February 28, 2014
Medical-Education Groups Agree to Single Accreditation System
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine on Wednesday announced that they had reached an agreement on a unified system of accreditation for graduate medical-education programs in the United States. The agreement builds on a preliminary pact three groups announced previously, in 2012.
The ACGME will become the single accreditor for residency and fellowship-training programs for M.D.’s and osteopathic physicians. The AOA and AACOM will become member organizations of the ACGME. The move is designed to ease transfer from one accredited program to another.
Pre-Med: Update from AAMC - MCAT Exam Registration for June 2014-January 2015 Testing Dates
Registration is nowopenfor June 2014 through January 2015 MCAT testing dates.
The following additional test administration dates have been added to the schedule:
- Tuesday, October 21 – am administration
- Saturday, October 25 – pm administration
- Friday, November 7 – am administration
- Thursday, January 15, 2015 – pm administration
- Friday, January 23, 2015 – am administration
An updated PDF of the January 2014 – January 2015 testing dates schedule for the U.S. and Canada is now available on the MCAT website.
Pre-Pharmacy: LECOM Distance Education Pathway
LECOM School of Pharmacy now has a new distance education pathway. They are currently accepting applications for this pathway for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
The distance education pathway is a four-year PharmD program that will mirror the curriculum of the traditional four-year PharmD program in Bradenton, FL. This program consists of a majority of the coursework being completed at home. A majority of the curriculum will be able to be completed based on the availability of the student. However, tests must be taken according to a pre-determined schedule at testing locations associated with the National College Testing Association (NCTA) . Additionally, orientation and summer sessions will require students to travel to the Bradenton, Florida LECOM campus. Lastly, a synchronous learning schedule will be published prior to the start of each semester so that students will have plenty of time to arrange their lives around the limited amount of required attendance hours. For additional information, review an electronic version of LECOM’s brochure and/or the explanation of entrance requirements available on their website ( http://lecom.edu ).
Spring 2014 Public & Community Health Seminar Series
Monday, March 3rd — 12:00-1:00pm — UVU West Campus (1000 S. Geneva Rd., Orem, UT), HP 118
Please join your fellow students and faculty for a Public & Community Health Seminar Series lecture featuring Lincoln Nehring from the Voices for Utah Children. Mr. Nehring will provide a lecture and discussion entitled “Medicaid Expansion and Children's Health Coverage issues in 2014 Legislative Session.” Questions? Contact Dr. James Bemel, Department of Public & Community Health at: 801-863-6578 or JBEMEL@uvu.edu.
Pre-Dental: Rock the DAT
Wednesday, March 5th — 6:00pm
Check with the Pre-Dental Club for more information.
Ross University Information Seminar
Saturday, March 15th — Hyatt Place Salt Lake City, 55 N. 400 W., SLC, UT
10:00am – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine program information
2:00pm – Ross University School of Medicine program information
Visit www.rossu.edu to register!
Pre-Dental: Virginia Commonwealth University Visit
Monday, March 24th — 5:00-6:00pm — SC 206gh
Susie Goolsby, DDS, MSHA, Director of Student Recruitment from VCU will be here to visit with students and do a one hour presentation. Individual meetings will be held from 4:00-5:00pm and 7:00-8:00pm. Sign up for individual meetings in the Pre-Health Office (LC 402).
Pre-Chiropractic: Palmer College of Chiropractic Visit
Wednesday, March 26th — 11:00am-2:00pm & 5:00pm — SB 150
Ellen Bassler, Admissions Representative from Palmer College of Chiropractic will be available for individual appointments from 11:00am-2:00pm. To schedule an individual appointment, contact Denise Fullmer ( email@example.com ). Ellen will be presenting at 5:00pm; anyone interested health related careers is invited to attend.
Pre-Chiropractic: University of Western States Visit
Thursday, March 27th — 12:00-2:00pm — SB 261
Lester Partna, a representative from University of Western States Chiropractic will be coming to meet with interested students.
Pre-Med: Dinner with Doctors
Friday, March 28th — 6:00-8:00pm — Library, Lakeview Room (4th Floor)
Come to our annual Dinner with Doctors event! We have doctors from various specialties come and have a semi-formal dinner with UVU pre-med students. You will have the opportunity to ask doctors questions about their specialty, education, and advice they may have. If you have already paid your club dues the event will be free. If you haven't paid dues, the event will cost $10 per person and this fee will cover your club dues for the remainder of the year. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP via OrgSync.
Pre-Med: Accepted Students Panel
Wednesday, April 9th — 5:00-6:00pm — TBA
A panel of UVU students who have been accepted to medical school will share their experiences and answer questions.
Pre-Dental: 2014 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 29th & 30th— Noon-6:00pm (Eastern Time) — Online
The ADEA Dental Student Virtual Fair is an online experience connecting dental students to dental professionals from a variety of fields. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about dental specialties and careers in multiple practice settings, view presentations on managing student loans and writing a CV, and speak with representatives from career options like the military, academics, and corporate dentistry. Register Now! http://adea.expos2events.com/
INTERNSHIP & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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:
Pediatric Health Care Services Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SUMMER RESEARCH & STUDY OPPORTUNITIES
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine SUPER (summer undergraduate research)
The MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine offers SUPER (Summer Undergraduate Physician-scientist-training Education & Research) training to undergraduate students, who are planning to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences. Students interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment. The MSUCOM Summer Undergraduate Education and Research Program is a 10 week program. The Program begins June 2, 2014 and concludes August 8, 2014. Four awards will be given to qualified undergraduate applicants. The program includes both clinical & laboratory experiences. Students will work in a research laboratory under the guidance of selected faculty members in the biomedical sciences, shadow physicians in a clinical setting, and attend seminars emphasizing the intersection of science and medicine. All students will be required to make a full-time commitment (at least 40 hours per week) to their research. Students will be required make presentations on their clinical and research experiences to their fellow SUPER participants, faculty mentors, and others at the end of the program.
Students who successfully complete the SUPER program will receive early review to the MSUCOM DO-PhD Program once they have taken the MCAT and submitted their application to AACOMAS.
The deadline for receipt of all SUPER application materials is March 31, 2014 . Decisions will be made and students notified by April 30, 2014. For application information, email Dr. Justin McCormick email@example.com or phone 517-353-7785 or see http://com.msu.edu//DO-PhD-Program/SUPER.htm
Each SUPER undergraduate participant will receive $2,500 for the 10-week, full-time research experience and accommodations in University Housing.
Eligibility: Applications are invited from undergraduate students who are currently in their sophomore, or junior year, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have a minimum of one full semester of research experience. Students who have a GPA of less than 3.5 but have extensive research experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be involved in research and be interested in graduate and medical education in biomedical sciences leading to a DO-PhD. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents, who anticipate graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the biological or physical sciences. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Selection: Selection of students is based on the completed application, a personal statement of 1-2 pages, which describes academic interests, career goals, and research experiences. Students must state specific scientific interests and any particular research areas or techniques they wish to explore in order to be matched with the faculty. Also required are two letters of recommendation (one from faculty and one from an advisor) and an unofficial transcript from the student's undergraduate institution(s). Minority students are encouraged to apply.
Des Moines University: Summer Opportunity for Underrepresented Students
Des Moines University is now accepting applications for our 3-week summer Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program ! Health P.A.S.S. is geared toward rising sophomores and juniors from populations underrepresented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. The program provides participants with perspectives on what it is like to be a student in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies. DMU covers all costs for participants, including housing, meals, and transportation. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, and applications are due March 1, 2014. If after reviewing the materials, there are any additional questions, please call 515.271.7864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Summer Scholars Program at OU-HCOM
The Ohio University HeritageCollege of Osteopathic Medicine will again host the Summer Scholars Program. The Summer Scholars program is a tremendous academic experience for underrepresented, or educationally or economically disadvantaged students to grow personally and be challenged professionally on the OU-HCOM campus. The program replicates what will be experienced in the first year of medical schoolat OU-HCOM. Courses, taught by OU-HCOM faculty, include gross anatomy (with cadaver dissection), histology, immunology, biochemistry, integrated biomedical sciences, an introduction to case based learning (CBL), and workshops dealing with the admission process, time management and many other experiences relevant to the medical school experience.
The Summer Scholars Program is five weeks in length and includes room and board, a living allowance, travel expenses, and the potential for a guaranteed interview for the entering class at the medical school. Detailed information, eligibility requirements, and application materials can be obtained by going to the Summer Scholars web site at www.oucom.ohiou.edu/SummerScholars . The deadline for application is March 1, 2014.
Summer Premedical Programs at UCLA
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is currently accepting applications for the following summer academic enrichment programs for 2014:
· Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
· Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
· ReApplication Post baccalaureate Program (RAP)
PREP is a seven week summer academic enrichment program that targets students from educationally and financially disadvantaged/underrepresented backgrounds. Students are exposed to the rigors of academic medicine and/or dentistry. Included are preceptor ships with physicians in clinical and research settings. The program is enhanced by students being mentored in intimate, structured cluster groups by trained teaching assistants; accomplished medical students. The program is free, however housing is not provided. A stipend is given to students for living expenses. The postmark deadline for submission of all required material is March 1, 2014. Applications and further program information are available at:
SMDEP is a six-week summer academic enrichment program that targets educationally and financially disadvantaged freshman and sophomore college students by providing intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation. This national program is funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is offered at 12 locations. The program is free and provides on campus housing, and a small stipend. Deadline for applying is March 1, 2014. Application and further information can be found at the following websites:
RAP is a post baccalaureate programthat is designed to assist students who meet all the following criteria: are California residents, from disadvantaged and or/underserved backgrounds, committed to practicing in underserved communities in California, and who applied but were unsuccessful in gaining admissions to any U.S. medical school. The eleven-month program is conducted in two sessions, summer and academic year. RAP Deadline is May 6, 2014 (priority deadline), May 13, 2014 (final deadline) to be considered. For further information can be found on the following websites:
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. 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 Pre Med Club
6. Enter payment info
Kaplan Test Prep
Kaplan Free Practice Test Event
MCAT | LSAT | GRE | DAT | PCAT | GMAT | OAT
Kaplan's free practice test event is back! This is a great way to get started practicing smarter on your exam! This semester is more convenient than ever—you can attend either the onsite event on Saturday, March 1st at 9:30 or 10am (depending on which test) at the BYU Tanner Building, OR attend a practice test from anywhere in their live online classroom on a date of your choice! Space is limited, so sign up today! Go to http://bit.ly/provotest2014 to reserve a seat.
This is a great opportunity to take a simulated or released exam under test-like conditions and receive your scores back the same day. Your personalized score report will walk you through your strengths and areas for improvement on each of the different sections, content tested, and question types. You will also receive access to explanations to every single question to help you prepare for the exam. We look forward to seeing you there!
Any questions can be directed to email@example.com
Free Kaplan Study Materials!
Are you taking the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT within the next 3 years? The Kaplan Companion guides could be your best friend over the next few years. Register online to get your FREE Kaplan Test Prep Companion at http://bit.ly/freestudyprovo .
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Altius MCAT Prep
This is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for the short-track version of the proven Altius MCAT program--the last course option that prepares you for May-July 2014 exam dates.
1. We are offering a Referral Bonus of $100 CASH to anyone who refers a new student that signs up for the Altius program this week, February 3rd through February 7th .
- Altius graduates have averaged at or above the 90th percentile on the MCAT for 7 years in a row.
- Every Altius students is assigned a Highly-Qualified Tutor to be their 1-on-1 mentor throughout the entire program.
2. ATTENTION Sophomores: This is the Last Chance you will have to take the full version of the Altius Course before the huge 2015 changes to the MCAT. The Summer Immersion Program will be available this summer, but it is highly accelerated and may not be ideal for all students. If you do not test in 2014, for the 2015 MCAT you will have to master all current topics PLUS:
2. MCAT Prep that Works! Watch these 1-minute videos from students who studied on their own, then made dramatic improvements using the Altius program:
- Nick scored a high of 30 on the practice tests, then using Altius he scored a 40!
- BJ made an 8 point improvement by using the Altius Program!
For more information, or to reserve your seat, visit: