University of Wisconsin–Madison

CPHA Events

Four-Year Planning Workshops

CPHA advisor, Mike Hill, PhD, working with students at a Four-Year Planning Workshop.

Mike Hill, PhD, offers Four-Year Planning Workshops throughout the academic year. Other CPHA advisors join and work in small groups with first-year students to develop four-year plans that include prerequisite courses and co-curriculars (e.g., volunteering, shadowing, research, and student org involvement). If you are a first-year pre-health student, you will be notified about upcoming Four-Year Planning Workshops through the CPHA online pre-health orientation and CPHA newsletters. Stay tuned and come meet students with similar interests and talk one-on-one with pre-health advisors about your plans and interests. 

MCAT Study Prep Workshops

MD/PhD student and MCAT Workshop instructor, Keith Dodd, working with students at an MCAT Workshop.

Offered by CPHA and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Office of MD Admissions, this workshop series (each workshop consisting of two meetings) is designed to support CPHA and SMPH’s shared vision of increasing equity and diversity in healthcare, which means that while all students are encouraged to apply, priority is given to those who are from communities that are historically underrepresented and underserved in healthcare, including underrepresented students of color as well as students from first-generation, rural, and low-income backgrounds. Students must also have a minimum GPA of a 3.0 or be on track to have a 3.0 GPA by the end of the year in which they participate in the workshops. This workshop series is premised on the fact that the MCAT is a critical-thinking and not a content-based exam. It is designed to help students understand the nature of the MCAT and to prepare individualized study plans for the MCAT. Stay tuned to CPHA newsletters to see when the next MCAT Study Prep Workshop Series will be offered. There will be at least one both fall and spring semester. 

Book Club

CPHA advisor, Dija Selimi, PhD, in small group discussion with students.

Dija Selimi, PhD, has led a book discussion group the last three spring semesters (2017, 2018, and 2019). The goal of the book club is to give students opportunity to read and talk about good books that deal with important issues you will want to know and think critically about as you approach your career in health care. Books read the last three years are The Death Gap — How Inequality Kills (by David Ansell, MD), Black Man in a White Coat (by Damon Tweedy, MD), and 9 Pints (by Rose George). CPHA is reimagining how to offer students the chance to engage in critical discussion about important issues. Stay tuned to CPHA newsletters and our website for information about this and other opportunities.

Health Care Career Expo

The Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) on the UW School of Medicine and Public Health campus

Every spring semester, the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) and the Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) invite all interested students to come and talk with admissions representatives, faculty, and current students from UW health professional programs (SMPH, DPT, Pharmacy, OT, MPH, Nursing, PA, cytotechnology, kinesiology, biotechnology, and more) — as well as local professionals, gap year employers, and career services advisors from UW-Madison schools and colleges.