"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease."  —Andrew T. Still, MD, DO

"As a family physician, my job is listening to people's stories."
—Jon S. Hallberg, MD


For dates/times/locations of upcoming events, please see our blog.

WOW Pre-Health Orientation / Health Careers 101

For new incoming students, held during WOW. This presentation covers how to start out on the right foot at Cal Poly as a pre-health student. The fall 2018 presentation is available here.

How to Become a Competitive Applicant

During your first or second year (or as soon as you decide you plan to take on the endeavor of planning for a career in healthcare), plan to attend this workshop. This workshop will cover every part of the application and how you can begin to develop in these areas such as: grades, experiences, relationships with faculty, and inter- and intrapersonal skill development. Typically offered fall and winter quarters.

Beyond the Grades: Getting Involved Outside of the Classroom

Being a competitive applicant to a graduate program in health is more than just having good grades. This workshop covers what experiences you should be seeking to find, how to find them, and what to think about when selecting which experiences to participate in. Typically offered winter and spring quarters.

International Health Experiences

There is a growing interest in participating in health related experiences abroad. But did you know that there are various ethical guidelines and cultural considerations that you should be thinking about before participating in such an experience? This workshop will cover what to consider when selecting an international experience, and cover types of programs to participate with. Typically offered every quarter.

Preparing to Apply: An Application Workshop

Now you’ve reached the point where you’re ready to apply (or close to it!), this workshop will cover the timeline and nuanced details and processes of putting together a complete application. This workshop is best suited for those students who plan to apply in the coming 1-2 years. As the application process can last up to two years, we recommend attending twice to ensure you get all the information you need. It never hurts to hear such detailed information more than once. Offered winter and spring quarters. 

Writing a Compelling Personal Statement

Often considered one of the most challenging parts of the application to graduate programs, in this interactive workshop you will not only learn what admissions committees are looking for in a personal statement, but also read and evaluate sample personal statements, as well as brainstorm content for your personal statement. Not required to come with a personal statement draft, but do bring something to write with (pen and paper or laptop/tablet). Offered winter and spring quarters.

Interviewing for Health Professions Graduate Programs

This workshop will help get you started to prepare for interviews for graduate school in health professions and how to make sure you show your best self, while also evaluating your fit with the school/program. Offered fall quarter.

Making Plan B: Post-Baccalaureate Programs

There is so much to put together to become a competitive applicant, sometimes students aren’t able to get it all put together by the time they finish their 4-year degree. Sometimes students need any of the following to become competitive: more classes, education, better grades, more experience, higher test score, or something else to be completely competitive. Sometimes you need to enhance your academic record, sometimes you still need more classes because you discovered your interests later in college. That is okay, there are still options for you. Post-baccalaureate programs are for these students, and are an intermediary between undergraduate and graduate/professional education. This session will cover types of programs and how to find one that is a good fit for you. Offered winter and spring quarters. 

Accepted Students panel

Offered every spring quarter, this session is a panel of Cal Poly students and alum who have completed the application process and accepted to a school of their choice for the following fall. Professions featured each year may change but typically include a student who has been accepted to medical, dental, physical therapy, and nursing programs.

Open House Orientation to Pre-Health at Cal Poly

This presentation happens every April during Friday of Open House for prospective/admitted students and their parents. This session covers the pre-health student experience at Cal Poly, including dispelling common myths about being a pre-health student. The 2019 open house presenation can be found here.




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