UB Prehealth 101 Online Workshop

Prehealth 101 is an online workshop, accessed through UB Learns, and is the starting point for students new to pursuing a career as a doctor, dentist, physician assistant, veterinarian, optometrist, chiropractor or podiatrist.

In order for a student at UB to meet with a prehealth advisor, they must first complete all modules of the Prehealth 101 course.

New students to UB who expressed an interest in prehealth (either on the Orientation form or through our Getting Started page) will be contacted via their UB email accounts with information about how to access Prehealth 101 through UB Learns, by the end of September for students starting in a fall semester and by the end of February for students starting in a spring semester. 

Prehealth 201 Online Workshop

If you completed the Prehealth 101 workshop and are continuing to pursue your goal of a professional health career (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physician assistant, optometry, podiatry, or chiropractic), complete this online workshop to learn about all the unique considerations that prehealth students should be contemplating. Topics such as study abroad, GPA patterns and trends, recommendation letters, and more will be discussed. Use this workshop as a way to stay on track toward your goals and see what aspects of your application need further development.

Students who previously completed Prehealth 101 will automatically be added to Prehealth 201 in UBLearns by the end of September. 

Previously Held Workshops

Preparing for Fall 2025 Application to the Professional Health Schools

Thursday, March 28, 2024, 3:30-5 p.m.

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Are you ready to apply to enroll in a professional health school in Fall 2025? Do you know what you need to do to submit a complete and competitive application? The timelines? Get an overview of the APPLICATION CYCLE for ALL (medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic, vet, and PA) the professional health schools for Fall 2025

Please also feel free to read through our applicant handbook

Writing the Personal Statement

Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 4-5 p.m. 

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Your personal statement for application to the professional health schools (medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, etc.) is required and is an important piece of your total application. Learn the DOs and DON’Ts of writing an EFFECTIVE essay that reflects all you have to offer. 

Prehealth Self-Assessment and Letter Collection Info Session

Tuesday, December 19, 2023, 3:30-5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 4-5:30 p.m.

View the recording of the January session

These info sessions are designed to provide you with all the details you need to know about our guided self-assessment and letter collection processes. This is important information for anyone who is planning to apply in the upcoming cycle. 

Important Update to Letter Collection Process (as of February 2024)

Please first watch the recording linked above regarding the self-assessment and letter collection process, but then you must also watch a very brief update due to some unexpected and important changes in how we will be receiving letters for this cycle. 

What Are Post-Bac Programs and What Do I Need to Know About Them?

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3:30-5 p.m. 

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As admission to the professional health schools (e.g. medicine, dentistry) becomes increasingly competitive, a greater number of applicants are enrolling in post-bac (post-baccalaureate) programs to help enhance their academic credentials. Consider attending this workshop to learn about the various types of post-bac programs that exist, how to research them, and subsequently make a truly informed decision about the various ways you can increase your credentials to be a competitive applicant.

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. David Hoekstra, Clinical Assistant Professor; Director, Department of Biological Sciences Master of Arts (MA) Program
  • Dr. Anyango Kamina, Assistant Dean for Student Development and Academic Enhancement; Director, Jacobs School of Medicine Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Master's Program

Interview Like a Pro for the Professional Health Schools

Wednesday, July 12, 2022, 4-5:30 p.m.

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How you interview is an important part of the professional health school admission process. Learn strategies to interview like a "pro" from UB’s prehealth advisors and an interview specialist from the Career Design Center. Hear from a panel of students who have successfully interviewed for admission to the professional health schools.