TIPS for 2021 Pre Health Application Cycle

Author: Corianne Kellems

Are you ready for the 2021 Pre Health Application Cycle?! CAREFULLY read below for important tips on the upcoming process:

If you are applying to medical school in 2021 you must turn in your intent to apply & questionnaire to Carry Teshka by Jan. 31, 2021. Just a heads up the longer you wait to turn in these forms, the further out your interview will be with one of the two advisors. There is no issue with having your interview later in the process other than personal preference. However, there COULD be an issue if you need more research hours. As your time is shortened by having your interview further out to be notified and to fulfill these hours if this is the case for you. 

Once you have turned in your forms you can call 574-631-4890 to set up your interview with either Fr. James Foster, Dr. Kathleen Kolberg, and Dean Maureen Dawson.

Fr. Foster, Dr. Kolberg, and Dean Dawson have overall extensive experience and knowledge within the Pre Health field. If you do not know them, check out their credentials here. This year Asst. Dean Maureen Dawson is joining the med school preparation team writing letters for a limited number of Arts and Letters Neuroscience and Arts and Letters PreHealth students. If you do not know Dean Dawson check out her credentials here. Common specialties other than PhD and MD are Dental School, Fr. Foster specializes in this field. Also, if you are applying for PA or Optometry, Dr. Kolberg specializes in these fields.

Your interview will be one hour long via zoom with you and the advisor you choose. Be presentable but do not worry so much about professional attire. You both will discuss your questionnaire and look over the requirements for medical school to make sure you are on the right track. This will be a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have within the process! 

After your interview has been completed, the Preprofessional Office will need a copy of your AMCAS submitted application AND an email notice to Carry Teshka that all of the letters of recommendations are in before we can move your file to the queue. After the notification has been received is when your file within our office is now placed in a queue to have your 4-5 page committee letter written by the advisor you had your interview with. Please know EACH student applying to medical school will have a 4-5 page committee letter. Can you imagine the two advisors writing all those words for over 400 students? Trivia question: How many pages total will the advisors write, if, lets say the advisors write 4 pages per student and there are 400 students applying to medical school in 2021? Email me your answer and this will tell me you actually read through the entirety of this post! Your file is placed in the order you emailed Carry your submitted application from AMCAS and notified her of your letters of recommendations being turned in. In simple terms, your file is placed behind the student who completed these tasks before you. This process is tedious and a long one and requires A LOT of patience from your side as there could be over 400 students applying to medical school this year at Notre Dame! Catch a theme? Patience should be your mantra for the upcoming months!

PLEASE NOTE: This is an extremely busy time in our office. We are helping each of you reach your goals on attending medical school. We know this is a very important and crucial moment in your life. We know most, if not all, of the deadlines within the medical school application process. We are all working diligently with each of you during this process. 

Please reach out to me should you have any questions. 

Best of luck!



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Questionnaire For 2021

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