Friday, November 17, 2017

UCSF School of Dentistry Pre-Dental Webinar - 11/20

Monday, 11/20
12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Tune in live for a panel Q&A session with current dental students, including career changers, parents, and post-bacc graduates.

Submit questions now for Q&A
Use this link to watch

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Health Career Connection Webinars


The Health Career Connection will be hosting 3 final webinars for their Summer 2018 Internship Program. The application is for the internship program is due December 20, 2017.
Find more information about the program here. The dates of the webinars are:
  1. November 22, 2017- 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
  2. November 30, 2017- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
  3. December 15, 2017- 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Interested students may attend any of the final 3 webinars. During the webinar HCC staff members will give more information on the summer program and application, including:
  • What to expect from an internship with HCC
  • The application process and eligibility requirements
  • Application checklist and selection criteria
  • FAQs

Additional Information

Please use the link below to register for any of the 3 final webinars:
If you have any questions or would like additional information or materials, please email HCC at

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Military Medical Student Symposium at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The 2017 Medical Student Symposium will be taking place Friday, December 8th-Saturday, December 9th.

This symposium is a great opportunity for pre-medical students to learn about military medicine. It is also an opportunity to learn from and network with active and retired military physicians, including General Officers as well as attending and flight physicians. An added benefit is that the symposium will be taking place the same weekend as the Army-Navy football game, which is being held in Philadelphia this year.

If you are interested in participating please contact Douglas Young at

Monday, November 13, 2017

Student Leadership Advisory Board Spotlight: Chelsea Umberger, UVA '18

Chelsea Umberger is a 4th year Kinesiology major planning to pursue a degree in physical therapy after taking a bridge year to further enhance her application (and for her own mental health!). At UVA, she is passionate about the organizations she is involved in. She is a Food Committee Co-Chair for Relay for Life; President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Association; Volunteer Chair for the Kinesiology Club; and deeply invested in Special Olympics and her sorority, Sigma Kappa. 

Chelsea is also currently working as an attendant for a boy with Fragile X syndrome. She has worked with him twice a week for the past 3 years and learned so much from him and gained a lot from spending time with him. She is also a Therapeutic Recreation Leader for Parks and Rec. She teaches a group exercise class for individuals with disabilities every Friday morning in downtown Charlottesville. Finally, she works as a medical fitness professional at FCAP. This role has been one of her most rewarding and enriching experiences at UVA and she is grateful for the opportunity to share about it with you in this post! 
What is Innisfree Village? 
I work at Innisfree Village through a program called the Fried Center for the Advancement of Potential (FCAP) as a medical fitness professional. Innisfree Village is a life sharing community with adults with disabilities. Innisfree, along with FCAP, was started by Barbara Fried. Barabara's son, John Fried, has an intellectual disability and a true passion for tennis. John has won 2 gold medals at the national Special Olympics for tennis and plans to compete for another gold next year! His love for the sport coupled with the Fried's dedication to fitness were the perfect ingredients for FCAP. Barbara asked her family personal trainer and physical therapist, David Ludeka, to help her get this project off the ground. Since then, FCAP has become a dream work environment. We see patients from the village with anything from scoliosis to simple gait abnormalities; we also train the village volunteers on form and technique, and even get the chance to work with some of David's own personal clients from outside of the village.

How did you learn about this experience? 
I heard about this opportunity through one of my roommates who is also a 4th year Kinesiology student. She started working for David two years ago and would rave about how amazing her job was. When she told me they were looking for extra help, I was interested to find out more! Last spring, I enrolled in the Independent Study class taught by David on what he likes to call "evolutionary mismatch." This class may be offered again next Spring, so keep an eye out if this interests you! He used this class to train students on techniques such as taking blood pressure and conducting evaluations while also taking us out to Innisfree for some shadowing and hands-on training. At the end of the course, a few students were selected to start work that summer. I was luckily chosen for one of the spots and I've been working at FCAP since! The benefits of networking and using connections you have to find new opportunities is so beneficial. I encourage everyone to start conversations with your peers and professors about experiences they have had or heard about. The best way to learn if an option would be a good experience is talking to someone who has been through it first-hand.

Why did you decide to engage in this opportunity?
I was already heavily immersed in working with individuals with disabilities and truly enjoyed working with those individuals. In my experience, I've learned just as much from those I've worked with as I hope they learned from me. Ever day you find a new challenge and different hump to overcome -- and when you figure out how to solve the problem, it's one of the most satisfying and gratifying feelings I can ever explain. So I knew the chance to learn more about physical therapy and work in a clinical setting while working with my population of interest was an opportunity I just couldn't miss out on.

What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day?
The clinic at FCAP is structured in a very different way than a typical clinic. My technical title is a medical fitness professional but we call ourselves the interns. When we get a new patient at FCAP, we first conduct an in depth evaluation. We partner up for these evaluations so we can have an extra set of eyes on each finding we come across. This evaluation starts with taking and recording vitals and height/weight, then we go through a background screening to find out about previous injuries or conditions we should know about. Then, we conduct a structural exam (checking for scoliosis, leg length discrepancies, etc.). After these exams are completed, we step outside the room and conduct a gait analysis that is followed by a functional evaluation. Once all exams are complete, we send our evaluations to be checked by David and make a plan to treat. Our workouts are structured and planned around the problem(s) of interest we are trying to correct. For example, if a patient has scoliosis we would include specific stretches and Erector Spinae muscle exercise to help normalize the curve.

Why do you recommend this opportunity for other UVA grads? 
I would absolutely recommend this opportunity to anyone at UVA! Although I would be sure you either have some experience working with individuals with disabilities beforehand or possess some level of comfort working with them because it is a challenge for sure! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email a and I'll try to help you out.

How did this experience help to prepare you for your next step? 
This experience has taught me so much already. I've always learned best through hands-on experiences as compared to reading a textbook. This experience has also led me to my plan for my bridge year before applying for graduate programs. I'll be working here through 2019. Not only has this experience brought so much educational benefit but it's helped me develop my character and professionalism on a whole new level.

UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program - Summer '18

June 2nd - July 14th, 2018

The UVA Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP) is an intensive six-week residential summer medical academic enrichment program for 30 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, and chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants. The number one goal is to expose participants to the "real world of medicine" to prepare them not only for admission to medical school, but to assume future leadership positions in the medical / biomedical field. Students are housed at no charge on campus, as well as receive a stipend of $600 to cover basic living expenses.

Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until April 15, 2018.

Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate college students
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. economically disadvantaged background, racial and ethnic groups that have historically been underrepresented in medicine, or from parts of the country such as rural areas where residents have been historically underrepresented in medicine, first generation college student, meet the American with Disabilities Act requirements, and/or identify as LGBTQIA)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation
  • Demonstration of serious interest in a medical career
  • Note: preference given to veterans, surviving spouses, or children of a veteran killed in the line of duty
Find more information and how to apply.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

University of MI College of Pharmacy Open House

Saturday, 11/18
2:00 - 4:00 PM
U of M College of Pharmacy - Room 1528
428 Church St Ann Arbor, MI 48109

This event will contain information about the pharmacy profession and an overview of the PharmD program at U of M. Following the presentations, there will be an information session with current pharmacy students. 

Light refreshments provided. 

American Health Care: Challenges & Opportunities - Spring 2018

PPOL 3559-100: American Health Care - Challenges & Opportunities
Dr. Robert Powers, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine & Emergency Medicine
3 credit hours
Tuesday's 2:00 - 4:30 PM

This course offers an opportunity to learn about the structure and function of the health care system in the United States. Lectures and classroom sessions will cover the history and current status of the education and delivery systems, and examine the challenges that face providers, patients, policy makers, and engineers as health care becomes more effective and more expensive. Issues related to manpower, financing, access, disparities, and developing technology will be examined with discussion of approaches to understanding and addressing significant problems, challenges, and opportunities.

Public Health Career? Explore UVA's MPH - 11/29

Interested in learning more about UVA's Master in Public Health program, including the 4+1 program? Join current MPH students for this information session to learn more about the their experiences in the program, the application process, and more!
GRE scores not required for current UVA students. 

Wednesday, 11/29
5:30 PM
Newcomb Hall 177

Food will be provided. 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Columbia University Masters in Nutrition Science Open House & Webinar

The Master of Science in Nutrition Science is a 12-month program that prepares students for many possible paths in healthcare and other professions. Since the majority of major health issues in the US and globally have a strong nutrition component, this program is useful for a broad range of careers. The academic year is divided into 3 semesters, 2 fifteen-week terms where students focus on coursework and begin their thesis projects, and a summer semester devoted entirely to the thesis research. Throughout the program students are assigned an individual faculty advisor who provides assistance in course selection, thesis topic supervision, and career guidance.

Want to know more? 

Open House
November 17, 2017
December 5, 2017

Webinar Sessions
12.5.17 @ 1:00 PM
1.30.18 @ 1:00 PM
2.6.18 @ 1:00 PM

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

Meheret Kinfe is a 4th year pre-medical 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.  
What is neuroradiology? 
I started shadowing in the UVA Neuroradiology department at the start of my fourth year. Neuroradiology is a branch of medicine focused on analyzing diagnostic images of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head, and neck. THe main imaging techniques used are MRI and CT scans. In order to be a Neuroradiologist, one has to go through 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency training in radiology and then a 1 - 2 year Neuroradiology fellowship.

What made you decide to engage in this clinical opportunity? 
After shadowing a Pediatric Epileptologist, a Neurologist who focuses on epilepsy cases, I want to gain more exposure to diagnostic imaging. I knew radiology would be a very different experience because it doesn't involve interacting with patients all the time, but I was willing to experience something new. I'm glad I sought this opportunity because it allows me to see another side. I was first on the side that requests the diagnostic images, and now I'm on the side that interprets them.

How did you get involved in this shadowing opportunity? 
I went online and looked up UVA Neuroradiology faculty and I read about each physician including their schooling, their research focus, their specializations, and awards. It's difficult to find emails of physicians online so I used UVA People Search by typing in their names to find their emails. I made a draft email expressing my relevant experiences and why I'm interested in Neuroradiology and then I personalized it to each physician as necessary depending on special focuses or skills. Over the years, I've realized that physicians don't have much time to read long emails so it's important to be succinct and attach a resume so they can efficient get a glimpse of who you are.
PROTIP: Additional tips & strategies to seek a shadowing opportunity

What did your experience in this position consist of? Can you describe a typical day? 
Shadowing in radiology is very different than the typical experience of shadowing a physician because I hardly see patients. I mostly stay in the physician's office or go in the reading room to observe her and other fellows and residents interpreting images. If it's with Dr. Matsumoto, I sit down and talk with her as we analyze the images, but if it's with other fellows and residents I typically watch as they discuss their findings with an attending. For example, we've had to analyze many stroke and epilepsy cases. This opportunity not only allowed me to better understand the brain anatomy and physiology, but has also given me an opportunity learn from residents and fellows about their experiences in their respective positions.

Why would you recommend this opportunity to other pre-medical students? 
Shadowing in general is an important opportunity for pre-medical students because it allows them to experience the daily life of a physician. It's an opportunity to learn hospital dynamics, doctor-patient relationships, inter-professional collaboration, and the demands of specific specialties. I'm glad I got involved in more than one shadowing opportunity during my undergraduate years because I"ve been able to observe and better understand both Neurology and Radiology.

Is there anything else you would like to share? 
I also believe it's a good idea to shadow in specialties that have very different demands and expectations. For example, after shadowing in both a primary care setting and in radiology, I"ve come to realize I much prefer interacting with patients instead of spending most of my time looking at screens and analyzing images. This however, does not mean I've lost interest in radiology because through this experience I've learned there is a specialization within radiology called Interventional Radiology that gives you an opportunity to interact with patients and perform minimally invasive procedures like removing an aneurysm using imaging guidance. All things considered, make sure to keep an open mind and gain exposure to as much as possible because you have plenty of time before settling on a specialty!