UAAC Weekly Update
Weekly Update: April 17th- April 23rd
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***
Additional Personal Statement Feedback Sessions Available
Lidia Spaho, an NU graduate and current 4th year medical student at Rush Medical College, has kindly offered to hold individual, half-hour, personal statement feedback session on the following day:
Wednesday, April 22nd 11:00am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm
Location: UAAC, 1940 Sheridan Road, check-in at first floor reception. If you are interested in participating, please indicate your availability by 5:00 pm this Friday, April 17th by completing the doodle poll linked below.
Personal Statement Feedback Availability: http://doodle.com/t3vgwyydt3qbthan#table
Please note: Appointments are NOT guaranteed. We will confirm with you via email if we are able to schedule you during any of your available time slots. If you do receive an appointment with Lidia, you will need to
submit a draft of your personal statement at least two days before the appointment.
Medical School/Health Professions Program Visits/Special Programs
- NU Physician Assistant Program: Friday, April 17th @ 2:00 pm Click Here to Register
The Physician Assistant profession has one of the best outlooks for future job growth and employment in the healthcare industry. Located within the Feinberg School of Medicine, the Northwestern University PA Program emphasizes direct patient care and case-based learning in its innovative 24-month curriculum. Come learn more about this program from Mr. Kevin Zalanowski, Coordinator for Admissions and Student Affairs.
Pre-med Workshops for Sophomore, Juniors, and Seniors
- Personal Statement Workshop: Tuesday, April 21st @ 4:00pm Click Here to Register
Topics covered in each session: Overview of process, questions to consider, checklist used to evaluate personal statement, general overview of application process.
Pre-med Workshops for First Year Students
All first-year undergraduate students are required to attend a Pre-med Info Session before they are permitted to schedule an appointment with a pre-med adviser. Please use the registration links below to register for a workshop.
- Tuesday, May 5th @ 5:00 pm Register Here
Topics covered in each session: Overview of Medical School Application Process, Timeline, Required Coursework, Importance of Clinical Experience, 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.
Reminder: There will be no Drop-in Q&A on Thursday, April 23rd
The events listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these events.
Office of Fellowships Info Sessions: Graduate Study at UK and/or Irish Universities
Mondays 4-6:00 pm at 1940 Sheridan
April 20th – Louise Keely, President & Co-Founder, The Demand Institute: “Why Cross the Pond?”
April 27th – Sara Vaux & Elizabeth Pardoe, Office of Fellowships. “An M-What?”
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 is now open: http://www.studentdo.org/presoma
Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy Online Information Session
The Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to learn more about this MA program in the following online information session:
- Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, 12:00 p.m. (EST)
This session will explore the MA curriculum, concentrations, practicum opportunities, admissions, financial aid, and the unique and individualized student experience. RSVP for the online session. Apply for our fall 2015 class
The University of Queensland’s Ochsner Clinical School Representative On Campus
Friday, April 24th
Please email Dr. Thea Volpe directly at email@example.com to arrange an on-campus appointment between 11 am and 6 pm on Friday, April 24th. Make sure to give her your name and your cell phone number. Dr. Volpe will email you the location of the appointment and confirm your preferred time via email. You may also arrange a telephone appointment at a different time by emailing Dr. Volpe at firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, visit their website at http://www.mededpath.org.
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
Physical Therapist (DPT) Education Virtual Fair: April 28-29
The student recruitment fair is free and will allow registrants to participate in live chats with entry-level DPT education programs from across the country. Students can use the fair to find the best DPT program for them, chat with admissions officers and faculty, and get tips on how to best prepare for the admissions process. To learn more and register, go to http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA
TheVeterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) will launch on May 13th. AAVMC has released dates for all three of their monthly webinar series and added a VMCAS Workshop Webinar series this year. Below is a description of all of their webinars, and a link to register.
“The Road to Veterinary School”
Target: College Freshmen & Sophomore
Summary: Learn how to prepare for the VMCAS application and find out what you should be doing during your early undergraduate career leading up to graduate school
“Applying to Veterinary School”
Target: All VMCAS Applicants
Summary: The VMCAS 2016 application cycle brings many changes. This webinar series will keep you "in the know" before, during and after the VMCAS 2016 cycle. If you're applying to veterinary school this cycle, you'll want to sign up for these webinars!
“VMCAS 2016 Workshop Webinars”
Target: All VMCAS Applicants
(Note: The workshop webinars will replace the “Applying to Veterinary School” series during the application cycle)
Summary: Join VMCAS for a VMCAS 2016 Application Workshop. Come ask questions about the application, troubleshoot, and generally learn about the application process.
To register for ANY of these webinars and to see the full list of offerings, please go to the AAVMC website: AAVMC / VMCAS WEBINARS
AAMC Career Fair on June 20th in Miami, FL - Student Registration OPEN
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will be hosting a Medical Career Awareness Workshop and Student Recruitment Fair on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the InterContinental Miami. This event is designed for high school and college students, parents, pre-health advisors, school administrators, and other individuals interested learning more about a career in medicine.
For further details including student registration please visit: https://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/medical-career-fair/
If you have questions, feel free to contact Lisa Jennings at MiamiRecruitmentFair@aamc.org
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Education Virtual Fair: July 14
Save the date- The first Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Virtual Fair is scheduled on July 14 and will also be free to pre-PTA students and advisors. Learn more and register at http://www.careereco.com/events/apta-pta
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
Oak Street Health Clinical Informatics Specialist (“Ninja”) Job
Oak Street Health is hiring Clinical Informatics Specialists to assist in supporting the clinical experience in their clinics and obtaining/structuring/employing data to the benefit of their patients. Read more information about the program overview and job description.
Research Assistant Internship: Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine (OCIM) at Northwestern is currently seeking students to volunteer as research assistants for a study on Integrative Medicine called PRIMIER (Patients Receiving Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry). Student interns will be responsible for recruiting and enrolling participants for PRIMIER by approaching patients in the OCIM waiting room. They will also be involved in tracking patient enrollment, interacting with the clinic staff, medical assistants, and physicians when necessary.
View full Internship responsibilities Here.
For more information, visit the study website: http://bravewell.org/current_projects/bravenet/bravenet/ If interested in the position, please contact the study coordinator, Natalie Pace, at email@example.com
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.
Atlantis Project: Hospital Internships
The Atlantis Project is still accepting applications for hospital internships in Spain and the Azores Islands of Portugal. Atlantis Fellows shadow local health professionals, improve language skills, explore the beautiful program locations, and give back to the community by teaching English to local residents.
Emergency Physician Scribe Job Opportunity
View Job Description HERE
The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs
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. Application due by May 4th. 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.
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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 email@example.com.
National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care: Team Advisor PositionsTeam Advisors (TAs) act as facilitators, presenters, simulation monitors, and resident advisors. The job of a TA encompasses the role of a chaperone, teacher, mentor, and policy enforcer. As a TA, you will facilitate and supervise a group of 12‐16 students. Many TAs will also lead activities, simulations, and lectures attended by all students. Working with your TA group is an amazing experience as you watch your students make friends for life and experience the world of medicine in a personal way. This is a unique opportunity to serve as a mentor and role model for talented young students and share your passion for and knowledge of the sciences, medicine, and health care. Team Advisors arrive on‐site 3‐4 days before students arrive in order to participate in orientation and training and stay for at least two 10‐day sessions in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle or San Francisco.
Chicagoland Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp Volunteer Opportunity
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is looking to recruit about 90 volunteers for their Summer Camp program. The program for kids ages 6-17 who are diagnosed with a muscle disease. MDA camp is offered at no cost and provides a fun and safe camping experience, along with opportunities to participate in a variety of activities. MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who serve as a “buddy” for the week, push wheelchairs, lift and transfer kids and provide assistance with activities as needed. They also participate in activities with the campers.
This year's Chicagoland MDA Camp is being held from Saturday, June 13th through Friday, June 19th at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center in Hudson, IL. Pre-camp training is provided to all volunteers, meals will be provided and the MDA will verify 144 hours of volunteer service. For more information, please see the attached flyer and FAQ sheet. Other questions can be directed to Hayley Opgenorth at (312) 873-1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Assistants: The Affective & Clinical Neuroscience Lab
The Affective & Clinical Neuroscience Lab is looking for undergraduates Research Assistants to assist in collecting MRI data. Students would gain hands-on experience with MRI sessions, including:
- collecting MRI data
- learning to process and check quality of MRI images, including:
- cortical thickness
- diffusion weighted imaging (DWI)
- diffusion tractography (DTI)
- functional imaging (fMRI)
- individualized neuroanatomical labeling
Contact email@example.com for more information.
The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.
Attention DO Applicants: 2016 AACOMAS Application Cycle
AACOMAS will be undergoing a significant new look and feel when they launch the 2016 AACOMAS Application on May 5, 2015. Check it out HERE.
The MCAT 2015 NU Course Mapping Tool will give you an idea of which NU courses teach the concepts tested in the MCAT. Please note: this information is subject to change!
The MCAT web site also provides the following preparation materials:
- What's on the MCAT Exam?
- MCAT FAQs
- MCAT Sample Test
- Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (including online practice questions)
- Pre-health Collection within MedEdPORTAL's iCollaborative
- Khan Academy MCAT Collection
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
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.
CAPS Wellness & Performance Enhancement Workshops
Click here for the CAPS Workshops offered on the Evanston and Chicago Campuses this Spring.
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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Following the UAAC on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/NorthwesternUAAC - is another great way to stay on top of all of the latest premed/prehealth events and opportunities. During winter, spring, and summer breaks we post all premed/prehealth events and opportunities solely to Facebook, and even during the regular academic quarters we often post items to Facebook before they are listed on the Weekly Update. Become a fan today to see all of the latest premed and prehealth events, opportunities, and information, all posted and updated regularly!
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