Thursday, August 25, 2016

2017-18 Bridge Year Opportunity: Dermatology Clinical Assistant

I am a dermatologist in private practice inCharlottesville. My office is located on Pantops and I work with two other dermatologists in a very busy clinical dermatology practice. This will be our sixth year running this annual bridge year program. We have had great success working with recent UVA graduates and teaching them valuable hands on medical skills.

We wish to hire a student who is considering a bridge year prior to enrollment in medical school or physician's assistant school. We are in need of a dermatology clinical assistant/scribe who would: 

  • Bring patients back from the waiting room
  • Take an initial history of the medical problems to be discussed
  • Generate prescriptions to be sent electronically
  • Help with surgical procedures
  • Provide medical education regarding dermatological conditions and treatment 
This individual does not have to have any dermatology or surgical knowledge at all. We will teach all that is needed. This is a paid position.

This position will qualify as excellent experience for a medical school/PA school application.  After working with us for a year, the individual would be comfortable seeing live patients, taking succinct medical histories, assisting with surgical procedures, interfacing with electronic medical records, and well versed in dermatological diseases and treatments.

We will be making our decision in the coming months. Interested applicants should submit a resume, current GPA, and MCAT scores (if taken) to my email address as soon as possible: 

Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department Open House

If you're interested in emergency medicine, helping your community, and in participating in a highly rewarding, high-intensity activity, come to our Open House on Sunday, August 28th. Watch us cut the roof and doors off a car, rappel out of windows, and more. Rides and free food will be provided. Email for more info.

Time: Sunday, August 28th,
Date: 3-5 p.m.
Location: 3055 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Now Open! BME1501: Research in Regenerative Medicine I

Instructors: Cara Broshkevitch ( & Naveed Tavakol (
Time: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20pm
Course Code: 21380 
Advisor: Shayn Peirce-Cottler

This 1-credit pass/fail course is designed to give students an understanding and appreciation of current research in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The course is designed to help students gain technical skills associated with report writing, presentation, and discussion on scientific materials. Students will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of topics relating to regenerative medicine, analyzing some of the most recent literature that complements current research in the area. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to dissect an article to the fullest degree, breaking down a paper to its bare content. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers, participate in lab activities, and attend field trips that are unique to tissue regeneration. This is the perfect course for students interested in pursuing research or students just getting started in the field. This class is open to all students of all years and majors.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8/24 Pre-Health Welcome Reception

Welcome to the community of Pre-Health Hoos! 

Wednesday, August 24th 
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Newcomb Hall - PAC
Join UVA Pre-Health Advisors and Student Leaders from health-related student organizations
for a welcome reception.

Free food!

Enter to win:

Fit Bit
Copy of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Moleskin Journal

Monday, August 22, 2016

2nd and 3rd Years: ELA 2559 - Liberal Arts and the Health Professions Fall 2016 course

Still seeking one more course for your fall schedule? 
"Liberal Arts and the Health Professions" is a new 1-credit course that introduces 2nd and 3rd year UVA students to diverse health professions while engaging in a career exploration process. Students explore how insights from various disciplines inform their understanding of healthcare. Guest lectures and informational interviews connect students with healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of the various health professions and to assess their own career goals. Students develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and the integration of diverse perspectives.

Learning Outcomes: 
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Identify and assess a wide range of careers in healthcare
  • Assess personal values, interests, and skills
  • Apply research and interviewing skills to support career exploration and fit
  • Articulate the value of team-based healthcare
  • Demonstrate the personal and ethical significance of cultural competency in the healthcare industry 
  • Evaluated health professions against personal career goals
  • Create a personal healthcare philosophy, based on knowledge gained in the class.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MD-PhD Interviewing Calendar

Most of the MD-PhD Programs around the country joined forces to create a National MD-PhD Program Interview/Revisit Day Calendar.  For those applicants with multiple interview offers, this might help organize your time and interview dates.  To date, 61 MD-PhD Programs (that’s nearly every active MD-PhD Program in the country) are represented on this calendar.

This calendar may also be accessed through the AAMC MD-PhD webpage:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pre-Health Common Read: When Breath Becomes Air

This summer, Pre Health Advisors introduced a common reading book at all
1st year and transfer orientation sessions. Join the incoming class of Pre Health Hoos in reading
#1 New York Times Bestseller,  

"When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a naive medical student "possessed," as he wrote, "by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life" into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally to a patient and new father confronting his own mortality." 

Stay tuned for Fall 2016 Pre Health Hoo Common Reading discussion groups!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) Abstract Submission & Travel Award Application Deadline - 9/15

Annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS)
November 5 - 6th, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama
Sponsored by UAB, Emory, Vanderbilt

This meeting is a great way to meet directors of MD/PhD programs from the threee sponsoring schools and network with current MD and MD/PhD students. It is also a great opportunity to share your research with peers. Additionally, through partnership with the Physician Scientists Symposium, residents, fellows, and faculty who are training as physician scientists will attend as well. 
Registration and Abstract Submission are now open. 
Travel awards are available for undergraduates! 

Abstract Submission and Travel Award Applications due by September 15th, 2016. 

More information: 

Madison House Medical Services 2016-17 Info Sessions and Sign-Up Sunday

Prospective student volunteers who would like to volunteer during the 2016-17 academic
year at: 

  • UVA Medical Center
  • Martha Jefferson Sentara Hospital
  • Charlottesville Free Clinic
  • Charlottesville Free Dental Clinic
 must attend one of the following four mandatory information sessions:
  •  Monday, August 29th, 7:00 - 8:00pm - Newcomb Ballroom
  • Tuesday, August 30th, 5:30 - 6:30pm - Newcomb Theater
  • Wednesday, August 31st, 7:00 - 8:00pm - Newcomb Ballroom
  • Thursday, September 1st, 7:00 - 8:00pm - Newcomb Ballroom
Information sessions will review the Medical Services Volunteer Program and explain how to apply to receive a sign-up time. Sign-ups will take place at designated assigned times on Sunday, September 4th, 9:00 am - 5:00pm.

Please note any updates to the above schedule and find more information at

2 - 3 Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic Volunteers Needed

The UVA Department of of Pediatrics seeks 2 - 3 undergraduate student volunteers to participate in a research project on constipation. Volunteering requires 1 - 2 afternoons / 5 - 8 hours per week.

If interested, please contact Dr. Stephanie M. Hartman, MD: