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Freshmen Mandatory PreHealth Advising meeting

MANDATORY attendance is required at this group advising meeting for any current UMBC freshman or freshman-transfer student who is interested in attending medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary school after graduating from UMBC.

From a pre-health advising perspective, you should attend the Freshmen Mandatory Advising Meeting if:
This is your first or second semester in college.
or
If you are currently enrolled in CHEM 101 or CHEM 102 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 142.

This meeting will address pre-professional specific advising issues for freshmen such as professional school prerequisite courses, grades, standardized exams, gaining research, clinical, and leadership experience. Between now and the meeting, freshmen should acquire a working knowledge of the information on the office's website. All freshmen students interested in attending medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary school after they graduate from UMBC, are required to attend.

Pre-professional students have TWO advisors--an Assigned Academic/Major Advisor and a supplemental, pre-professional advisor. Please read about the differences between your TWO advisors here.

This session will be conducted two times. The same content will be covered in both sessions. There is no need to RSVP. Please save one of these dates on your calendar.

Mandatory FRESHMEN Advising Meeting for pre-meds, dents, opt, pod, vet students
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
University Center 312
Noon-12:50pm

or

Mandatory FRESHMEN Advising Meeting for pre-meds, dents, opt, pod, vet students
Monday, April 21, 2014
University Center 310
Noon-12:50pm

Sponsored by The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office.

Sophomore Mandatory PreHealth Advising meeting

MANDATORY attendance is required at this group advising meeting for any current UMBC sophomore or sophomore-transfer student who is interested in attending medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary school after graduating from UMBC.

From a pre-health advising perspective, you should attend the Sophomore Workshop if:
This is your third or fourth semester in college.
or
If you are currently enrolled in CHEM 351 or CHEM 352 or BIOL 302 or BIOL 303.

This meeting will address pre-professional specific advising issues for sophomores such as professional school prerequisite courses, grades, standardized exams, gaining research, clinical, and leadership experience. Between now and the meeting, sophomores should acquire a working knowledge of the information on the office's website. All sophomore students interested in attending medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, or veterinary school after they graduate from UMBC, are required to attend.

Pre-professional students have TWO advisors--an Assigned Academic/Major Advisor and a supplemental, pre-professional advisor. Please read about the differences between your TWO advisors here.

This session will be conducted two times. The same content will be covered in both sessions. There is no need to RSVP. Please save one of these dates on your calendar.

Mandatory SOPHOMORE Advising Meeting for pre-meds, dents, opt, pod, vet students
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
University Center 312
Noon-12:50pm

or

Mandatory SOPHOMORE Advising Meeting for pre-meds, dents, opt, pod, vet students
Monday, April 14, 2014
University Center 310
Noon-12:50pm

Sponsored by The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office.

Quick Questions & Appointments

Current UMBC students and UMBC alumni have several options when they need pre-professional advising. Pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-podiatry, and pre-veterinary students are able to consult with Ms. Roelke, Health Professions Advising Coordinator, via:

Email
or
Quick Question sessions (15 minutes)
or
Appointments (30 minutes)

Before accessing services, students are expected to have a working knowledge of the information on the office website. Please be sure you read the office website which provides comprehensive pre-professional information. Your question might already be answered on the website!

For questions which are not answered on the website, current UMBC students and UMBC alumni can: 1) email their questions to Ms. Roelke at anytime or 2) pre-register for a Quick Question session or Appointment via the online booking service.

The office has launched a new, online appointment booking service for Spring 2014 and beyond. There is no longer an appointment book at the front desk. The old appointment notebook has been eliminated. In addition, "Walkin Hours" have been transformed into Quick Question sessions. Issues which students would previously bring to "Walkin Hours" are now handled via Quick Question sessions.

Learn more about the Fall 2015 Cohort

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about the Fall 2015 Cohort

FAQ's:
Q: What is a cohort?
A: The term "cohort" is used to describe a group of UMBC students and alumni who are applying to medical, dental, or podiatry school in the same year and with the assistance of UMBC's pre-health committee, also known as HPEC (the Health Professions Evaluation Committee). The Fall 2015 Cohort is a group of UMBC students and alumni who are applying for admission into professional school in Fall 2015.


Q: What is HPEC?
A: HPEC is an acronym for the "Health Professions Evaluation Committee", UMBC's name for their pre-health committee. An in-depth description of the history and purpose of pre-health committees can be found, here.


Q: What are the minimum requirements to be a member of the Fall 2015 Cohort?
A: There are certain minimum requirements for students who wish to apply to professional school with the assistance of UMBC's pre-health committee. The minimum requirements are linked here.


Q: When is the deadline for recommendation letters?
A: Students will learn more about how and when to ask for recommendation letters during the Kickoff Workshop. February 26 is NOT the deadline for recommendation letters. Students will have plenty of time to collect recommendation letters before the recommendation letter deadline, which will be revealed during the Kickoff Workshops.


Q: Assuming I meet the minimum requirements, how do I join the Fall 2015 Cohort?
A: For current UMBC students, the first step to joining the Fall 2015 Cohort is to attend one of the Kickoff Workshops. At the Kickoff Workshops, instructions will shared about what information needs to be submitted by February 26. February 26 is NOT the deadline for recommendation letters. Please scroll down for more information about recommendation letters.

UMBC alumni (first-time applicants) who left UMBC prior to Fall 2013 are not required to attend any of the Kickoff Workshops, although they should alert Ms. Roelke to their interest in joining the Fall 2015 Cohort as soon as possible, and before the February 26 deadline. Information from the Kickoff Workshops will be shared with first-time applicant alumni who are unable to attend the workshops.

Re-applicants (UMBC students who previously applied to professional school with the assistance of HPEC) are under a different timeline than the first-time applicants. Re-applicants who are interested in re-applying to professional school with the assistance of HPEC for the Fall 2015 cycle, should alert Ms. Roelke about their interests sometime between now and the end of May 2014.


Q: What is the HPEC deadline for the MCAT?
A: As listed on the minimum requirements webpage, allopathic and osteopathic pre-medical school applicants are required to take the MCAT (once) before the end of April 2014 in order to be eligible to access the services of UMBC’s HPEC and in order to be part of the Fall 2015 Cohort. AAMC's last MCAT test date in April 2014 is April 24, 2014; therefore, all pre-medical students who are interested in being a member of the Fall 2015 Cohort, should take the MCAT on or before the last AAMC April test date, which is April 24, 2014.

The HPEC MCAT deadline does not apply to retakes of the MCAT. For example, if a student takes the MCAT in January 2014, they have fulfilled the "take MCAT (once) before the end of April" minimum requirement. They can retake the MCAT at anytime. The retake does not have to occur before the end of April, because the student in this example already took the exam once before, in January.


Q: How do I know if I'm ready to attend the Kickoff Workshop for the Fall 2015 Cohort?
Answer for pre-meds: Many factors contribute to "readiness", but the prereq. pathway is the first indicator. If you completed CHEM 352 and PHYS 112 (or PHYS 122) and BIOL 303 lectures in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 or prior, and you already started studying for the MCAT in Summer 2013 and Fall 2013, then your MCAT-prerequisite pathway is ideally aligned with the Fall 2015 Cohort. A few students might have completed Physics II in Fall 2013, but this is not the most ideal MCAT-prerequisite pathway and could lead to lower MCAT scores.

Answer for pre-dents: Many factors contribute to "readiness", but the prereq. pathway is the first indicator. If you completed CHEM 352 and BIOL 303 lectures in Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or prior, then your DAT-prerequisite pathway is ideally aligned with the Fall 2015 Cohort. Most pre-dental students will begin to study for DAT in late Spring 2014 and into the Summer, taking the DAT sometime during the summer.


Q: Why is it important for me to apply to professional schools with the assistance of my undergraduate institution's pre-health committee?
A: Pre-health committees have been in existence at undergraduate schools since the 1970's. Here is the link to the history of pre-health committees, along with the opinions of the University of Maryland Dental School and School of Medicine about the importance of applying to professional school with the assistance of a pre-health committee.


HPEC Kickoff Workshops for the Fall 2015 Cohort

Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) Kickoff Workshops for the Fall 2015 Cohort

*The deadline for first-time applicants to join the Fall 2015 Cohort is Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00pm.*

Open to current UMBC Juniors, Seniors, or Alumni who plan on applying to medical, dental, or podiatry school with expected matriculation in August 2015 (starting classes at professional school in August 2015).

The annual Kickoff Workshop dates are advertised on the NEWS section (http://www.umbc.edu/blogs/premed/) of the PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office website at the beginning of each Fall semester.


CURRENT UMBC Students who are First-Time Applicants to professional school:
MANDATORY attendance is required at one of the Kickoff Workshops for any current UMBC student who is expecting to matriculate into medical, dental, or podiatry school in Fall 2015. Current students who are taking classes at UMBC in Fall 2013 are required to attend one of the Kickoff Workshops. The definition of "Current UMBC Students who are First-Time Applicants" includes Previous Non-Completers from previous UMBC cohorts or students who previously applied to professional school but did so independently. First-Time Applicants are those students who desire to apply to medical, dental, or podiatry school with the assistance of UMBC's pre-health committee, for the first-time. All students must meet the minimum requirements of the cohort. The same content is repeated in each workshop.

No need to RSVP for workshop attendance. The deadline for first-time applicants to join the Fall 2015 Cohort is Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00pm.


UMBC Alumni who are First-Time Applicants to professional school:
UMBC Alumni who are not taking classes at UMBC in Fall 2013 are not required to attend any of the Kickoff Workshops. Alumni are always welcome to attend a Kickoff Workshop if they desire, but attendance is not mandatory for alumni who are not taking classes at UMBC in Fall 2013. All HPEC homework assignments and other tasks are handled via email and/or a Blackboard® community, therefore an alumnus does not have to be living in the Baltimore region in order to participate in the HPEC process. Between January 1 and February 26, 2014, UMBC Alumni should email Ms. Roelke at Christy.Roelke@umbc.edu to express interest in joining the Fall 2015 Cohort. Please include the month and year of your UMBC graduation. All alumni must meet the minimum requirements of the cohort. The deadline for first-time applicants (current UMBC students or UMBC alumni) to join the Fall 2015 Cohort is Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00pm.


UMBC Re-Applicants:
Re-Applicants from a previous HPEC Cohort (students who already applied to medical, dental, or podiatry school with the assistance of UMBC’s HPEC) are not required to attend any of the Kickoff Workshops. Re-Applicants are always welcome to attend a Kickoff Workshop if they desire, but attendance is not mandatory for Re-Applicants who are not taking classes at UMBC in Fall 2013. Re-Applicants should email Ms. Roelke at Christy.Roelke@umbc.edu between April 15, 2014 and May 15, 2014 to express interest in joining the Fall 2015 Cohort. Please include the month and year of your UMBC graduation. All Re-Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the cohort they desire to join.


The Kickoff Workshops explain the application timeline for each professional school area. Students will also be introduced to the pre-application homework documents that must be submitted to UMBC’s Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC), along with the minimum requirements to be a member of the Fall 2015 Cohort.

For additional information, please visit the Applying sections for each career area on the office website:
Medical, http://www.umbc.edu/premed/medical_applying.php
Dental, http://www.umbc.edu/premed/dental_applying.php
Podiatry, http://www.umbc.edu/premed/podiatry_applying.php


The same content is covered in both workshops.


No need to RSVP for workshop attendance.


HPEC Fall 2015 Cohort Kickoff Workshops:
Monday, February 17, 2014
University Center 312
Noon-12:50pm

Or

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
University Center 312
Noon-12:50pm

Sponsored by The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office and the UMBC Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC).

Book a Quick Question or Appointment



Who is your Pre-Health Advisor?

UMBC pre-health students have TWO advisors. This website describes the differences between these two advisors.

1. A primary Assigned Advisor in your Declared Major
Your Assigned Advisor in your Declared Major is also known as your Departmental Advisor. Use this Departmental Advisor list to find out who your primary Assigned Advisor is in your Declared Major.


2. A supplemental Pre-Health Advisor
PRE-MEDICAL & PRE-DENTAL ADVISING
Ms. Roelke in The PreMedical and PreDental Advising Office advises all students interested in the following career-interest tracks:
pre-medical
pre-dental
pre-optometry
pre-podiatry
pre-veterinary

Please read the information on Walkin Hours & Appointment Instructions.

Other Pre-professional Advising Offices at UMBC:
ALLIED HEALTH ADVISING
If you are an Allied Health student, you receive advising from the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional Advising, located in the Academic Services Building, Room 102, 410-455-2729.
ALLIED HEALTH includes:
pre-dental hygiene
pre-nursing
pre-occupational therapy
pre-pharmacy
pre-physical therapy
pre-physician's assistant
and all other allied health fields


PRE-LAW ADVISING
Pre-Law advising is provided by UMBC’s Department of Political Science. Please visit their website for more information.

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