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Health

This community is geared towards students interested in entering health fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and more.  This page helps students 1) explore health fields, 2) gain relevant experience, and 3) prepare application materials.

In addition to this page, students interested in health careers should be aware of 3 important resources:

  • Pre-Health @ UW is the most comprehensive resource, and includes information about academic preparation.
  • Academic advisers can help you select majors and courses and explore ways to combine major requirements with pre-health requirements.
  • Career coaches can help you with questions about which health profession would be a good fit for you; how to get clinical, research, and leadership experience; and when/how to apply to health professional programs.  Connect with a coach by scheduling an appointment, attending a webinar, or taking one or both of our pre-health courses.  You can also email questions about career resources or services to prehlth@uw.edu.

Med Schools Enroll Most Diverse Class On Record in 2021

Amid a surge in applications to medical school for the 2021-22 school year, for the first time a majority of applicants did not identify as white. And following “years of small increases” the number of students identifying as African American …

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Health Care Alternative Spring Break — Deadline 12/19

Selected participants will have the opportunity to shadow in a rural community in Washington State in a healthcare field. If selected, you will depart for your site on the Sunday of Spring Break. Shadowing will occur during the week of …

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Research Exposed! seminar this winter

The Undergraduate Research Program, in partnership with the Population Health Initiative,  will be offering their Research Exposed! seminar this winter.  (GEN ST 391 D, SLN 15152). Research Exposed offers undergraduates an opportunity to learn about current, exciting population health-related research in a …

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Harborview Medical Center seeking volunteers

Harborview Medical Center is the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in the four-state regions of Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. This is an  opportunity for individuals who want to apply to health profession programs (such as …

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Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach
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Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program 2022

The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students meaningful insights into the field of medicine, with a focus on conditions that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved populations. By engaging in laboratory or clinical research, under …

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Dan Poux (He/Him) Career Coach
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Student Stories & Advice

Kyndal Waldo

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  • Pediatric Mental Health Coordinator Seattle Children's Hospital
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Kenneth Khove

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  • Healthcare Data Analyst UW Medicine | Valley Medical Center
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Devon Woodley

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice / Family Nurse Practitioner Student University of Washington School of Nursing
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Ron Vered

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  • Genomics University of Oxford
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Vivian Chen

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  • Department of Food and Resource Economics University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Anusha Aggarwal

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  • Quantitative & Computational Biology Princeton University
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Hanna K

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  • Masters' of Social Work Portland State University
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Kayla Guzman

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  • MPH - Health Education and Health Behavior University of Michigan
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Luna V

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  • Research Technologist UW Medicine
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Olivia Banerjee

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  • Dietetic Technician The Emily Program
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Grace Wang

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  • Medical Lab Scientist University of Washington Medical Center
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Hannah Tran

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  • M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Gallaudet University
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Featured Resources

Road to Medical School

The path to applying to medical school looks different for everyone, especially because there is no “pre-med” track to follow …

Overview of Application Components

The medical school application process has a number of components, so whether you’re still figuring out which schools to apply …

Building Clinical Exposure & Volunteer Experience

Building your clinical experience is essential for building a foundation towards health professions.  See below for Seattle, Puget Sound and …

Pre-Health Planning Guides

These guides will help you explore and prepare for entry into the following health fields:

Medicine

Veterinary

Pharmacy

Dental

Optometry

Building Health-Related Credentials

Common jobs that students get while in school, during the summer break, or after graduating during gap years include (but …

International Applicants to U.S. Health Programs

The different health profession have different approaches when it comes to international applicants.  We’ve summarized the information below but you …

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Guide to Health Care Management Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Nursing Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Health Care and Pharmaceuticals Consulting Jobs

The Vault Guides to Jobs books are a valuable career exploration tool for libraries and career centers. Written in an …

Vault Guide to Health Care Provider Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Jobs, Third Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for …

Vault Career Guide to Health Care Management, Fourth Edition

Health care management, also known as health care administration, encompasses a wide range of jobs in a variety of organizations, …