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

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):

Kent State University Campus Kitchen (not virtual): https://www.kent.edu/community/campus-kitchen 

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/

 

Kent State University Community Engaged Learning (for additional in person and virtual volunteer ideas): https://www.kent.edu/community

PRE-HEALTH EVENTS

Virtual events for Fall 2021

September 14, 2021 - Choose DO Medical School Expo

  • 12:00-6:00 PM EST
  • Watch live presentations and meet with medical school admissions representatives, faculty, and current students via online chat rooms
  • Learn more about applying to medical school, the interview process, and life as a medical student
  • Meet with AACOM representatives, med school admissions teams, current DO residents & physicians, and more
  • Register here

September 15, 2021 - Pre-Health Information Session

  • 3:00-4:00 pm EST
  • Learn more about how to prepare for a health professional school
  • Inclusive of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, podiatry, PA school, and optometry
  • Register here

September 22, 2021 - Pharmacy School Virtual Fair

  • 10:00 am-7:00 pm EST
  • Learn more about Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and graduate pharmaceutical education (MS and PhD) programs
  • Chat online with nationwide pharmacy programs to learn about pharmacy practice and research, admission policy changes due to COVID-19, and more
  • Register here

September 22, 2021 - NEOMED/KSU Early Assurance Program Information Session

  • 5:30-6:30 pm EST
  • A collaboration of Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine
  • Find out more about the application process and eligibility criteria
  • Register here

October 9, 2021 - Virtual Ohio Medical Education Day (OMED)

  • 8:30 am-3:00 pm EST
  • Learn more about the path to medical school and how to build your application
  • Attend the Medical School Fair, connect with current medical students and Ohio medical school admissions officers
  • Register here

October 14, 2021 - Optometry Virtual Fair

  • 9:00 am- 7:00 pm EST
  • Meet representatives from schools and colleges of optometry in a live, virtual setting
  • Free for all prospective students to attend
  • Register here

November 4-11, 2021 - Health Professions Week Virtual Fair

  • A week of free events designed to help students learn more about various healthcare professions
  • Virtual Career Fair on November 10 from 3:00 - 9:00 pm EST
  • Register here

December 8, 2021 - Choose DO Medical School Expo

  • 12:00-6:00 PM EST
  • Watch live presentations and meet with medical school admissions representatives, faculty, and current students via online chat rooms
  • Learn more about applying to medical school, the interview process, and life as a medical student
  • Meet with AACOM representatives, med school admissions teams, current DO residents & physicians, and more
  • Register here