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Pre-Health

Through active-learning classes, hands-on research and volunteer opportunities, many CBS graduates are well prepared to go on to programs in a variety of health-related fields. In pursuit of these advanced degrees, you can take advantage of our pre-health opportunities and resources on campus to prepare for your future in healthcare. 

Planning for What's Next

CBS Career Services team offers support to students and recent alums as they make the transition from college to career.


In 2015, CBS Student Services restructured its career services to a team-based approach to meet the specific needs of biological sciences students and recent alumni. Under the leadership of an assistant director for Career Services, the team includes an undergraduate research coordinator, pre-health career coach, and general career coach.

About CBS Student Services Career Team

In 2015, CBS Student Services restructured its career services to a team-based approach to meet the specific needs of biological sciences students and recent alumni. Under the leadership of an Assistant Director for Career Services, the team includes an Undergraduate Research Coordinator, Pre-Health Career Coach, and general Career Coach. Over the past three years, this team has spearheaded a number of initiatives to help undergraduate students and recent alumni bridge the gap between their college and professional careers.

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) Workshop

Learn and practice the MMI interviewing technique commonly used at numerous medical schools, including the University of Minnesota. Develop interviewing skills and practice interviewing in the MMI format in a safe, risk-free environment. The MMI format involves some ethically and ambiguous situations and questions, so come practice in this workshop available from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

Event Details
Date: Friday, September 28
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Nils Hasselmo Hall (NHH) 4-101

Medical School Application Bootcamp

CBS students applying to medical school programs during the summer of 2018 are invited to attend this application workshop on Monday, May 14! This interactive workshop will include an overview of the medical school admissions process, a presentation about the holistic review process from the U of M Medical School, a panel of CBS alumni currently in medical school, an opportunity for a mock interview practice in traditional and MMI styles, and other activities related to preparing a competitive application for medical school.

Meet with a Pre-Health Career Coach!

Prepare for your health professional school applications or spring and summer pre-health plans by meeting with a career coach

There are a lot of CBS pre-health events coming up in March, April, and May, and applications for health professional school begin to open as early as May for some health professional schools that start in Fall of 2019. You are invited to schedule a pre-health appointment by visiting cbsss.appointments.umn.edu or by calling 612-624-9717 to get prepared for application season and check-in about your upcoming summer pre-health plans.

Exploring Careers in Health Professions Panel

Interested in a health profession but not sure which profession? Attend this panel sponsored by EPPA to network and ask questions to health professionals including medical doctors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, and physician assistants. These health professionals will answer any questions you may have about what it’s really like to work in the health professions. Come and learn about the challenges and triumphs of their chosen career paths and hear advice they have to offer. Dinner will be provided. Registration is required.

Event Details:

Multiple Mini Interview for Medical School

Learn and practice the MMI interviewing technique commonly used at numerous medical schools, including the University of Minnesota. Develop interviewing skills and practice interviewing in the MMI format in a safe, risk-free environment. The MMI format involves some ethically and ambiguous situations and questions, so come practice in these workshops available from 3:00pm-4:30pm on Thursday, September 14 and 10:00am-11:30am on Friday, September 15. Registration is required. (Please register for only one workshop.)

Catching up With Luke Feuling Porter

The CBS Pre-Health Career Coach shares what he's been talking about with students recently and how health profession school applicants can prepare for their secondary essays and interviews.  

Luke Feuling Porter

1. What's the most common question students are asking you these days, and what's your response?