FAQ

General

How do I apply to attend WPC?

Applications to WPC2021 are currently closed. Applications to attend the next year's conference will open next December. Please contact harvardwpc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

When will I be notified of my decision?

First-round applicants will be notified of their decision status by January 20th.  Second-round applicants will be notified of their decision status by February 20.

Who can attend WPC?

All undergraduate and medical students interested in health fields are invited to apply.

 

How much does it cost to attend the World Pre-Health Conference?

The World Pre-Health Conference is free to attend! We want access to pre-health education to be open to everyone!

 Student Mentoring Program (SMP)

I didn't receive a notification about my SMP application status. 

If you applied to the SMP and did not receive a notification about your application status by January 20th, you are currently on the SMP waitlist. Due to the overwhelming interest in our mentoring program, this year's SMP participant selection was highly competitive. 

How are mentors and mentees matched? 

Mentors and mentees are matched based on their interests and responses to the initial sign-up form taking into consideration the following items: specialty, academic interests, hobbies, geographical location, general availability, and answers to application questions. We also offer space on the sign-up application to express an interest in being matched based on race/gender/sexuality. 

 

Will the mentorships be 1-1?

Our goal is to make 1-1 mentorships, but if this is not possible due to the number of mentees and mentors, we will adjust as is necessary.  

 

Can I request a specific mentor if I know that they will be participating in SMP? 

Yes, there is space to do so on the application. 

 

When and where do I find out who my mentor/mentee is?

You will receive your match at the latest by the end of January by email. Please confirm that you are still interested in participating in SMP by submitting the respective Google form in the email. 

 

Can I switch from my mentor to another mentor? 

Please email wpcnetworking@gmail.com with the subject header [SMP SWITCH] explaining why you would like to request a switch and who your current mentor is. We encourage mentors and mentees to work through any differences or difficulties and discourage switching to foster a long-term mentor-mentee relationship, but if any harassment or unhealthy environments arise, please let us know immediately. 

 

Mentor-Mentee Logistics and Meetings 

How many times should I be meeting with my mentor? 

We encourage mentors and mentees to be meeting at least monthly, but this is subject to change and you will indicate your preferred meeting schedule in the mentor agreement. 

 

My mentor/mentee is not responding to my emails. 

Please email wpcnetworking@gmail.com with the subject header [SMP CONTACT] explaining this situation and your forms of communication with your mentor or mentee. We will personally reach out to the mentor or mentee in question and address the situation as soon as possible. We may switch you, if you agree, if absolutely necessary. 

 

How should I prepare for meetings with my mentor/mentee? 

Please see the following guides: 

Mentoring 101: Mentors

Mentoring 101: Mentees

Email wpcnetworking@gmail.com with the subject header [SMP PREP] with any other questions.

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