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Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities

All professional schools are interested in well-rounded students who know how to balance work with recreation. Recreation activities, including hobbies, athletics, and other pastimes, will help you relieve stress and return refreshed to your studies, both undergraduate and professional.

Volunteer / Community Service

Because you are preparing for a humanitarian profession, it is important to have volunteer learning experiences which demonstrate a commitment to service to others. It is suggested that this be ongoing throughout your college years prior to application for admission.


Observing a healthcare provider in action will help you gather the information you need to fully commit to the profession you have chosen and to learn about a variety of medical specialties.

Patient Exposure Experience

Interacting well with patients is one of the key indicators of a successful future healthcare provider. Your experience can be either paid or unpaid; some may or may not require certification. Talk with an advisor about your specific interests.

Leadership Experience

As a provider, you will be a leader and team member in many ways – with your patients, your staff, your colleagues, and your community. Examples includes offices held in organizations, committee work; leadership in church activities; coordinating a project; managing, training, supervising at work or in other activities; teaching experience of any kind; peer counseling or mentoring, etc.

Research Experience

Healthcare professionals depend on medical literature to remain current in their field during their entire career. Most professional schools highly recommend participation in research. The UUSOM and UUSD, for example, both require participation in independent, hypothesis-based research using the scientific method. Your research experience could be from many different areas – it does not have to be medically related or in a lab.

Things to Remember

Make sure you have contact information for supervisors and physicians you shadow or work with in case you need to have them write recommendation letters. Even if you discontinue some activities, try to keep a relationship with them.

Record all hours of service and experiences. Writing your reflections in a journal will be helpful when you write a personal statement.

Contact PreProfessional Advising


PPA Advisor Office Locations:

Main PPA Office: Mayumi Kasai, Amy Urbanek and Cari Winger: Building 44, Room 206 [MAP]  

Marriott Library: Shelley Nicholson and Tam Mai: On the 2nd floor, in the South West corner of the Knowledge Commons

HPER North: Heather Crum, Room 234 


Fall 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • MLK Day: Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Presidents' Day: Monday, February 19, 2018
  • Memorial Day: Monday, May 28, 2018

Appointments are required. Please call 801-581-5744 to schedule an appointment.

If you are a prospective student (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email to schedule an appointment. 


"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 1/19/18