Dear Pre-Health Students—

As we look ahead to the remainder of the spring semester, we want to take a moment to address some of the questions and concerns being fielded by Pre-Professional Advising.

Will classes move to S/U, or will they continue to be for a grade?

We don’t yet know the answer to that question, but Hopkins administrators are actively discussing the options and will likely share their decision within the next two weeks.

What should I do about my grades and coursework for spring 2020? How will all of this affect my future application?

Pre-health advisors across the country have been discussing how to advise students. One of the best pieces of advice we’ve heard thus far is as follows: As a pre-health student, you are going to face tremendous challenges in medical (or other health professions) school, residency and clinical practice. You will have to perform in situations where human well-being is the outcome, not a grade. You may have to conduct your medical duties under stress, such as during an acute emergency or extended pandemic. So, use this time to learn from a new and unsettling situation. COVID-19 has presented all of us with unexpected challenges, but this can be your time to shine. We suggest you continue to work hard, persevere, and demonstrate to schools and programs that you are adaptable, resilient, and flexible.

What is going to happen to my summer internship/job/research/etc.?

We have heard that some programs are cancelling for the summer. We suggest everyone start considering alternative plans, just in case original plans cannot be fulfilled. Some ideas are virtual volunteering, online tutoring, non-clinical research (if allowed), literature reviews, clinical research (if allowed) that can be conducted via phone, etc. Or, if you have an idea for a project, now is a great time to work on it and propose it—this is a good time to be creative and forward-thinking.

What relevant work can I do while away from Hopkins?

Attached is a Word Document: comprehensive list of ideas for pre-health students to consider while inside for the immediate future. The list was comprised by members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), and ideas range from self-care to virtual fairs and virtual volunteering.

How can I keep up-to-date on application information from various health professions associations (such as the AAMC)?

Please follow this website for information from professional associations:

In closing, we understand many students don’t know what to expect in the weeks and months ahead. The University is working hard to ensure you continue receiving the quality education and services you expect from Johns Hopkins, and they will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Pre-Professional Advising


The Office of Pre-Professional Advising serves current students and alumni pursuing career interests in the healthcare or law professions. Our role is to help you make informed decisions in your pre-health or pre-law course planning, secure relevant experience, overcome obstacles, and navigate the application process.

Our office offers individual advising appointments, small group meetings, and informational sessions, specialized workshops and experiential programs, bi-weekly newsletters for pre-health and pre-law highlighting upcoming events and opportunities, online guides and resources, and other services to assist you in every step of your journey to your career.

Pre-Professional Office Hours

Beginning Tuesday, September 3, the Pre-Professional Advising office’s new Student Advising Space will be located in Shriver Hall, suite 30. In the meantime, Pre-Professional staff can be reached during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., by calling 410-516-4140 or by writing to Students may also feel free to contact Pre-Professional Advisors directly via email. All Pre-Professional Advising meetings will be conducted virtually by telephone or Skype/Zoom, and by appointment only until in-person appointments resume on September 3.

Administrative Office

Garland Hall 300

Our staff is available by phone and email ONLY Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 .pm.

Student Advising Space

Shriver Hall 030

Administrative staff will be available from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Advising is by appointment only. Drop-in advising hours are Tuesday–Thursday 12–1 p.m.