Friday, March 23, 2018

Early access to 2018-19 dental school application!

Start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May!

This year, the AADSAS application "soft opens" on May 15, 2018, allowing applicants to start the application three weeks prior to the official opening. This added preparatory time ends the pressure to submit same-day. AADSAS will open for application submission on June 5th and continue throughout the summer.

What does this mean?
You now have extra time to learn what the application requires and what is needed for its completion before submission is even available. You'll have 3 full weeks to work on your application and gather necessary materials before the first possible submission date on June 5th!

Review the ADEA AADSAS instructions on ADEA GoDental or contact the ADEA AADSAS Customer Service Team at or 617.612.2045. 

Charlottesville Summer Volunteering

Hoo's staying in Charlottesville this summer?
Registration for Madison House summer volunteer programs opens Friday, 3/23! Visit for a list of programs accepting summer volunteers.

Looking for summer volunteer opportunities at a Charlottesville hospital? Check out the Volunteer Services departments at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Apply for a summer externship!

Applications are now being accepted for the UVA Career IDEAS Externship Program!

What is an externship? 
It's a job shadowing opportunity that can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days. It allows you to gain personal exposure to a career field and can serve as the gateway to a new professional experience. Some externships even allow you to gain introductory skills required for a particular industry or job function.

The Career IDEAS Externship Program connects students with meaningful externship opportunities in J-Term and during the summer months. You can apply to the program via Handshake.

The program is open to all students, but priority will be given to those who have not had an externship or internship experience.The following groups are especially encouraged to apply:
2nd and 3rd years who are first-generation college students and part of underrepresented populations.

Summer 2018 Health-Related Externship Sites

More information & application

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Upcoming Open Houses and Info Sessions for Prospective Students

VA Tech
  • Veterinary open house
    • Saturday April 7 from 10 am-3 pm
Mary Baldwin University
  • PA / PT / OT info session
    • Saturday, March 17 from 9 am-12 pm
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • PA / OT open house
    • May 19 from 9 am-12 pm
James Madison University
  • PA info sessions
    • Friday, March 16 at 9 am
    • Monday, April 16 at 2:30 pm
  • OT info sessions
    • Friday Mar. 16 at 2 pm
    • Friday May 18 at 2 pm
Shenandoah University
  • PA open houses
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
  • PT open houses
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
  • OT Program open houses
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Loudoun Campus
    • Monday, June 4, 2018 9:00am – Winchester Campus
George Washington University  
Howard University
  • Medicine open houses
    • 1st Friday of every month
Radford University
  • OT info session
    • Saturday, March 24, 2018 -- 12:20 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Virginia Commonwealth University
  • OT open houses
    • 3rd Friday of each month from 1-2:45 pm
  • Medicine open house
  • Dentistry open house
    • Friday, March 23, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Pharmacy open house
    • Fridays from 2-4 pm
University of Maryland
  • Pharmacy open house
    • April 7 from 9:30-12:30 pm
  • Dentistry open house
    • April 7
State University of New York
  • Optometry open house
    • May 31 from 9:30 am-1 pm

Georgetown University
  • Medicine info sessions
    • Monday, April 16, 2018
    • Monday, April 23, 2018
    • Monday, May 7, 2018
    • Monday, May 21, 2018
    • Monday, June 4, 2018
    • Monday, June 18, 2018
    • Monday, July 9, 2018
    • Monday, July 16, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pre-Dental Summer Manot Cave Dig Project

Are you interested in a different type of international trip? Join a team of researchers, faculty, and students to Israel to be part of a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better understand how knowledge in craniofacial development can inform us about archaeology and anthropology. The research team has published preliminary findings in Nature (28 January 2015) that has garnered interested around the world. Additional information can be gleaned from the Manot Cave Project Facebook page.

Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine is a partner in this dig with Ben Gurion University and is organizing two volunteer student groups to assist in the research in the month of July. The costs for participation are $1,000 plus travel costs if the student wants to stay for 2 - 3 weeks. Meals and lodging are included.

Deadline April 1, 2018

Contact information
For specific details, please contact Yvonne McDermott at, subject "Manot 2018."
Please note, spaced filled quickly last year for this opportunity.

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program

SMLP is a free, six-week summer medical enrichment program for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

Program includes:
  • Lecture series by leaders in medicine
  • Mentoring by eminent physicians
  • Exposure to clinical settings
  • Personal career development counseling
  • Workshops on medical school admissions, financial planning, time and stress
Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis until April 15th, 2018.
 More information and application

"Diversity of thought, background, and perspective has been clearly shown to improve everything. Here at UVA SMLP, we believe the road to health equity requires diverse leaders in healthcare to ensure all benefit from the promise of advances in medicine and information technology. Our goal is to provide educational experience for talented, committed individuals who are pursuing careers in Medicine so they may become leaders in healthcare."
-Dr. Michael D. Williams, MD FACS
 Director, Summer Medical Leadership Program
 Director, Center for Health Policy
 Associate Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Integration
 Director, Emergency General Surgery
 Associate Professor, Surgery and Public Health Sciences

Pharmacy Summer Institute - University at Buffalo

July 9 - 12, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Buffalo, New York

The Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program providing information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated students. 

This unique day camp experience incorporates active participation in a broad scope of learning experiences including "hands-on" training in pharmacy practice skills,
lectures by local Buffalo area alumni pharmacist practitioners, and field trips. 

The program reviews pharmacy education opportunities and the pharmacy curriculum at
University at Buffalo as well as recommended collegiate pre-pharmacy course work. 

Application deadline: June 1

2018-19 Bridge Year Opportunity - Dermatology Clinical Assistant

I am a dermatologist in private practice in Charlottesville. My office is located on Pantops. This will be our seventh year offering this bridge year opportunity. Over the years we have had great success working with new UVA graduates in teaching them valuable hands on medical skills.

We are presently seeking to hire students considering a year off from their studies prior to enrollment in medical school or physician 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 electronically sent
  • Help with surgical procedures
  • Provide medical education regarding dermatological conditions and treatment
This individual does not have to have any dermatology or surgical knowledge. 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 will 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:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Unite for Sight Global Health Opportunities

Immersive Healthcare Delivery Experience in Ghana, Honduras, and India
Participate in a hands-on, immersive, and unique global health experience for weeks or months in any of the above locations. Students and professionals support and assist local doctors as the local doctors provide care in villages, slums, and refugee camps to those who are otherwise unable to access or afford care. During the past decade, Unite For Sight has worked with local partners to provide care to 2.5 million patients, including more than 100,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Unite for Sight's program offers extensive learning opportunities for those interested in any aspect of public health, medicine, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Participants support and learn from the talented local doctors who are social entrepreneurs addressing complex global health issues.
Details and application instructions 

Unpaid internship in New Haven, Connecticut
The Global Health Leadership Internship provides outstanding undergraduate, public health, medical, and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, with an opportunity to engage in high impact frontline global health delivery programs. This internship has a minimum of full-time 4 week commitment, but at least an 8-12 week commitment is preferable. A minimum of a 6 week commitment is required during the summer months. The internship opportunity is available year-round. In this position, the Intern will work closely with Unite For Sight's Core Management Team on global health programming. Interns work from the New Haven, CT office that overlooks the Yale campus.
Details and application instructions

Skin & Laser Surgery Center Patient Care Coordinator position

The Skin & Laser Surgery Center in Northern Virginia is seeking a Patient Care Coordinator.
Areas of medicine in this facility include dermatology and dermatologic and laser surgery.
This paid position involves:
  • Scribing for electronic medical records
  • Assisting with medical and outpatient procedures
  • Patient education
  • Administrative tasks such as patient phone calls, etc. 
Center staff aim to mentor future physicians or healthcare practitioners (PA, NP, etc.) and provide a learning opportunity for college graduates interested in a growth or bridge year experience. 

Office locations: Mclean and Woodbridge, Virginia
*Position requires access to a car for transportation

Possible position timeframe(s): 
  • Immediate start: December 2017 graduate
  • 14 months: first week of June -- July the following year (Spring '18 graduate) or
  • 26 months: in the case a graduate would like to work an additional year prior to applying to their health professional program of choice 

For more information about the position and instructions to apply
Contact Dr. Amir Bajoghli at 703.244.6377