Explore & Grow

It's important for you as a pre-health student to explore the vast sea of careers within the healthcare industry. Spending time examining these different careers will help you to find the right fit for a fulfilling career serving others. It is equally important for you to work on growing your skills and competencies during your pre-health experience so that you are ready to face the challenges of professional programs on the road to your career. 

The Pre-Health Pathways Office releases a This Week in Pre-Health e-mail & video each week with information about upcoming events for pre-health students. (You can sign up for the pre-health e-mail list by contacting Dr. J.) The links below will connect you to additional resources and opportunities coming up in the more-distant future, so check them out and mark your calendars!


Career Exploration & Shadowing Opportunities:

  • Interested in learning about Health Informatics as a career? Check out this site, which features a video about the profession.
  • WebShadowers LLC is a free physician virtual shadowing program run by students at the University of Central Florida. They have a great website and YouTube channel.
  • The NAAHP has a great webpage that is regularly updated with information about various upcoming health professions events. Check out all the exciting health professions fairs, webinars, and informational sessions by going here.
  • A.T. Still University is hosting a webinar highlighting their dental programs on Wednesday, May 12th at 2:00PM MST. RSVP by going here.
  • Touro College of Pharmacy is hosting several virtual pharmacy information sessions. Learn more and sign up by going here. The sessions will be held on the following dates at the following times:
    • May 12th  at 2:30PM MST
    • June 16th  at 2:30PM MST
    • July 14th  at 2:30PM MST
    • August 18th  at 2:30PM MST
  • The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) is hosting a series of online informational sessions about their programs, the DO profession, and the application process. The next event will be a general informational session held on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00PM MST that you can register for by going hereThey are also hosting their Health Professions Pathways Spring Series. (See events listed below.)
  • The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is hosting a virtual Discussion with the Dean session on May 14th at 2:00PM MST. RSVP by going here.
    • The ADEA GoDental Virtual Fair is happening Tuesday, May 18th-Thursday, May 20th from 1:00PM-4:00PM MST. Connect with admissions officers, dental school faculty, and current students. Learn about the application and interview process and ask all your questions! Register for free by going here.
    • Yale School of Medicine is advancing the physician assistant profession by working to bring more health care practitioners to patients with Yale’s blended physician assistant program. Yale’s PA Online Program awards a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree and prepares graduates to seek licensure as physician assistants. The Yale PA Online Program prepares patient-focused clinicians who can choose to learn in their own communities. The program blends online classes and coursework with in-person clinical rotations and three immersions on the Yale campus, so students can earn a degree from YSM without relocating. They are hosting a program overview webinar on May 18th at 12PM MST. Register for any of these events by going here.
      • SAAHP is hosting a free, virtual Health Professions Fair on Friday, June 4th from 11:00AM-12:45PM MST. This fair will feature representatives from health professions schools, associations, and organizations primarily in the Southeastern Region of the US. To register:
      • AACOM will be hosting a Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo on June 8th from 10:00AM-4:00PM MST. Learn more and register for free by going here.
      • PAEA will be hosting a free Virtual Physician Assistant Fair on July 20th from 7:00AM-7:00PM MST. There will be representatives from over 90 PA programs from across the US. Learn more and register by going here.
      • There will be a NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair held virtually July 19th-22nd. Details to come!

      Professional Development Opportunities:

      • The KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is hosting two online, free summer programs for Pre-OT and Pre-PA students. 
      • Child Family Health International has programs that connect students to health professionals and community leaders in 11 different countries to transform perspectives about self, global health, and healing. Learn more by going here.
      • Engineering World Health is a non-profit that aims to help students improve healthcare delivering in low-income countries: https://www.ewh.org/
        • Also, they are offering a new, FREE virtual design program that will partner students from the U.S. and Lebanon to create low-resource design and engineering healthcare in an international setting! Learn more by going here.
        • The Global Engagement Institute has partnered with Des Moines University and The College of New Jersey to offer virtual internships in global health from four international campus locations (Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Vietnam). Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors, and graduate students, but they seem pretty flexible. The costs, especially for the flexible, custom internship, are pretty reasonable. Check out the attachment for more information or head over to this website.
        • The Illinois College of Optometry is seeking participants for their Focus on Your Future summer program (July 12-16, 2021). This program is for underrepresented minority students looking to go into optometry. The program is free and the application deadline in Friday, May 14th. Learn more and apply by going here.
        • International Service Learning is an organization that offers experiential learning opportunities to volunteers in health care, education, ecology, and community development. Learn more about ISL and their programs by going here.
        • A number of schools have a Pathway for Patient Health affiliation that offers educational programing designed to prepare the next generation of critically thinking engineers and scientists who can make a difference in patient lives around the world. Learn more about the universities offering these kinds of programing by going here.
        • The Zucker Pipeline Program (ZPP) is now accepting applications for their 2021 cohort. Students in this program receive a stipend and take part in a 6-week pre-med program from June 28th-August 8th. Eligible applicants for admission into the program have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, scored well on their college entrance exams, and have successfully taken a college-level biology class and a college-level chemistry class. This is a 3-year program designed to help college freshmen prepare for medical school. Learn more by going here.
        • The ADEA is hosting a webinar titled Filling a Gap in Special Needs Care, which will address how Texas A&M Dentistry has strategically planned and developed a special needs training program at their institution. The webinar will be held on May 13th starting at 10:00AM MST. Learn more and register for free by going here.
        • The AANMC is hosting a free webinar titled Asthma, Allergies, and Naturopathic Medicine on May 17th at 10:00AM MST. Learn more and register by going here.
        • The AANMC is hosting a free webinar titled Naturopathic Oncology, What Does That Mean? on June 7th at 10:30AM MST. Learn more and register by going here.
          • The AAMC will be hosting virtual other virtual fairs for aspiring medical school applicants. Save the date for the following events! Details for registering will be shared at a later date.
            • June 24th - The Road Less Traveled: Non-Traditional Pathways to Medical School Information sessions and content for medical school aspirants taking glide years, career changers and non-traditional applicants.
            • September 16th - Pathways, Strategies, and Resources for Diverse Medical School Aspirants Information sessions and content for first-generation, DACA, and those from underserved and underrepresented in medicine.

            Local Clinical Experience Opportunities:

            • The Avera Center for Pediatric and Community Research is hiring a few different positions at their Rapid City clinic. Learn more and apply by going here

            • Avera is looking for a summer intern for Safety and Emergency Management (in Sioux Falls, SD). Learn more and apply by going here.
            • Dakota Lions Sight & Health, a local eye and tissue donation company, is hiring part time Tissue Recovery Technicians. Learn more and apply by going here.
            • GE Healthcare is looking for three people to fill apprenticeship roles. Learn more and apply by going here.
            • The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students during the summer. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to work with the tribal nations of the Great Plains while learning valuable and transferable skills to jumpstart your career. Learn more and apply by going here.
            • There is an opening for a part-time, live-in assistant for a special-needs adult through Black Hills Works. The position pays between $11.50-$13.50/hr depending on shifts and includes a reduced rent ($250/mo) for living on-site. This is a great opportunity for you to gain some direct patient care experiences and if you are looking for a safe (and very affordable) place to live, this may be a really good fit for you! They will also be looking for an additional person in December. Learn more and apply by contacting Janice Knutsen. (jkutsen@rushmore.com or text 605-431-8782)
            • Mountain Valley Vision Center in Spearfish and Deadwood Eyecare is looking for a full-time technician. Please contact Christy Martinson, Vision Care Director, mountainvalleyvision@hotmail.com or 605-642-2645 if interested in applying for this position.
            • Peaceful Pines Senior Living Community is hiring Resident Care Assistants. Learn more and apply by going here.
            • ScribeAmerica is currently hiring local medical scribes. Learn more and apply by going here.

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