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Hunter logo Pre-Med Listserv: Click the Hunter logo and signup for the Pre-Med ListServ.
Please be advised that the listserv is for Hunter students only, and you must register with a Hunter email address.

Joining the listserv will give you up-to-date information regarding the health professions, special events, and the Pre-Health Office.

 

Applying to Pre-Health for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2020

Procedure for Pre-Health Program Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2020

 

Make sure you read the Pre-Health file stipulations

How do I apply to the Pre-Health Program?

To apply to the Pre-Health program, you must first attend the Everything You Need to Know about Being a Pre-Health Student workshop.

This workshop is only for currently enrolled Hunter students and is offered every December, January, May, and June.

In the workshop, you will learn what is required to become a successful Pre-Health student and a competitive applicant to health professions graduate schools. (Check the listserv emails and our calendar for dates, times, and locations). Once you attend this workshop, you will receive an email from our office with a link to the Hunter College Pre-Health Professions Advising Student Contract.

Within 15 days of receiving the first email, you will receive another from our office containing your unique Pre-Health ID and a link to the Pre-Health Application. Use this ID number to submit your Application. You cannot receive the ID without attending the Everything You Need to Know about Being a Pre-Health Student workshop. Use this ID to submit your application.

PLEASE NOTE: For your application to be valid, it must be submitted within 15 days of receipt of the email containing your Pre-Health ID and link to the Pre-Health Application.

Even if you lack the qualifications to be approved for the Pre-Health Program at the time of the “Everything You Need to Know about Being a Pre-Health Student” workshop, our office will have your application on file and you can begin submitting course evaluations.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting the application does not, in and of itself, guarantee that you will meet the eligibility requirements for the Pre-Health Program. This is only a first step. Each student who submits a Pre-Health Application is responsible for completing the additional requirements for mandatory workshop attendance, science credits at Hunter, and GPA outlined below. It is strongly recommended that you complete these requirements by the end of the first semester of your sophomore year.

You cannot open a pre-health file in senior year or after graduation and expect to receive a Committee Letter. You will receive a Letter Packet. Committee Letters are for students who have consistently engaged with the Pre-Health advising Office while enrolled throughout their time at Hunter College.

 

Once you have completed the requirements listed below to be approved for the Pre-Health Program, please make an appointment with Robert Hieger, Information Technology Specialist in the Pre-Health Advising Office. Robert is available ONLY on Thursdays.

How to Schedule a Pre-Health Application Review Meeting

COVID-19 Update

Until further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all review meetings will be conducted as Video Conferences on Cisco Webex.

Requirements and Procedure

In order to open your Pre-Health File officially, you must meet the following requirements and follow the outlined procedure:

  1. You must maintain a cumulative GPA and BCPM (Biochemistry/Physics/Math) average of no less than 3.3.
  2. You must have a minimum of 12 science credits on your Hunter College transcript (ePermit courses are not considered).
  3. You must have attended all required workshops, which you can find here.
  4. Once you have completed all workshops, you can schedule a Pre-Health Application Review Meeting with Robert Hieger on youcanbook.me.

NEW BOOKING PROCEDURE: You Can Now Book Meetings Up to One Year in Advance on youcanbook.me!

  1. Meetings may be booked up to one year in advance.
  2. The latest a booking may be made is 48 hours prior to your desired meeting. Bear in mind, however, that because these meeting slots are first-come/first-serve, it is better to book a slot earlier than 48 hours prior.

Immediately after doing this, you will need to send the following documents at least 48 hours prior to your booked meeting via email:

  • A list of all required workshops and the dates you attended. This can take the form of a Google Doc if you wish, but we highly recommend taking advantage of the Pre-Health Log provided on our website.
  • A PDF of your most recent unofficial transcript (used in calculating your BCPM).

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE SHORTNESS OF THE MEETING SLOTS, FAILURE TO PROVIDE THIS DOCUMENTATION AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THEE BOOKED TIME SLOT WILL RESULT IN A CANCELED BOOKING.

Once you have taken these steps, you will receive an email invitation to a Zoom video conference within 24 hours of the meeting you booked. This email will contain instructions on how to attend a short video conference with Robert.

IMPORTANT: Due to the brevity of these meetings, all required documents must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the booked meeting. If you sign on without having first sent these documents, or if they were sent too late, we will need to reschedule your appointment as it will not be possible to complete the meeting in the allotted time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to avoid taking a gap year (or years), you must apply to the Pre-Health Program (submit the Pre-Health Application) no later than the first semester of your second year at Hunter (for transfer students, no later than the end of your first year [second semester] at Hunter). If you apply to the Pre-Health Program as a Junior or Senior, you will delay your Health Professions Graduate School application (1 gap year for Juniors, 2 gap years for Seniors), and as already mentioned, opening a Pre-Health File in your Senior Year will automatically disqualify you from being awarded a Committee Letter

To Qualify for the Pre-Health Program and
Open Your Pre-Health File You Must:

  1. Review and sign the Pre-Health Contract.
  2. Complete and submit the Pre-Health program application.
  3. You must have completed 12 science credits at Hunter College. (If you are a transfer student and have completed 12 or more science credits at your prior institution, you must complete 9 credits of biology, chemistry, or physics at Hunter College. If you have completed less than 12 credits at your prior institution, you must complete 12 science credits at Hunter College).
  4. You must have at least a 3.3 science (Bio, Chem, Phys) and cumulative GPA.
  5. Attend the following required Pre-Health Portfolio Development workshops:

Required Workshops

  • STEM Study Skills for Pre-Health Students
  • Resume Writing for the Pre-Health Student
  • The Art of Networking for Pre-Health Students
  • Professionalism 101 for Pre-Health Students
  • Stress Management for Pre-Health Students
  • Time Management for Pre-Health Students
  • Clinical Volunteering 101 for Pre-Health Students
  • Community Service Volunteering for Pre-Health Students
  • How to Pursue Research Opportunities for Pre-Health Students
  • Effective Communication for Pre-Health Students
  • Interviewing 101 for Pre-Health Student

You will also be required to take one of the following workshops if your Pre-Health Track falls within one of these fields:

Required Track-Related Workshops

  • Preparing and Applying to Podiatry School
  • Preparing and Applying to Dental School
  • Preparing and Applying to Occupation Therapy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Optometry School
  • Preparing and Applying to Pharmacy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Physical Therapy School
  • Preparing and Applying to Physician Assistant School
  • Preparing and Applying to Veterinary School
  • Preparing and Applying to MD-PhD

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of students to keep careful track of the names of all events and the dates they attended them, as there is no centralized database that links event attendance to individual student records. The office cannot be responsible for tracking these events on behalf of students.

It is critical that this record by kept by students, as no credit will be granted on the events for which they cannot provide a date and event name. They will therefore be required to repeat that event.

A Word about Professionalism

One of the hallmarks of a successful Pre-Health student is professionalism. Professionalism is exemplified by dedication to responsibilities. In the Pre-Health Program, among these responsibilities are the following:

  • Punctual arrival at meetings and appointments, or timely notification if you are delayed or have to cancel.
  • Attendance at all required workshops Pre-Health Development Workshops. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXEMPTIONS FROM ATTENDANCE. THESE WORKSHOPS SHOULD BE COMPLETED WITHIN THE FIRST THREE (3) SEMESTERS AT HUNTER.
  • You should never RSVP for a workshop you cannot attend. Furthermore, all workshops must be attended from beginning to end. If you have to cancel your RSVP, you must decline your invitation here. If you cannot do this, at bare minimum, contact the office to make sure the invitation is declined for you.
  • You should also never RSVP for two events that run at the same time. “Sampling” of more than one event will result in your receiving no credit for either event.

IMPORTANT: Pre-Health Development workshops are a vitally important part of your curriculum as a Pre-Health student. This is why attendance at these workshops is mandatory. Please treat them with the same respect you would your course curriculum. Failure to do so reflects poorly on your record. Failure to attend workshops, late arrival, or early departures are noted and have important bearing on your ranking when it comes time for you to apply for Committee Letters (see Undergraduate Committee Letter).

Other Requirements after Approval of Pre-Health File:

  • Join the Pre-Health listserv.
  • Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor at least once per semester.
  • Attend at least three (3) Pre-Health Advising events per semester OR six (6) events within the academic year (September-May). Before you RSVP to any event, please READ the Pre-Health Events stipulations.

Attendance Policies for Pre-Health Events

  • Before you enter any Pre-Health event, you must make sure to sign in. If you do not sign in you will not receive credit.
  • DO NOT register for an event if you cannot attend. You will potentially deny your peers a space at that event. If you are not certain you can attend, you can register at the door if your schedule changes. The Pre-Health Office keeps a record of the students who register but don't show up, and we make note of this in the student's Pre-Health file, as it indicates a lack of professionalism. This lack of professionalism will also be noted in your Committee Letter.
  • For all mandatory Pre-Health workshops you must remain for the entire duration of the presentation. Attendance for Pre-Health Portfolio Development workshops will close 5 minutes after the scheduled start time, or earlier if the presenter requests it. Every effort must be made to attend the Pre-Health mandatory workshops during your first enrollment year at Hunter College.
  • Volunteer or work responsibilities which conflict with the mandatory workshops will not exempt you from attending and completing these workshops, as they are offered on multiple dates each semester, and during winter and summer breaks. For all non-mandatory events, you must be present for at least 1 hour to receive attendance credit.
  • Arrive on time to all Pre-Health events. If you know you'll be arriving late to an event, or if you need to leave the event at a specific time, you must inform our office prior to the date of the event. Otherwise, you will not receive credit. Additionally, if you arrive 15 or more minutes late, or if the presenter requests it, we will close attendance at a set time to avoid distractions, and you will not receive credit for the event.
  • If you arrive late to an event and cannot locate an attendance record keeper, you will not receive credit for the event. Even if you come to the Pre-Health Office to ask if you can receive credit, it will not be given.
  • DO NOT register for multiple events taking place on the same day at the same time. Registering for multiple events on the same day will count against you, as you will be marked as absent from all events you do not attend. The only exception to this rule is Pre-Health fairs (Pre-Health Clubs, Summer Opportunities, Health Professions Schools, etc.). You can attend the fairs after your earlier events on the same day and still get credit for attending.
  • If you try to register for an event but find that registration is closed, do not panic. You can still attend the event and register at the door. Just be aware that students who have registered get first preference at securing a seat, which means you may have to stand if no more seats are available. Also, should it become a safety hazard due to overcrowding, we may have to close attendance for an event. Usually, this is not the case, but please be aware that it can happen. Also, as always, be sure to keep track of the name of the event and the date you attended, as it is even more difficult to verify attendance at an event for which you register at the door.
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