Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible to apply?

  • Must be a current freshman, sophomore, or junior (seniors are not eligible)
  • Must be interested in the pre-health studies
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Community service involvement and medically-related experience (research, internship) recommended

 

2. What is the Application Process?

The first step is a written application, which will be released as the application date approaches. Through this, we hope to gain a better understanding of our applications, especially in ways that are only possible through personal stories, passions, and interests. 

Those who pass the first round of the application process will be informed about the next steps. 

 

3. When is the application due?

The application due date is released in late-December to early-January. As the time approaches, stay updated about the application’s release by checking the Apply 2019 tab. 

 

4. What are the different committees?

Programming Committee:

The Programming Committee is in charge of planning programs for WPHLS members and/or the general student body. One of the largest events that WPHLS plans is the annual Women’s Pre-Health Leadership Society Conference, where WPHLS hosts speakers and panels to discuss issues pertaining to women in science. WPHLS also co-sponsors the Conversations in Medicine lecture series with Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Post-Baccalaureate Program, and the Pre-Professional Advising Office.  We plan the WPHLS general body meetings each semester.

Community Engagement Committee:

The Community Engagement Committee seeks to provide WPHLS members with service opportunities related to women, health disparities, science, and health care. Current WPHLS service projects include our mentoring program BLAST (Bringing Ladies and Science Together) in conjunction with the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, an interactive public health lecture series for residents of Project PLASE homeless shelters in partnership with AED and Project PREVENT, and volunteering at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Past events include sponsorship of JHU’s President’s Day of Service, hosting a booth at ISL’s “Hop Into Health” fair, and volunteering at the Baltimore Rescue Mission Clinic.

Public Relations Committee: 

The Public Relations Committee acts as the middle ground between the public and WPHLS. Through advertising, the committee seeks to provide the general public with information about how to get involved (e.g. the application to join WPHLS) and what events are being held. By working closely with the Programming Committee and the Community Engagement Committee, Public Relations Committee’s main role is to effectively communicate not only the events open to the general public, but also the proud achievements of WPHLS members. 

 

5. How do I contact WPHLS?

The most effective way is through email wphls.jhu@gmail.com.  In addition, feel free to reach WPHLS by messaging our Facebook.

 

6. Can I participate in events even though I am not a member?

Although a few events are only open to members, WPHLS hosts many events that are open to everyone. Examples of such events are our frequent CiM lecture series and the annual WPHLS conference. We encourage you to attend as many of these events as possible for this is a great way to meet the members and show your interest in joining WPHLS. Please see the “Events” page for upcoming event details.

 

7. What are the benefits of being a WPHLS member?

There are many benefits, but a few of the most valued ones include:

  • Strong connections with the Pre-Professional Advising Office
  • Opportunities to network with alumni and other health related professionals
  • One-on-one mentorships with current medical students via American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
  • Guidance through the medical school process
  • Numerous community service opportunities
  • Priceless relationships with WPHLS members

 

8. Once I become a member, what are my expectations?

Essentially, it is up to you to make use of the opportunities. Although we do hold semesterly requirements that all members must meet to hold their “active” status, WPHLS is a platform for our members to bring their ideas to life. Thus, we look for women who will take advantage of the plentiful opportunities we offer and demonstrate leadership, initiative, and passion.