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4th Annual Intermountain Pre-Med & Pre-PA Conference


UPCOMING EVENTS

Salus University Admissions Webinar Wednesdays

The Office of Admissions at Salus University is offering a series of online information sessions about our health professions programs this spring semester. During the Webinar Wednesdays series, information will be provided about our Optometry, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and Physician Assistant programs - including facts about the profession, the curriculum, and admissions procedures and recommendations. Students will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Salus University Admissions Officers. Register to attend through the links below.

Spring Webinar Dates:

Pre-Dental: UNLV School of Dental Medicine, Dental School Simulation Course


Friday & Saturday, May 30th & 31st and June 13th & 14th

Working in UNLV SDM's advanced pre-clinical laboratory, participating pre-dental students will gain valuable hands on experience and will discover what the preclinical portions of dental school are really like. The course will help to confirm your interest in dentistry and make you a stronger applicant!

During the course you will:

  • Make typodont impressions and pour them in stone
  • Use a high speed dental handpiece and other dental instruments
  • Prepare cavity restorations
  • Fill cavity preparations using both amalgam and composite
  • Identify normal dentition
  • Model a central incisor in wax
  • Earn a certificate of course completion
  • Meet the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs and Faculty on the Admissions Committee

Fee: $200 (includes lunch both days)
Each course is limited to 76 students
Register at: www.unlvadea.org
Email: unlvsimcourse@gmail.com

Pre-Dental: Roseman University College of Dental Medicine, Dental Simulation Course


Friday May & Saturday, May 30th & 31st

At Roseman University CODM, pre-dental students will not only experience our new state-of-the-art facility but will also learn about treating patients as a whole. When participants finish the 2-day simulation course they will have gained an appreciation for both the pre-clinical and clinical aspects of dental school. We are confident this course will be skill as well as application building.
Cost: Fee: $200
How many: this course is limited to 80 students
Contact info:

How to sign up: http://www.rosemanadea.com/pre-dental-sim-course/

Participants will:

  • Be introduced to the Roseman model of teaching
  • Discuss a patient cased-based presentation
  • Be introduced to radiograph education
  • Be introduced to the patient file
  • Learn the basics of treatment planning and diagnosing
  • Be introduced to dental anatomy
  • Use a dental high-speed handpiece
  • Practice preparations on a learn-a-prep block
  • Complete a partial wax-up of a molar
  • Make impressions and stone casts
  • Meet the Associate Deans for Admissions, Academic, and Clinical Affairs
  • Meet Dr. Frank Licari, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine of Roseman University
  • and more!

Pre-Optometry: Berkeley Optometry, Summer Opto-Camp


June 18th-20th and July 16th-18th

The Admissions and Student Affairs Office at UC Berkeley's School of Optometry is pleased to announce that we will host our 9th annual summer Opto-Camp program! We will offer two sessions this summer, June 18-20 and July 16-18. Open to all, the goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to provide pre-health science/pre-optometry majors, especially those who are underrepresented in the profession and/or first-generation college students, with in-depth information about Optometry as a career track and to prepare attendees to be successful applicants to optometry school. Please note that there is a $125 program fee for those selected to attend, however, we are also offering a limited amount of scholarships per session.

Program specifics and the application are linked here: http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp. The application deadline is Monday, April 28, 2014. Questions about Opto-Camp can be directed to Heather Iwata (hiwata@berkeley.edu).

Pre-Dental: Marquette Pre-Dental Weekend


Friday & Saturday, July 18th & 19th

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a dental student at Marquette Dental?

Weekend activities include:

  • Presentation from director of admissions
  • Simulation lab experience
  • Tour of dental school
  • Mock interviews with marquette dental interview questions
  • Q&a session with current dental students
  • Personal statement writing workshop
  • Networking lunch with faculty and students
  • Friday night social in downtown milwuakee
  • and more!!!

Cost (2 options):

  1. $375 includes all weekend
    • Activities, meals, and hotel
    • Accommodations at the Ambassador Hotel for Friday night
  2. $325 includes all weekend
    • Activities and meals with no hotel
    • Stay for Friday night


If you have any questions about Pre-Dental weekend, please email Phillip Crum at phillip.crum@marquette.edu.


PATIENT CONTACT, INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Patient Contact: Care To Stay Home

Licensed caregiving company currently hiring CNA's and experienced caregivers looking for part-time hours.

  • IMMEDIATE NEED FOR MATURE CAREGIVERS
  • Day and evening shifts available
  • Experience with Seniors with Alzheimer's a big plus
  • Personal Care, Laundry, Meal Prep, Light Housecleaning. Providing care for Seniors in their homes
  • Fingerprints/background check req.

Please call 801-901-8512. Apply online at: www.orem.caretostayhome.com

Patient Contact: Sunrise Home Health & Hospice

Employer is looking for responsible, motivated, and hard working idividuals who love to care for those in need by provinding CNA services. CNA's needed in Utah County Area. Work starts immediately! As a CNA, you will be providing home health care services to patients in the comfort of their homes. This includes helping prepare meals, bathing, dressing, housekeeping, and other daily living essentials. Very competitive pay rates. No experience required but recommended. CNA license needed. Flexible morning and evening schedules are available, some nights and/or weekends are required. Must be 18 to apply.

  • Travel time, mileage reimbursement
  • Must have reliable source of transportation
  • $10-$12 per hour
  • Bonuses for patient referrals

Please e-mail your resume to Larena at Larena@sunrisehhh.com or call 801-374-6553

Volunteer: UVU Freshman Advocate

Let your experience help others! FAs are assigned two or more freshmen with whom they are expected to develop a supporting relationship. Through that relationship, FAs positively assist the freshman to succeed at the University level. As an FA, you will be the conduit to programs on campus, where the students can find expert help in overcoming obstacles to their education.

The Freshman Advocate program is a meaningful opportunity to positively impact someone else's future. Additionally, it is a great way to complete service hour requirements and have something positive to add to your resume. You will receive valuable training in mentoring, which will be of great benefit throughout the remainder of your life.

Requirements to be an FA:

  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA for the last two semesters
  • Successfully earned a minimum of 24 credits
  • Have declared a major
  • Take SLSS 240R-006 (Leadership Mentoring Practicum) during Fall 2014 for continued support and training

If you are interested in a Freshman Advocate position, please complete the application at: https://orgsync.com/52192/forms/62139. There is a limited number of FAs accepted each semester, so please submit your application now.

Internship: Alzheimer's Association

Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. We are looking for interns that share this same passion. This position is open to all majors

Interns will have the following responsibilities:

  • Research Neurologists, Geriatricians, and Primary Care Physicians and update chapter database
  • Prepare materials for physician outreach
  • Facilitate physician education on Alzheimer's Association programs and services

Interns will have the following qualifications:

  • Upbeat and enthusiastic, well organized, self-motivated, team player, and eager to learn.

Please send resume to Ronnie Daniel at rdaniel@alz.org

Volunteer: Hrdina Project (UVU Club)

Looking for long term volunteer opportunities to help build your resume for medical and dental school applications? The Hrdina Project at UVU is the perfect club for you!
We help teachers at Traverse Mountain Elementary by tutoring students, grading papers or whatever the teacher needs.
We make it extremely convenient for you; simply pay your club dues ($5) at the club office (LC101) and email us at hrdinaproject@gmail.com with your Name, Contact information and Weekly availability. We will contact the school and set up a time for you!
Please email us with any questions you may have.

Hot Internships

http://www.uvu.edu/internships/findinternships/hotinternships.html

Volunteer: Muscular Dystrophy Association Summer Camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is preparing for its summer camp sessions for the year 2014. Each year children between the ages of 6-17 with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular diseases are given the opportunity to attend a week of MDA Summer Camp at Kamas, Utah. Please enjoy this brief video of our 2013 camp, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FttmR-DwDXM

MDA is now recruiting volunteers for each session. The MDA Summer Camp will have two sessions held between August 9-August 14, 2014 and August 14- August 19, 2014 at the YMCA camp in Kamas, Utah.

More information about summer camp volunteers can be found on the MDA summer camp pages at www.mda.org/clinics/camp.
To obtain a volunteer application or learn more about ways to support MDA's summer camp program, contact:
Kuulei Amado
Pediatric Health Care Services Coordinator
Lamado@mdausa.org
801-278-6200

Volunteer/Patient Contact: GIANT Steps Autism Preschool

Looking for long term volunteers

GIANT Steps Autism Preschool is a treatment program through Wasatch Mental Health, which provides services for autistic children (ages 3-5) and their parents. Volunteers will care for autistic children on a weekly basis at Foothill Elementary School in Orem (921 N. 1240 E.). Volunteers have the chance receive special training and experience in different autism treatment methods.
This program offers unique, life-changing opportunities to volunteers:

  • Help a child with an autism spectrum disorder reach his / her potential
  • Get special training and experience in autism treatment methods
  • Graduate/Medical/Dental schools like to see long-term commitments in volunteering, and this program is ongoing (meaning you could even continue into next year and beyond.)
  • It will provide the 2 hours needed per week for the recommended 100 hours per year of volunteering for most medical schools, with an opportunity to get more hours if desired
  • Since you will be helping children with autism, this can count toward patient experience hours if needed instead of volunteer hours
  • Be in the autism classroom with trained professionals and learn about treatment methods, such as TEACH, discrete trial relationship interventions, KinderMusik, and Greenspan's Floor Time
  • Participate in Giant Steps events such as date nights, auctions, balloon launches, carnivals, and benefit concerts
  • Work with children at all levels of functioning in the autism spectrum
  • You will have amazing, unforgettable experiences with the children. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a real difference in this program

GIANT Steps currently needs 6-8 volunteers to help on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm (bi-monthly) and 8-9 volunteers to help during the hours of 9 am–3:30 pm, Tuesday-Friday (a 2 hour weekly time commitment).
Volunteers must commit to the following minimum requirements:

  1. A minimum of 20 hours of volunteer time (total) with the Giant Steps program.
  2. A commitment to attend every Thursday night from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm (bi-monthly) or a minimum 2 hour commitment each week on a regular day and time. Keeping a regular schedule is important in caring for autistic children; it disturbs the children to have a change in schedule. Regular attendance to your committed day and time is absolutely required.
  3. Attend a mandatory training. The requirement of this will depend on if you are a Thursday night or daytime volunteer.
  4. Fill out a volunteer time sheet each time you volunteer. Wasatch Mental Health needs a record of the hours you volunteer. The volunteer supervisor is happy to write a letter of recommendation if she sees you can commit over the long term with regular hours.

Previous experience with autism is not required.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send a message with your answers to the following volunteergiantsteps@gmail.com
Please include your name, phone number, and preferred email address.

  1. Why you want to volunteer with Giant Steps?
  2. Explain your commitment to the requirements listed above. Be specific and include the day and time slot you would like each week.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Get Involved: Join a Club, Pay Your Dues

It is one thing to simply say you joined a club; it is quite another to be involved! UVU has several excellent clubs on campus especially for pre-health students. There are several Pre-Health Clubs on campus including Premed, Pre-Dental, Pre-PA, Pharmacy, Exercise Science, etc. These clubs provide great opportunities to those involved including but not limited to networking, service, and leadership experience. They also provide unique experiences for their members including the opportunity to interact with local healthcare professionals as well as representatives from health professions programs. All clubs at UVU are required to have club dues; this is a nominal fee which is used to help fund club events and activities. Get involved today!

To join a club, go to: http://uvu.orgsync.com/org/clubs

To pay your club dues, visit the Clubs Office (LC 101a) OR pay online.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYING DUES ONLINE:

  1. Login to your UV Link (https://uvlink.uvu.edu)
  2. Click 'Student' tab
  3. Click 'Student Services and Resources' tab
  4. Click 'Pay Club Dues'
  5. Select the club
  6. Enter payment info
  7. Submit!

BYU Test Prep

BYU Test prep has an upcoming Accelerated MCAT course for those who plan to take the MCAT this summer. This will be a great time to really focus on the MCAT material without all the stress of the semester's coursework. You do not need to be enrolled at BYU to participate.

WHEN: May 3-June 3

CLASSES HELD: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 5:00-9:00 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

PRICE: $795

Register at http://testprep.byu.edu Call 801-422-3550 or Visit 120 HCEB

Contact Trey Knowles, Test Prep Coordinator, if you have any questions at trey.knowles@byu.edu or (801)-422-4853

Altius MCAT Test Prep

Did you know?

MCAT-2015 will be more than two hours longer and require knowledge of three new disciplines that are NOT required for the current form of the exam (Biochemistry, Psychology and Sociology). Test smart, by testing now—before these pending changes require you to complete three additional prerequisite courses and endure a significantly longer test day.

What are my options?

Students have three Altius course options that will prepare them for one of the remaining 2014-2015 test dates. The last possible date you can sit for the current form of the exam is January 23rd, 2015. A list of all of the possible exam dates between now and January 23rd is available here.

  1. Summer Full-Immersion Program: This is your last chance to take our extremely popular Summer Full-Immersion Program before the MCAT changes. Choose from either SLC or Provo, UT (late May through July) or Portland, OR (early June through mid-August). Prepares you for any fall 2014 or January 2015 MCAT exam. Most summer students will test in late August or September.
  2. Fall Short-Track: The Short-Track version of the Altius MCAT Program, normally offered January through May, will be offered this-year-only from September 2014 through January 2015. Prepares you for any January 2015 MCAT exam.
  3. Summer-Fall Long-Track Hybrid: Our highest MCAT scores usually come from our Long-Track students, and therefore we recommend this as the best overall option. Students in this program will participate in the entire 2014 Summer Full-Immersion MCAT Program and then continue their preparation by completing the Fall Short-Track program described above. This 9-month hybrid program maximizes the benefits of longitudinal repetition. Students benefit from having more time in the program, greater flexibility, and receiving more one-on-one mentoring from their private tutor. Prepares you for any January 2015 MCAT exam, or potentially a late-fall 2014 exam for those who feel ready.

Who should take the test now?

Every student should consult with their premedical advisor to devise a plan specific to their unique circumstances. In general, however, if you are relatively close to being ready to take the exam, testing before the MCAT change could be a very wise decision that saves you a significant amount of precious time and resources. Before taking the current form of the MCAT you will need to complete one year each of physics, biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. If you have only one or two semesters left to complete these classes you may want to consider wrapping them up more quickly by taking summer courses or independent study. It is also possible to finish one or two classes concurrently while taking the Altius program. Here are a few hypothetical examples to consider and discuss with your advisor:

Student #1: Has already finished General Chemistry and Biology and is finishing the 1st semester of O-Chem this spring. She still needs to take the 2nd semester of O-Chem and both semesters of Physics. This student could reasonably choose to take Physics over the summer, and finish their last semester of O-Chem concurrently while taking the Altius Short-Track Program during the fall of 2014. She would then take a January 2015 exam.

Student #2: Is currently enrolled in the 2nd semesters of both General Chemistry and Biology. He still needs to take both semesters of Physics and both semesters of O-Chem. While potentially possible, finishing all of these prerequisites, PLUS an MCAT prep course before January 2015 will be very difficult and is likely to negatively impact his grades. This student is most likely better off to focus the entire 2014-15 school year on wrapping up their prerequisites--including the new sociology, psychology and biochemistry requirements--and then take MCAT-2015 sometime thereafter.

Student #3: Has finished all of his prerequisites except for the 2nd semester of Physics. This student could easily complete that final semester during the fall of 2014 and sit for a January 2015 exam. He could even take the 2014 Summer Full-Immersion Program given the fact that most of the physics topics on the MCAT come from the 1st semester and the Altius program can easily teach him the remaining subjects from scratch.

Why Altius?

There are many reasons, so you'll want to check out our website and do your own careful research to understand them all. Here a few reasons to choose Altius just to get you started:

  • Altius is NOT another status quo MCAT prep course.
  • Instead of ineffective lectures, we use interactive, hands-on instruction.
  • Each Altius student is assigned to a 1-on-1 private tutor and mentor. Compare this constant 1-on-1 guidance to the largely self-directed approach employed by status quo courses.
  • Altius students have 24/7 access to their tutor-mentor for questions, advice, and feedback.
  • Depending on the package they select, Altius students meet for 20, 25, or 40 hour-long private tutoring sessions.
  • Altius curriculum is 100% conceptual. We reject the memorization and plug-n-chug approach overemphasized by most prep programs.
  • Altius is the only program that publishes student score results. Last year the average score among students who completed the entire program was a 33.2. Last year's students were TEN TIMES more likely to earn a 40 or above than all other test takers nationwide.
  • Altius is available EVERYWHERE! The new MCAT Everywhere Program(TM) allows students to access all course resources, meet with their tutor, or study with fellow students from anywhere they have an internet connection. This isn't the traditional "recorded classroom" or "e-learning" experience. Our cutting edge webinar software delivers streaming HD video, enhanced audio, a shared whiteboard, file sharing, screen sharing, and much more.

How do I Enroll?

Visit our website www.altiustestprep.com and click on any of the "Enroll Now" buttons, call our main office at 435.671.5783, or email us at info@altiustestprep.com.

Space truly is limited. Over the last two months we have been working almost daily with students from around the country who wanted to start prepping now, but are unable to because our current courses are all full. We don't use the "space is limited" gimmick like so many other programs do to give some false sense of urgency. However, we do want students to be aware that these courses will fill to capacity and there is no way to "squeeze in" additional students once our private tutors are full.


 

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