Virtual information session
The Pre-Health Programs at the University of Pennsylvania recently hosted an online virtual information session for students interested in medical, dental, and veterinary careers. Led by Program Director Jackie McLaughlin, the information session video is an opportunity to learn more about the programs and admissions process, as well as clinical, volunteer, and research opportunities.
If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.
For guidelines on getting started as a new Penn student, choosing classes, reviewing policies and more, refer to the Pre-Health Programs Student Handbook (PDF).
Penn Post-Baccalaureate Society
The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Programs Society is committed to fostering a sense of community by organizing volunteer activities and a variety of professional and social events. The organization is devoted to creating a supportive environment for students to become involved socially, academically and professionally.
Current students in the Pre-Health Programs develop and share a monthly newsletter promoting upcoming student events, important academic dates, student interest groups, advice from current students, and more.
- Penn PBS Newsletter, January 2021 issue (PDF)
- Penn PBS Newsletter, October 2020 (PDF)
- Penn PBS Newsletter, September 2020 issue (PDF)
- Penn PBS Newsletter, July 2020 issue (PDF)
- Penn PBS Newsletter, June 2020 issue (PDF)
Penn Pals Podcasts
Dean Wertz, Pre-Health Programs student and Post-Baccalaureate Society executive board vice-president, created Penn Pals, a Spotify podcast series. Dean invites guests to discuss topics in medicine with applications to the real world, particularly in Philadelphia. The podcasts are accessible not only to Pre-Health students but to curious listeners who might not be as familiar with medical terminology.
Episode 1: Audrey Mills, Penn Pre-Health Programs student and full-time high school science teacher who plans to become a doctor
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Episode 2: Sara Ray, seventh-year doctoral candidate in Penn's history and sociology of science department
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Episode 3: Jacob Glickman, Philadelphia-based therapist and doctoral student in clinical psychology and human sexuality at Widener University
Listen to Episode 3 »
Episode 4: Garret Largoza, Jefferson University medical student and Pre-Health Programs alumnus
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Episode 5: John Zimmerman, senior lecturer in biology and genetics and Pre-Health Programs advisor
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Episode 6: Dr. Daniel Corwin, CIRP Scholar, Associate Director of Research for the division of emergency medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and emergency medicine attending physician at CHOP
Listen to Episode 6 »
Episode 7: Taylor Linaburg and Samantha Ellison, career-changers and fourth-year medical students at Perelman School of Medicine
Listen to Episode 7 »
Episode 8: Dr. Morgan Philbin, a social and behavioral scientist whose work at Columbia University explores how social-structural factors impact the health outcomes for vulnerable populations
Listen to Episode 8 »
Episode 9: Dr. Sukulpa Basu. Dr. Basu received her bachelor's degree from Saint Xavier's College in India and her Masters of Science at the University of Calcutta, India
Listen to Episode 9 »
Episode 10: Aeri Kim. This week, after a long hiatus, we have the absolute pleasure of introducing Aeri Kim. Aeri has been an instructor at Kaplan for MCAT prep for 5 years now with a background in the biological sciences and a PhD in Structural Biochemistry.
Listen to Episode 10 »
Episode 11: Goodwell Nzou. This week, we introduce Goodwell Nzou. Dr. Goodwell takes us on his journey from Zimbabwe to researching the blood-brain barrier here in our beautiful city of Philadelphia.
Listen to Episode 11 »
Episode 12: Daniela Schmulevich. A relaxed fit episode this week! Instead of the usual interview on a specific topic with an interviewee, Dean talks to Post-Baccalaureate Society President and personal friend, Daniela Schmulevich. Together, they discuss their feelings about family influences, backgrounds, and future plans in medicine.
Listen to Episode 12 »
Previous volunteer activities organized by the Society have included:
- MANNA: Delivering meals to medically compromised individuals in the Philadelphia community.
- ActionAIDS: Supporting the needs of individuals living with AIDS in the Philadelphia community.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities, Philadelphia Chapter: Supporting sick children and their families.
- Penn Wissahickon Hospice: Supporting patients and family members.