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PHMO Events & Announcements:

2016 Composite Letter Applicants:

The 2016 Composite Letter Application Spring Addendum is DUE MAY 1.

If you are a current 2016 Composite Letter applicant, please be sure to complete this piece of your Composite Letter Application. This form should detail any activities or experiences you participated in / completed SINCE you turned in your application on Feb 1. This form MUST be completed by May 1, 2016.

The Confirmation of Letters of Recommendation form was due Friday, April 11, 2016. If you missed this deadline and are a current 2016 Composite Letter Applicant, your application will be suspended. Check your email for further correspondence.

All alumni who applied to a healthcare professional school with our Composite Letter and who were not accepted into schools but wish to reapply, please complete the form to Update your Composite Letter. More details (and a link to the form) can be found here:

There are only a few weeks left for Composite Letter Interviews. If you are currently in the application cycle for a 2016 Composite Letter and you have not scheduled your Composite Letter Interview, there is still some time to do so in the coming weeks! All interviews will be completed by April 27th. Email for more information on how to schedule.

External Office Events and Updates:

Drop-In Academic Coaching: EPASS Peer Programs continue to have "drop-in" academic coaching hours every Friday from 1;15pm - 4:15pm on the 2nd floor of Woodruff Library!

The AAMC Pre-Med Navigator, a monthly e-newsletter for pre-med students that includes relevant information, resources, tools, tips, and important dates for pre-med students at every stage of their journey to medical school.

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For More AMAZING Information on upcoming Events and Opportunities, continue reading below "You have questions, We have answers." You can also visit the PHMO Blog

The Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at the School of Nursing is now offering permission numbers for the following courses for fall 2016:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I – MWF from 9-9:50am
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab portion - Thursday OR Friday from 2-4:50pm
  • Human Growth and Development - Tuesdays from 2-4:50pm

To receive a permission number, please email Kaitlin Peterson, Undergraduate Admission Counselor for the School of Nursing, at Pre-nursing students receive priority but you must contact Kaitlin Peterson by Friday, April 15th to receive your number(s). There are only 50 seats available in each course and spots do fill up quickly!

PreHealth Holistic Reviews:

SOPHOMORES; There are only 100 spots remaining for the Spring 2016 Group PreHealth Holistic Review (Group PHHRs). Group PHHRs will be limited next semester, so schedule while they are offered more often during the closing days of this academic semester.

Sophomores are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to complete their Group PHHR and their PHHR 1:1 Follow-Up (completed within 3 weeks of their group session) in order to maximize the effectiveness of the session.

The Spring 2016 PHHR Spring 2016 schedule will end on Monday, April 25th, along with the last day of classes! Come in within the next two weeks to meet with a peer mentor for walk-in hours.

The Group PHHR and the PHHR 1:1 Follow-Up are both MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS to apply for a Composite Letter. Waiting until the last minute will prevent you from gaining insight that could make you a much more competitive applicant.

STEM Pathways Mentor Application

STEM Pathways Mentor Application

Emory College of Arts and Sciences is seeking peer mentors to participate in a new pre-orientation program supporting underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students interested in natural sciences and mathematics. The STEM Pathways program will provide pre-orientation activities and a supportive environment for invited first-year students. Peer mentors must be willing to help create a community of scholars, and to talk about their own experiences achieving success and overcoming challenges at Emory.

Peer mentors commit to the following:

  • Participate fully in pre-orientation activities (August 15-20)
  • Maintain weekly communication with mentees (1-2 hours per week until December of 2016)
  • Coordinate with other peer mentors to develop intentional communication with 5-8 mentees
  • Mentors will receive a stipend for their work

Summer responsibilities include:

  • actively participate in on-line training in June
  • Communicate intentionally with new students via email throughout the summer (June, July and August)
  • Arrive on campus Monday August 15th for 1 full day of training 10 am-7 pm with program staff
  • Be available Tuesday August 16-Friday August 20th for pre-orientation activities including group and individual sessions with program mentees, and evening events.

Fall responsibilities:

  • continue intentional communication and interactions to support mentees through December 2016

An on-line application must be submitted by FRIDAY, APRIL 15th at 5 pm to be considered as a peer mentor:

The application includes short answers for the following questions:

1. Based on your own and your friends’ experiences, what tip would you offer new students about how to achieve academic success?

2. What do you most wish you knew about college before you started at Emory?

3. Based on your experiences as a mentor or being mentored, what do you think is the most important way mentors can build community and help participants interact effectively?

The role of peer mentors is essential to supporting academic success and building community for new students. We invite you to apply for this important role.

Credentials File Information:

If you are applying for a 2016 Composite Letter, you can use the links on the new Career Center website to find all materials relevant to your Credentials File and your Letters of Recommendation.

  • From the home page, click the far right box (purple) labeled "Health, Law, Grad School"
  • Once here, find the Credentials File Tab on the bottom left of the screen (Under the Pre-Health heading)
  • Once here, you should be able to find and access all relevant links, which are also listed below! (Note, as the page is new, or as it is updated, some of the links included here may change. The best way is to navigate to the website and find the links there as that is where they will be the most up-to-date)

How to start your Credentials File

Registration and Authorization For Release of Letters of Evaluation

Fee Request Form for Pre-Professional Recommendations (PDF)

Letter of Evaluation Cover Form (PDF)

Letter of Evaluation Worksheet (PDF)


If you have questions or concerns about the following topics, please visit the PHMO:

  • Applications to healthcare graduate school programs – medical and dental school, PT and PA programs, Public Health programs, etc.
  • Interviewing skills and mock interviews for healthcare graduate school programs
  • Course prerequisites
  • Volunteering and shadowing in clinical settings
  • Composite Letters
  • Standardized tests – i.e. MCAT, DAT, etc.
  • Asking professors for letters of recommendation
  • Gap year and summer opportunities directly related to healthcare

If you have questions or concerns about the following topics, please visit the Career Center:

  • Assist all students in determining how their skills and interests best align with career options
  • Accept personal statement reviews through the document critique service for pre-health students.
  • Work with students who are still exploring healthcare career options, but are currently unsure of that decision
  • Critique resumes and cover letters of all students
  • Gap year and summer opportunities related to career exploration beyond healthcare

Students interested in making an appointment with the PHMO, please visit ASST to schedule. Current Oxford Campus students and alumni must call 404-727-6040 to schedule. For more information on Peer Mentor Walk-In hours, please visit the PHMO website here

AAMC Ask Admissions Webinar: How to Present Yourself as a Strong Candidate

You're Invited!

Medical school admissions is not just about GPA and test scores. Medical school admissions committees review your entire application packet to get a complete picture of who you are as a candidate. But how do you make your application stand out?

Find out at this Ask Admissions webinar on April 13, where you'll learn how to present yourself as a strong candidate.


See PHMO Blog for more information!

A prehealth advisor and three medical school admissions officers will give their perspective on what a strong candidate looks like at their school and how to identify schools that fit you. You'll get tips on how to present yourself best in the AMCAS application, including writing about your experiences and attributes. Plus you'll get a chance to ask questions.

You have questions, We have answers!

  • In Spring 2016 the PHMO Peer Mentors will be your exclusive resource for PHMO Walk-In Hours.
  • The Spring 2016 Peer Mentor Walk-In Schedule is available here on PHMO website.
  • To learn more about each peer mentor, visit the PHMO website here!

We work with Emory undergraduates once they show interest in healthcare professions until they are ready to apply to healthcare professional schools.

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AED Application Deadline Extension

The deadline to apply to AED (See Flyer above) has been extended to Friday, April 15th @ 12:00pm EST. Please bring your applications to the PHMO Office, which is located in B Jones suite 204. Only check and money orders are accepted. Please fill out all paper work properly prior to submitting your materials.
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How to Interview; Presented by the Emory Pre-PA Society

The Emory Pre-PA Society will be having their final GBM of the year on Tuesday, April 12 (See flyer above)! Please come out and learn about the interview process for PA program admissions from our very own Emory PA students who have gone through the process themselves only a year ago! You will get a chance to talk to the Admissions Director of the Emory PA Program and network with fellow pre-PA students and the Emory PA students as well!

The Task Force for Global Health: Mentoring Symposium

A group of extraordinary people will discuss how mentors have been central to their personal and professional development.


April 18, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

See the PHMO Blog for more information!

APAMSA Regional Conference

You are invited to attend the first annual Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) Southeast Regional Conference! The conference, “Bridging the Gaps: Highlighting Asian American Presence in Medicine” is an opportunity for students involved in the healthcare sector at various schools across the Southeast to meet, network, and collectively learn about APA health and experiences of both patients and providers. You do NOT have to be of APA descent to attend! We welcome everyone to this event to learn about an often overlooked and extremely diverse population so that ultimately, we may better understand the communities we work with.

What: APAMSA SE Regional Conference

When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 @ 9am – 2:30pm. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided!

Who: Everyone is invited!

Speakers tentatively include:

  • Dr. Sam Lim (Emory Rheumatology): Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Emily Herndon (Emory Family and Preventative Medicine)
  • Dr. Yong Li (Chinese Medical Center of Atlanta)
  • Dr. Mary Rhee (Emory Endocrinology)
  • Members of the Atlanta branch of the U.S. Navy

How to RSVP: Fill out this form by Wednesday, April 20th. (The sooner the better!)

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!


APAMSA Southeast Region Co-Directors

Jennifer Hong (M3, Emory)

Deandrea Ellis (M3, Emory)

Alexander Pan (M3, Medical College of Georgia)

2017 ADEA AADSAS Application Instructions

ADEA is pleased to announce that the 2017 ADEA AADSAS® application instructions are now available on the ADEA GoDental website. The instructions are available early this year in preparation for the opening of the application on June 1, 2016.

On ADEA GoDental, applicants will find detailed information on applying to dental schools. Along with the instructions, it is critical that they review the following sections of the website:

· Preparing for dental school

· The admissions process

· The application to dental school: ADEA AADSAS

Here is an overview of what is new with ADEA AADSAS this year:

1. ADEA AADSAS revised the Release Statement and Code of Conduct.

2. ADEA AADSAS updated questions related to felony and misdemeanor charges.

3. ADEA AADSAS added a question to identify DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants.

4. ADEA AADSAS will be limited payment options to credit card only.

5. ADEA AADSAS has updated the application fees to $245 for the first designation and $98 for additional designations.

In addition to these ADEA AADSAS updates, the dental school admissions process will now allow dental schools to view copies of each verified transcript, and will move the process for letters of evaluation to a paperless process.

Health Advocacy Master's Degree at Sarah Lawrence College

The Health Advocacy Program (HAP) at Sarah Lawrence College educates students for leadership roles in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing healthcare field. This is the nation's first master's degree program in health advocacy, and remains the foremost academic program in this area.

The Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College prepares students for meaningful careers as advocates working with individuals and in community-based organizations, healthcare settings, and government, all at systems levels. Seminar courses allow faculty and students to engage in interactive discussions stressing critical thinking and problem-solving. The integration of theory and practice is core to the Health Advocacy Program curriculum. Students complete 48 credits of courses and 600 hours of fieldwork that is individualized to the students' educational goals.

If you are a student who would want to:

  • Learn more about serving individuals and families as they navigate the complex health care system
  • Enhance the capacity of individuals and communities to voice their concerns about health and health care
  • Work for positive change that improves people's lives by influencing health policy

You are encouraged to visit their website for more information.

Emory Study Abroad: Soc 390 Comparative Healthcare Systems (London)

London Study Abroad Program on Comparative Healthcare Systems

Emory University – Department of Sociology

The Course

The Department of Sociology offers a five-week program focusing on issues and problems in health care delivery in Great Britain and the United States, with comparisons to some other countries. Emphasis is on the structure and outcomes of health care systems, contrasting their evolution and current states.

Interdisciplinary Studies and Medical Humanities in Italy

The Italian Studies Program offers students a unique and very intensive authentic, evidence- based immersion into Italian culture, literature, art, history, religion, and current events. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students of any accredited university or college, offering a very thorough overview of Italy as a country, and of Italy as the cradle of the Western civilization and of the Humanities with the special participation of faculty

All courses are in ENGLISH intended for any regularly enrolled college student, pursuing ALL majors, especially for students who have never been to Italy and who wish to have a liberal arts overview of what this country represents today and in the past.

For more information: Youtube | Facebook | IVC Website

Now Accepting Applications: AACOM 2016 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program

AACOM’s 2016 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. The program, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes incoming and continuing underrepresented minority students at AACOM’s member colleges. Help AACOM spread the word by forwarding this email to eligible students.

Manot Cave Archaeological Dig 2016 (CWRU SODM) (For PreDental Students)

Are you interested in a different type of international trip? Join a team of researchers, faculty, and students to Israel to be part of a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better understand how knowledge in craniofacial development can inform us about

archaeology and anthropology.

The research team has published preliminary findings in Nature (28 January 2015) that has garnered interest around the world.

Additional information can be gleaned from the project Facebook page (manotcaveproject).

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is a partner in this dig and is organizing two volunteer student groups to assist in the research: July 10-21 and July 24- August 4, 2016. Meals and lodging are included.

Contact the coordinator Yvonne McDermott ( for more details as spaces filled up quickly last year for this opportunity.

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3-week Comprehensive Rural Health Practicum

For any students interested in studying international health and community development, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) is offering a three-week practicum course in Jamkhed, India from mid-June to early July. Since 1970, CRHP has catalyzed health and development programs through direct investment in local communities, leading to dramatic improvements in the health and empowerment of marginalized communities.

Having trained more than 2,700 people from over 100 countries, and more than 28,000 domestic health workers within India, CRHP has rooted its community-based primary care model across the world. Through this summer practicum, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in health and development through site visits, program observation, and seminars. For more information on the summer course, please advise interested students to visit our webpage here or send an email to

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Other Events, Programs and Opportunities

  • Podiatry 3D Immersion Workshop (Application Due May 20) - Read more here!
  • Flourishing and Thriving in the 21st Century; Miller Ward Alumni House (Sunday, April 10th from 5:30pm - 8:30pm EST) REGISTER TODAY
  • Upcoming Events at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health:
  • Free Webinar on the DAT (April 21st, 2016 at 7pm - 8:30pm CDT) REGISTER HERE