Upcoming Premedical Opportunities

Located in one of the leading health sciences communities in the world, the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with limitless opportunities to gain experience through an array of resources, events, and opportunities.

To enhance the rigorous academic curriculum offered by the Postbac Premed Program, students are encouraged to visit this page regularly for updates on upcoming opportunities available both on-and-off -campus.


Summer 2020 Events

Date: Tues., Aug. 4 - Fri., Aug 7

Complete Program for the 2020 Virtual Graduate and Professional Fair is now available. Links to the exhibitor sessions will be sent to individuals who have registered. You will find links to information on presenters and a brief list of participating institutions to the right.

The Virtual NIH Graduate and Professional School Fair will provide an opportunity for attendees to prepare for the next step in their careers by exploring educational programs leading to the PhD, MD, DDS, MD/PhD, and other graduate and professional degrees. In the past, more than 200 outstanding colleges and universities from across the U.S. sent representatives of their graduate schools, medical and dental schools, schools of public health, and other biomedically relevant programs to the Fair in the hopes of recruiting NIH trainees. We are hoping they will be equally excited to participate in the virtual event,

The 2020 Virtual NIH Graduate & Professional School Fair will consist of (1) live workshops on getting to graduate and/or professional school (August 4th, 2020); (2) prerecorded workshops, panels, and interviews covering career paths in disciplines including public health, clinical psychology, and data science and discussing strategies for successful test-taking and stress management during application season; and (3) online exhibitor essions - the opportunity for you to learn more about the participating institutions and programs (August 5th through 7th, 2020).

Student Registration

We have developed a wide range of virtual MD admissions events for pre-health students to learn about Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The MD Virtual Open House provides an overview of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, our MD Program, and the admissions process.

  • Tues., Aug. 4, 7 p.m., EST
  • Tues., Sept. 1, 2 p.m., EST
  • Tues., Oct. 6, 5 p.m., EST
  • Tues., Nov. 3, 7 p.m., EST
  • Tues., Dec. 1, 2 p.m., EST

The Future Doc Talks are special topic forums that cover a wide range of interesting topics for prospective medical students including financial aid, student research, residency prep, and MD student panels.

  • Tues., Aug. 18, 5 p.m., EST: Financial Aid
  • Tues., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., EST: Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program
  • Tues., Oct. 20, 2 p.m., EST: MD Student Panel
  • Tues., Nov. 17, 5 p.m., EST: Research Opportunities
  • Tues., Dec. 15, 7 p.m., EST: Residency Prep

The Geisinger Primary Care Scholars sessions highlight the major features of the program and how students interested in primary care specialties can graduate from medical school with little to no debt.

  • Thurs., Aug. 13, 2 p.m., EST
  • Thurs., Sept. 10, 5 p.m., EST
  • Thurs., Oct. 8, 7 p.m., EST
  • Thurs., Nov. 12, 2 p.m., EST
  • Thurs., Dec. 10, 5 p.m., EST


Date: Wed., Aug. 5, 6 - 7:30 p.m., EDT

Join The Columbia University Masters of Bioethics Program for a webinar justice and communitarian issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

Register here.

Date: Wed., Aug. 5, 5 - 7 p.m., EDT

The August Narrative Medicine Rounds will feature Nicole R. Fleetwood, a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She will be speaking about her book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Nigel Hatton, an associate professor of literature and philosophy, and critical race and ethnic studies at the University of California, Merced, will moderate the virtual event.

To register for this event, click here.

Date: Tues., Aug. 11, 1 - 2 p.m., EDT

Join A.T. Still University for a virtual discussion on how to build a competitive application for doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) programs and an opportunity for a post-discussion Q&A with an admissions counselor.

Register here.

The Empire State Bioethics Consortium: Inequality, Vulnerability, and Health Justice: Learning from the Pandemic

Wed., Aug. 5, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Data from the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States reveal stark disparities in vulnerability to infection and illness by race, ethnicity, income, immigration status, and neighborhood. Vulnerabilities produced by social inequalities are health inequities, a form of injustice. This webinar features perspectives from Texas, Colorado, and New York on learning from Covid-19 to work toward justice in health, focusing on Black health, immigrant health, and the role of health systems.


  • Keisha Ray, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Lilia Cervantes, MD, Department of Hospital Medicine and Office of Research, Denver Health
  • Louis Voigt, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City
  • Moderator: Nancy Berlinger, PhD, The Hastings Center




Programs & Positions

Alice! Health Promotion is now actively recruiting for Information Specialists to gather facts, resources, and the latest research findings for Go Ask Alice!, Columbia’s health Q&A internet resource. Minimum qualifications include: strong research, along with written and verbal communication skills. Ability to translate complex concepts into everyday language, familiarity with health and science and ability to work with sensitive health-related content is preferred. Must be able to work in both independent and team-oriented settings. The selected student must be available 10 hours per week, primarily between 9am and 5pm M-F.  The full job description can be found on the Columbia Health Student Employment website. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Alice! via email at alice@cumc.columbia.edu or fax at 212-854-8949.

The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP) COVID-19 Potential Tracer Registry

In the current pandemic, an army of COVID 19 Tracers are needed to stem the spread of infection.  Along with social distancing, wearing a mask and scrupulous hand washing, Contact Tracing is a critical element in the public health fight against the disease.

What are COVID-19 Tracers?

Tracers serve a vital function through a very simple, but effective process.  From the list of people testing positive for the antigen indicating current infection with the coronavirus (a CASE), a Tracer follows a protocol to

  • receive information for a telephone call with a CASE

  • call the CASE to

    • determine symptom deterioration that might require immediate medical attention

    • advise the CASE to isolate, thus preventing the spread of the infection to others

      • directing the CASE to resources to help with any barriers to this isolation

    • find out information about those people the CASE may have already infected (CONTACTS)

  • call these CONTACTS to

    • determine if the CONTACTS have symptoms that would make them a CASE

    • advise the CONTACTS to quarantine, thus preventing the spread of the infection to others

      • directing the CONTACTS to resources to help with any barriers to this quarantine

States and municipalities across the U.S. are recruiting for COVID 19 Tracers.  Each has their own criteria and rules for bringing Tracers on-board.  Many have hired outside contractors to manage their recruiting. This may present difficulty for you in finding the right opportunity at the right time with the right place to apply.​

How can NARAP help you?

Signing up on the NARAP COVID 19 Potential Tracer Registry can help you with that difficulty:

  • Based on the date and time you send in the application, NARAP will distribute your information to health departments and recruiting agencies requesting Tracers from the Registry

    • “first come, first serve”

      • if an agency calls for 100 Tracers, NARAP will send them the first hundred names and contact information on the Registry based on criteria they request such as state of legal residence

    • You will also be placed on the list for NARAP updates on COVID-19 Tracing and other
      opportunities for clinical experience that come through the organization.

What do you need to join the Registry?​

While your place in line depends on your application time/date stamp, before sending your information forward, NARAP must receive your​


 What COVID-19 Potential Tracer Registry NOT do?

  • Assure you will be called for a position as a COVID 19 Tracer position

    • currently, many states, municipalities and agencies are flooded with applicants

  • Guarantee the offer as a COVID 19 Tracer will be for a paid position; a particular offer may just be for volunteers

  • Indicate in what time frame you may receive an offer as a COVID 19 Tracer

    • over time, we believe that many recruited Tracers from other sources will go back to their jobs and careers as the economy rebounds,

    • but the need for COVID 19 Tracers will likely extend well into 2021 and beyond

    • while there may be an abundant supply of Tracer applicants now, the need for more long term will be a demand pre-health professions students on NARAP’s COVID 19 Registry can answer

  • Preclude you from pursing all other ways for getting a position as a COVID 19 Tracer       

What will you receive from NARAP?

  • Confirmation of receipt of your

    • application to the Registry

    • certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins University COVID 19 Training course

    • letter of endorsement from your Health Professions Adviser

  • Updates on

    • COVID 19 Contact Tracing

    • other opportunities through NARAP for clinical research experiences

We at NARAP look forward to working with you on developing the largest public health force ever assembled and future opportunities for your discernment, qualification and development as future healthcare professionals.


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Fall 2020 EMT Program at Yeshiva University

Application Deadline
Mon., Aug. 3 

This Fall of 2020, the Yeshiva University EMS club is organizing an emergency medical technician (EMT) program for undergraduate students. 

  • 8/30/20-12/27/20 via Zoom and LMS
  • No classes on 9/20, 9/27, 10/4
  • Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the dates for these courses are subject to change.

NYU midtown campus located at 245 Lexington Avenue*




  • Pre-Med students: Has COVID-19 impacted your future plans? We at UC San Diego are eager to learn how the pandemic has affected you and invite you to take a short, 5-minute survey. Your input may help us better understand the challenges you and other pre-health students are facing during this pandemic. Your participation is greatly valued: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth
  • Has COVID led to a delay in taking the MCAT? Cancellation of your summer internship? Affected your ability to get letters of rec? As a team of UCSD researchers, we want YOUR thoughts via our short survey about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your plans to pursue a pre-health career! Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth
  • We know that a lot of MCAT and volunteer/extracurricular opportunities have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team of UCSD researchers are trying to get a better grasp on understanding these difficulties and stressors during these unprecedented times. To help us and potentially improve the application process in the future, please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth​​​​​​​