Welcome to the CMU Health Professions Program
The Health Professions Program (HPP) is an advising resource for all current CMU students and alumni interested in pursuing a career in a health profession. Such careers include medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and genetic counseling, to name a few. Students interested in careers in biomedical research are also welcome. The program is designed to assist students with:
- Exploration: What are some possible health careers? What are the pre-reqs?
- Preparation: How do I become a competitive applicant to a health professions school?
- Application: What does the application process entail? What is the CMU Committee Interview Process?
- Mentoring: Connecting students to alumni and other professionals in the health professions.
ENROLL in the HPP by subscribing to the HPP Mailman email information list.
COVID-19 messaging to HPP students:
As of November 5, 2020:
- AAMC Medical School interviews (MD & MD-PhD) - many schools will be using the new AAMC VITA interview tool. Please click here for a quick summary of VITA.
- Nov 10, 2020: Jan - March, 2021 MCAT registration opens.
- January 2021 MCAT exams remain on the 2-week expedited scoring schedule. After January, MCAT exam scoring returns to 30-35 day scoring.
- AMCAS current updates:
- Secondary applications - do your best to return these within about 2 weeks.
- TMDSAS opened and went live May 1. Verified applications transmitted to med schools started June 1, 2020.
- May 5, 2020 - AACOMAS application is now open and live for submission
- June 15, 2020 - Verified applications transmission to med schools starts
- Most if not all MD and DO med schools will accept P/F or P/NP grades from the Spring 2020 semester during the AY21 cycle. The HPP will continue to monitor these communications and will share additional updates as they become available regarding summer and fall 2020 classes.
As you transition to fall 2020 classes, we are aware of certain course cancellations and issues with registration. Please be patient as the CMU Registrar's office and the many academic units work to finalize the fall 2020 schedule of classes given the new scheduling parameters. For those who are impacted by the cancellation of 09-207, Tech I lab, please look to the other pre-health pre-req courses that you need to take. Information about chem labs will be shared as we obtain additional information. If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to email the HPP Director or schedule a zoom appointment.
For fall 2020, ALL HPP advising will be conducted remotely. If you feel you must meet in person, please let the HPP Director know.
For the latest updates, please refer to the CMU Alert Emergency Notifcation System page on COVID-19
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