Weekly Update

October 1st - October 8th

Below is a list of important upcoming events, programs, and opportunities that we would like to highlight for you for the coming weeks. Subscribe to our listserv to receive a link to this page each week!

Non-UAAC Events

The events listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these events.


Oct. 6, 2015, 12 p.m.
Parkes Hall, room 122 – 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences presents a panel discussion “Exploring Health Care Careers Beyond the MD.” The event, featuring physicians who majored in the humanities instead of the sciences and professionals who work in different aspects of the health industry will highlight careers in health care outside the MD track. Lunch will be served, and the event is free but registration is required. Register at www.beyondthemd.eventbrite.com. Contact Jane Holt with any questions at jane-holt@northwestern.edu.

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Oct. 24, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.
University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

The University of Michigan School of Public Health is hosting a prospective student day on Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the following: epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health behavior and health education, health management and policy, and nutritional sciences. Registration is required and can be completed here. The event offers students the opportunity to meet graduate students, staff and faculty to learn more about UM-SPH.


Oct. 14th, 2015
Midwestern University, 555 31st St., Downers Grove, IL 60515

Midwestern University is hosting a fall Healthcare Professions Career Day on Wednesday, October 14th from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity to hear from faculty of Midwestern’s medical schools, talk to students and take a campus tour. Interested students can RSVP online at www.midwestern.edu/dgcareerday.xml. For more information call 630-515-7200 or email AdmissIL@midwestern.edu.

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Internship, Volunteer, Fellowship, & Job Opportunities

The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only. The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.


The Budinger Lab is seeking volunteers to help conduct research in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. ​The position involves a range of different research related tasks such as cell imaging, paraffin-block sectioning, mouse work, data collection and entry, running assays (ELISAs, Westerns, etc.), and general lab maintenance. ​They are looking for dedicated individuals who can work a minimum of 8-10 hours per week, for a commitment of at least a year.

The position can lead to more involvement in complex research projects as well as hourly compensation and/or a full time position, if the candidate proves competent and efficient. This is a great opportunity for those who want to get involved in bench science research, and can lead to potential authorships on papers and recommendation letters.  

Interested candidates should send a resume to Monica Chi (monica@northwestern.edu).


Oct. 11 deadline

Volunteer at the free Devon Clinic in the “India-town” neighborhood of downtown Chicago and gain experience to prepare you for medical school or professions in social services. This unique opportunity allows you to have direct patient contact and learn from medical students and doctors. Translators use their language skills to mediate conversation between doctors/medical students and patients. Beyond this, volunteers often times use their language skills and cultural background to alleviate patients’ stress and anxiety. As a medical translator, you will gain an understanding of the many facets of patient contact and be an essential resource to the people around you. The clinic is mainly seeking Hindi and Gujarati speakers, but welcomes applicants that speak another South Asian language (Punjabi, Urdu, etc). Volunteers will go to the clinic once or twice per quarter, from 9:30 a.m. to about 2 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. If interested, apply here or email Kruti Patel for more information. Applications are due by midnight Oct. 11.


Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston is accepting applications to its volunteer program.  PSFH is a Catholic-Based Trauma Level 1 hospital and offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities.  The Patient Ambassador Track is designed for pre-med students who are seeking patient interaction, either on patient floors or in departments such as Physical Therapy and ED (after 30 hours on our patient floors).  If you’re heading towards the management side, the Administrative Track will get you experience in Medical Records, Medical Education, MRI, Library and other areas.  Lastly the Concierge Track is for those who want to help patients and family members in areas such as Admitting, Registration, Wayfinding, and at PSFH’s Medical Office Building information desk.

Interested students should send an email to PSFHVolunteers@presencehealth.org for more information. The program asks for a 50-hour commitment over three months (4 hours per week), offers free parking and uniforms and gives a $5.00 voucher for its cafeteria for 4 hours of daily service. 

Position Title: Service Surveyor
Hours: 8-32 hours/week (Employees will be hired on a part-time basis)
Compensation: $15/hour

Business: NowPow is a for-profit knowledge utility company that powers up under-served communities by connecting people to the vital information they need to stay well and live long.  NowPow’s service information technology connects community members to resources in their neighborhood by providing an e-prescription of services based on their health or social condition, age, gender and specific address. More information on NowPow is available in the attached document.

Responsibilities: The service surveyor plays an essential role in creating the NowPow product, a robust inventory of searchable service information.  Instead of inventorying just places, the NowPow database holds information about all the services a place offers. The place data collected by MAPSCorps needs to be converted into service information by the service survey team in order to be utilized by NowPow. Service Surveyors will be conducting comprehensive phone surveys with the businesses and organizations in the communities we support. Surveyors will begin training at the NowPow office for an initial period of 1-2 weeks before shifting to work remotely. The training will also serve as a probationary period. In order to work remotely, access to a computer and a high-speed internet connection is required. For a limited number of surveyors there is an opportunity to work from the NowPow offices. View the full job description here.

Interested applicants should send a resume to HR@nowpow.com.


The SOMOS HERMANOS Gap Year Spanish Immersion Program seeks to increase the number of bilingual, culturally competent health care providers who can effectively communicate with Latino patients; improving the quality of and access to health care in the US and Canada through language and cultural immersion programs.

Programs for pre-health professions students include: Spanish language learning, lectures, activities, trips to El Salvador & Mexico, cultural competency learning and much more. Check out www.somoshermanos.org for more information.


The 5-Month Immersion Program is open to anyone entering the health care profession in the U.S. or Canada. (i.e. medical, nursing, therapist, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, social worker, or other pre-health professions)


For the 5-Month Immersion Program, Somos Hermanos runs two sessions each year: one from January to June (the “Spring Session”) and one from July to December (the “Fall Session”). Fill out an application form and submit it together with your references. The annual early application deadline for both sessions is Oct.31 and the extended application deadline for both sessions is April 30.


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Resources & Opportunities

The opportunities listed below are provided for informational purposes only.  The UAAC does not necessarily endorse or recommend any of these positions.


Are you a pre-med junior or senior? Do you have mentoring experience? Do you like to help younger students? If you answered yes to these questions, Northwestern's Pre-med Peer Mentoring Program (PPMP) is recruiting new mentors for the upcoming year, and you may be the perfect fit! Applications are live and can be found here. Questions can be directed to nu.ppmp@gmail.com, and more information can be found at www.nuppmp.weebly.com.


Info sessions: Oct. 8 (1:30 p.m.), Oct. 9 (11:30 a.m.)
Patten Gym – 2407 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015

The Practicum in Athletic Allied Health Care certificate program, offered by NU’s School of Continuing Studies, provides students with hands-on health care experiences with the NU Intercollegiate Sports Medicine Department through rotations, traditional lecture-based learning via educational in-services, and personal professional development. Participants will observe professional sports medicine practices, identify injuries with the assistance of medical professionals and assist physicians and athletic trainers during practices and games. Only full-time NU undergraduates are eligible to participate and must apply before Dec. 1 of their second year but may apply as early as Dec. 1 of their first year. Visit www.scs.northwestern.edu/athletics-practicum for more details.

View the info session flyer
Learn more about the program via brochure


Spring quarter 2016 – Nov. 1 application deadline
Location: Tel Aviv University, Israel

Learn about Israel’s distinctive nationalized, quality healthcare system, medical relief in disaster situations, and healthcare provision to immigrant and minority populations. Explore its historical religious heritage and contemporary issues through numerous site visits and excursions. Scholarships available. The deadline for the program is Nov. 1. Apply and learn more on the program page. Questions can be sent to ipd@northwestern.edu.


Nat Geo WILD presents a new Fall series “Vet School,” which premiered Sept. 19 and airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. CT on Nat GEO WILD. The series follows first- and fourth-year students over one academic year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and captures the pressures, rewards and occasional sadness of life as an aspiring veterinarian. View a sneak peek here. The full season will be available on demand beginning Sept. 20.

MCAT Preparation

The MCAT website provides the following preparation materials:

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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:

An application and more information can be accessed at this link on their website.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as funds are available.

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