of medicine overall? If so, please join UFCOM faculty members, admissions officers, current medical students, and the UF Pre-Health Advising Team for “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Medicine,” a panel-based discussion on these issues that was recorded via Zoom September 2020.

Interviewing Components
Brittany Hoover, Asst. Director CLAS Pre-Health and Biology, Botany and Zoology Advising
Watch the Mediasite presentation

Letter of Recommendation

A brief workshop about the types of letters you will need when applying to professional schools.

Nursing – NursingCAS
Stephanie Wurth (AACN)
Recorded Presentation
Nursing CAS Student Webinar Slides (PDF, 3MB)

Occupational Therapy – UF OTD
Dr. Carolyn Hanson
Watch the Mediasite presentation.
Watch the Microsoft Stream presentation.

Osteopathic Medicine
AACOMAS representatives
AACOMAS Presentation Slides (PowerPoint, 8MB)

Pharmacy – PHARMCAS

View the Microsoft Stream recording.

Physician Assistant – PAEA/CASPA
Heather Storm
View the Zoom recording
View the Mediasite recording.

Pre-Health Study Abroad Information Session

This workshop will talk about what study abroad experiences look like, why you should consider studying abroad as a pre-health student, timing considerations, academics and coursework to take abroad, and what types of health and science programs are available. The session will conclude with steps to take to plan out a global experience.

Professional School Interviews

This workshop assists students to prepare for professional school application interviews. Topics such as: what to wear, how to prepare, typical questions, etc will be addressed.

Résumés and Letter of Recommendation

This workshop will look at how to construct a Pre-Health résumés for the purpose of sharing the résumé with recommenders and in preparation for the application process. Find out what professional schools are looking for in a good letter of recommendation. Learn how to ask for letters of recommendation and understand what is meant by a strong and supportive letter. Samples of letters of recommendation will be provided for review and discussion. Only those students applying in the upcoming application cycle to medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy veterinary, podiatry, physician assistant schools may attend this workshop. Students considering applying to the Junior Honors Medical Program (second year) or the Combined B.S.-D.M.D program (first year) may also attend.

Veterinary Medicine – UF COVM
Abner Rivera
Watch the Mediasite presentation

Writing Components of Health Profession Applications

Learn how to work with application content, writing components, and additional personal characteristic descriptions that professional schools are looking with their application processes. You’ll also learn more about creating your own Personal Statement, including how to professionally detail aspects of your values, strengths, goals, knowledge, experience, and empathy.

Writing Components of the Application
Nick Mrozinske, Pre-health/ CLAS Biology Advisor/ CLAS Asst. Director
View the Microsoft Stream recording