Friday, July 13, 2018

Healthcare Lab: Interested?

Would you like to take part in the creation of a NEW transformative learning experience for students interested in healthcare careersThe Career Center is in the midst of designing an exciting 5-day residential learning opportunity during J-Term 2019 for students interested in various aspects of healthcare, and they need your help

Learn how! Take the next two minutes to read 
this program description and give your thoughts. Your feedback in incredibly valuable and will help shape the overall impact of this experience for students just like you.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Secondary Applications

Originally published by the AAMC - Advisor Corner: Preparing for Secondary Applications

Once you submit your primary application, the application service will process and verify it, then send it to your selected schools on your behalf. At that time, you will begin to receive requests directly from schools to complete secondary application. Secondary applications are specific to each school and focus on their specific values and interest.

Not sure how to approach your secondary applications? 
Three of our pre-health advising colleagues from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) share their best advice!

Celeste Crowe, Director of Health Professions Advising, Appalachian State University
Before you apply, it is helpful to discuss or outline with your prehealth advisor the ways you developed skills and knowledge based on the AAMC core competencies. Many schools will look for evidence of these competencies, so it's important to incorporate them in your secondary essay responses. Here are examples of prompts we give applicants to help them as they prepare for their secondary application:
  • To highlight the competency of Teamwork
    While leadership is an important aspect of becoming a healthcare provider, so is teamwork. Describe a time or situation where you were not the leader or could not be. What was your role within the team? What did you learn from that experience?
  • To highlight the competency of Cultural Competence
    Describe an experience or time interacting with people who are different from you or adhere to a different set of cultural norms. What did you learn about yourself from that experience?
    If you have had limited opportunity to experience different cultures or work/serve with diverse populations, discuss how you plan to develop skills and experiences to become a culturally competent healthcare provider. 
Marielle Mecozzi, Senior Assistant Director of Pre-Professional Services, University of Michigan 
  • Be ready to receive secondaries as soon as you submit your primary application and beyond. AMCAS immediately notifies the schools designated by an applicant about that individual's intention to apply there. Many medical schools send secondaries automatically to all applicants; some even send secondaries to applicants as soon as they receive this notification from AMCAS. This explains why some of you may receive secondary applications from certain schools eve though your AMCAS application status indicates your application is still queued for processing.
  • Wait until you're formally asked to submit your secondary application before you do so. Some applicants find links and questions listed on online forums and submit secondaries early in an unwise attempt to push their application forward. Submitting a secondary before being invited is poor application etiquette, and such a practice is frowned upon by medical schools. This is the equivalent of showing up to a party uninvited. You do not want to be that person. 
  • Stay on top of all your correspondence, both mail and email. Medical schools tend to send email messages to applicants in large batches, which may be interpreted by servers' email filters as spam. It seems like a hassle, but while you are applying, get in the habit of checking your spam folder periodically. Also, make sure your mailbox does not reach its capacity limit, which causes email messages to bounce back. 
Alex Tan, Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Johns Hopkins University
Because your primary application sends the same message to every school, it is inherently limited in its capacity to act as your envoy. In contract, your secondary essays afford you the opportunity to send a tailored, unique ambassador to each and every school. Yes, this is more work. Yes, schools often ask deceptively similar questions. Nonetheless, you must resist the urge to take that similarity as an invitation to send the same answer. 

Why send different answers to the same question? Imagine you go on a series of first dates. Your dates ask you similar questions. Would you answer each with a memorized answer you recite on cue? No, not if you want a second date. I am not suggesting your answers should be completely different, but, while the meat of your answers remain the same, you should emphasize different details about the experience or give different examples entirely. For example, there are lots of things I like about my favorite book, and I could be completely honest while taking different approaches to talking about that book so I am answering the questions AND actively engaging my companion in a meaningful way.

Similarly, meaningful experiences are meaningful for many reasons. One experience may help me cultivate teamwork skills, allow me to practice leadership, help me better understand how to create a meaningful patient-caregiver relationship, learn to advocate for those in my care, and problem-solve issues of access and limited resources. In writing about it, I can help schools understand how I fit with what the school values by emphasizing the aspects of my experience that best illustrate how my values, passions, and goals overlap with those of each school. More general questions, as with discussing a challenge I faced are even easier to tailor. I face challenges constantly, so I can easily pick whichever one best helps me communicate my perspective.

Unquestionably, this is more time-consuming than recycling your answers, but I've never heard a student who was unsuccessful report their gratefulness for saving all that time nor have I heard a successful one regret the time they dedicated to their success.

Bridge Year Story: Aman Mangalmurti, UVA '17

UVA Today: Off Grounds & On the Job

"Often, the best part of UVA alumnus Aman Mangalmurti's week is time spent in local clinics with children and their parents.

Mangalmurti, who graduated in 2017, now works at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD in the Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program. The neuroscience graduate is working in the Shaw Lab, a child psychiatry research group studying attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

"When you work with young kids, you hope you are making a long-lasting impact," he said. "ADHD affects so many people, so there is an opportunity for our research to have a large impact."

The lab tracks groups of children over time, studying their symptoms and social environments and using neuroimaging to track how their brains are developing. Mangalmurti said they especially focus on creating and analyzing large data sets - big data is a growing emphasis in neuroscience - and on patients' genetic makeup...

After his fellowship at the NIH ends this year, he hopes to enroll in an MD-PhD program and continue gaining research experience, likely still focused on pediatric health.

"One day, I would love to run my own lab, and perhaps be a professor," he said.

Read the full story >>

Friday, July 6, 2018

How can you impact our state? The Health Wagon

The Health Wagon is a nonprofit organization providing mobile health services to the medically underserved in Southwest Virginia since 1980. 

The Health Wagon seeks to provide compassionate, quality health care to the medically underserved people in the Mountains of Appalachia. Their values include collaboration, community outreach, empowerment, inclusiveness, and spirituality. 

The Health Wagon Story
The average patient is 38 years old. 98% of patients are uninsured. 70% of them come from an income of less than $20,000 annually, despite working multiple jobs. This means they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private insurance. Patients live in desperately poverty-stricken rural Appalachia, where they can't afford to go to the doctor but can't afford not to. The mobility of the Health Wagon clinic means staff are able to fill the gap, whether they are inline at the food bank or at their job, the Health Wagon takes healthcare to them.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Osteopathic Medicine Virtual Fair - Wednesday, 8/1

Wednesday, August 1st
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM Eastern Time

Meet with representatives from colleges of osteopathic medicine nationwide to learn about
becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

THIS IS PUBLIC HEALTH Virtual & Graduate School Fairs

Wednesday, July 11th 
Virtual Fair
Meet SOPHAS representatives, This is Public Health Ambassadors, and
admissions representatives from over 60 schools and programs of public health. 

Tuesday, July 17th
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Graduate School Fair
The Marvin Center Grand Ballroom @ GW Milken Institute School of Public Health
800 21st St NW Washington, DC 20052
Meet representatives from schools and programs as well as a members from the SOPHAS team to answer all your application questions. Learn more about CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health at one convenient location!

Not sure if you can practice overseas as a DO physician?

"Last month, DO physicians received international recognition as fully licensed physicians from the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations. This will help osteopathic physicians gain practice rights throughout the world.

Within the international standards that classify jobs to promote international comparability across occupations, U.S.-trained DOs are now categorized with all other physicians as medical doctors. This recognition is expected to make it easier for DOs to gain practice rights in different countries, and will assist the American Osteopathic Association in executing its strategic priority to expand the international impact of osteopathic medicine."

Read the full story >>

Cville Community Health Fair - Volunteers Needed on 7/28

The Virginia Wellness Initiative is recruiting volunteers for a community health fair at the African American Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday, July 28th at Booker T Washington Park. 

Volunteers are needed to help for different shift times between 10 AM - 2PM to include set up and clean up. This effort will involve offering several screenings (BMI, HbA1c, blood pressure, kidney, mental heal, and more) and counseling. Hundreds of people attend this event, so it is a great chance to practice and learn new skills while helping people in our community.

Volunteer assignments will be based on preference, need, and training level. Volunteers must attend one of two training sessions before the event, to be held:

Sunday July 22nd at 5:30 PM 
Tuesday July 24th at 5:30 PM 
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library - downstairs in Rooms 1326 / 1328

Monday, June 25, 2018

Looking for one more fall class? Pre-Health Seminar for 2nd & 3rd years

ELA 2610: Liberal Arts and the Health Professions
Fall 2018
Monday's: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
McLeod Hall 1004
Instructor: Kimberly Sauerwein
Credits: 1

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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mark Your Calendar - June 30th Health Professions Fair in Washington, DC

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

UVA Pre-Health Advisors are members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). They'll be attending this year's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

You are invited to join UVA Pre-Health Advisors at the NAAHP Health Professions Fair! You'll meet and get to know professional school representatives from a wide variety of health professional programs - all in one place & not far from Charlottesville. See you there!

Student Registration and Check-In
2:30 - 3:00 PM

Student Speaker
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Fair Open to Students
4:00 - 6:00 PM


Register here!