Dealing with Application Anxiety

Aspiring Docs

Applying to health professional school can feel overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t always have to feel that way.

It’s normal to feel anxious about the process, but the AAMC Aspiring Docs program has a number of resources to help you manage stress and keep yourself on track.

Learn more about common sources of application anxiety and how to manage them  here.



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UW Women’s Center GRE Prep Courses this fall

womens ctr

The University of Washington Women’s Center is offering GRE preparatory courses this fall for the campus and surrounding community.

More information, dates, and registration details can be found on their website here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact or call the Women’s Center at 206.685.1090.

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NY Times: Doctors With Disabilities & Why They’re Important

More than 20 percent of Americans — nearly 57 million people — live with a disability, including 8 percent of children and 10 percent of nonelderly adults. And while the medical profession is devoted to caring for the ill, often it doesn’t do enough to meet the needs of the disabled.


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Physical Therapy Information/Tour July a14

The UW Doctor of Physical Therapy is having an information session on Friday, July 14, at 3:30-4:30pm.

The event is free and no RSVP required. It will take place in the Health Sciences Building wings AA and BB, BB-916.

More information can be found here.

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Healthcare jobs most in-demand and fastest-growing in 2017


The Jobs Rated reports use opportunity vis a vis growth outlook as one of the primary factors in determining best and worst jobs.

It’s not a coincidence that many of the most in-demand jobs are in healthcare, an industry well-represented in the Best Jobs of 2017.

But of these careers, the high demand for some may come as a surprise.

See the forecast for the the healthcare careers you’re interested in here.


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Dive Into Dentistry Day July 8

Are you currently in undergrad interested in becoming a dentist? Or a full-fledged predental looking for an opportunity to boost your resume and learn the ins and outs of dental school? Predental ASDA sponsored Dive into Dentistry Day gives you the chance to get hands on, real life experience of what dentistry and dental school is all about. This year’s Dive into Dentistry Day is going to be awesome! With current UW dental students and faculty running the show, you’ll get a chance to learn all about life at UWSOD. We’ll teach you how to drill and fill a cavity preparation, sculpt a tooth out of wax, suture, take an impression, and pour a stone model. By the time you’re done, you’ll practically be ready to work with your own patients! This is a great opportunity to learn about dental school, meet some fellow pre-dents, get all your questions answered, and build up those ever important resumés! If that isn’t enough, Memory Brock, the UWSOD’s the UWSOD’s Assistant Director of Admissions will have a presentation about admissions here at the UW! Breakfast and lunch are provided! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

WHEN:  Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)

WHERE:  D1 Clinic, Health Sciences Building, University of Washington

Ticket sales are available here:  

Thank you and looking forward to meeting all of you all! Please support this event on Facebook at:


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American Diabetes Association Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in working with kids who have type 1 diabetes and learning more about diabetes management?  If so, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a volunteer opportunity for you!  Join us for ADA Camp Sealth on Vashon Island, which is taking place this year from Monday, July 31 to Saturday, August 5.  Our camp is the only diabetes camp in the country that’s integrated into a traditional summer camp, so our campers can attend with their family and friends without diabetes!  The ADA’s role is to manage all of the medical care for the campers with diabetes so they can focus on having fun at summer camp.

We have two volunteer roles for students: diabetes counselors and medical assistants.  Diabetes counselors are assigned to a specific cabin and spend the week accompanying their campers on fun activities to help with diabetes management.  Medical assistants help campers with testing their blood sugar before meals and bedtime, treat low blood sugars, and fill in for other staff as needed.  Room and board is provided for all volunteers.  No prior experience is needed, as there will be training before camp to teach you everything you need to know!

If you’re interested in volunteering at camp, please complete an application at our website.  If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo, Camp Director, at

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Podasts from the Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service


The TMDSAS Podcasts are a library of short interviews with various people regarding the application and admissions process.

The podcast interviews are timely, informative and offer great information to help your students be successful in submitting a great application.

Following is a list of The TMDSAS Podcasts already available on their website (

  1. Dr. Judianne Kellaway, admissions dean at Long Medical School, UT Health San Antonio
  2. Mr. Matthew Meeks, director of TMDSAS
  3. Dr. LaTanya Love, admissions dean at McGovern Medical School, UT Health Houston
  4. Anne Diamon and Cherry Gonzalez, TMDSAS staff members
  5. Dr. Andriana Segura, admissions dean at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry
  6. TMDSAS staff Members: The 10 Things You Need to Start your TMDSAS Application
  7. Mr. Filo Maldonado, admissions dean at Texas A&M University College of Medicine
  8. TMDSAS staff members: Getting Started on Your Application
  9. Dr. Mike Kennedy, admissions director, UNTHSC Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  10. Dr. Scott Wright, executive director of the Texas Health Education Service, TMDSAS and JAMP
  11. Dr. Robert Spears, admissions dean at UT Health Houston School of Dentistry
  12. Mrs. Betty Monfort, admissions dean, UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

They are planning a week-long series of podcasts devoted specifically to advice for non-traditional students.  There will also be podcasts addressing particular areas of the application such as writing your personal statement, interviewing for success, how the Texas Match process works, and others.

If you have any suggestions on future podcast topics, please email Enrique Jasso, coordinator of research, advising services, and digital media at TMDSAS, at


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A Roadmap to MCAT Content in Biochemistry Textbooks


A new resource, A Roadmap to MCAT Content in Biochemistry Textbooks, is now available for students to view and download.

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.

To download the resource, click here.

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Medical Emergency Training Association RSO Opportunities

Are you interested in healthcare? Trying to enhance your public speaking skills or gain leadership experience? Our RSO on campus, the Medical Emergency Training Association (META), is accepting applications for new BLS instructors for the 2017-2018 school year! We teach BLS and CPR classes on campus and at Swedish Hospital. Apply by Tuesday 5/23/17 at 11:45pm to receive an interview. Also, feel free to check us out on our Facebook, META UW, and message us with any questions!

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Pre-Health Drop-In Advising update

Our search for UW’s next Pre-Health Adviser continues! We’ll be bringing several candidates to campus in the coming weeks, and hope to have someone onboard by early summer. The process takes time, but we’re moving quickly to find the right person to support our pre-health students.

I will be out of the office tomorrow and Friday while facilitating a panel discussion at the Western Regional Conference for Advisers in the Health Professions (WAAHP) in Portland.

We will not offer Pre-Health Drop-In Advising tomorrow 5/18. Pre-Health Drop-In Advising will resume next Thursday (5/25), and will continue every Thursday when classes are in session.

Students with pre-health questions are encouraged to take advantage of our regular drop-in advising everyday from 10-4 in MGH 141. General advisers should be able to answer many of your pre-health questions.

You can also email questions to

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Greater Seattle Cares Volunteer Opportunities – Pre-Dental/Pre-Health

Greater Seattle cares ( is a very small non-profit organization that provides regular logistical support to 4 of the 12 homeless encampments in the Puget Sound area, as well as sporadic support to many others.

In conjunction with the dental program, a collaboration with Medical Teams International, they have also been running a denture program to help patients identified on the MTI van as needing dentures or other follow-up care. They work with Seattle Dental and Denture Arts on 3rdAve. in downtown Seattle to get these patients the care they need that cannot be provided on the mobile clinic. This means a lot of patient navigation – helping patients make appointments, checking in to see if they went, helping them take the next step.

As both the frequency of the MTI visits and the number of patients needing follow-up care grows, Greater Seattle Cares needs help with this program! Descriptions of these positions can be found on our website at

Mobile Clinic Volunteer

  • Description:The Mobile Clinic Volunteers provide on-site coordination when the Medical Teams International (MTI) dental van comes to Tent City 3 (TC3). Their responsibilities include:

o   Assure that the patients on the sign-up sheet are ready to be seen when the dentist is ready.

o   Make sure the patients fill out the necessary paperwork in the chart.

o   Make sure the charts are returned to the Dental Program Manager after the clinic is over.

o   Provide a list to the Dental Program Manager of patients who need follow-up services.

  • Level of Commitment:One shift (either 7-11 am or 11 am-3 pm) on the Saturdays when MTI comes to TC3.
  • Duration:At least two shifts over the course of a year.
  • When/Where:The MTI mobile clinic visits TC3 one Saturday per month, providing services between 8:00 – 2:00. The location varies, as TC3 moves from site to site every three months, usually somewhere on the west side of Lake Washington, from Shoreline to Tukwila.
  • Skills/Tools:Responsible, organized, non-judgmental. You will need your own transportation to get to the clinics sites.
  • Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Dental Case Manager

  • Description:The Dental Case Manager helps find services for patients who need more care than they can receive on the Medical Teams International (MTI) Mobile Dental Clinic. Greater Seattle Cares works with a dentist and denturist in downtown Seattle, as well as with Project Access Northwest at Swedish Medical Center. Some camp residents just need the phone numbers, others need assistance in setting up appointments, while some actually need to be taken to appointments or taken back to camp after oral surgery. Many need help in navigating the system and they all benefit from having someone who cares about how the appointment went and how they’re recuperating. Each Dental Case Manager will start navigating one patient and may take on more depending on interest and commitment.
  • Level of Commitment:A half-hour per week for the course of the needed treatment. The need can be as short as one phone call or as long as 6 months, depending on the patient.
  • Duration:One year commitment is requested
  • When/Where:Varies by location of the homeless camps; denturist and dental schools are in Seattle but much work can be done by phone.
  • Skills/Tools:Responsible, organized, non-judgmental, patient. Good communication and follow up skills, positive attitude, access to a phone.
  • Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Dental Program Manager

  • Description:The Dental Program Manager oversees the dental program, acting as a liaison between Tent City 3 (TC3) and Medical Teams International (MTI), and coordinating the all the dental program volunteers. The Program Manager:

o   Stores a locked filing cabinet with the dental charts.

o   In coordination with MTI and Husky Health Bridge (HHB), arranges dates for the MTI dental clinic to visit TC3 or other homeless encampments supported by Greater Seattle Cares.

o   Informs SHARE’s Tent City Organizer of the clinic dates.

o   Delivers an appointment sign-up sheet to camp a week before the clinic date, either in person or through the SHARE TCO.

o   Calls the camp on the Friday before the clinic to get patients’ names; pulls charts for patients who have been seen before.

o   Makes up blank charts.

o   Delivers all charts (blank and for prior patients) to the Mobile Clinic Volunteer or to the camp the morning of the clinic.

o   Assures pick up of the charts and secure storage after the clinic.

o   Finds Dental Case Managers to work with patients who need follow-up care.

o   Provide an informal monthly email report to the Greater Seattle Cares board about dental program  activity.

  • Level of Commitment:About 3-4 hours per clinic.
  • Duration:One year commitment is requested.
  • When/Where:One week a month before a scheduled clinic; work can be done from home.
  • Skills/Tools:Excellent organizational skills, good communication and follow up skills; your own transportation to be used to get to Tent City 3.
  • Committee Chair:Cindy Roat

Please email Manvir Kaur at if you are interested in any of these volunteer positions.

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UW School of Medicine Admissions Forums 5/17 and 6/8


The UW School of Medicine Admissions office would like to invite you to attend their 2017 Admissions Forum Sessions.

Forum I will focus on crafting a competitive application.

Forum II will focus on preparing for a successful interview.

These sessions will be led by the Associate Dean of Admissions, Dr. Carol Teitz.

Forum I: “The Application” – Wednesday, May 17, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Forum II: “The Interview” – Thursday, June 8, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: UW Health Sciences Building (HSB) T-435, also via live webinar

Registration is required to attend, virtually or in person.

Please register for each session individually.

If you are unavailable during these times, recordings will also be posted afterwards on their website.


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Business Leaders in Healthcare Events THIS WEEK

Hey Huskies! Here are some upcoming events hosted by Business Leaders in Healthcare:
Shannon Braun from Keck Graduate Institute will be presenting and overview of their various academic programs. These include their Master of Bioscience, Postdoctoral Professional Masters, Postbac Premedical Certificate, Doctor of Pharmacy, and Master of Engineering in Biopharmaceutical Processing! Time and location: 5/10 at Denny 212
For our Business Week event with Jesse Maier, a senior reimbursement analyst from Providence Health & Services, and member of Healthcare Finance Manager Association! Bring resumes, laptops, and/or questions! Snacks will be provided. Time and location: 5/17 at DEN 212
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Sterilization technician position at Seattle dental clinic

Dental student preferred but will accept other students.

Location: 7347 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Pay: $12/hr

Hours: Must be able to work from at least 1pm-5 (Monday and Thursday) and 1-6 (Tuesday and Wednesday) the sooner you can work the better.

Start date: May 15th

Tasks include cleaning tools, setting up trays, cleaning and prepping rooms, watching dental procedures, etc.

Dentist offers a letter of recommendation for dental school.

Dr. Adatto’s Facebook page

If interested, please send an email to Sharon Adatto at or call (206) 526-9040.

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