UAAC Weekly Update
Weekly Update: March 2nd - March 6th
Below is a list of important upcoming events, programs, and opportunities that we would like to highlight for you for the coming weeks.
***All Events are held at the UAAC (1940 Sheridan Rd.) unless otherwise specified***
Medical School/Health Professions Program Visits/Special Programs
- University of Minnesota Medical School: Monday, March 9th @ 5:30 pm Register Here
Committed to innovation and diversity, the Medical School educates physicians, scientists, and health professionals interested in meeting the needs of communities both locally and internationally; generates knowledge and treatments; and cares for patients and communities with compassion and respect.Representatives from the University of Minnesota Medical School will be present to discuss the program and respond to questions.Light dinner will be served.
Duke-NUS (National University of Singapore) Graduate Medical School Presentation: Thursday, March 12 @ 12:00pm Register Here
Duke-NUS is a partnership between Duke University in North Carolina and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Centrally located in a modern facility on the grounds of Singapore General Hospital, Duke-NUS is the first US-style graduate-entry medical school in Singapore. Through the MD program, PhD program, and MD/PhD program, Duke-NUS prepares doctors and clinician-scientists who are well equipped to practice medicine and improve the practice of medicine. The Duke-NUS MD degree is jointly awarded by Duke University and NUS, while the PhD degree is awarded by NUS. Attend the information session hosted by Dr Sandy Cook and find out more about the MD and PhD courses at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. Lunch will be served.
Pre-med Workshops for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Personal Statement Workshop: Tuesday, March 3rd @ 12:00 pm Register Here
Topics covered in each session include: Overview of process, questions to consider, checklist used to evaluate personal statement, and general overview of the application process.
Pre-med Workshops for First Year Students
- Pre-med Info Session: Tuesday, March 10th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
Topics covered in each session include: Overview of medical school application process, timeline, required coursework, importance of clinical experience, and University Academic Advising Center services.
Drop-In Question and Answer Sessions
- Mondays (3:00pm to 4:30pm) and Thursdays (1:30pm to 3:00pm)
Drop-in Q&A is open to all premed students, including freshmen and alumni, and is meant for brief questions. Students will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions are limited to 5-10 minutes per student.
The events listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these events.
8th Annual Global Health Resource Fair for Volunteer Opportunities
Tuesday, March 3rd from 11:00-2:00pm
Norris Wildcat Room
Stop by to learn about global health-related volunteer and internship activities with leading health serving non-profits NGOs, student groups and other great organizations in Chicago. For the last seven years, the Resource Fair has successfully connected Northwestern students with local nonprofit organizations. Dozens of organizations represented and hundreds of students engage through this event. These organizations recruit students for service and volunteer positions.
Friday, March 6th from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 151 E. Wacker Dr
FootFest2015 is a day inside the world of podiatric medicine. Students will participate in a panel of current members of the podiatric medical community, engage in an interactive activity, spend the day attending lectures on cutting edge surgical techniques, and receive a free lunch as well as special giveaways and goodie bags. The entire program is completely free of charge and a limited number of spots are available. Please find the flyer for this program here. To register or for questions regarding this event, please contact Daniel Taubman via email at email@example.com.
Illinois Pre-Health Day 2015
Date: Saturday, March 7
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago – Student Center West
Health profession schools from the state of Illinois will be in attendance to talk about their programs and admissions policies and procedures. Learn from pre-health advisors, admissions deans and directors about becoming a competitive candidate to medical, dental, pharmacy school and more. This event is free to all undergraduate pre-health students. For more information and to register, please click here: https://ilprehealthday2015.wordpress.com/.
Numerical Competence in African Grey Parrots
Date: Wednesday, March 11 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Varis Lecture Hall at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton or join remotely here: http://vet.tufts.edu/capp/animal_matters/
Speaker: Irene M. Pepperberg, MA, PhD, Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard University. Part of the Center for Animals and Public Animal Matters Seminar Series. Members of the public are invited to this free seminar. Joining remotely is possible via web site. Contact: Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy 508-839-7991, firstname.lastname@example.org, web site: http://vet.tufts.edu/capp/animal_matters/
If you’d like a printable flier for posting, a pdf is available here: http://vet.tufts.edu/capp/resources/20150311.pdf
Careers in Global Health Lunch & Learn with NU Alum Lawrence Michel
Thursday, March 12 from 12-1:30 p.m.
Norris, Northwestern A
RSVP is requested in CareerCat (Events > Workshops)
Join Northwestern alum Lawrence (Larry) Michel (’84, ’88), the vice president of the Center for Leadership and Management at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) to learn about careers in global health, public health, and international non-profit work. MSH is a nonprofit international health consulting organization composed of nearly 2,500 people from more than 60 nations. Larry’s organization helps managers and leaders in developing countries create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
University of Medicine & Health Sciences Chicago Information Session
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Session Begins Promptly at 12:00 pm
Aloft Hotel City Center, 515 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Meet Nikki Gonzalez-Assistant Director of Admissions and current UMHS Student will also be in attendance. Register HERE.
St. George’s University of London Cyprus Medical School Information Session
Friday, March 27th from 4:00-6:00 pm
Swedish Covenant Hospital, Medical Education Dept. Anderson Pavilion 4th Floor
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about how St. George prepares graduates for a successful career, and what life in Cyprus is like. Students will have the opportunity to meet hospital staff, current students and tour the facilities of our US clinical site, Swedish Covenant Hospital
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) annual Pre-Medical Forum
Saturday, March, 28, 2015 from 8:30am - 5:30pm
University of Minnesota-TC, Malcolm Moos Towers
Registration $10 Saturday, February 28, 2015
For more information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/snmapremedforum/ or email email@example.com
Global Health & Innovation Conference
Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, March 29, 2015
Presented by Unite For Sight, 12th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. Register by January 20th to secure the lowest registration rate: http://www.uniteforsight.org/conference
National ShaDO Week: April 20-24, 2015
Events during this week are designed to bring the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal – increasing awareness of Osteopathic Medicine and DO’s in communities across the nation, and the valuable opportunities that come with being a DO. The event brings together Pre-SOMA medical students and admission officers from the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Schools to reach out to high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate pre-medical students and Pre-Health advisors. Registration opens February 26: http://www.studentdo.org/presoma
Latino Medical Student Association National Conference
The conference will be hosted at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (CCLCM) on April 23-24, 2015 and will move to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM) on the 25-26. The theme of this year’s conference is “Llegamos, seguimos: Celebrating a decade of progress." Llegamos, seguimos” is Spanish for “We arrived, We Continue,” is a celebration of the LMSA National’s 10th National Conference and the Midwest region’s 25th Anniversary. Find more information HERE
American Physician Scientists Association 11th Annual Meeting
Apri 24-26 at Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
APSA (American Physician Scientists Association) is motivated to provide a breadth of training and professional development opportunities for aspiring physician-scientists. The annual meeting in Chicago will offer the opportunity to network with physician scientists and students. Students can also participate in a variety of sessions and meet our outstanding lineup this year of Craig Thompson, President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Lasker Laureate Alfred Sommer; and Francis Collins, Director of the NIH.
If you are interested in attending the APSA annual meeting, you can register on the main APSA webpage. http://www.physicianscientists.org/?page=11thAnnualMeeting
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) Summer Research Internship in New York
Clinical research internship positions are now available in 5 different pediatric divisions:
- Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
- Hospital Medicine
- Infectious Disease
Students who are interested in collaborating on one or more clinical research projects -- with opportunities for co-authorship on abstracts and papers – may apply for an internship position in any or all of the 5 specialty areas. Interested students must submit a completed application, a current CV or résumé, an unofficial transcript, and a separate writing sample. The application deadline is March 13th. All students will be notified in early April of their application status. View all program descriptions HERE.
One-Year Internships at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC), Chicago
LCHC offers a number of paid 1-year internships for recent college graduates looking to learn more about health care for the underserved as they prepare for medical, PA, or nursing school. The following position descriptions and application are available under the “apply now” link at http://www.lawndale.org/opportunities/employment.
Clinical Quality Intern
Medical Operations Intern
Complex Care Coordinator
Applications will remain open until mid-March, and interviews will be conducted starting in April. Contact ShengZhou@lawndale.org with any questions.
Chicago Field Studies Summer Internship
Are you interested in an internship in Law, Public Health, Arts & Entertainment, Sustainability, Advocacy, Social Justice, or working in the Non-Profit Sector or just hoping to earn academic credit this summer? CFS offers internship opportunities coupled with seminar-style classes. Get a more holistic understanding of a field or industry while simultaneously interning at a related organization, all for academic course credit. The application deadline has been extended to 10:00am on Friday, March 13.
Intern at places such as….
Chicago History Museum, HBR Consulting, Sg2, The Field Museum, Raymond James, Intuit – Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Health Leads, EverThrive Illinois, Evanston Health and Human Services Department, Audubon Chicago, Delta Institute, Taproot, Heartland Alliance International, Teach for America, Common Cause, CNT Energy, and many more.
To be considered for the program, you must first attend an information session: information session schedule Or contact them to request a one-on-one session if you cannot make a group session
For more information: www.internships.northwestern.edu or contact (847)467-0605 firstname.lastname@example.org
North Shore – LIJ Health System Academic Associate Positions
1- or 2-Year Academic Associate Positions within the Department of Emergency Medicine of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The positions are designed for post-undergraduates who are interested in gaining experience in clinical research, quality improvement, and hospital administration. Academic Associates most often apply to medical school but also go on to pursue other careers in fields such as public health, research, and healthcare administration. Experience/interest in translational & clinical research, public health, hospital administration, and information services are highly desired. Read full description HERE.
University of Colorado School of Medicine Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program
The two week program, taught by School of Medicine faculty, includes Emergency Department shadowing, EMS ride-alongs, ultrasound and suturing labs, CPR certification, optional WFR certification, and nearly a week at a camp in the Rockies. To register or to learn more please talk to fellow students who have previously attended the program or check out http://www.coloradowm.org/undergraduate_courses.html. Program runs from August 9th - August 21st.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Job Opportunity
The Esophageal Center of the Gastroenterology Lab at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is looking for a graduating premed student willing to train for 4-6 hours, once a week, starting in April and work full-time upon graduation. This job entails extensive clinical exposure as well as valuable research experience working with an esophageal physiology research team under the supervision of Dr. John Pandolfino. The position requires a 2 year commitment with a salary of approximately $35K+ per year.
Interested candidates should send a resume and a short cover letter to Laurel Friesen at email@example.comChicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP)
CAMP is a six-week commuter program for Chicago area undergraduate students who have completed the freshman or sophomore year in college, or who are graduating from high school in the spring of 2015 and have been accepted into college in the fall of 2015. The deadline for submission is February 27th, 2015. It is necessary to complete the online application to be considered for the program. More information can be found on the CAMP webpage.
Atlantis Project: Hospital Internships
The Hospital internships ran by the Atlantis Project (AP) provide students with ethical shadowing programs within government-run hospitals in Europe. View their website for all opportunities : http://atlantis-project.org/hospital-internship/
Emergency Physician Scribe Job Opportunity
View Job Description HERE
The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs
Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future
July 13-17, 2015
The Illinois College of Optometry offers annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists. Students will be housed at no charge in their Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO. For more information, please visit: http://www.ico.edu/admissions/events-for-prospective-students/focus-on-your-future/ Program Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ohio State University, I-DOC
June 15-17, 2015
Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry. Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care. Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program. Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included. Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants. For more information, please visit: http://optometry.osu.edu/IDOC Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.2647, email@example.com
University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp
Session I, June 17-19, 2015
Session II, July 15-17, 2015
The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school. The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist. There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need. For more information, please visit: http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp Program Contact: Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, firstname.lastname@example.org
NIH IRTA Research Fellowship
The NIH Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Prospective candidates must apply online. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply three to six months before they wish to begin their training at the NIH. The program has no fixed start date.
Cat Volunteer Opportunity
Mary's Cat Manor, a shelter in Evanston is looking for volunteers for a couple of hours for special projects or regular hours every week. There are many jobs that need to be done from socializing the cats, care taking, vet tech assistant, helping paint and clean and grant writing. Check them out on Facebook at Mary's Cat Manor. For more information please email email@example.com
Full Time Research Assistant - NU Feinberg School of Medicine
Research experience is not required. The position involves assisting with a variety of research related tasks, data entry, and some data collection. They are looking for dedicated, hard-working, conscientious individuals who work well in a team and can work comfortably with older men and women who may have ongoing medical problems. Competitive hourly compensation. If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Amanda Auerbach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Global Health Corps Fellowship
Global Health Corps is a one-year paid fellowship that pairs young professionals with organizations that require new thinking and innovative solutions. The fellowship begins in July 2015 and extends through August 2016. Fellows engage in professional development training, mentorship and thoughtful community-building, and continue to draw upon their fellowship experience and the GHC alumni network as they build careers of lasting impact. Applicants can apply for up to 3 different fellowship positions. The full list of fellowship positions is available at: bit.ly/GHC_Roles.
Summer Opportunity: The Lawndale Summer Medical Project (LSMP)
LSMP is a four week medical missions project in an underserved area of Chicago. You will be seeing predominantly African-American and Latino patients at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCHC is the largest Christian health center in the United States. Services provided include primary care, dental care, eye care, and mental health care.
Application Deadline: Application and Two Reference Letters must be received by March 16, 2015
Program Fee (includes housing and supplies, does not include air-fare): $700 (scholarships available)
Eligibility: First year medical students, Pre-med/PA/NP students who are currently in their fourth year of college.
For more information: visit their website,www.lawndale.org Questions? Contact email@example.com
Rush University Research Assistant and Clinical Assistant Gap Year Opportunities
Dr. Brian Cole, at Rush University in Chicago, is accepting applications for a Research assistant and Clinical Assistant for the 2015-2016 cycle. Both assistants spend 1-2 days per week in clinic seeing patients, 1-2 days in the operating room, and 1-2 days in the office or in the biomechanics lab.
Somos Hermanos Gap Year Spanish Immersion Program
The 6-Month Immersion Program is designed to equip future health care providers with the language skills and cultural competency they need to provide high quality health care to Latino patients. Students do not need to have previous experience with Spanish before participating. All students are expected to attain conversational proficiency in the language upon completion of the program. The annual early application deadline is APRIL 30th. A complete application consists of the application form, two (2) character references, and one (1) language reference. If applying for financial aid, please also submit the Financial Aid application.
Mary Stankovich Animal Shelter Caretaker/Vet Tech Assistant
The Mary Stankovich Animal Shelter is in need of a caretaker for cleaning and medicating cats. The shelter is hiring for full-time or part time positions. The full-time hours average of 37 hours/week. This is a very physically demanding job. You must be able to lift 25lbs and able to stand on your feet for most of the day. It requires a special individual who doesn't mind getting dirty or working with cleaning chemicals. As well as one who can work well around animals and people. Animal handling skills or previous animal experience is required. Good interpersonal skills & an ability to create a fun work environment are a plus. View full job description here. If interested email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org .Put Caretaking in subject line & indicate the times of day you are available.
Stetson Powell Orthopedics Paid Internship
Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is looking to hire on two recent graduates to be Pre Med Interns for a one year entry level position. The position is built for recent graduates from university to experience real world application from their pre-med education.
Start Date: 06/01/2015
End Date: 07/01/2016 - 08/01/2016
This is a paid position with 40 plus hours of work per week. The Pre-Med Student Intern will interview patients and record their medical history into the office’s Electronic Health Record system. They will then review the history with the attending physician and record the physical exam, MRI/X-ray findings and treatment plan in the EHR. The intern will also help the doctors with other research opportunities and projects. Interest in Orthopedics is preferred, but not required as this experience will help all aspiring doctors. Applicants must have graduated university and planning on attending medical school. Please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Research Assistant for the Autism & Development Disabilities Research Program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, directed by Dr. John Sweeney, has multiple ongoing research projects investigating cognitive and sensorimotor abilities and their underlying brain systems in individuals with Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and related neurodevelopmental disorders. These clinical research projects are conducted through the center’s clinical assessment and treatment services, providing many opportunities for active involvement in patient evaluations and discussions.
Responsibilities for the position include administering neuropsychological, eye movement, MRI and EEG testing, scoring cognitive and sensorimotor test data, data entry, preparing Institutional Review Board (IRB) reports, and participating in meetings reviewing and interpreting data, preparing manuscripts, and planning future studies. This position provides the opportunity to gain experience working with clinical populations, developing skills in psychological and neuropsychological testing, and participating in each phase of the research process within large-scale, NIH funded research studies. The majority of previous RAs in these positions have successfully gone on to pursue training in medical school, clinical psychology programs, and cognitive neuroscience programs. Applicants should have a BA or BS in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related pre-health field. Interested persons are asked to make at least a 2 year commitment due to the extensive training required.
Interested individuals should send a resume or CV and a brief cover letter stating your career goals and any relevant background information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MD Summer Experience in Clinical Neurology at Emory University
MD-SEE offers clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology. Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a “patient assistant,” helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients’ history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations. Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co-authored by the faculty mentor.
Summer Clinical Research Internship in Pediatrics
The 2015 Summer Clinical Research Internship in Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center offers pre-medical students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related their specific sub-specialty. The primary focus of this internship is clinical research and writing. Each departmental track of the program will grant admission to 2-3 students. These students will have the unique opportunity to join a faculty member in completing an ongoing research project and/or create a new project proposal with his or her mentor’s guidance. Research Interns will also gain valuable insight into the publication process, including opportunities to participate in co-authorship of research projects in peer-reviewed pediatric journals. All application materials must be submitted and received by March 1, 2015. All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance early in April. Apply and learn more about the internship here.
Mentorship: Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine
Program Dates: June 15 to July 31, 2015
Application deadline: March 1, 2015.
The Summer Mentorship program at the Center for Reproductive Medicine offers students interested in gaining real research experience in medical science with a special focus in reproductive medicine with an opportunity of working closely with world-renowned team of scientists and researchers. Staff members publish regularly in the most respected journals in the field, are frequent invited guest speakers at important scientific meetings around the world and are active leaders in professional societies in human fertility and assisted reproduction. For details about this mentorship, click HERE
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
AAMC Official MCAT Question Pack
The online Question Packs use the computer-based testing format and features of the actual MCAT exam. Plus your Score Report provides additional information to make the Question Pack an effective study tool. Your purchase allows you to take the “test” up to 20 times, giving you many opportunities to improve on those skills or question types that you’ve identified to be most challenging. Get more details at www.aamc.org/mcatquestionpacks. If you have questions about placing your order, please call Publications staff at 202-828-0416.
Northwestern Summer Internship Grant Program
The Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) exists to empower Northwestern undergraduate students to gain professional experience without financial frustration. This is achieved through receiving $3,000 towards an unpaid summer internship and participating in a variety of Northwestern Career Advancement designed career development programs and projects.
Any Northwestern undergraduate student who meets all of the following criteria:
-A current student who will be enrolled for at least fall quarter of the following academic year and is a degree seeking student
-Pursuing an internship in a traditionally unpaid field or role
-Receiving 0.25 or less credit for the summer internship
-Not receiving any money from the employer or other funds from Northwestern
-Has an internship secured by May 30
Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy Information Sessions
The Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy is the only program in the US that combines bioethics and science policy to prepare you to address the societal impact of advances in the biosciences, medicine, and technology. Please join for one of the following online information sessions to learn more about this one-year MA program.
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, noon (EST)
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, noon (EST)
RSVP for the online session. Application deadline: March 31, 2015.
Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy
Duration: May 17th through July 11th, 2015
8-week MCAT and medical school application preparation program $3,250 (before taxes) stipend. Housing and meal plan provided. Program is only available to seniors who graduated early. For more information and detailed program descriptions, visit http://www.med.umich.edu/ohei/program/career.html Please contact Jazmine Wesley at email@example.com if you have questions.
Registration for the New MCAT Exam
Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates. Registration for the July-September exam dates will open in late April. An announcement will be made on February 11 once registration officially opens.
The MCAT team will host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 10 at 12:30 PM ET, for students to learn more about taking the new exam. You can join the conversation by searching #askMCAT and adding the tag to your tweets. Information will be posted on our Twitter feed @AAMC_MCAT about the chat in the coming week.
Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS)
Peer-Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) is a structured opportunity for students to study with others in their classes, with support from more experienced peers who are available to help answer questions and provide guidance. PLUS is a drop-in program; no registration is necessary. Winter sessions will be held Sundays at the Sargent dining hall, from 3 to 5 pm. The program is free and open to all students in PLUS-linked classes (no dining plan required). Snacks are provided.
CAPS Wellness & Performance Enhancement Workshops
Click here for the CAPS Workshops offered on the Evanston and Chicago Campuses this Winter.
Northwestern Career Advancement/Career Development Fund
The Northwestern Career Advancement Career Development Fund will provide funding to support the career needs of undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. This program is collaboration between NCA and the Northwestern Undergraduate Budget Priorities committee, who provided the financial support to launch this initiative.
Students can apply to receive funding to support the following career development pursuits:
- Travel to professional interviews for internship or full-time employment
- Travel to professional conferences
- Travel to professional career events
- Travel to graduate school interviews
- Purchase of professional attire
An application and more information can be accessed at this link: http://www.northwestern.edu/careers/about-us/development-fund/index.html Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as funds are available.
2015 MCAT Practice Test Review
While there are no required courses for the MCAT exam, your undergraduate coursework should help you develop an understanding of the concepts tested on the new exam and give you practice with the skills you will be responsible for knowing and applying on the MCAT exam. Here are the AAMC resources to help you prepare.
The recommended Biology sequence for pre-med students is changing!
The Biology department will be changing the way in which the Biology sequence is offered, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year. Cell Biology, currently Bio 216, will be offered as Bio 219. Biochemistry, currently Bio 218, will be offered as Bio 308. The content for both courses will remain the same. Courses will now be offered in the following way throughout the academic year:
• Fall Quarter: Bio 217 (Physiology); Bio lab 220
• Winter Quarter: Bio 219 (Cell Biology); Bio lab 221
• Spring Quarter: Bio 215 (Genetics); Bio 308 (Biochemistry); Bio lab 222
Please take note of these changes as you plan your courses, particularly as you consider when you will take the MCAT within your ideal medical school application timeline. The new MCAT has an increased focus on Biochemistry content.
As always, students should abide by course prerequisite requirements set forth by each department when planning their courses.
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