Tuesday, April 25, 2017

APTA Financial Education Program

You are invited to visit the new APTA Financial Education Program, an online tool designed to increase financial literacy, including in the area of student debt. This free educational platform offers an individualized experience to users through videos, articles, webinars, quizzes, online communities, live chats, calculators, and more. Go to https://enrich.apta.org

Monday, April 24, 2017

Designing Your Service Experience: May 3 Workshop

On Wednesday, May 3 from 9:30-11:30am Julia Lapan and Anna Sullivan offering a design thinking workshop for students heading into the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other service roles in which they have a big job to do in an unstructured environment with limited resources. The goal of the workshop is to help participants mentally prepare for their service experiences, reduce anxiety around the many unknowns of what they’ll be doing, and equip them to design their own toolkits that they can draw upon when feeling stuck or unsure in their new roles.

Madison House Summer Opportunity- Charlottesville Free Clinic

Volunteers will assist the Charlottesville Free Clinic hospital staff, patients and their families in a wide variety of roles, as needed by CFC. This may include patient and nurse aid, administrative support and more. 


1138 Rose Hill Dr #200, Charlottesville, VA

At training, volunteers will be explained the method used by CFC to sign up for shifts throughout the week. There are a variety of shift options with the greatest need during evening clinics: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 5 - 8pm. If that doesn't work for volunteers, there are a few daytime options for administration jobs or pharmacy handouts.

To learn more and apply go to: http://www.madisonhouse.org/summer-programs/

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Kalie Leone, UVA ‘17

Virginia Eye Consultants 

Upon entering college, I already had the goal of becoming an optometrist someday. I picked optometry because of my experiences with my own poor vision, which began in third grade when I was sent to the eye doctor because I couldn’t read the chalkboard from far away. When I was deciding what kind of career path I wanted to follow in college, I thought back to all the times my eye doctor explained the science behind my eyesight and how fascinating it was to me. Upon arriving at UVA, I didn’t think there would be many others who had this career goal, but I was pleased and surprised to find a Pre-Optometry Club table at the Fall Club Fair during my first semester. I quickly became involved with the Pre-Optometry Club in order learn from other students who were older than me and to find ways to get involved in order to enhance my application. The Pre-Optometry Club regularly hosts recruiters from different optometry schools who make presentations about what they are looking for in an applicant. From these presentations I’ve learned that a big part of what medical and health schools look for is experience and knowledge of the field, and today in this blog post I am going to talk about a summer work experience that contributed to both of these areas. 

After my second year, I knew that summer I had to work to make money, but I didn’t think I could find a job that was health-related and one that I actually enjoyed. It was through a friend that I first heard about Virginia Eye Consultants—she had worked there the previous summer. I reached out to human resources inquiring about available positions, and after sending my resume and doing a phone interview, I was hired in the position of Client Support Specialist for the summer. When applying for a position like this, the process could vary depending on the company, but a good start is to contact someone human resources and see what they are looking for. If a friend puts in a good word for you, the process usually goes very smoothly. A lot of times it’s less stressful and intense than you think! 

Virginia Eye Consultants is a large ophthalmology practice that sees and treats patients for all kinds of eye related issues, including surgery for glaucoma, cataracts, eye trauma, and LASIK vision correction. My position was on the clinical side where patients were seen before and after surgery and for check-ups. It was a large clinic and I guided the patients through each step of the process, set-up the rooms for the doctors, and even got to assist the doctors sometimes during their examinations. I learned so much about the health field that I didn’t know before because I was right there in the middle of all of the patient-doctor interactions. On a daily-basis, my roles really varied depending on who needed help that day. Sometimes my whole day would be accompanying patients to the different stages of their appointment, and other times it would be rotating between the different rooms and getting whatever the doctors needed during their examinations, like making phone calls to other clinics or running upstairs to the surgery clinic to check schedule availability if a patient needed an emergency surgery. Towards the end of my summer there, I even got to be trained on how to take different images of the eyes and was able to take pictures for doctors all on my own. The diversity of my role was a huge reason why I enjoyed this job so much—every day had different tasks and different patients and physicians to interact with. 

I also learned how it takes the cooperation of many employees in different roles working together to give a patient the best experience. Not only was it a great learning experience, but also an invaluable networking opportunity. Through working there, I met over ten ophthalmologists and optometrists that I know I could contact if I ever wanted to shadow them. This was such a great experience and it just goes to show that there are so many opportunities out there, you just have to find them! UVA students with the same career interests are great resources for finding out about jobs, shadowing, or other ways to get involved in the field, so I definitely recommend finding a club that has students you can talk to about their experiences and get ideas for your own path. The Career Center also puts on a lot of programs with representatives from different companies that are really relaxed and fun, so I would check those out too to find out about different employment opportunities. The summer is a great time to use internships, jobs, or shadowing to enhance your application because schools will see how dedicated you are outside of the classroom.

Kalie Leone is a 4th year pre-optometry student in the College majoring in Biology. She is the President for the Pre-Optometry Club and has been a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board for the last two years.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SUNY Optometry Spring Open House

registration for SUNY's Spring Open House is now open at www.sunyopt.edu/openhouse. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st, 2017 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM.

Students are welcome to bring up to 2 guests. Any questions regarding the event should be directed to our General Admissions email at admissions@sunyopt.edu

To learn more about the SUNY Optometry program go to:  www.sunyopt.edu/explore

Monday, April 17, 2017

Black Student Research Network Research Forum

Fri, 4/21
1-3 PM
Newcomb Hall - South Meeting Room

Get ready for the 2017 Black Student Research Network's Research Forum! The 2017 Research Forum will celebrate and present creative projects that deal with education, medicine, nursing, and science. During the Research Forum, undergraduate students can learn about research, meet with researchers, and plan for their future.

Diversity Healthcare Virtual Fair

Liaison International, in collaboration with CareerEco, is hosting a Diversity Virtual Fair to answer your students’ questions about their next steps. During this free online event, admissions representatives from health profession schools across the U.S. will share information about the many programs and opportunities available. 

Top reasons to participate:
  • Lower admissions costs by using our online solution to interact with top quality prospective students 
  • Interact in your own chat room with the option to conduct video sessions 
  • Unlimited access to all registered candidates’ information including exporting electronic resumes (Note: resume upload not required) 
  • Save time, travel, and staff required to participate in all day, on-site events 
  • Efficiently involve multiple participants (faculty, grad students, admissions, et. al.) in the admissions process 
  • Eliminate transportation and overhead costs associated with booth design and production
Date: Tuesday, April 25th
Time: 11 AM- 3PM 

Click here to register for this FREE event!

Full Time Paid Dentistry Internship

James F. Londrey, DDS, located in Richmond, VA,  is offering a full-time, paid, internship position (s) for  1-2 prospective dental students in the application process  to work in our dental practice.  (We will also consider prospective dental hygiene students as well.)  

This position offers the opportunity to work hands-on with our team, assisting Dr. Londrey with all dental procedures, learning practice management software, patient care, sterilization protocol, hygiene assisting and all aspects required to be a part of a busy established General Dentistry practice. These internship positions require full-time availability and a 10-12 month commitment beginning this summer.

Our former assistants have found great success from their experiences working with us, and most are currently enrolled in dental school or graduated and practicing dentistry.  

Below are the requirements and job description. If you know or would like to recommend a newly graduated student who may be interested in this opportunity, please ask them to contact Susan Brooks Londrey at londreydds@gmail.com

Application Requirements:
· Completed the DAT and all classes
· Available to work Monday through Thursday; 7:15am-5:15pm; one year commitment (June 2017 – June 2018)
· Applying to dental or dental hygiene school for 2018 class
Job Duties:
· Intern will learn all aspects of dental assisting, hygiene assisting, and practice management in a hands-on team environment

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Matthew Druckenbrod, UVA ‘17

Scribing at INOVA Fairfax Emergency Department

Q: How did you become a scribe?
A: Scribing is an opportunity that I would recommend to anyone considering a career in health sciences as it offers invaluable experience.  The first part of the process of being a scribe is to apply to a program, after which there is an interview, which is basically used by the head scribes to determine if they could see you being a valuable contributing member of the team. They also assess whether applicants are mature enough to handle working in an emergency department. Assuming that the interview goes well and the program has a spot available, you will be hired and the training portion begins. This involves approximately ten hours of technical training after which clinical training begins. The clinical part is eight full ten hours shifts where you shadow a senior scribe (someone who has been a scribe for over a year). Over the eight shifts, you slowly take on more responsibilities until the final shift where you do all the work, and the senior scribe merely observes.
            I began scribing because I needed a job during summers and wanted experience in the medical field. I had heard of scribing through a family friend and the more I looked into it, the more I was interested. I was initially very nervous to begin scribing as I was only 18 and had just graduated from high school. I felt very young and unequipped to do the job, but I was lucky that the people training me were both knowledgeable and helpful. I learned so much from them over my eight training shifts, and after five years, I still remember lessons that they taught me. One of my favorite parts of working in the ER is that everyone is very willing to help, and that all you have to do is ask. I think that potentially the most important skill I have learned through my time of being a scribe is to admit when I do not know something and seek out the appropriate person to ask for help.

Q: What is the role of a scribe?
A: The primary job of a medical scribe is to accompany an ER doctor for the course of their shift and to complete the electronic medical record of each patient that you see. What this means is that you take down the history of the patients, record the physical exams that are done, and document any other important information on the patient, such as an important consult. These are the official duties of the scribe, but as you become more experienced, you are able to take on more responsibilities, such as prepping a room with the ultrasound machine and isolation gear or calling the pharmacist to help process an order. The only skill that is truly needed to be a scribe is the ability to type on a computer. Everything else just requires that you be able to adapt and be flexible.

Q: What did you learn from your scribing experience?
A: I find this job so valuable and rewarding because it gives you such an in depth view into what it is like to be a physician. You work the same hours and see everything that they do. This is a benefit, but it also means that the job requires a certain level of maturity and ability to handle difficult or stressful situations. I still vividly remember the first hour of my first training shift where three unstable trauma patients came in after a multi-car accident. I had never seen a real patient before and the first one I was introduced to was a middle-aged man with multiple lower leg fractures and a collapsed lung. These things are commonplace in the ER and take some getting used to, but it helps you quickly determine whether you want to choose a career where you could potentially see things like that every day.
            I have taken so much away from this job. First of all, you acquire a wealth of medical knowledge, such as the tests to diagnose appendicitis. You learn a lot of the common language spoken amongst health care workers, such as what frequent flyer or road test mean. And what I think has been most important is that you learn how a complex team of doctors, nurses, techs, NPs, PAs, etc. is able to function in a cohesive manner to provide the best care to the patients.

Q: Additional thoughts on being a scribe?
A: It is a draining job at times; I can remember days where in the course of 45 minutes, I help welcome a healthy baby boy into the world and then walk into another room and witness a family tell the physician that they are finally ready to take their grandfather off of all treatments and let him die peacefully. There are patients that I still think about today and that have helped shaped the person that I have become. I would not trade these experiences for anything and would highly recommend this job to any pre-med student.

Matthew is a 4th year pre-med student in the College majoring in biology. He is the Weekly Service Chair for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), a ULink Peer Advisor, and a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board. During his bridge year, he will be scribing at Inova Fairfax Emergency Department, which he has done for the last four years during the summers.