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Student Life

Student Activities

The following student-centered events are available to students of the School of Health Professions (SHP):

Student Interview Sessions

  • Held each year during the admissions season
  • Tours are held on different intervals and are intended to provide prospective students with an opportunity to visit the treatment facilities and clinical laboratories at MD Anderson During this period the prospective students for the School of Health Professions meet with SHP faculty, current students, SHP administrators and other prospective students.

Student Orientation

  • Held the day before classes begin each Fall semester
  • Orientation is primarily an academic event designed to provide:
    • A wealth of information regarding SHP policies and academics
    • An opportunity for incoming students to meet with each other and with current students
    • Information on services available to students from different aspects of the UT System

Student Congress Meetings

  • Held the first Tuesday of the Fall semester to select:
    • Student Congress Officers
    • Representatives to the UT System Student Advisory Council
    • Representatives to the Texas Medical Center Student Advisory Council

  •  The Congress continues to meet monthly throughout the academic year to:
    • Consider student concerns or issues
    • Hear reports from the Student Advisory Councils
    • Plan student participation in community outreach projects

Scholarship Award Luncheon

  • Held during the Spring semester
  • This luncheon is designed to honor the students who are awarded the various School of Health Professions scholarships

United to Serve

  • Scheduled annually to coincide with National Volunteer Week
  • This joint system-wide event takes place with the combined efforts of students, faculty and administrators


  • Held each year on the third Friday of August
  • Commencement involves not only the academic ceremony but also a reception at which graduates and their families can meet with SHP faculty and administrators

Student Government

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions Student Congress is an elected student body designed to represent all program disciplines in the School of Health Professions. 

The Student Congress elects students to represent the School of Health Professions as follows:

UT System Student Advisory Council

  • Two student representatives to the UT System
  • The Advisory Council meets three times a year
    The Council provides input to the UT System Board of Regents working through and with the chancellor and UT System Administration on issues of student concern.

Texas Medical Center Student Advisory Council

  • Three student representatives to serve on the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Advisory Council
  • This council meets five times a year to provide input to Texas Medical Center representatives on better ways for the TMC to serve students during their academic tenure

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