The first ever Pre-Health Conference at Iowa State will take place on February 20th, 2021 from 9 am to 4 pm virtually over Zoom. Our goal as students in creating this event is to allow ISU students the chance to explore a career in healthcare and get the resources they need to prepare for that path. For each session, there will be separate zooms focused for the following tracks: MD/DO, PA, Dentistry, PT, OT, and PharmD. There will also be lunch sessions for Optometry, Podiatry, and Masters of Public Health
Session 1, 9 am-9:50 am: Welcome and Introduction Session
We will have an introductory session explaining how the day will run as well as a keynote speaker.
Session 2, 10 am-10:50 am: Healthcare Professionals Panel
For this panel, healthcare professionals will sit on a panel and discuss what their path to healthcare looked liked and what a career as a member of the healthcare profession looks like. There will be a live, interactive Q&A session for undergraduate students interested in the respective professions.
Session 3, 11 am- 11:50 pm: School Hosted Workshops
During this session, professional programs will be hosting a variety of fun and interactive workshops with Iowa State Students. An example of some workshops include a personal statement workshop, interactive case-based learning, and more! Check out the “Workshops” tab to see what sessions we will have.
Optional session from 12 pm-12:50 pm : Masters of Public Health Program Informational Session, ISU Biomedical Science Post-Bacc program, Podiatry, and Optometry Sessions
Due to popular demand, we have added an extra, optional session over the lunch hour for professional schools to come and talk to students about their MPH programs and explain what a career in Public Health looks like.
We will also have representatives from Iowa State’s 1 year Biomedical Sciences Post-Bacc program hold a session to talk about this option for pre-health students who may be wanting to take a gap year.
During this time there will also be panels with Optometry and Podiatry programs and professionals to answer questions for those prospective students.
Session 4, 1-2 pm: Healthcare Student Panel
In this portion of the day, healthcare students from various schools and programs will sit on a panel and talk about their pre-health journey, the application cycle, and what graduate school is like for them. There will be another live, interactive Q&A session for undergraduate students to ask important questions and hear from current students what graduate school is really like.
Session 5, 2-2:50 pm, Anatomy of an Applicant Panel with Healthcare Schools
This session will include a panel discussion with admissions representatives who will give insight into what their school looks for in students, what a good/bad application looks like, what the purpose of the interview is, and what happens if you don’t get in on the first try.
Session 6, 3-4 pm, Pre-Health Fair: Individual School Informational Sessions
This session will give students an opportunity to meet with schools they are interested in and learn more about the programs they offer. This will be a more individualized session so students can get their most important questions answered. Students will be able to come and go to as many different schools and programs as they would like during this time. Please see the “Pre-Health Fair Links” tab to see which schools and programs will be represented during this session!