Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UVA's HealthUnBound (HUB) Virtual Reality Hack-A-Thon

Are you interested in Virtual Reality, medical entrepreneurship and healthcare innovations, and free food!? Do you want the opportunity to design and create an innovative VR technology for the chance to win a 50$ prize and a free tee-shirt?

Well then have no fear, HUB's 3rd annual MedDesign Hack-a-Thon is here! The event takes place on November 4th from 9am-5pm in the Health Science Library. This year, the event is focused specifically on innovations in the medical and health-care industries using virtual reality technology. Participation in and getting involved with the Hack-A-Thon is simple! All you need to do is create a team of up to 4 members (partial teams and solo entries are welcome) and register using the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/q5ry5TUUwbI3hUsw2

The structure and how the event operates is also fairly straightforward! Teams will have the chance to create patient specific VR experiences during this one-day hack for the chance to win a $50 and a free T-shirt. Furthermore, judges and mentors from Google Development, UVA Hospital, Veteran's Hospital in Richmond, UVA's Clemons and Rice Hall Virtual Reality Labs, and more will be available for networking opportunities. Lunch and dinner will be also be provided for participants as well!

HealthUnBound is an organization whose mission is to help "foster a medical entrepreneurship community focused on providing opportunities and resources to promote and facilitate health innovation" and while it has many members within the UVA community, it is ultimately its own separate and independent organization. Thus, this is a great opportunity to for you to either utilize University connections and resources to help develop applicable, real-life experiences or to just go and see some really cool new VR innovations and technologies!

UVA Volunteers Around the World Medical Outreach Program

Apply for the Volunteers Around the World (VAW) Medical Outreach Program - a new student organization at UVA!

Are you interested in spending 2 full weeks at the Dominican Republic or Panama and running a mobile clinic for 5-6 days? As a team member, you will have the opportunitiy to shadow medical professionals, work side by side with experience doctors, perform triage, manage the pharmacy, and teach public health classes to children or teenagers. You will also have free time to travel in the host country, experience a new culture, and build great relationships!

Executive board leadership positions also available!

Contact Ravdeep Gill at rkg4xf@virginia to:
  • Apply as an Executive Board member
  • Apply as a trip volunteer (not binding - just regarding possible interest)
  • Ask any questions
Applications due: Friday, 10/6/17

Jefferson College of Pharmacy DYNAMIC Pharmacist Program - 9/23

Find out if you have what it takes to become a Dynamic Pharmacist! This program will provide an oversite into the profession from current and student pharmacists.

Attendees will be eligible for Jefferson College of Pharmacy's Application Access Program that allows students to be reimbursed the price of one PharmCAS designation.

Saturday, 9/23
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson University
Bluemle Life Science Building, Room 101
Philadelphia, PA 19107

12:30 - 1:00 PM  Registration
1:00 - 1:15 PM  Welcome
1:15 - 2:20 PM  Pharmacists Perspectives
2:20 - 2:40 PM  Break
2:40 - 3:00 PM  Do you have what it takes?
3:00 - 3:45 PM  Pharmacy Student Perspectives
3:45 - 4:00 PM  Wrap-up

Contact Tre Grue, Assistant Director of Admissions to sign up: tre.grue@jefferson.edu. 

Current Applicant? Tips for Sending Updates to Schools After You've Applied

Once you've submitted your application, it's appropriate (but not required) to send updates to schools. An update can convey your continued interest in a particular school as well as provide information about what you're currently doing.

Typical reasons for an update:
  • A significant event has occurred: If a noteworthy event, such as winning an award, starting a new job or clinical experience, publication of your research, etc. occurred post-application submission, conveying this information may enrich your application. 
  • You want to highlight an area of improvement in your candidacy: If there was an area of your candidacy you knew needed more work when you applied and you've been working toward it, be sure to emphasize the improvement when updating your schools. 
  • You've gained a new perspective on a school: If you gained new perspective on a school and your fit for it (by further researching the program or meeting someone affiliated with the school, etc.), it can be helpful to include that insight in your update. 
Updates should be: 
  • Professional: You should strive for a tone that is confident, courteous, and sincere throughout your document.
  • Limited: Updates sent too frequently or with little content will convey a lack of effort on your part. 
  • Concise: Keep updates concise and clear. A page is sufficient. 
  • Appropriate: Only send updates if a school is open to them. If it's unclear whether they welcome updates, contact the admissions office to ask. 
Submit updates in whatever manner the school prefers. Often, this is through their application portal. Do not send updates if a school asks you not to send additional information and be sure to keep copies of everything you send. If you are uncertain about the objectivity or appropriateness of your update, schedule a meeting with a pre-health advisor to discuss your approach.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ohio State Optometry Admissions Visit Day - September 30


The Ohio State University College of Optometry is offering a special opportunity to learn more about their admissions process, opportunities to tour their academic and clinical facilities, explore careers in optometry, and meet with college faculty, students, administrators, and alumni. High school and college students, as well as alumni, practitioners, and are encouraged to attend. 

Reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit https://optometry.osu.edu/visitday


Saturday, September 30th – 12:30 – 4:30pm
Ohio State University College of Optometry
338 West 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Additional Information
If unable to attend this visit day here are a few options:
1. Attend a virtual chat. Contact your school's pre-health advisor to get help with this.
2. Set up one-on-one meetings with OSU faculty at your school or at OSU. Contact your pre-health advisor to help with this.
3. Attend the 12th Annual IDOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Summer Program on  July 22-25, 2018. Here's the link: https://u.osu.edu/idoc/

Friday, September 15, 2017

Examkrackers Free MCAT Practice Exam

Free Full Length Practice MCAT Exam
Offered: September 16, 23, or 30th starting at 11:00 AM
Followed by an interactive, online review of the exam on October 15th at 7:00 PM

To register, send an email to:

Include the following:
  • Name
  • Test date of choice
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • College attending / attended
  • Anticipated MCAT date

Megan Galvin, College Program National Director

Optometry Virtual Fair - 10/4

Wednesday, October 4th 
Virtual Optometry Fair

Doctors of Optometry: 
  • Are the primary-care doctors of the eye and the frontline protectors of vision
  • Are often the first to detect critical health issues in their patients and refer them for timely treatment
  • Enjoy a balanced life and work an average of 39.5 hours per week
  • Have unlimited career options, from pediatrics to geriatrics to sports vision or rehabilitative vision
  • Optometry offers an average net income from $140,913 across the profession
Thinking about a career in healthcare? Learn more and speak with faculty, students, and admissions professionals representing the 23 schools and colleges of optometry.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

University of Pennsylvania Post-Baccalaureate Program Info Session - 9/19

The University of Pennsylvania Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs provide flexible and dynamic courses, research experiences, and clinical opportunities for students preparing for their careers as health professionals.

Programs include:
  • Core Studies: Foundational academics for students with a limited science background
  • Specialized Studies: Tailored coursework for students who possess a significant background in the sciences
Many students don't fit neatly into the typical sets of courses in either track, and Penn works with them to craft a full profile of classes needed for a successful medical, dental, veterinary, physician assistant, or nursing school application.

To learn more, attend a virtual information session: 
September 19th
5 - 6 PM 

DPT Free Education Virtual Fair- 9/12

The American Physical Therapy Association will be holding a free DPT Education Virtual Fair on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm ET. This fair will allow users to participate in live chats with Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) staff and 50+ Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs from across the country. The event offers students the opportunity to ask questions about course prerequisites, the elements of a strong essay, how to improve their chances for admission, and more! Attendees must register in advance.  
Questions? Contact apta@careereco.com
Register for the fair today at http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA

Thursday, September 7, 2017

EVMS School of Health Professions Open House

Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Considering a career in allied health or biomedical research? 
Come learn about our graduate-level programs, and see which is one is right for you.

  • Art Therapy & Counseling
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Contemporary Human Anatomy
  • Master of Healthcare Delivery Sciences*
  • Doctor of Health Sciences*
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Medical & Health Professions Education *
  • Medical Master's (1 year & 2 year option)
  • Pathologists' Assistant
  • Physician Assistant
  • Graduate Programs in Public Health
  • Reproductive Clinical Science*
  • Surgical Assisting
*distance-learning programs 

More information & registration