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How to Prepare for Phone or Virtual Interviews

Article by Aja Frost of The Muse.

“A colleague of mine once compared phone and Skype interviews to take-home tests.

“You still need to study,” she explained. “But you can also have everything you need in front of you.”

If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.” Read more.

Finding Shadowing Opportunities

Shadowing is the act of following a professional as they do their typical work activities in a clinic or hospital setting. You might ask why this experience is so important? First, it may be the defining experience which tells you whether or not you want to be a physician. Shadowing gives you a very tangible sense of what life is like for a professional. Through working alongside a professional, you can gain unique insight into what happens in a day in the life of your career of choice. You get a sense of what it’s like working with patients, working with other health care professionals (nurses, PAs, and therapists), and what the challenges and rewards are of working in the profession. You’ll learn how a health professional organizes their day, allows time for the unexpected, stays current in the profession, integrates personal and professional life, and manage the financial aspects of their practice.

Shadowing can also be crucial for a second reason: Having clinical experience allows admissions committees know that you have some understanding of what you are getting into. It also shows admissions officers your commitment to a health career because you have taken initiative in learning about being a professional prior to applying to school.

The AAMC also has a handout on Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences.

If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with one of the advisors.

RIT’s Incredible Repository of Internships, Co-ops, and Research Opportunities

RIT’s Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences

All of the information in this post comes to you from our colleagues at RIT. You can view the full RIT page maintained by Tom Frederick here.

Lists also include Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities in:

All opportunities are PAID, unless otherwise indicated.

This Co-op website is organized into the categories below. Simply click on the underlined link to view the co-op posting category.

5 Things To Consider For a Productive Pre-Health Thanksgiving Break

1. Update Your Resume.

When applying for opportunities, your resume, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression. These documents will help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.

While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are guidelines you should follow to convey a positive, meaningful message. Additionally, for each position you apply for, you should write a new cover letter that is geared toward that specific job and company/organization.

To get started:

  • Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide for all majors and industries. This guide outlines suggestions for formatting, organization, and content and can walk you through the process of creating either document. Included is also a list of action verbs.

  • Utilize the list of Core Professional Competencies to highlight the skills you have gained during your experiences

  • View resume samples here

2. Start a First Draft of Your Personal Statement.

It is never too early to work on your personal statement. Starting early can relieve a lot of stress when it comes down to the application cycle. Starting early allows you to have family, friends, and your advisors read it over. Expect there will be many drafts over time. Learn from the experts:

3. Volunteer.

Use your break to dip your toe into a service opportunity. Or research where you’d like to volunteer when you return to campus. Service of some kind is fully integrated into the health care professional’s undergraduate experience. Most applicants have a strong sense of service, of wanting to help others feel better, making health care work better, and, in many cases, giving back to their communities. There are many ways for you to engage in the community and you can design your own service path. Admissions boards value engagement in community service as a way to demonstrate respect toward others with very different life circumstances, empathy, and cultural sensitivity. They want students to demonstrate a desire to help others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings. Ideal applicants demonstrate a desire to alleviate others’ distress; recognize and act on his/her responsibilities to society, locally, nationally, and globally. The average medical school applicant has 100 hours of community service when they apply.

4. Shadow.

Again, consider using this time to research clinical shadowing experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on your clinical exposure to medicine and patient care, including time spent shadowing, working in clinics, and other patient-care settings. Clinical experience is defined as direct interaction with patients and hands-on involvement in the care of conscious patients in a health care related environment, attending to their health maintenance, progression, or end of life needs. The average applicant has 45-50 hours of patient contact.

5. Take a break, have fun, be yourself.

Spend time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. After giving your all these last few months, you deserve it!

Update from the Pre-Health Society

Upcoming Events:

From your peers in the Pre-Health Society:

  • Conversation Starter: Saturday, 10/20 at 6:45 p.m. in the LaForce Seminar Room (bring your Ross dinner!) This week’s topic: A Public Health Conversation: The Opiod Crisis.
    Listen to this Brigham and Women’s Hospital Podcast to know what they will be discussing at this conversation starter.

    • What are Conversation Starters? Often, as students on the pre-health track, we are so consumed by our academic work, that we neglect to pay attention to actual news and issues of the real world. These “Conversation Starters” will aim to foster interdisciplinary conversations about important health and medical-related subjects and furthermore allow us to engage with our fellow pre-health students. Additionally, we hope that these conversations provide practice for our MMI (Multiple Mini Interviews) skills, a critical part of most health-related graduate school admissions. Developing these skills will give us the necessary tools to ace these interviews! We hope you all will come to join us for some thought-provoking and skill-honing conversation. Please feel free to submit any topic ideas, podcasts, articles, and/or papers for our next Conversation Starter.
    • Supplemental Reading:
  • Pre-Vet Event: Thursday, 10/25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in CCI’s ADK Library :: Ford Barnet, Assistant Director of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, will be visiting Middlebury to discuss preparing for veterinary school, the Tufts admissions process, and details about opportunities available to their DVM and master’s students. Participation is encouraged, so please come with questions. To familiarize yourself with the opportunities at Tufts, please review their website at www.vet.tufts.edu. Sign up for the event here.
  • Save the Date – Blood Drive: There will be a blood drive on October 30th, 2018; more details are soon to come!

Other News:

Interested in being a pre-health mentor for underclassmen or a mentee to learn more about the process?
Sign up for Pre-Med Buddies! We need more Pre-Med mentors! You can sign up here. ( If you have already signed up and your assigned Pre-Med mentor hasn’t contacted you, please, contact Harrison Knowlton.)

Health Professions are looking for volunteers to spend time with women who have developmental disabilities at their Group Home in Middlebury (you can learn more about this opportunity here.) Email Harrison Knowlton if you’re interested!

We have weekly meetings at 4:30 pm on Sundays in Proctor. All are welcome!

Lastly, don’t forget that Flu Season is Upon Us!!! Stop by Pardon for a flu shot.

Health Professions Committee Process for 2019

Pre-Health students and alumni – the 2018-2019 Health Professions Committee (HPC) process begins in September!

If you are not 100% sure this is the year to apply, then we highly recommend doing a quick self-assessment to see if there are areas where your candidacy might be improved. Ask yourself if you are applying when you are the strongest possible candidate?

  1. Review the committee interview rubric and give yourself a score based on where you are now.
  2. The MSAR is an online database that enables you to browse, search, sort, and compare information about U.S. and Canadian medical schools. You will use it extensively as you build your school list, and since a membership lasts for one year, it might make sense to purchase permission at this point to get a sense for the sorts of metrics and experiences that medical schools value.
  3. If you are still not sure, we’d be happy to schedule a phone or in-person appointment with you.

The HPC Timeline has been updated online (available here) and you may begin the HPC process at any time.

Please make sure to thoroughly review the online timeline (a visual timeline is available here.)

Below are the NEXT STEPS in the HPC Process.

September 11, 2018 :: Applicant Information Meeting

October 2, 2018 :: Personal Statement Workshop

October, 2018 :: Testing

  •  Review the MCAT/DAT/GRE schedules to plan your testing date.


  1. Make sure you connect with your letter writers sooner rather than later and your letter requests have been sent via Interfolio. Please note: you will need to know at least TWO of your letter writers by November 15, 2018 and will need to declare them in the Committee Selection Form. At least ONE letter writer must be a science faculty who taught you in a BCPM course. Click here for the What’s Science and What’s Not classification. Your letter writers will need to have their letters uploaded to Interfolio by January 15, 2019. Please send this link to all of your letter writers. It explains what is required in their letters of recommendation.
  2. Middlebury HPC reviews all application material via Interfolio. Open your account with this link to connect your account to the HPC. At this point in the committee process, you do NOT need to pay anything for Interfolio. If you do not wish to pay $48 for the Dossier Deliver service , simply open up a free account.
  3. Begin requesting unofficial transcripts from any colleges outside Middlebury where you have taken four or more courses. They will need to be uploaded to Interfolio by January 15, 2019.


November 15, 2018 :: DEADLINE to join the Health Professions Committee process this year

All applicants will need to have informed our office by November 15, 2018 that they plan to go through the Health Professions Committee process this year. Anyone wishing to join after November 15, 2018 will need special permission from one of the advisors. Please complete the following items in order to be considered in the Matric 19 cohort.

  1. Submit your Committee Selection Form – this form notifies us of your official interest in joining the Health Professions Committee year.
  2. Have an active Interfolio account. Open your account with this link to connect your account to the HPC. At this point in the committee process, you do NOT need to pay anything for Interfolio. If you do not wish to pay $48 for the Dossier Deliver service , simply open up a free account.
  3. Submit a head shot (does not need to be a professional photographer, it is for internal use only) by uploading it to your Interfolio dossier by clicking on “Add document” and upload the image as a PDF. Please don’t upload it to your Interfolio profile as we don’t have access to see that.

Your next deadline isn’t until January 15th.

Save the Date for Fall Heath Professions Events!

Come meet the Health Professions Advisors at our fall Health Professions events!

Mary Lothrop and Hannah Benz

Can’t make an event but still want to meet the Health Professions (HP) Team? The HP Team serves both students and alumni who are considering careers in the health professions. We work with students at every point in the pre-health process, from academic advising, to securing research and clinical opportunities, and throughout the entire professional school application process.

Make an appointment.