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 (www.tmdsas.com):

  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 ejasso@tmdsas.com.


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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 prehlth@uw.edu

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

Greater Seattle cares (www.greaterseattlecares.org) 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 http://greaterseattlecares.org/ways-to-help/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-opportunities-operations/

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 manvirk@uw.edu 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1925839657652949/?ti=icl
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1842552782674650/?ti=icl
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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 https://m.facebook.com/LarryAdattoDDS/

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

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Health Professional School workshops at Shoreline CC


During the month of May, Shoreline CC offers two workshop series to help you learn critical information about preparing for Health Professional Schools. They are hosted by Shoreline’s Post Baccalaureate Studies for the Health Professions and open to everyone.

The first series is Explore Health Careers:

  • Options in Nursing: Multiple Paths to RN – May 2 at 12:30
  • Osteopathic Medicine – May 8 at 4:00
  • Naturopathic Medicine, and Nutrition – May 24 at 4:00
  • Physician Assistant – May 30 at 3:00

You are also welcome to attend the “Applying” sequence, even if you will not apply for several years. These are on four Tuesdays, May 2-23, from 4:00 to 5:30pm.

The fourth session, Paying, will be presented by Diane Noecker, Director of UW School of Medicine Financial Aid. She will talk about funding options for other health professions also, not limited to MD.

Details are on the post-bacc website at www.shoreline.edu/post-bacc

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Spring/Summer Application Support

UAA Advising is in the process of hiring a new Pre-Health Adviser, but appointment availability will likely be limited through June.

That said, we would love to talk with you about your applications – please read below to find out how to best connect with us!

(Yes we are busy, but we sure are excited about chatting with you!)

If you are seeking feedback on your application materials, you should schedule an appointment and send a draft version in an email before your appointment.

Students can schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance, so the greatest availability will be about two weeks away – please plan accordingly.

If you have quick questions about  your application (or anything else Pre-Health related) you are also welcome to come to our Pre-Health Drop-In advising on Thursdays from 2-4 in MGH 258, no appointment needed.

Note that advisers will not be able to provide feedback on your writing in this setting, only respond to quick questions.

You are encouraged to review the additional resources on the “Applying to Health Professional School” page on our website.

These include:

  • Are You Ready to Apply?
  • Application Services
  • Writing Activity Descriptions & Personal Statements
  • Getting Great Letters of Recommendation
  • Finding a Good Match with Schools
  • Acing the Interview
  • Financing your Education
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ASUW Mental Health Awareness Month Events

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This month the ASUW Student Health Consortium presents… May as Mental Health Awareness Month 2017!
Did you know that #1in4Huskies have been diagnosed with a mental illness? Let’s talk about how to take care of yourself, how to support a friend, and how to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness. #1in4Huskies #StopTheStigma

Check out these events throughout the entire month of May to learn more about mental health issues, find resources, and relax and de-stress before finals season.

If you click “going” on our Facebook event, you can enjoy a month of wholesome memes.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/440505826284789/ 
SHC Website: http://health.asuw.org/mham-2017/
Questions? Email asuwshc@uw.edu

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Uniting Voices: Mental Health Conference May 6


Uniting Voices: Mental Health Conference, on May 6th, 2017, at Alder’s Commons from 10 am – 3:30 pm, aims to develop greater awareness of mental health issues and empower attendees to combat the surrounding stigma.

The conference will feature Phil Borges, director of documentary CRAZYWISE, and Elaine Walsh, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC as keynote speakers. UW students will speak on a panel about their experiences with different mental illnesses to show the real-life implications of the discussed topics. Flanking the student panel section will be six discussion-based workshops: 1) Psychiatric Abuse; 2) Mental health in Public health; 3) The Hearing Voices Movement; 4) Positive Psychology: Resilience, Coping, Mindfulness; and 5) Forefront on Education, Community and Suicide;  6) Using Social Media to Impact System Change and Undermine Stigma; ending with a training, Suicide Prevention: How to Help.


WHEN: Saturday, May 6th,  10am – 3:30 pm (Check in: 9:30am)

WHERE: The University of Washington, Alder Commons

Contact us at actminds@uw.edu. Links: Facebook event, Facebook page

Food will be provided at the event.

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Undergraduate Research Symposium 5/19 — call for volunteers

ugr symposium 2017

This year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium will have more than 1,200 undergraduates who will present their work on Friday, May 19th from 11am – 6:00pm in Mary Gates Hall.

In the past twenty years, this event has grown from 70 presenters in 1998.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of this event.

They can use help in all areas and in particular it would be great if you can help as a session assistant or with registration.

Please consider volunteering!

For a description of volunteer opportunities and to sign up, please visit and sign up by May 8th: http://www.uw.edu/undergradresearch/symposium/volunteer/

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Health Graduate School Fair 5/11 — Volunteers needed!


The Health Graduate School Fair is a great way for you to connect with representatives of health professions schools right here on campus.

This fair offers something for everyone – whether you’re a first or second year student wanting to explore your options and build your networks, or an alumna interested in learning about specific programs from school representatives and collecting application information and tips on the personal statement process.

  • Thursday May 11, 2017
  • 2pm – 5pm
  • Mary Gates Hall (MGH), Commons

Volunteers are needed from 10 am – 5 pm.

If interested, please contact Donna Chen at ccsevent@uw.edu with your name and availability.

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Medical Russian course for Fall

RUSS 112 WIN 2017 (2)

Intended as a 1-credit add-on to the regular first-year Russian sequence. Exposes students to a variety of medical terminology, providing opportunities for practicing medical communication, and reading and analyzing written texts.

Prerequisite: RUSS 101, which must be taken concurrently.

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