Kent State University seeks to provide its students with the best possible preparation for a rewarding career in health care. We encourage students to utilize the resources on this page to assist in the planning process. We also recommend meeting regularly with an advisor to help in developing an individualized path. To find contact information for a major or program-specific advisor please visit our Pre-Health Advising page.

HEALTHCARE CAREERS
SHADOWING EXPERIENCE

For the vast majority of pre-health program applications, a certain amount of shadowing experience will be required. The number of hours varies from program to program; be sure to understand how many hours are necessary and complete them over a series of months or even years. Try to gain experience shadowing several different professionals working in a variety of fields. This will give you a good sense of the different types of medicine, approaches to patient care, and how offices and organizations of different size operate. Through your commitment to gaining significant shadowing experience you are demonstrating your dedication to the profession and increasing your understanding of the realities of the job. Finding a health care professional to shadow will require initiative on your part. Consider:

  • Asking your/your family health care professionals if you may shadow him or her, or ask if he or she could recommend someone?
  • Speaking with other pre-health students, advisors, friends, and family members for recommendations.
  • Volunteering in an office or clinic to become familiar with the health care professionals before asking if you may shadow.    
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
VIRTUAL OR DISTANCED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Compiled with the assistance of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)

Virtual Only Opportunities:

9 Places to Volunteer Online, from DoSomething.org: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact

25 Volunteer Jobs To Do From Home, published by Operation Warm: https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/25-volunteer-jobs-to-do-from-home/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pre_health_sciences_newsletter&utm_term=2020-03-18

Use idealist.org, volunteermatch.org, or omprakash.org to seek other local options, but be prepared for possible slow responses

Tutor students in conflict affected areas through Paper Airplanes: https://www.paper-airplanes.org/

Crisis Text Line (requires 30 hours of training): https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/

Tutor low-income high school students through UPchieve: https://upchieve.org/volunteer

Assist in digitizing, transcribing and other nonprofit organization needs 

 

In Person Opportunities (possibly some virtual):

Meals on Wheels (not virtual and requires personal transportation): https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch

American Red Cross, primarily blood donation but some other possible opportunities depending on your geographic area (not virtual): https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/urgent-need-for-volunteers.html

Feeding America, find volunteer opportunities at your local food pantry (not virtual): https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action

United Way, find volunteer opportunities in your community (possibly not virtual): https://www.unitedway.org/

PRE-HEALTH EVENTS

Please see the list of virtual pre-health events below for opportunities in Fall 2020.

Wednesday, September 16 - Making Connections in a Remote Environment

  • Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Programs and Department of Biological Sciences
  • Discussing how to connect in a virtual classroom with instructors and classmates, as well as with faculty, advisors, and student organizations
  • Pre-register here: https://forms.gle/gyiAHppkh4iH93En6 (closes at 12:00 pm on September 16)

Monday, September 21 - Pre-Health Information Session

  • Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Pre-Health Programs and Department of Biological Sciences
  • Learn about various careers in healthcare and how to prepare to apply to a health professional school
  • Pre-register here: TBD (closes at 12:00 pm on September 21)

Monday, October 26 - Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Information Session

  • Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and KSU College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Learn about foot and ankle medicine and the KSU CPM Early Assurance Program
  • Pre-register here: TBD (closes at 12:00 pm on October 26)

Monday, October 26 - Pre-Health Information Session

  • Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences  and Department of Biological Sciences
  • Learn about various careers in healthcare and how to prepare to apply to a health professional school
  • Pre-register here: TBD (closes at 12:00 pm on October 26)