2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) and to witness undergraduates share their academic passions and present their findings in a collegial scholarly setting.

Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th

Complete Schedule of events and locations.

Friday, April 4


Poster Presentations of Student Research

Healy Hall



Riggs Library

Under the Microscope: Seeing Facts in Science and Journalism

Arthur Allen, Journalist and Author (bio below)



Poster Presentations of Student Research

Healy Hall


Saturday, April 5

11am- Noon

Session I: Panel Presentations of StudentResearch

ICC Classrooms



Honoring Faculty Research Mentors

Luncheon Presentation of Student Awards

(by invitation only)



Session II:  Panel Presentations ofStudent Research

ICC Classrooms



Student Keynote Presentations

ICC Auditorium

More information?   Contact GU.Research.Symposium@gmail.com

Arthur Allen is a writer and journalist based in Washington DC for the Huffington Post and is the author of the recently published Vaccine: the Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver (WW Norton). He is a regular contributor to Slate.com and has written for many magazines including The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, New Republic and Mother Jones. He is also the author of Ripe: The Search for the Perfect Tomato (Counterpoint, 2010) and of the upcoming The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigel (WW Norton, July 2014). Allen graduated in Development Studies from UC-Berkeley and was a foreign correspondent in El Salvador, Mexico, France and Germany before returning to the U.S. in 1995 and rekindling his undergraduate interest in biology by becoming a science writer.


12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
April 7-9, 2014

2014 Schedule of Events

Monday, April 7: Gaston Hall
12-1 p.m. Student Oral Presentations
1-2 p.m. Keynote Address by Eric D. Green, MD, PhD

Tuesday, April 8: Copley Formal Lounge
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Poster Presentations

Wednesday, April 9: Copley Formal Lounge
1-2 p.m., Awards Ceremony & Lunch (by invitation only)

The keynote address will be given by Eric D. Green, MD, PhD, Director
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Visit the conference Web site.

Email: GeorgetownURC@gmail.com

The conference focuses on health- and science-related disciplines.


I am writing to announce the inaugural University of Colorado School of Medicine Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program, designed specifically for undergraduate students (or recent grads) interested in medical, nursing, PA, PT, or dental school (or other related health professions).  Registration is now open for three offerings of the program this summer: June 1-13; August 8-20; and August 20-September 1.

The program involves a week on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with lectures (mainly by medical school faculty), scenarios, simulation labs, emergency department shadowing, and EMS ride-alongs covering general and emergency medicine and then a week at a camp in the heart of the Rockies where we’ll focus more on wilderness medicine including lectures, lots of scenarios, and a three-day backpacking experience.

We are actively seeking a diverse student body.  Five to six full scholarships, based on need, are available for each of the sections.

You can learn more about the program at http://www.coloradowm.org/ undergraduate_courses.html, or directly register athttps://www.regonline.com/ UofColoEmergWildMed.


The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is pleased to announce that the VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES) is now live. While still in its infancy, the program will automate targeted newsletters and other information specific to the category they assign when signing up. High School, Undergraduates, Pre-Vets, Applicants, Advisors and Parents are among the first groups to be included in this system. Future iterations of the system will allow pre-applicants to request information from any of the AAVMC member institutions and automatically feed these requests directly to our school recruitment / admissions offices.

Monthly content will begin flowing out of AAVMC in May 2014, but the system is now taking subscriptions.

For more information on the system, or to sign up please go to:http://aavmc.org/vses.aspx or you may email:vetschools@aavmc.org.


Surgical dermatology office seeking Medical Assitant to work with some of the area’s leading Mohs Micrographic Surgeons! Duties include: performing basic medical assistant techniques such as patient intake and recording vitals, assisting with biopsies, excisions, and skin cancer surgery. Must be a team player and like a busy work environment. Flexible schedule required. Some travel to other locations with compensation. Great experience for Pre-Med or Physician Assistant candidates taking a gap year!!! Willing to train the right candidate.

Please email resume and cover letter toresume@aadermatology.com, must reference job # SURGMA.

Anne Arundel Dermatology has been serving the Annapolis and surrounding areas for over 30 years. We are a full spectrum Dermatology practice serving all of our patients’ dermatological needs. For more information, visit our website, www.aaDermatology.com.

March 24, 2014 – announcements

Remaining information sessions for pre-health students:

Recommendation Letters and the Pre-Med Committee
3/26 – 5-6pm – Healy 103
3/27 – 4-5pm – Healy 103

The AMCAS Application
4/23 – 5-6pm – ICC 118
4/24 – 4-5pm – ICC 116



It’s Health and Science Industry Week – please take advantage of all the informative offerings put together by the Career Center for Health and Science Industry Week.

Health & Science Industry Week
March 24-28 with the Cawley Career Education Center
 Participate in a series of workshops, panels, and networking events to learn more about career options in the healthcare & science fields. For the most updated list of events, please visit our website.
Eco-Internship Fair
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: McShain Lounge (ground floor of McCarthy Hall, across from Leo’s entrance)
Join Georgetown University EcoAction to learn about internship opportunities at various environmental organizations.
Preparing to Apply for Med School: Guest Speaker Bill Higgins from NIH
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Discuss the medical school application process, including MCATs, personal statements, and interviews. Bring your questions about these and other aspects of medical school applications. 
Bill Higgins is the Pre-Professional Advisor at the National Institutes of Health and has has taught physiology for 40 years at the University of Maryland.  He has over 2,500 former students who are now MDs or DDSs, and 400 former students who are on Medical School Admissions Committees, and 5 who are currently Deans of Medical Schools.
Exploring Opportunities in Global Health Panel
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Interested in the intersection between international affairs and healthcare? Hear from employers and alumni with a variety of experiences and learn different ways to enter the global health industry.
Moderator: Rebecca Hamel (C ’85) – Consultant for Accordia Global Health Foundation, formerly of the Global Health Council and Africare
Heather Rosen (MPP ’07) – Dept. International Health & MCIP, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of International Health
Linda Cantell, RN, MSc – Field Health Specialist, Health Service Department, The World Bank
Nellie Darling, MS (NHS’11), Junior Epidemiologist, Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
Layla McCay, MD, Assistant Professor (Adjunct), International Health, Georgetown University & Global Public Health Consultant, The World Bank
Debra Pinkney, MPH, MS – Peace Corps Office of Global Health and HIV
Mystelle Ruble, Chemonics International
Medical School Student Panel
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Join four Georgetown seniors recently accepted to medical school for a discussion of medical school applications and students’ experiences with the process.
Elizabeth Gromet – Neurobiology – 2014
Antonia Kopp – Human Science – 2014
Alexandra Pietraszkiewicz – Human Science – 2014
Elizabeth Ulrich – English – 2014
Research Pathways at Georgetown
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards and Research (GOFAR) will highlight research opportunities available through their office at Georgetown. Student panelists will also be available to discuss their research and to answer questions about conducting research at Georgetown.
Healthcare Consulting Alumni Panel
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hear from recent Georgetown alumni about their experiences in healthcare consulting and learn more about the opportunities available to you in this field.

Moderator: Sheila O’Connell Johnson (NHS ’08)
Katie Dunn – Healthcare Management and Policy 
Szena Dayo – International Health
Katherine Lewandowski – Healthcare Management and Policy
Nancy Oduro – Healthcare Management and Policy



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When examinees get to test day, they have studied, reviewed, practiced, and practiced some more. They are ready! But is their ID?

One of the most important items that an examinee needs with them on test day is their ID.  As you know, when an examinee checks-in they are asked to sign-in, to have their fingerprints digitally collected, to take a test-day photograph, and to provide a valid ID document.  In order to be officially let into the testing room, an examinee’s ID must meet certain criteria; otherwise, they may not be able to sit for the exam.

In an effort to remind our examinees about the importance of having proper identification, we have created a new workflow called Keep Calm and Carry the Proper ID.  This resource allows them to follow the path to make sure that their ID meets all the criteria and is just as ready as they are on test day!

The workflow can be found on our website here:https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/taking/.

Also, feel free to download the PDF: https://www.aamc.org/students/download/372764/data/mcatidworkflow.pdf.


An interesting MOOC is being offered by Dr. Erland Stevens at Davidson College. All materials in the course are available at no cost to students. Pre-meds are the ideal target audience for the course.  A similar course is taught to students on campus and I know that pre-meds get a lot from the class.  Most of the introductory pharmacology material in med school is included in the course. The details are as follows:

Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery is a chemistry MOOC with potentially high interest for pre-medical students.  Hosted on thewww.edx.org, all materials in the course are available at no cost.  The seven-week course launches March 10, 2014.  Major topics include the approval process for new drugs, the function of enzymes and receptors as drug targets, the movement of drugs throughout the body, and the steps involved in discovering and optimizing drug candidates.  Students in the course will learn MCAT and medical school related topics such as enzyme kinetics, receptor theory, pharmacokinetics, and metabolism.  The course is ideally suited for students who have completed general chemistry with some exposure to organic chemistry and introductory biology.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is pleased to announce our 3nd Bi-Annual Health Professions Recruitment Fair and Workshops in conjunction with AACOM’s 2014 Annual Conference in Washington, DC


Bowdoin College’s McKeen Center for the Common Good will be hosting an online conversation with Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.  For those of you who have not read it, this book is a wonderful treatment of the importance of cultural competency in medicine.

This will be a live event with viewer participation streamed on Bowdoin’s website on Tuesday, April 1st at 8:00 p.m. (EST).   Professor Susan Bell (Sociology and Anthropology) and Professor Steve Loebs (Research Associate of McKeen Center and Professor Emeritus, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University)  will moderate a conversation on The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman.  Professors Bell and Loebs will be joined by the author to discuss the book and answer questions e-mailed in by viewers.   Those of you in the Class of 2005 may remember that this was your first year book discussed at orientation.  Amazon describes it in the following way:  “The book explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the care of Lia Lee, a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy. Lia’s parents and her doctors both wanted what was best for Lia, but the lack of understanding between them led to tragedy. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest, and the Salon Book Award, Anne Fadiman’s compassionate account of this cultural impasse is literary journalism at its finest.”


Internship Opportunity at the CTE Center
Sports Legacy Institute-Boston University CTE Brain Bank
Boston University School of Medicine
VA Bedford Healthcare System
Looking for a college student interested in pursuing a career in neuroscience, neuropsychology, and other related fields. Interns will gain exposure to neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychology.
Major duties include the following: data collection and entry, clinical data analysis, general
administrative tasks, and other duties assigned by your direct supervisor. In addition to daily tasks, interns will also have the opportunity to oversee a paper worthy research project on either the clinical or pathology side of the research. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.
• 1-year unpaid commitment starting in June of 2014
• Minimum of 20 hours a week for students taking a gap
• Minimum of 10 hours for Boston area students still in
Skills needed:
• Student in Health Sciences or other biological discipline
• Interest in the study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative diseases
• Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written
• Computer software proficiency
• Can work with limited oversight
• Applies meticulous attention to detail
• Background in statistical analysis preferred
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Lauren Murphy at lmurphy2@bu.edu. An in-person interview will follow for top applicants.
Visit our website: http://www.bu.edu/cte


Careers in Global Health: Online Free Webinar Recording
A program of Unite For Sight’s Global Health University

Access the free webinar recording at http://slate.uniteforsight. org/register/careers-recording

The webinar, which was recorded last week as a program of Unite For Sight’s Global Health University, includes guidance and advice from ten expert panelists.  Learn what skills and experiences are best for a career in global health, what employers are looking for, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship in global health, the depth and breadth of global health opportunities, and more.  This webinar is ideal for students and professionals interested in global health, as well as for university advisors and faculty.
Webinar Panelists:

Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Health Corps
Brian Heuser, Ed.D., M.T.S., Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations, Vanderbilt Peabody College; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health
Douglas Heimburger, M.D., M.S., Professor of Medicine, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Gene Falk, MBA, Co-Founder and CEO Emeritus, mothers2mothers
Vanessa Kerry, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health
Charlie MacCormack, PhD, President Emeritus at Save the Children
Marie Martin, M.Ed., Assistant Director, International Programs, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
Troy Moon, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health
Dayle Savage, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice in Leadership & Organizations; Director, Peabody Career Services, Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations, Vanderbilt Peabody College
Richard Skolnik, MPA, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, “Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101”


February 4, 2014 – announcements, internships, opportunities, etc.

 Thursday, February 6th
This year’s topic: MEDICAL ERROR
Join distinguished national experts John James, PhD, former chief toxicologist at NASA and founder of Patient Safety America, Brian Goldman, MD, emergency physician-author and host of the CBC’s White Coat, Black Art, Beth Daley Ullem, MBA, nationally-recognized advocate for patient safety and quality and SFS alum, for a lively discussion and Q&A moderated by Maggie Little, Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
Gallery of student work: 5:00pm, Healy Foyer
Conversation begins: 6:00–7:30pm, Gaston Hall
This message was posted by Sonia Jacobson on behalf of the KIE and as authorized by the Provost.
The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology. Participants selected for this program will work with MIDAS Investigators, experienced graduate students and postdoctoral fellows conducting exciting interdisciplinary research projects in this dynamic field. This intensive research-based experience will prepare applicants interested in working at the interface of mathematics, computer science, engineering, statistics, epidemiology, public health and biological sciences for the rigors of scientific research and graduate education.
There are numerous research investigators, topic areas and projects ongoing within the University of Pittsburgh MIDAS National Center of Excellence.
See: https://midas.pitt.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=230&Itemid=204
Completed applications are due by Monday, February 24, 2014.
Official transcripts are to be sent directly to the address below:
Questions?  Contact:
Phillip Palmer, PhD, MIDAS Education & Outreach Coordinator
Suite M-252A, Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Tel: (412) 624-6957
Fax: (412) 624-3858
E-mail: midassrp@pitt.edu

Registration will open in February for June 2014 through January 2015 MCAT testing dates. We would like let you know about two important changes for this registration opening. First, there will be a split registration opening and second, we have added new dates to the previously published schedule.

The split opening will proceed based on the following schedule:

  •  Tuesday, February 11: registration will open for June – September 2014 administration dates
  • Thursday, February 13: registration will open for October 2014 – January 2015 administration dates

We have reviewed our projections for the testing year and have added the following additional test administration dates 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, 3015 – 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.

If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at mcat@aamc.org.


Virginia Commonwealth University will be offering the Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) to students who are interested in pursuing a career in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or physical therapy.  Here are the details:

WHAT: SAEP is an inter-professional program designed to simulate the first year of a health profession program.  Upon completion of the program, participants will have the tools that will help them assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to successful application and matriculation into a health professions school.

WHO: SAEP is geared towards junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students who are actively pursuing enrollment into dental, medical, pharmacy, or physical therapy school.  Preference is given to those of a disadvantaged (educational, social, or economic) background.

WHEN: SAEP is a six-week program (May 21, 2014 – July 2, 2014).  Students are required to attend the full program.

WHERE: SAEP will take place on VCU’s MCV campus in Richmond, Virginia. Housing will be provided in Cabaniss Hall.

HOW: Students should apply online at www.dhsd.vcu.edu between November 1, 2013 – February 15, 2014.  In addition to the online application, students are required to submit official college transcripts and two letters of reference.

If you need additional information please visit www.dhsd.vcu.edu, call 804-827-0982, or email pipelineapps@vcu.edu.


  Boston University

Internship Opportunity

Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE)
Boston University School of Medicine
VA Bedford Healthcare System

Looking for a college student interested in learning first hand the science of Histopathology at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Major duties include the following: performing limited embedding and microtomy and performing cover slipping of stained slides manually. You will also be asked to ensure all corporate safety, quality control and quality assurance standards are met, maintain a clean and well-organized work area, and perform administrative tasks, data entrée, and other duties assigned by your direct supervisor.
  • 1-year commitment
  • Minimum of 20 hours a week
Skills needed:
  • Student in Health Sciences or other biological discipline
  • Interest in the study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
  • Wet lab experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written
  • Computer software proficiency
  • Can work with limited oversight
  • Applies meticulous attention to detail
  • Enjoys working in a team environment
  • Having a valid driver’s license and access to transportation

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Lauren Murphy at lmurphy2@bu.edu. An in-person interview will follow for top applicants.

Visit our website: www.bu.edu/cste http://www.bu.edu/cste/our-research/brain-bank/


Emory University’s Office of Summer Programs is pleased to announce that MD-SEE, the MD Summer Experience at Emory, is now accepting applications for summer 2014. The application deadline is March 3.
Much more than a shadowing program, MD-SEE offers genuine clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology.  Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a “patient assistant,” helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients’ history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations. Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co-authored by the faculty mentor.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in medical school.


It is my pleasure to invite you to the Medical & Health Professional School Recruitment Fair of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) to be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.
The event provides students with the opportunity to meet with recruiters from top medical and health professional schools from across the country and to learn how to apply for medical school and related financial aid.  The fair is open to all high school, college and  post baccalaureate students interested in pursuing a medical or health professional career as well as their parents and school counselors.
Please share this announcement with your networks and encourage them to sign up via link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1os9Q8C7e4hkxDnQNGA1SFMJqs0WfuAYXerItVcvpaug/viewform or by calling 202-628-5895. For additional information about our program please visit our website.
We look forward to having you at the Recruitment Fair!


January 17, 2014 – Opportunities and Announcements

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Blueprints for Pangaea is a new non-profit organization at the University of Michigan that focuses on raising awareness about and reducing global health disparities. The organization intends to combat both causes and effects of health disparities through informed and effective actions using a model based on sustainability at the local and international levels.
GAIA is a mini-journal, or zine, that takes an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the current state of global health disparities. It is written by undergraduate students from universities across the nation and is designed to be an accurate and accessible way for students to stay informed about issues in health and medicine. that create an inequitable distribution of resources.
We ask your students to contribute to GAIA by writing short articles about health care topics which they are in or are knowledgeable about. We are looking for different perspectives on a variety of issues in order to compile and publish one zine a month. Each month will have a different theme, with the next 2 themes being Communicable Diseases and Mental Health. Students can choose to write for either topic. Each article should be 2 pages in length, double-spaces, with 4-10 credible sources. Any 12-page font is acceptable. A sample article will be attached for reference.
If you would like more information about our organization or about the writing procedure, please check our website at http://b4pglobal.org/site/or email us at board-b4p@umich.edu. Your submissions can be emailed to board-b4p@umich.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!
We wanted to bring to your attention the upcoming 2014 AACOMAS deadlines, fast approaching for the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Colleges. The majority of the nation’s 29 Osteopathic Medical Colleges and 4 branch campuses have an AACOMAS deadline of February 1, 2014.    Time is needed for processing and verification; we strongly encourage all applicants to submit early and not wait for the deadlines.  We send out automatic, periodic reminders, as each of our AACOMAS 2014 deadlines approach to our applicants.  Please encourage your applicants not to delay completing and submitting their applications.
Join AANMC for a free webinar:
Research Opportunities in Naturopathic Medicine
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Do you want to learn more about becoming a Naturopathic Doctor?
  • Hear presentations and case studies from a naturopathic researcher and a current ND student.
  • Learn about exciting research and career opportunities in naturopathic medicine.
  • Learn what it’s like to be an ND student and how to select a school that works for you.
Our Presenters:
To register visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/557800418
PowerPoint slides about physical therapist (PT) education and careers are available on the APTA website at


14th Annual Summer Course in Human Anatomy for Undergraduates

The fourteenth annual summer course in Human Anatomy for Undergraduates will be offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine this year.  The course will run for four weeks in June, 2014, on the Medical School campus in Baltimore, and will include both lectures and demonstrations using human cadavers.
Applications will be accepted from all currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year of college.  Total tuition for the course will be $4000.  All course materials, including the textbook and an atlas, are included in the tuition.  Four (4) academic credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Accommodations are available on the main undergraduate campus of Johns Hopkins University.
Please submit the following by March 31, 2014 to apply.
  • A completed application form
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Supporting materials
    • College transcript
    • Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor

Successful applicants will be notified in early April, with full tuition due by May 1.

Click here for more course details, including a downloadable application form.  For further information, please contact Ms. Arlene Daniel at adaniel@jhmi.edu.


Enhancing Your Medical Career with a Public Health Experience

February 5, 2014 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is proud to host this webinar in partnership with Primary Care Progress, an organization that is committed to transforming the primary care workforce through interprofessional collaboration and strategic local advocacy.

Register Now!

This webinar is an opportunity for students, residents, and mentors to understand the value of a hands-on public health experience during their medical career. We will highlight a specific CDC training program as one pathway to pursuing a meaningful public health experience in medical education, namely the Epidemic Intelligence Service—a two-year post-graduate training program of service and on-the-job learning.
Attendees will be able to submit questions during an extended Q&A session at the end.

Speakers will include: Denise Koo, MD, MPH Sr. Advisor for Health Systems, CDC Office of Public Health Scientific Services (OPHSS)

Malika Fair, MD, MPH Director, Public Health Initiatives, AAMC Andrew Morris-Singer, MD President and Co-Founder, Primary Care Progress (Moderator) Joseph Forrester, MD General Surgery Resident, Stanford University; and current EIS Officer, CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases (NCEZID)

Miriam Shiferaw, MD Clinical Research Fellow, Montefiore Medical Center; and current EIS Officer, CDC Center for Global Health

Register Now!

Recommended Reading: The Education of Physicians: a CDC Perspective

Medical Education for a Healthier Population: Reflections on the Flexner Report from a  Public Health Perspective

You will listen to this webinar through your computer speakers and submit typed questions via the webinar software. If you require special accommodations, please email Loraine Johnson, Virtual Meetings Coordinator, at ljohnson@aamc.org.


Unite For Sight offers a global health volunteer abroad experience in our high quality healthcare delivery programs.  Volunteers support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues.  While assisting the local doctors on a daily basis, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and realities of global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. Unite For Sight’s global health opportunities are available year-round.  For complete program details and to apply, visit:  http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad


Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) offers biomedical research opportunities to undergraduates who want to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences. Although each participating program operates independently, the academy unites students and provides them with opportunities for academic and social interaction. There are two major tracks within the VSSA; the Basic Science Programs for undergraduates interested in careers in research, and the Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program for undergraduates who wish to pursue a career in medicine. Participation in any one of the Summer Science Academy programs is a valuable learning experience that enhances a student’s skills and makes him or her more competitive for acceptance to frontline graduate programs.

Each student has an opportunity to present their research at the Summer Symposium held on the last day of the nine-week program.  The Summer Symposium is the culmination of their summer experience, the primary feature of which is an independent research project in a laboratory at Vanderbilt University.  This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to experience research at a major academic research center and to understand what graduate life would be like were they to decide on a research career.  It is also an excellent opportunity for students to network with a very diverse group of students from other institutions from across the country.

Basic Science Participating Programs (Summer 2014)

The Molecular and Cellular Biology Summer Program (IGP)provides undergraduate students who may be interested in the Vanderbilt Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (IGP), our Ph.D. track program, hands-on research experience in the laboratory of an IGP faculty preceptor.

The BP-ENDURE Program hosted by a collaboration between Hunter College and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute connects research-intensive institutions to institutions that have substantial enrollments of neuroscience majors from traditionally underrepresented groups. The program supports a range of activities to increase undergraduate student’s interest in the neurosciences, including research experiences, curriculum development, seminars and journal clubs.

The Integrative Cancer Biology Program has two different summer programs for undergraduates designed to train students specifically interested in cancer research how to address research questions in this field.

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-IEP) offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D., the opportunity to work for nine weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at Vanderbilt University, a participating Alliance institution.

The Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training by the Middle Tennessee Chapter for the Society of Neuroscience (MTNCsfn) is designed to introduce students to neuroscience research outreach training through its Summer Enrichment Research Program in Education and Neuroscience Training (SERPENT).

The Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research Internship in Biomedical Informatics (SURI-BMI) provides undergraduate students with a high quality, hands-on research experience with Biomedical Informatics faculty mentors; thereby encouraging students to consider pursuing PhDs and research careers in the field.

The objective of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Pharmacology is to introduce students to biomedical research and to help them gain an understanding of recent advances in pharmacological research through interactions with faculty, postdocs and, graduate students.

The Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center Summer Program provides undergraduate students who are interested in benign urologic disease, the opportunity for a research experience in one of the laboratories associated with the Vanderbilt Benign Urologic Disease Center.

The Vanderbilt Minority Summer Research Program offers undergraduates, who are members of federally recognized groups as underrepresented in the sciences, a summer research internship in the laboratory of an outstanding scientist at Vanderbilt University.

The Vanderbilt Summer Diabetes Research Program provides undergraduate students who are interested in diabetes the opportunity for a research experience in one of the many laboratories associated with the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.

The Vascular Biology-Short Term Training Program for Minority Students offers undergraduate students an NIH funded training program in vascular biology. The STTP for Minority Students offers a laboratory experience designed to teach contemporary research techniques and enhance essential laboratory skills. Combining research activities with coursework, students gain a better grasp of research concepts and improve their critical thinking with regards to the literature and their own studies.

The Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program is a separate track within the VSSA that gives undergraduates the opportunity to explore the busy life of an academic medical center. It is designed for individuals who may wish to pursue a career as a physician in a teaching hospital, in a clinic, or as a physician scientist. Participants will actively engage with a physician’s research team over a nine-week period. Participants are also exposed to the clinical environment, spending one half-day per week shadowing resident physicians in the hospital.

The deadline to apply is February 1, 2014.  Please go tohttps://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vssa/ for additional information.

For questions regarding the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy, please contact:

Michelle Grundy, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy



Amanda Connolly

Coordinator, Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy



January 17, 2014 – words of wisdom from a former Post-Bac

My name is Alyssa Blood and I completed the Georgetown Post-Bac program in 2012.  I am currently a first year medical student at the University of Colorado.
When I was a post-bac, I found it really helpful to speak with my peers who were ahead of me in the program as they usually had really good tricks and tips as to how to navigate the daunting process that is applying to medical school. For this reason, I figured I would give back and share a bit of wisdom that I have acquired since being in your shoes.  So here it goes…
Being a pre-med is inherently stressful.  For me, it really made sense at the time to try to treat my pre-med course work as if I was ripping off a band-aid– I squished as much in as possible into a short amount of time and ended up completing my post-bac in a full calendar year. Although I must admit that I was very relieved when I was done, in retrospect, I probably would have done things differently. 
There are tradeoffs to everything– Finishing early means you can apply to school sooner and are one step closer to finally becoming an MD.  However, this fast track approach I believe prepared me less thoroughly for medical school.  When arriving at medical school, I was shocked to learn how much background knowledge is assumed of students.  As most of my classmates were science majors, worked as EMTs and had basically been lining up their cards since middle school to get into medical school, I found that my experiences as an art history major turned medicine/science for one year did not afford me the same background.   
It is certainly possible to succeed in medical school with a limited medical background, however I will tell you from personal experience, that it is much harder to do this than I had anticipated.   While everything can and will work out if you want it to, if I could offer you all one piece of advice, it would be to consider the longer term goal of being prepared for medical school as a higher priority than completing your coursework in the shortest possible time.
Best of Luck,

January 10, 2014 – Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2014 Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) program at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

AVM is an exciting and intensive program where participants can explore the wide variety of careers available within veterinary medicine and discover first-hand what it is like to attend veterinary school. Our Adult AVM session is designed specifically for adult/non-traditional students who are considering a career change.

For students who are trying to determine whether veterinary medicine is the right career path, AVM is a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the profession. The program is also helpful for students who have already decided on a future in veterinary medicine, as it allows them to experience life as a veterinary student and explore opportunities within the field. Many of our past AVM participants have successfully gained admission to veterinary school both here at Tufts and at other schools.

During the week-long session, participants will

· investigate the different specialty fields

· spend time behind the scenes in our hospitals shadowing veterinary students

· gain hands-on experience working with our teaching animals

· learn about our admission and financial aid process

· and more!

In addition to our session for adult, non-traditional students, we also offer two sessions for college students.

Adult Session 2: May 5–9

College Session 3: June 2–6

College Session 4: June 9-13

Full details, including eligibility, tuition, and the online application, can be found on our website at vet.tufts.edu/avm. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at AVM@tufts.edu or 508-839-7962.



Job Description for Rheumatology/Arthritis/Total Joint Replacement Research Assistant
Start Date: June 2014
Location: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City

We are looking for one research assistant to work with Dr. Lisa Mandl on studies of arthritis and total joint replacements. The successful applicant must be available for at least a FULL 12 months. Option available to stay for 24 months.

Specific Duties
-send out letters to patients inviting them to participate in studies
-administer questionnaires to patients in person, by mail and by phone
-act as a resource for patients regarding study consent forms
-act as a liaison between physicians, physician’s office staff and study participants
-coordinate patient visits with physician schedules
-be a contact person for patients to call regarding questions regarding study protocols
-call patients between visits to ensure compliance and answer any questions
-set up electronic databases and create electronic data collection forms
-enter data into an electronic database
-organize and maintain all paperwork related to the study
-obtain tissue samples from the operating room
-submit abstracts to academic meetings to disseminate study results
-help create poster and slide presentations of study results
Necessary Skills
-detail oriented and organized
-good telephone and interpersonal skills
-excellent writing skills
-computer literate: Microsoft Word, Excel, data entry

The successful applicant for the position of Research Assistant will be an organized individual who is able to perform a variety of different tasks essential to the conduct of a clinical study.  He or she will be flexible, as the job description may evolve as studies progress.   The research assistant will have access to the medical records of patients, and should appreciate this privilege, and maintain strict confidentiality with all patient medical data.  The research assistant will also have good interpersonal skills, as he or she will be interfacing directly with patients on a routine basis.

The applicant must be available on site at the hospital during patient visits.  

For further questions, please send current resume, unofficial transcript and cover letter to:

Mr. Daniel Marcusa
Research Assistant for
Lisa A. Mandl MD MPH
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY  10021
Phone: 212-774-2960
Fax: 212-774-7895


Virginia Emergency Medical Associates is recruiting applicants to join our highly competitive scribe program in Northern Virginia, where we are affiliated with two emergency departments: 1) Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax, and 2) Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. We are seeking motivated and hardworking individuals who are eager to work as medical scribes. Our scribes gain significant first-hand exposure to patient care in a fast-paced emergency room setting.
If you would like more information about our program and our requirements, please visit our website: http://www.vemascribes.com/

This is a full-time, paid position for individuals seeking admission to medical, PA, or nursing schools. If you are graduating in May 2014 (or have previously graduated) and are able to commit one continuous year to the program, we invite you to apply. We also offer part-time positions as well, which require a continuous 18-month commitment. Applications for the 2014-2015 cycle are now available on our website.

The role of the scribe:
Recording patient histories in an electronic medical record (EMR)
Transcribing details of the physical exam and patient orders in the EMR
Documenting procedures performed by the physician
Continuously monitoring laboratory tests, imaging studies, patient progress, and other evaluation studies
Recording physician dictated diagnoses, prescriptions, and instructions
Our scribes accompany ER physicians to the bedside for the evaluation and treatment of all patients. Scribes observe medical resuscitation for cases of cardiac and respiratory arrest as well as other emergency procedures including central lines, lumbar punctures, conscious sedations, and chest tube placements.
Our program offers the advantage of working with a small group of physicians. VEMA scribes build close relationships with our physicians who offer mentorship, teaching, and insights into a career in medicine. Our physicians are open to conducting mock interviews to help scribes prepare for admissions season. As a VEMA scribe, you will be able to strengthen your application with letters of recommendation from physicians who know you personally and have worked with you extensively.
Thank you for your interest in our program.
Raj Chand, MD
VEMA Scribes Contact Information
Senior Scribe: Megan Stangeby
Email: scribeprogram@gmail.com
Website/Application: http://www.vemascribes.com


The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is now accepting applications for this summer!  SMDEP is a FREE six week academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who want to become physicians or dentists.
Students who meet the following eligibility requirements may be accepted at one of our 12 program sites:
  •          Be currently enrolled as a freshman or sophomore in college;
  •          Have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5;
  •          Be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa; and
  •          Not have previously participated in SMDEP.
 SMDEP is implemented at 12 program sites (80 students per site) across the nation. Each program site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. This residential program is hosted by the following participating institutions:
  •          Case Western Reserve University of Medicine and Dental Medicine
  •          Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine
  •          Duke University School of Medicine
  •          Howard University Colleges of Art and Sciences, Dentistry, and Medicine
  •          David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry
  •          Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
  •          The University of Texas School of Dentistry and Medical School at Houston
  •          University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
  •          University of Nebraska Medical Center, Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry
  •          University of Virginia School of Medicine
  •          University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
  •          Yale University School of Medicine
 Please visit our website for the application at www.smdep.org or contact the National Program Office at 1-866-587-6337 or smdep@aamc.org.


The free e-MCAT Practice Test (Practice Test 3) continues to be offered to students free of charge. However, the process for accessing this test has changed.  Students can now order this test at www.aamc.org/freemcatpractice.
This free practice test and all of the AAMC preparation products that apply to the current MCAT exam will be available through January 31, 2015, as reflected in theterms and conditions. For more information about MCAT preparation products offered by the AAMC, visit www.aamc.org/mcat/preparing.
If you have any questions, please contact us at mcatprep@aamc.org.


Greetings from Perelman School of Medicine!  We are excited about our annual program “A Day with Penn Med Students Underrepresented in Medicine” on Saturday, February 22 and wanted take this opportunity and remind you that registration began on Monday, January 6, 2014.
The Office of Admissions along with students in the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association are looking forward to welcoming your students to Philadelphia for a day of interactive sessions on the medical school admissions process and transitioning to medical school. Our goal is to augment the outstanding advice that you provide to students by personalizing the process and providing encouragement for students to pursue a career in medicine and health care.   We will also highlight the importance of diversity and the diverse student body at Perelman.
Students are required to register for this program and space is limited to the first 140 registrants. Registration opened at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2014.  Your students can register on line, free of charge at the following website:
Website Here: http://www.cu2000.med.upenn.edu/hps/penndayregistration.asp
We look forward to seeing your students at the Perelman School of Medicine in the New Year.  Any questions, please call us.


The Duke University Master of Science in Global Health prepares students to conduct innovative research through courses, fieldwork, and mentorship from faculty. The wide range of topics studied ranges from interspecies disease transmission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the psychosocial well-being of people affected by global warming in Nepal, to investigating the relationship between air pollution and health in China. Explore how the Master of Science in Global Health fits into your future.
Join us for an information session.
Attend an online webinar to learn more about our US and China programs.
January 9 | from 12 – 1 p.m. EST
The session will cover a range of topics:
Core curriculum
Field research expectations and opportunities
Student life and the academic community
Career and professional development opportunities
Admissions and financial aid information


Apply today for the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship
The goal of the fellowship is to produce future leaders of global health clinical research. Pick from two locations and pursue a variety of research opportunities under great mentorship!
The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides an opportunity for up to three US medical students to complete a yearlong international clinical research project in Tanzania or Kenya.
Program support:
stipend of $29,000
research support of $4,000
health insurance (if applicable)
didactic training in research methods
round trip travel to the annual ICRF meeting
round trip travel to the research site
round trip travel to Tanzania during fellowship year for a mid-fellowship training
round trip travel to a research conference
The fellowship begins in July and features didactic training during the fall before the fellows travel to the research location for 8-9 months to work on their project with mentorship from Duke and collaborating institution faculty.
Who’s eligible?
This fellowship is open to US-based medical students with at least two years of medical school training who are planning to conduct clinical research in a low- or middle-income country.
Three students will be selected each year. Interviews with select applicants will be conducted during the month of February.
Should you have any questions, please email or call me at any time. We look forward to reviewing your application and welcoming you to Duke.
Dennis Clements
Director, Doris Duke Fellowship at Duke University


Dear Pre-Health Student,

I am the Army’s Health Professions Scholarship Program recruiter for the DC,
Maryland, and Northern Virginia area.  First of all, I would like to
congratulate you on your decision to pursue a career in medicine and let you
know the Army has a program that provides a full scholarship for medical or
dental school.  I know it’s not for everyone but it has paved the way for
thousands of medical and dental students across the country.

The scholarship pays 100% tuition for any accredited medical (M.D. or D.O.)
or dental schools (in-state, out-of-state and private), all books, fees and
provides a $2157.00 monthly stipend.  We are also offering a $20,000 cash
bonus in addition to everything else. The best time to apply is
simultaneously with the medical/dental school application.  You will incur
one year of active duty service for each year you take the scholarship and
ultimately be able to give back to our Great Nation!

The ultimate reason to consider the Army is that our Service Men and Women
protecting our Nation deserve the World-Class Health Care that YOU can
provide!  Nothing is more rewarding than being on the team, providing health
care to Soldiers that defend our Nation!

If you are planning a career in health care it pays to look into the Army’s
HPSP – now more than ever before.  It provides benefits while you’re in
school and benefits after you graduate. According to the American Medical
Association, the average cost of four years of medical/dental school has
risen to more than $200,000. Add to that your living expenses, the start-up
costs of opening your own practice, plus the rising cost of malpractice
insurance and you can see why the Army HPSP is a wise choice.


To qualify for the HPSP scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen with a
baccalaureate degree from an accredited school.
Be enrolled in or have a letter of acceptance or intent from an accredited
graduate program located in the United States or Puerto Rico.
Maintain full-time student status during the entire length of the program.
Qualify as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Please feel free to contact me for more information and/or how to apply for
the Health Professions Scholarship Program.  I look forward to working with
you and wish you the best in achieving your goals to becoming a health care

Elisa Calace
Captain, US Army
Health Care Recruiter (HPSP)

Elkridge Health Care Recruiting Office
6810 Deerpath Road, Suite 400
Elkridge, MD 21075-6290

(410) 379-0691 Phone
(410) 379-6291 Fax
(877) 225-6382 Cell


January 10, 2014 – Workshops in January

Attention Georgetown Pre-Med Students – the following information sessions will be held in January.  Please mark your calendars –

Preparing to Apply to Medical School and the 2015 MCAT (FY/Soph)
ICC 119, 5-6pm
Preparing to Apply to Medical School and the 2015 MCAT (FY/Soph)
WGR 202, 4-5pm
Preparing to Apply to Medical School (JR/SR/PB)
ICC 119, 5-6pm
Preparing to Apply to Medical School (JR/SR/PB)
WGR 202, 4-5pm
EAP applicant info session (Soph)
ICC 209B, 5-6pm