Events & Opportunities

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-HPA Events

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

MEDICAL SCHOOL ONLINE FAIR

Meet with colleges of Osteopathic Medicine nationwide to learn about becoming a physician. 

When: Thursday, January 17 - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. EST.
Where: Register

MLK DAY OF SERVICE FOR PREMEDICAL STUDENTS 2019

Rush Medical College is hosting a unique MLK Day of Service. The "Rush Experience" for Pre-medical Students is a combination of supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, while giving back to Chicago's west side communities. Expect to have an exciting day filled with anatomy and suture labs, networking with current medical students and residents, guest speakers, and a tour of Rush University Medical Center. Students will also get a chance to hear from the Rush Medical College Office of Admissions. RSVP by Friday, January 11. 

When: Monday, January 21 - Arrival Time - 8:30 a.m.
Where: Rush University, 600 S. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60612

CREATING CHANGE CONFERENCE

Are you interested in attending The LGBTQ Task Force's annual conference in Detroit this year? MSA is assembling a small delegation of Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students to attend the Creating Change conference. MSA will cover all expenses. To ensure follow through, delegates are asked to pay a $75 deposit, which will be returned to students after the conference. In light of financial constraints, these deposits can be flexible upon request. LGBTQIA-identified students with diverse identities and experiences are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply please visit the delegate application.

When: January 24 - 27, 2019
Where: Detroit, MI

LATINO MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION (LMSA) CHICAGO CONFERENCE

The goal at LMSA is to encourage and promote those who are interested in providing healthcare to the Latino population. Students involved in LMSA do not have to be Latino to be members or to attend a conference. Interested students can email Jessica Martin, Mentorship Chair, at mentorship.midwest@lmsa.net so she can assist with the registration process and put you in contact with a local LMSA chapter who will also be open as a source of mentorship and guidance for those interested in medicine. Attendance is FREE. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 2
Where: University of Chicago Pritzker

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Internship, Volunteer, Fellowship, & Job Opportunities

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

2019 SUMMER PIPELINE PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is home to a variety of pipeline programs that prepare and inspire talented high school and college students to pursue careers in medicine and in health-related research. Undergraduate pipeline programs include Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP) I & II, and Priztker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER). The application deadline for all three programs is Friday, January 18, 2019. Please visit the Pritzker School of Medicine webiste for program descriptions and requirements. 

CHICAGO EYES ON CANCER

Chicago EYES (Educators and Youth Enjoy Science) on Cancer is a cancer research training program for high school and college students interested in careers in biomedicine. The program also welcomes secondary science educators. For two consecutive summers, participants work full-time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to participants’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium to showcase participants’ work across basic, translational, clinical, and population-based areas of cancer research. Chicago EYES on Cancer is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in addition to generous donations. Programming is provided in part through a partnership with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. View the program website for details and application instructions.

NORTHWESTERN MEDICINE PRE-MED INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Northwestern Medicine Pre-Med Internship Program provides opportunities for promising undergraduate students with a mix of clinical observation and focused project work. Students are matched with a clinical department and paired with both administrative and clinical mentors to explore the field of medicine. The rotating observations expose interns to a variety of clinical environments that encourage them to broaden their scopes of interest and perhaps gain an understanding of new and different areas of medicine. In addition to project work and observation, students attend sessions hosted by physician leaders, network, and cap off their summer with a poster presentation to highlight their achievements. The eight-week paid program is open to students currently enrolled in a four-year university with a strong academic record and a demonstrated interested in pursuing a medical degree. Applications will be accepted December 10, 2018 through February 1, 2019. Please view the Northwestern Medicine website for details and application instructions.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR WINTER 2019 IN THE NORTHWESTERN PERSONALITY ACROSS DEVELOPMENT LAB (PADLAB)

The PADlab covers a broad range of personality and psychopathology topics in including personality, temperament, externalizing disorders, self-regulation, emotional regulation, personality disorders, and the development of any of these. If you are interested in these topics or are looking for research opportunities before applying to graduate school, apply through the PADlab website or email at tackettlab2@gmail.com. View the full job description here. 

INTERN AT THE DIVISION OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY AT LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at Lure Children’s Hospital is looking for an intern for winter break to assist with clinical research. This is an opportunity for a pre-med student who is their sophomore, junior, or senior year and is interested in learning more about clinical research and pediatric surgery. The student should exhibit strong analytical, problem-solving, and oral and written communication skills. Although the program is unpaid, it offers students a chance to learn more about clinical and research activities. The intern would also have the opportunity to shadow a pediatric surgeon in clinic and in the operating room. Responsibilities include: coordinate patient recruitment, assist with data collection, data processing, and preparation of materials for presentations, maintain data collection records/data inventory, track and prepare study-specific information utilizing databases, spreadsheets, and other tools, conduct literature searches. Please provide a brief statement of interest and a resume/curriculum vitae that describes your academic coursework, research experience, volunteer and/or work experience, and your future goals to Elissa Port at eport@luriechildrens.org. Questions can also be directed to Elissa.

2019 DEAN OF MEDICAL EDUCATION'S ACADEMY FOR RESEARCH, CLINICAL, AND HEALTH EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP (ARCHES)

ARCHES is a six-week program for ten undergraduate students who are rising juniors and rising seniors interested in pursuing medical studies. This program will engage selected participants in clinical experience, guided research, and immersive service at Georgetown University. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST. To learn more sign up for a webinar or visit the ARCHES website.

FULL-TIME RESEARCH STUDY COORDINATORS

Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine is looking for full-time (Monday-Friday) research study coordinators. Research experience is not required. The position involves assisting with a variety of research related tasks, data entry, and data collection. We are looking for dedicated, hard-working, conscientious individuals who work well in a team and can work comfortably with older men and women who have ongoing medical problems. Competitive hourly compensation.  If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to Kathryn Domanchuk (k-domanchuk@northwestern.edu). 

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - TWO YEAR OPPORTUNITY

This paid hourly position is intended to be of educational value for a future physician or physician assistant who is interested in learning medicine by directly assisting a Stanford University -trained board-certified dermatologist, learning dermatology by observing and participating in the function of a startup, boutique dermatology and aesthetic private practice. Dr. Gabriel J. Martinez-Diaz has a boutique dermatology and aesthetic private practice in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. Please view the full position description for details and application instructions. 

INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH ADVOCATE HEALTH CARE

Title: Administrative Intern, Transition Support Program
Department: Physician Services; Transition Support/Navigation Services

Title: Navigator, Transition Support Program
Department: Transition Support/Navigation Services

View the attached position descriptions for details, and apply via Handshake

NIH INTRAMURAL RESEARCH TRAINING AWARD (IRTA) FELLOWSHIP

The Mood, Brain and Development Unit (MBDU) is seeking qualified applicants for a two-year, paid Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship, with employment starting in June 2019. IRTAs are part of a multidisciplinary research team of physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. View the full description, and complete the MBDU application no later than midnight December 15, 2018. 

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FRANKEL CARDIOVASCULAR CENTER SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a summer fellowship program to support undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College is eligible to apply, with preference given to those students interested in a career in research. Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure. The stipend will be $4,000 for ten weeks of full-time work, starting the Tuesday after Memorial Day and ending around the first week of August. There will be a research forum at the end of the summer in which fellows will present their work, as well as opportunities to attend research seminars throughout the summer. For more information please see the applicant information tab. Visit the website for more details and to view the electronic application. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2019. 

KUCHNIR DERMATOLOGY BRIDGE YEAR PROGRAM

Interested in taking a gap year? Do you want more clinical experience before medical school? The Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program offerst clinical experience perfect for those interested in pursuing an interactive, patient-oriented gap year for 14- or 26-months before medical school matriculation. Students in the program learn about medicine by scribing for physicians, coordinating patient care, attending educational events, and receiving mentorship from practicing dermatologists. This opportunity allows students to develop strong interpersonal skills with patients along with a solid foundation of the healthcare system, especially the intricacies of administrative work that go into achieving high-quality patient care. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a passion for the life-long learning that is required once matriculating to medical school. The program offers positions in the Boston area along with a few opportunities out-of-state. Interested applicants may apply by emailing their resume and a cover letter addressed to Dr. Louis Kuchnir at gapyearkdds@gmail.com by Friday January 11th 2019.

Interviews will be conducted on-campus or via Skype in January and February. Please note that the time commitment is from June 2019 – July 2020 or July 2021 depending on the desire to complete one or two gap years. Please also note that you must have a valid driver’s license and a car, as all clinics are not accessible by public transportation. For more information, please visit our website at kuchnirdermatology.com or feel free to contact Holly Sprow at gapyearkdds@gmail.com with any questions.

HANDS OF HOPE INTERNSHIP WITH CASA DE ESPERANZA

Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit in Houston, TX that provides residential care to children birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV.  Care is provided in the neighborhood by the Hands of Hope interns. Ensuring the safety of the children in placement and meeting their emotional and developmental needs are the primary responsibilities of the Hands of Hope Interns. View the program website for more information.

INTERNS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED IN NICOTINE DEPENDENCE AND TREATMENT LAB

The Nicotine Dependence and Treatment Lab (Brian Hitsman, PhD, Director) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking highly-motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate students to assist with several ongoing NIH-funded research projects. As an intern research assistant, students will have the opportunity to engage with research study participants and learn about nicotine dependence, smoking cessation treatment, and underlying mechanisms contributing to smoking behavior in both general and special (cancer, depressed, and low-income/non-insured) populations. This position is ideal for students who are detail-oriented, motivated, have an interest in health psychology and outcomes, and would like the opportunity to learn about smoking cessation research and treatment. View the full postion description. 

CHINA CALIFORNIA HEART WATCH EXTERNSHIP

In 2018, China California Heart Watch will host the13th year of China Cal Externship fundraising activities in the months of July, August and Decmeber 2018. The objective of our externship activity is to raise funds to support our charitable mission and to create awareness of the problems of healthcare in rural China, and to encourage students toward a career in public health, nursing, or medicine focused on under-served populations. Activity strictly adheres to the guidelines for Pre-medical students invovled in clinical experiences abroad set forth by the AAMC-ADA. View the program website for details and to access the application. Externs can also apply for financial assistance.

POST-BACCALAUREATE OPPORTUNITY AT CINCINNATI CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

The Neurobehavioral Group within the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is an internationally known translational research team focused on improving outcomes for persons with developmental disabilities. Our interdisciplinary team includes physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, basic neuroscientists, and members of many other disciplines coming together to translate our findings in the lab into new and innovative treatments for our patient populations. We have specialty research programs focused on autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome. We have regular paid post-baccalaureate opportunities for high achievers looking for a motivating and dynamic experience for two or more years prior to entering graduate or professional schools. Opportunities exist across our research environment from bench to bedside. Application review is competitive and we draw nationwide for placements with our group. Interested applicants can send their CV and letter of interest to the Neurobehavioral Group leader Craig Erickson, MD at craig.erickson@cchmc.org 

2018 SRF POSTBACCALAUREATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The SRF Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Like SRF’s Summer Scholars Program, the goal of the Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program will be to prepare participants for a career in regenerative medicine research. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Fellow will take control of his or her own research project. Research projects offered will vary from year to year. Check the SRF Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program homepage for the precise projects available this year. Training will also include writing assignments that will improve each Fellow’s ability to generate grant proposals, abstracts, and other scientific reports. Positions are available at multiple locations. For details, visit the Sens Research Foundation website

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE HOLIDAY HEROES

Holiday Heroes partners with hospitals, businesses, celebrities and others to give children who are hospitalized due to a critical or chronic illness, a well-needed and deserved dose of fun. With a wide variety of themed parties and celebrations, they get kids smiling again. They give kids, their families, and caregivers some time to forget about the illnesses and medical procedures, by creating an experience that transports them to a joyous and hopeful place. Every dollar raised by Holiday Heroes is converted into a smile at these parties. Visit their volunteer opportunities page for a full list of ways you can help.

HEALTHY FUTURES AMERICORPS VISTA POSITION 2018-2019

The Legal Council for Heath Justice is seeking a qualified pre-health applicant to fill a Healthy Futures AmeriCorps VISTA position for the 2018-2019 school year. VISTAs will work directly with the children’s advocacy project within Legal Council – Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC). They will have a wide variety of opportunities including involvement in policy advocacy, public health pilot programs, medical-legal partnership facilitation, and medical resident education and collaboration. The applicant should be well-rounded, have a desire to work in a healthcare field and have interest in policy and public health. This program is a great option for students taking a gap year before attending a graduate program. We hope to be able to provide pre-health candidates with more exposure to health policy and social determinants of health, and demonstrate ways to be an advocate for patients. For more information, please see the attached posting. 

SOMOS HERMANOS GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

Somos Hermanos programs are designed to equip participants with the language skills and cultural competency they need to provide high quality professional services to Latinos. Students are not required to have previous Spanish language experience before participating. They offer a 5-month program every spring, and now they are offering a condensed 3-month version. The 5-month program is broken into three phases that entail a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community based volunteering, cultural activities and lectures, and a trip to both El Salvador and Oaxaca, Mexico. The 3-month program is broken into two phases that entail a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community based volunteering, cultural activities and lectures, and a trip to both El Salvador and Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information view their program website. 

VOLUNTEER RESEARCH ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY

Northwestern University's Affective & Clinical Neuroscience Lab is seeking undergraduates interested in biology, psychology, & other health-related fields to join the lab and volunteer as Research Assistants for a NIH-funded longitudinal study. The position will get hands-on experience assisting in the behavioral, psychophysiological, & immune portions of the project. Other responsibilities include data entry and data management, as well as making reminder calls. Highly motivated students may work towards independent research course credits and present a poster at research conferences. Requirements include one academic year of lab commitment, 10+ hours of lab work per week, and high flexibility to collect data in some evenings and weekends. GPA 3.5+ preferred but not required. If interested, please email Iris Chat at kychat@northwestern.edu  with the subject line "RA opportunity" and include your CV/resume and the RA application.

RA Application

NSLC TEAM ADVISORS NEEDED

The mission of the National Student Leadership Conference is to provide a safe and supportive environment which encourages students to explore their academic and career interests while developing leadership skills essential for their success.The National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) for Medicine and Healthcare is searching for current freshman, sophomores, and juniors in science related majors to work as Team Advisors at American University this summer. Team Advisors serve as teachers, mentors, and policy enforcers to a group of high school student excited about the opportunities that healthcare offers. Visit the NSLC website to view the full position description and requirements, and to apply

CAMP EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT PROGRAM

The Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics (CAMP) at Lurie Children's Hospital is seeking undergraduate/medical students who are interested in learning more about clinical research and autonomic medicine. The internship program is coordinated by the research staff at the Center for Autonomic Medicine in Pediatrics under the direction of Debra Weese-Mayer, MD, and is designed to give students broad exposure to a clinical and research environment. The program will run June – August for Summer 2018. 40 hours per week will be devoted to a study currently being conducted at CAMP, with approximately five hours per week spent on research team meetings, research program seminars, and educational seminars. Interns will work with the manager to set their weekly schedules. For more information and to apply visit the program website.

2018 DEAN OF MEDICAL EDUCATION'S ACADEMY FOR RESEARCH, CLINICAL, AND HEALTH EQUITY SCHOLARSHIP (ARCHES) PROGRAM

The Dean of Medical Education's Inaugural Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) is a six-week program for eight undergraduate students who are rising juniors and seniors interested in pursuing medical studies. All students are encouraged to apply, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions and those who identify as first-generation college students. This program will engage selected participants in: clinical experience, guided research, immersive service at Georgetown University and Greater DC community on issues of health equity. Sign up here for a webinar, or visit the Georgetown website for more information.

CHICAGO CHICAGO EYES (EDUCATORS AND YOUTH ENJOY SCIENCE) ON CANCER PROGRAM

Chicago EYES on Cancer is a cancer research-training program for underrepresented high school and college students interested in careers in biomedicine.  For two consecutive summers, participants work full-time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to participants’ success. Attend the Chicago EYES on Cancer program information session at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday, November 18, from 10AM-12PM! REGISTER HERE! For more information, view the program website.

INTERNS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED IN THE EXERCISE AND HEALTH LAB

The Exercise and Health Lab at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is seeking highly-motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students to assist with several ongoing research projects. As an intern or research assistant, students will have the opportunity to engage with research study participants and learn about physical activity behavior change and cancer survivorship. The position is ideal for students who excel at interpersonal communication, have an interest in health outcomes and would like the opportunity to interact with research study participants. View the full description here. 

PROJECT HORSESHOE FARM 

Project Horseshoe Farm (HSF), founded in 2007, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Greensboro, Alabama that offers service and support programs to improve the health and quality of life of adults and children in our community. HSF also offers unique education and leadership development opportunities for current undergraduates, recent college graduates, medical students, and allied health students.
The 13-month Gap Year Fellowship for recent graduates begins in June and ends in July of the following year. Internships are open to current undergraduates and medical students in summer, fall, winter, and spring. View their website for program details and application instructions. 

GLOBAL IMPACT CORPS FELLOWSHIP: GLOBAL HEALTH VOLUNTEER ABROAD OPPORTUNITY

Looking for a winter, spring or summer fellowship opportunity abroad? Unite for Sight's Global Impact Corps offers a hands-on and immersive global health volunteering experience. The program offers year-round opportunities in Ghana, Honduras and India. The program, aimed at students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine or social entrepreneurship, provides opportunities to work with local partner doctors to assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing glasses and prescribed medication and other support tasks. There are also opportunities to observe surgeries provided by the local doctors. Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in the Global Impact lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. Complete details are available at the program page here.

ATLANTIS PROJECT EUROPEAN SHADOWING/HOSPITAL INTERNSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Atlantis Project seeks pre-medical and pre-health student applicants for its European hospital internship programs. The program offers pre-med students the opportunity to conduct ethical shadowing internships in European hospitals in Spain, Portugal and soon other countries as they learn about developed-world medicine and European public healthcare. The observation-only internships also include volunteering opportunities such as teaching English to hospital staff. Interested students can learn more and apply online here. The Atlantis Project awards a number of scholarships to cover program fees and travel and living costs. Learn more about the scholarships offered by visiting the scholarship page here and viewing the flyer below.

View the scholarship flyer

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Resources & Opportunities

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

2019 NORTHWESTERN EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (NEXT) 

Registration for the 2019 Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is now open. NEXT is an annual alumni-student job shadowing program that takes place in the spring, sponsored by NCA and the Northwestern Alumni Association. NEXT is open to both Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students and registration runs through Dec. 6th. This year, there are more than 650 externships available at more than 265 organizations (both national and international). View the NEXT website for details and to register.

AAMC 2019 MCAT CALENDAR

The 2019 MCAT calendar is now available online. Registration for the first half of the 2019 testing year (January – June) will open late October; AAMC will announce the date in the coming weeks. Follow AAMC on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for regular updates and announcements.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC SUMMER PROGRAM INTEGRATING RESOURCES FOR EXCELLENCE (ASPIRE)

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence (ASPIRE) summer sessions provide resources to enhance students’ AMCAS applications and develop leadership and advocacy skills as future physicians for others. Below are brief descriptions of our summer 2018 offerings. Visit the program website for details and to apply. 
Applicant Boot Camp (ABC)
ASPIRE ABC module is an intensive experience designed to have students ready to submit their AMCAS application upon completion.  Participants will receive support and guidance for all aspects of the admissions process including (but not limited to) strategies for choosing schools, primary and secondary applications, and preparing for interviews.  Participants hear from current physicians, clarify their personal motivation for medicine, and learn more about life at Stritch by spending a week with us.  Rising second year students assist Stritch staff and faculty in delivering the program.   
Health Equity & Advocacy Leaders (HEAL)
ASPIRE HEAL introduces students to social determinants of health, health disparities, and strategies to achieve greater health equity through community partnership.  HEAL is centered on the Stritch mission of increasing health and health access for underserved communities and the responsibilities of physicians as advocates and change agents.  Participants learn from faculty, staff, students, and community partners about innovative ways to address the needs of marginalized and underserved communities. The program is led by Stritch staff, faculty, community partners, and rising second year students.  

DROP-IN PEER TUTORING

Academic Support & Learning Advancement is offering drop-in peer tutoring for spring quarter. You can drop in to get help with a wide variety of courses. View ASLA's website for the full list of offerings this quarter. 

UIC GRE/MCAT/DAT SUMMER PREP PROGRAM

The GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program is a six-week summer program. The purpose of this program is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be competitive applicants for graduate or professional school. The core experience for program participants will be a test preparation course for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) examinations. In addition to strengthening test taking skills, participants will engage in different workshops designed to support them through the admissions process for graduate or professional school. Workshop topics include learning interview techniques, writing personal statements, and applying for financial aid and scholarships.  Please note, this is not a residential program, as such housing will not be offered as a part of this program. For eligibility and required documents view the program application.

REGISTRATION FOR THE 2018 NORTHWESTERN EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM (NEXT) IS OPEN

The Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is a one-day shadowing program offering current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job in order to learn more about different professional fields. Students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts in order to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. With an increased focus on providing students with mentorship and career development opportunities, NEXT is a wonderful program connecting current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students with our global alumni community. Registration runs Jan. 19 - Feb. 6. Visit the program website for more details and to register.

MCAT Preparation

The MCAT website provides the following preparation materials:

What's on the MCAT Exam?

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SEARLE CENTER UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC SUPPORT & ENRICHMENT
Northwestern has a new academic support resource for students: Academic Support & Learning Advancement! Academic Support & Learning Advancement is dedicated to providing academic support for all Northwestern undergraduates.  You may already be familiar with some of their programs: Peer-Guiding Study Groups, UPAL, Academic Strategies Workshops, Drop-in Tutoring and Peer Coaching.  For more information, feel free to visit them on the 2nd floor of the library (North Tower) or read this article to find out about all the resources they offer. 

DUKE UNIVERSITY MASTER OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (MBS)
The Duke University School of Medicine offers an innovative 11-month professional master’s degree, the Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS). The goal of this program is to enhance the scientific and professional preparation of students aspiring to a career in the health professions or in a related field requiring graduate level biomedical sciences. Students will bolster their preparation for further study or entry into the biomedical workforce by completing a rigorous combination of multidisciplinary graduate level coursework, immersive patient-centered service learning, individualized electives, advising, and professional development. Visit the program website for details and application information. 

AMERICAN PHYSICIAN SCIENTISTS ASSOCIATION UNDERGRADUATE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

APSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources for aspiring physician scientist trainees. One of the goals of APSA is to provide opportunities for physican scientist trainees to develop skills needed for future careers in academic medicine and industry, including future trainee mentorship. The goal of this program is to connect APSA professional (MD, DO, MD/PhD, and DO/PhD) students with undergraduates who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships. Visit the APSA website for program details and application information. 

MCAT STUDY RESOURCE FROM THE AAMC

The AAMC has announced a new resource, A Roadmap to MCAT® Content in Biochemistry Textbooks,  for students to view and download free of charge. The AAMC reached out to publishers of biochemistry textbooks and asked them to identify where the foundational concepts and content categories tested on the MCAT exam can be found within their textbooks. At present, there are three textbooks included in this resource, all of which are free and open-access. As the AAMC hears from other publishers, they will continue to update this resource.

U.S. NAVY HEALTH PRFOESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HPSP) & HEALTH SERVICES COLLEGIATE PROGRAM (HSCP)

If you plan to attend medical, dental, pharmacy, occupational therapy, podiatry or other programs, the U.S. Navy HPSP and HSCP can provide financial assistance. For detailed information about both programs view the flyers below. 

HPSP HSCP

U.S. ARMY HEALTH PROFESSION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (HPSP)

Interested in earning a full scholarship with a monthly stipend to medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary school in exchange for serving your country? If so, the military offers the HPSP. Contact Captain Nikkia Lee at Nikkia.l.lee.mil@mail.mil or 708-492-0450. For more information visit the program website.

Additionally, the Army has physicians and dentists in a wide variety of specialties such as Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine,OB/GYN, Family Medicine, Oral/Maxiofacial Surgery, and Prosthodontics just to name a select few. If you'd like to speak to a physician or dentist in the military, contact Captain Nikkia Lee to arrange a conversation.

STUDENT HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITY

Health Services is looking for a first or second year student with an interest in athletics to serve on the Student Health Advisory Committee. The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) acts as a liaison between Northwestern students and Health Service Administration to discuss student needs, concerns and suggestions about the programs and services provided by NUHS. For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, please visit the website

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE FEINBERG 411 NEWSLETTER FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Feinberg 411 is a monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine. Click here to view the latest issue and sign up. 

OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE MEDICAL DECODER
The Medical Decoder, Northwestern's undergraduate medical journal is recruiting writers, editors and designers for upcoming editions. The Pre-health publication strives to engage and teach undergraduates about current medical trends and global health policies. To contact the organization, visit here.

AAMC FEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Planning to take the MCAT or apply to medical school this year, but unsure if you can afford the related fees? The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) may be able to help through its Fee Assistance Program, which aims to assist those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT, apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application and more. Fee assistance benefits are not retroactive, so it is best to submit an application as early as possible in the calendar year you intend to take the MCAT or apply to medical school. For details on eligibility, applying and more, visit the program website here.

NORTHWESTERN NETWORK MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) has launched a new mentorship program that cultivates meaningful mentorship opportunities within the Northwestern community. Watch the intro video here to learn more. The program launched in February to students in three pilot industries, but all students are welcome to join right now. Student and alumni mentees can use the platform to search for a mentor who best matches their current and future professional goals and submit a request to work with a that mentor. Alumni mentors may either accept or decline a mentorship request. If the request is accepted, the mentor and mentee connect via the platform to set their first meeting. To register, visit the program registration page here.

"AAMC PRE-MED NAVIGATOR" MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER LAUNCHED

The AAMC has launched an e-newsletter for pre-med students. The AAMC Pre-med Navigator is a monthly email that includes relevant information, resources, tools, tips and important dates for pre-med students at every stage of their journey to medical school. To see the articles in the inaugural issue or to subscribe, visit the newsletter homepage here.

APSA UNDERGRADUATE MENTORING PROGRAM

The American Physician Scientists Association has recently put an emphasis on undergraduate mentorship in order to foster the success of undergraduate students interested in a career as a physician scientist. APSA is now beginning the second year of the APSA undergraduate mentorship program. Through the program, undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician scientist are paired with professional student mentors (MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent). The year-long program provides one-on-one mentorship to undergraduate students, giving these students a point of contact for information and advice about physician scientist training. For information about the program, and a link to the application, please visit the APSA website.

NORTHWESTERN PRE-MED PEER MENTORING PROGRAM

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.

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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Courses of Interest

SOC 392: HEALTH AND POLITICS SEMINAR

When: Winter Quarter 2018, T/Th 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Description: Recent scandals like the opioid epidemic and contaminated water in Flint, Michigan have captured widespread attention. How are public health crises defined and managed? How do medical experts translate these crises into social problems and policy solutions? Each week of this seminar focuses on a contemporary controversy in politics and healthcare, including the opioid crisis, mandatory vaccination, obesity, and sexual and reproductive health. Throughout the course, we will explore how politics shape how research is funded, health risk assessed, medical needs legitimated, and medical knowledge used as a tool of governance.

THE ART OF MEDICINE - FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (ENGLISH 101)

When: Winter Quarter 2018, MW 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Description: This first-year seminar is curated for students considering careers in medicine, public health, or the medical humanities, but is open to anyone interested in the intersections of literature and science. The class explores how medicine and literature interact and will balance fiction and non-fiction, reading novels, poems, and short stories alongside clinical memoirs, and other forms of non-fiction storytelling.
Texts include: Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains; Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors. 

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