Spring Semester | March 23, 2020
Critical Thinking: Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
A Message from the Pre-Health Advising Office
Hello Students,

We have been receiving many questions about Brandeis' new pass/fail option and how it will be viewed by health professions programs. Historically, programs require that students have grades for prerequisite courses. Currently there is no consensus surrounding how schools will view coursework taken in Spring 2020.

Official policies are just starting to be released. Harvard Medical School, for example, stated they would accept pass/fail coursework  only if  the university converted  all grades  to pass/fail; under this guideline, Brandeis would not count. ( https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/admissions-prerequisite-courses#covid19 )

On the other hand, all Colleges of Podiatric Medicine have committed to accepting Spring 2020 coursework as pass/fail regardless of individual university policy. 

We can expect there to be variation among schools. The safest option is to plan to earn a grade for the class. As more schools release official statements throughout the spring, you will be in a better position to make an educated choice on whether or not to cover a grade with a P.

That being said, we hope that health professions schools will appreciate the unprecedented circumstances facing everyone this spring. Please do reach out to us if you're considering covering a class so that we can hear more about your situation and best advise you.

Here are some resources so you can stay up-to-date on this rapidly changing situation:

We know the uncertainty surrounding this is stressful. Remember that in health care, you will often be required to work under pressure and in unexpected circumstances, as you are this semester. 

Stay well,
Kate & Sierra
Non-Clinical Experiences for Summer
  • Virtual Volunteering!
  • Hobby exploration
  • Draft Personal Statements
  • Prepare a self study plan for MCAT/DAT/OAT/ect.
  • Create a list of your Top 15 Medical Schools (include their requirements)
  • Look for volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Start your 4-Year planning for Pre-Health requirements
  • Prepare applications for summer 2021 programs (Due next Winter break!)
  • Log volunteer hours with the Department of Community Service to earn service awards
  • Journal your activities through this break!
  • Start networking through LinkedIn (Think informational interviews)
  • Update your resume
  • Learn about labs on campus (publications and faculty)
  • Learn about the job responsibilities of your choose profession
  • Study popular topics in the healthcare field
  • Read our weekly newsletter for new opportunities
  • Study the AAMC Core Competencies. Any activities that build on these skills will be meaningful experiences! 

Want to learn more about making this summer count?
Watch our " Making the Most of Summer" webinar event next Tuesday.
Making the Most of Your Summer - VIRTUAL

Tuesday, March 24th, 12pm-1pm

Unsure what to do this summer for experience? Join us to learn about all the different options available to optimize your summer. We will focus on remote options this summer with the COVID-19 situation in mind.

Virtual Volunteering: Department of Community Service
For students who are looking to stay engaged in the community, please refer to what is being done locally in your home communities, but below are resources that may support your call to action. Our department is only a phone call or zoom meeting away, so please do continue to reach out if we can provide support, answer questions, or brainstorm together:

Writing Letters to the Elderly!
As we get used to this new virtual life, there are some elderly in our neighborhood who do not have access to the internet. As we transition into this period of social isolation, join J ewish Family and Children's Services (JF&CS) and Companions to Elders (C2E) to write letters to the elderly! A representative from JF&CS will be collecting and distributing letters to some of our elderly friends to remind them that we’re thinking about them! 
Please email companions2elders@gmail.com for guidelines.
4 Ways To Shape Your Volunteering In Uncertain Times: VolunteerMatch
As thousands of U.S. citizens are now being asked by their local governments to  self-quarantine , at VolunteerMatch, we’re also receiving numerous enquiries from companies and individuals who want to know how they can lend a helping hand in their communities. Here are some ideas we’ve collected to help if you’re curious about how you can help the most vulnerable populations:

Free MCAT Tutoring: Altius
To ease the stress associated with current national concerns, Altius has temporarily switched to a non-profit business model and is now providing FREE tutoring to pre-medical students impacted by COVID-19.

MCAT Strategies
Critical Analysis & Reasoning
Content Review
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The MCAT Exam
The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we have processes in place to modify our operations during this rapidly changing situation. We ask for your patience during this time as we are experiencing a high volume of inquiries from candidates regarding their MCAT exams. Please refer to the Pearson VUE website for more information and the FAQs below for answers to our most common questions.

Medical School Student Panel: Kaplan
Wednesday, March 25
8-9 pm EST

Kaplan will be hosting a online seminar on the MCAT and medical students regarding medical school and the journey to get there. 

AAMC Virtual Medical School Recruitment Fair
The AAMC will host a FREE Virtual Medical School Recruitment Fair, Friday, March 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET to connect aspiring applicants and medical school admissions professionals.

Roosevelt Fellows Move Office Hours Online
In an effort to keep our communities safe and align with virtual instruction the Roosevelt Fellow office hours are moving online. Instead of meeting in person, you can get your questions answered through a Zoom meeting!

Follow this link to sign up for an appointment time.  

Please be mindful of time zones on your Google calendar, and please only sign up for one appointment at a time. If none of these times work for you, email the team ( rooseveltfellows@brandeis.edu) or a specific Fellow to ask about meetings by appointment. Please keep in mind that Roosevelt Fellows are also students managing this transition, and response times may be slower than usual.

We can answer questions about course selection/registration, long- and short-term academic planning, academic policy questions, academic decision-making, and different resources for support at Brandeis.

We know many students have questions about the logistics of online instruction moving forward, or what next steps the university might take regarding COVID-19. The Roosevelt Fellows don't have more information than other students about these questions.

We hope you're all staying safe, and we look forward to connecting with you soon!
STAR is Looking for New Members!
STAR , a confidential peer resource that offers one-on-one support to all students during their office hours in the SCC Room 324, Sun - Fri from 1 - 7 PM, are looking to accept new members for the next academic year.

Students will go through professional training on a variety of topics such as suicide prevention, sexual assault, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more. If you are interested in helping others, consider applying for STAR! It is a wonderful opportunity not only to gain counseling experience and knowledge, but to meet amazing people and work together to improve awareness and open communication in our community.

Application will be accepted until  11:59 PM on Friday, April 30th . If you would like to find out more, feel free to email us at  starbrandeis@b randeis.edu .

Online Anatomy: University of Pennsylvania
The Human Anatomy series is a completely asynchronous online offering, comprised of an array of seven individual courses. Each course integrates anatomy with the embryology, histology, and imaging of organ systems and structures, with reference to their clinical and functional implications.
Each individual course is:
  • Developed by the Innovation Center for Online Medical Education (ICOME) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (PSOM)
  • Taught by an award-winning PSOM anatomy instructor
  • Delivered for University of Pennsylvania credit by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS)
  • Asynchronous (no required meeting times) and completely online

Note: Do not take anatomy online if it a pre-health requirement for you. Check in pre-health advising if you have questions if a course is appropriate to take online.
Stony Brook University: BCP 405 "Pharmacology to Pharmacy"
For undergraduates, our online course, BCP 405, provides an opportunity to earn advanced credits, as well as  prepare for immediate and in our experience, highly productive clinical exposure (e. g., physician ‘shadowing’).   They also receive outstanding preparation for careers in multiple health-care-related disciplines, either here at Stony Brook or elsewhere.

This course, to be offered exclusively online, is designed for undergraduates interested in health care (either basic medical science-oriented or clinical). The class introduces many aspects of clinical pharmacology, but is geared toward non-clinicians. Clinical vignettes and case discussions will be presented. Several medical procedures will be first described and then demonstrated. Understanding these procedures will be integral to appreciating the vignettes and clinical case discussions. The multidisciplinary course faculty will include physicians, scientists, educators, nurses and pharmacists. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to ask questions directly through online chats.
ULSD Pre-Dental Bridge to Dentistry
University of Louisville School of Denistry
2-day Hands-On Workshop
May 14th-15th, 2020

This two-day workshop offers an opportunity for the prospective 3rd and 4th year undergraduate pre-dental student to experience dentistry as a profession before making a life-changing career commitment. It will introduce some of the basic concepts of the profession and provide participants with a hands-on experience to waxing a tooth to proper anatomical contour, cavity preparation & restoration to proper form and function, impression making, and dental model fabrication. During these two days spent in ULSD, participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the admissions process as well as have the opportunity to interact with current dental students and learn from their personal experiences.

For more information and registration please visit:

Calling all pre-health students and alumni! Join the new Alumni Mentorship Network on LinkedIn to be apart of a growing community of health professional Brandeisians.
Kate Stutz , Director
Sierra Perez , Program Administrator


  • 30-Minute Appointments: Book Online or Call 781-736-3470
  • Drop-in 15-Minute Appointments: Monday-Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm [While Classes are in Session]