Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PharmCAS Changes for the 2017-2018 Admissions Cycle

The PharmCAS (College Application Service) will transition to the 3.X application platform for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle that opens mid-July 2017. Below is information to help prepare for the changes ahead:
  1. First Designation Fee Change: The PharmCAS first designation fee is $175 for the 2017-2018 application cycle. Any additional designations will remain at $55. 
  2. Re-Applicant Accounts: For the 2017-2018 application cycle, all applicants, including those who previously applied during the 2016-2017 application cycle will need to create a new application and send in all required documents. With the transition to the new technology platform, it was not possible to move data from the previous application. 
  3. Welcome to PharmCAS 3.X Guide: The Welcome to PharmCAS 3.X Guide highlights only the most significant changes to the PharmCAS application in the 2017-2018 cycle. Review the PDF guide to learn how the application and related processes will evolve in the 3.X platform. Pharmacy programs may choose to collect additional data from applicants via school-specific (custom) questions, document uploads, or as supplemental materials outside of PharmCAS. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

SUNY Optometry Info Session

Summer and Fall Health Related Courses 2017

Want to take a summer course? Unsure what to take next fall? Check out these health related courses: (This is not a complete listing of health-related courses or pre-requisite requirements. Please speak with your academic advisors and pre-health advisor when making course selections.)

Health Summer 2017
BIOL2100 Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetics
BIOL2200 Introduction to Biology w/Laboratory: Organismal & Evolutionary Biology
BIOL2757 Science Writing: Creative Approaches to Biology & Ecology
BIOL3410 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CHEM1410 Introductory College Chemistry I
CHEM1411 Introductory College Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM1420 Introductory College Chemistry II
CHEM1421 Introductory College Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM2311 Organic Chem Lab I for Non-Chemistry Majors/Minors
CHEM2321 Organic Chem Lab II for Non-Chemistry Majors/Minors
CHEM2410 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM2420 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM3410 Physical Chemistry - Quantum Theory
CHEM3420 Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics
CHEM4410 Biological Chemistry I
CHEM4420 Biological Chemistry II
DRAM2070 Public Speaking
ECON2010 Principles of Economics: Microeconomics
ECON2020 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics
EVSC1010 Introduction to Environmental Sciences
MATH1210 Applied Calculus I
MATH1220 Applied Calculus II
MATH1310 Calculus I
MATH1320 Calculus II
PHYS2010 Principles of Physics I
PHYS2020 Principles of Physics II
PHYS2030 Basic Physics Laboratory I
PHYS2040 Basic Physics Laboratory II
PHS5470 Management and Quality in Health Care Organizations
PSYC2200 A Survey of the Neural Basis of Behavior
PSYC2600 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSYC3006 Research Methods and Data Analysis II
PSYC3445 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
STAT2020 Statistics for Biologists
STAT2120 Introduction to Statistical Analysis

Health Fall 2017

ANTH2280 Medical Anthropology
ANTH2340 Anthropology of Birth and Death
ANTH2560 Hierarchy and Equality (in Health)
ANTH3130 Disease, Epidemics and Society
BIOL1040 The DNA Revolution in Science and Society
BIOL1210 Human Biology and Disease
BIOL2100 Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetic PRE-REQ COURSE
BIOL3000 Cell Biology
BIOL3010 Genetics and Molecular Biology
BIOL3030 Biochemistry MCAT
BIOL3050 Introduction to Neurobiology
BIOL3090 Our World of Infectious Disease
BIOL3410 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL4050 Developmental Mechanisms of Human Disease
BIOL4090 Environmental Public Health
CHEM1410 Introductory College Chemistry I PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM1411 Introductory College Chemistry I Laboratory PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM1420 Introductory College Chemistry II PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM1810 Principles of Chemical Structure PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM1811 Principles of Chemical Structure Laboratory PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM2410 Organic Chemistry I PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM2311 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory for Non-Chemistry Majors/Minors PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM2411 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (for Chemistry Majors/Minors) PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM2810 Principles of Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM2811 Principles of Organic & Bioorganic Chemistry Lab PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
CHEM4411 Biological Chemistry Laboratory I PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
ENSP3610 Narratives of Illness and Doctoring
GNUR5390 Intro to the US Health Care System
HIST2210 Epidemics, Pandemics, and History
HIUS3081 History of the American Deaf Community
MATH1210 Appliced Calculus I PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
PAVS4500-008 Pavilion Seminar - The Doctor
PHIL2650 Free Will and Responsibility
PHIL3652 Animals and Ethics
PHIL3720 Contemporary Ethics
PHYS2010 Principles of Physics I
PHYS2030 Basic Physics Laboratory I
PLIR4310 Global Health and Human Rights
PHS3050 Fundamentals of Public Health
PHS3620 Built Environment & Public Health: Local to Global
PHS4016 Human Factors Design for Community Health
PHS4050 Public Health Policy
PSYC1010 Introductory Psychology MCAT
PSYC2200 A Survey of the Neural Basis of Behavior
PSYC2600 Introduction to Social Psychology MCAT
PSYC2700 Introduction to Child Psychology
PSYC3410 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC3445 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
RELG2650 Theological Bioethics
SOC1010 Introductory Sociology MCAT
SOC2220 Social Problems MCAT
STAT2020 Statistics for Biologists PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION
STAT2120 Introduction to Statistical Analysis PRE-REQ COURSE OPTION

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Meheret Kinfe, UVA ‘18

What is clinical research?
Many people think of lab work when they hear the word research, but clinical research involves human subjects instead of test tubes. Clinical research can be used to test drugs and medical devices intended for human use. I work on a SmartWatch clinical trial with Dr. Jennifer Langer in the UVA Adolescent Epilepsy Clinic. We enroll adolescent patients in the study with parental consent and provide them with SmartWatch technology that detects convulsive movements. The purpose of the study is to test if the medical device improves the quality of life of these patients.
Clinical research is a great opportunity for a student looking to get clinical and research experience in one.

What made you decide to engage in this clinical opportunity?
After my first year I was in search of a research opportunity focused on epilepsy because I have a family member with the disease. At the time, I was not aware of clinical research; I just thought I would be working at a bench. When Dr. Langer responded to one of my many emails seeking a research position, I was happy to learn I would have an opportunity to connect with patients and explore an area of research I was unfamiliar with. And as someone interested in neurology, I saw it as a chance to learn about the medical science behind epilepsy including types of seizures and treatment options.

How did this opportunity help you prepare for your next step?
My clinical research opportunity was a significant stepping-stone for my present and future epilepsy-related clinical and volunteering endeavors. During my second-year my experiences with epilepsy patients inspired me to start an organization at UVA that raises epilepsy awareness in the UVA/ Charlottesville community and fundraises for epilepsy research, education, and treatment. Dr. Langer connected me with the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia (EFVA) so that my organization, Spreading Epilepsy Awareness (SEA), can partner with EFVA to carry out our efforts. Through my work with SEA and EFVA I got connected with CareEpilepsy, a non-profit based in the UK that aims to improve the lives of epilepsy patients in African countries. I hosted a fundraiser for CareEpilepsy and raised over $3,000, leading to my role as their US ambassador. I am now planning to travel to one of their project sites, Ethiopia, in the summer of 2017 to design a youth support program for children and young adults with epilepsy. I still continue to work with Dr. Langer on our SmartWatch trial, with a plan to get published next year and I am very grateful for the doors this opportunity has opened for me.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I recommend that all pre-health students should find an area they are passionate about and expand their experiences around that central topic of interest. That’s the most rewarding way to fulfill clinical, research, and volunteering requirements for medical school.

Meheret Kinfe is a 3rd year pre-med student in the College majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Social Entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Virginia Alpha PhiDE Chapter and a member of the Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board.