UCLA Medical School Re-Applicant Program

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a comprehensive, structured re-application program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S medical school. RAP is an 11-month program that is conducted in two sessions.  The Summer sessions begins June  to July 2019 and the Academic year session that runs from September 2019 through May 2020 for each cohort.

Students are eligible for UCLA RAP if they -meet all of the following prerequisites:

  • Previously unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S. medical school
  • Be committed to practice in an underserved community
  • Come from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S college or university
  • Have a minimum science GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • For students who took the MCAT 2012-2014 or later, have a minimum combined score of 20
  • For students who took the MCAT 2015, have a minimum combined score of 491
  • Submit three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Applicants must be a legal resident of California or provide documentation of approved eligibility of approved eligibility for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the State of California.

Program Information:

Summer Session (June – July, 2019)
The program begins June 2019 and ends July 2019. Please be aware that the six week summer session requires a commitment of 6 days and some evening participation each week in addition to homework and group study. Therefore, students will not be able to hold part-time employment during that time period. Program includes:

  • MCAT review and preparation workshops
  • Mentoring from current UCLA medical students, faculty and RAP alumni
  • Personal and professional development sessions to build confidence to re-apply
  • Individual and group advising with other re-applicants to medical school
  • Service and volunteer opportunities with local community health fairs, and nonprofit and healthcare facilities

Academic Session (September 2019 – May 2020)

  • Upper division coursework through UC Extension or Cal State schools (as recommended)
    • UCLA Extension Summer session starts June 2019
  • Medical school re-application preparation and strategies
  • Group and one-on-one mentoring and advising with program advisors, faculty, RAP alumni and current UCLA medical students
  • Interview preparation
  • Regular meetings with program advisors, faculty, RAP alumni and current UCLA medical students
  • Continued opportunities for professional development and involvement in service opportunities

Please send all inquiries to: UCLARAP@mednet.ucla.edu

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Summer Health Professions Education Program: deadline 2/15

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The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage.

SHPEP offers students a variety of academic and career experiences:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics.
  • Learning and study skills development, including  methods of individual and group learning.
  • Clinical exposure through small-group rotations in health care settings, simulation experiences, and seminars. This is limited to 5% of program time for all the sites.
  • Career development sessions directed toward exploration of the health professions, the admissions process, and the development of an individualized education plan.
  • A financial literacy and planning workshop that informs students of financial concepts and strategies.
  • A health policy seminar series  to expose scholars to a larger view of health care, health systems, and the social determinants of health.
  • An introduction to interprofessional education that addresses effective collaboration across health professions.

Learn more and apply by 2/15 at: http://www.shpep.org/apply-to-shpep/

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Dive into Dentistry Day 2/2

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University of Washington School of Dentistry’s ASDA chapter is hosting one of its main predental events, Dive into Dentistry Day. This workshop gives you the chance to get hands on experience and gain an insider’s perspective on life in dental school.

With current UW dental students and faculty running the show, you’ll get a chance to learn all about life at UWSOD. There will be a chance to meet the Assistant Director of Admissions, Dr. Sue Coldwell, and hear about how admissions work at UWSOD.

They will teach you how to drill and fill a cavity preparation, sculpt a tooth out of wax, suture, take an impression, and ace your dental school interviews. By the time you’re done, you’ll be practically 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.

Breakfast and lunch are provided. Please wear business casual or scrubs. 

WHEN: Saturday, February 2nd, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT) 

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

Ticket Sales (Ends January 30th): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dive-into-dentistry-day-winter-2019-tickets-54301680789

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/345832319579205 

High School Scholarship opportunity:

Please submit a (250 word maximum) essay on why you want to learn more about or pursue a career in dentistry. Please discuss how this scholarship and attending Dive Into Dentistry Day will contribute to you reaching your goal. Please email this to their Pre-Dental Chair, Johnny Le, at JTL37@uw.edu by January 25th.

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University of Utah Research Experience for Undergrads: Summer 2019

REU 2017

Join undergraduates from colleges and universities across the United States.
Engage in full-time, cutting-edge research on a project of your choice from May 28th-August 2nd, 2019. The program includes:
• Stipend of $5,000
• Travel allowance
• Room and board (for non-local REUs)
• Training and Research
• Weekly luncheon seminars
• Activities with other U of Utah REU programs
• Outdoor adventures in the spectacular Wasatch mountains
• Culminating symposium

Contact Persons:
Professor Janis Louie, louie@chem.utah.edu
Professor Jon Rainier, rainier@chem.utah.edu

Apply online at: www.chem.utah.edu
Submit your application before/on January 31st, 2019 to receive full consideration

Areas of research:
• Bioelectrocatalysis
• Biophysics/Structural biology
• Biosensors
• Catalysis
• Chemical biology
• Drug design
• Electrochemistry
• Epigenetics
• Fuel cells
• Interfacial chemistry
• Magnetic materials
• Mass spectrometry
• Natural products
• Photonics
• Polymers and nanomaterials
• Spectroscopy
• Surface chemistry
• Sustainable Energy
• Synthetic Chemistry
• Chemical physics
• Theoretical chemistry

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WA Department of Social & Health Services Internships

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

DSHS is interested in college juniors or seniors currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Law, Medicine, Computer Science, Business Technology and/or related area and would like to have a learning and service opportunity that will help shape your future career outlook.

DSHS Internships offer hands-on, social service work experience that cannot be obtained in any classroom setting. You will have the opportunity to apply acquired skills, knowledge and abilities to practical experiences in
communication, teamwork and service excellence. You will be able to try out career fields you may not have even known existed.

The expectation is that you will intern 10 – 12 hours per week.
Course Credit: College course credit may be available. We will work with your academic institution to help you earn any academic credits for which you are eligible.

Expected internship dates begin February 1, 2019. We offer flexible dayshift schedules throughout the completion of the project. Internship offices are located in Olympia, Lacey, Seattle and Spokane

You will be immersed in a work environment, which is about more than earning course credit and getting a grade, it is about your professional development and learning more about what does and does not work
for you.

DSHS offers you a great way to get a head start on your job search and prepare for a successful career in your field. This internship is unpaid, without the provision of benefits.

DSHS is looking for students who can think on their feet, solve problems creatively, and work independently. You will need exceptional communication and presentation skills, ability to work productively with a diverse team, and be a savvy technology user. Please email the following to Tracie.Kidd@dshs.wa.gov by January 28, 2019.

  • A letter of interest describing your specific qualifications.
  • A current resume detailing applicable experience and education

January 21, 2019, is the application deadline for February 2019 internship placements.

Questions? Contact Tracie Kidd at (360) 628-7870.

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UPREP personal statement workshop 1/17

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UPREP is a collaborative project between the CEDI student affinity groups led by SNMA.  UPREP offers monthly workshops to underrepresented minority students and other aspiring future applicants who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.  We offer workshops focusing on topics ranging from AMCAS application, financial aid, writing a personal statement, MCAT prep, interviews, and others.

Our next session of the year is scheduled on:

DATE: Thursday, January 17th


PLACE: T-435, Health Sciences Building

This session’s topic will be: How to Write an Effective Personal Statement

Everyone is welcome to attend no matter where you are in the process of applying to medical school. Do you have a rough draft written? Some ideas? Don’t even know where to start?

The event itself will constitute of presentation, small group activity, and panelist Q&A. You will have an opportunity to meet and interact with current medical students who like you, have applied to medical schools in the past and want to help you be a successful applicant! Their student volunteers are very diverse and come from all walks of life who each have their own unique insights and stories they would love to share with you! Don’t forget to bring your questions!

Please sign up here as a PARTICIPANT: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/bxrmg

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the admissions process for medical school from medical students’ perspective and also a great networking event for you to possibly meet your future mentor!

For any questions or concerns, please email elee3@uw.edu.

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Regenerative Medicine Research Opportunities

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The SRF Summer Scholars and Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Both programs seek to prepare participants for a career in regenerative medicine through an intensive mentored research experience and communication skill development exercises, such as a grant proposal writing assignment and research presentations.

Paid positions are available at:

  • Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Harvard School of Medicine
  • Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
  • SRF Research Center
  • The Scripps Research Institute

A program overview, the online application, and full descriptions of each research project being offered can be found at:


Summer Scholar Application Due: NOON PST Monday, February 4, 2019 (12 pm PST 2/4/19)


Postbacc Fellowship Application Due: NOON PST Monday, March 4, 2019 (12 pm PST 3/4/19)

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Health Informatics info session 1/17

Learn about the Health Informatics & Health Information Management (HIHIM) application process at an upcoming application workshop!

Departmental advisers will cover how to apply to the program, key dates and step-by-step instructions for completing the application form. You’ll also get tips on writing your personal statement and submitting an effective application. 

To RSVP, please email hihim@uw.edu

January 17, 2019
Current UW students: 5-6 p.m.  
All other students: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Neurobiology Club Mentor Program

UW Neurobiology Club is currently recruiting mentors and mentees for the upcoming quarter! They are a multidisciplinary student group that aims to encourage interest in the field of neurobiology for students and the greater community, while bringing together those with a like interest in the field. If you are interested in learning how to get into the Neurobiology or Biology major, or interested in mentoring others on how to do so, please apply for a UW Neurobiology Club mentor or mentee position using the forms below by Friday, January 25th! If you are a returning mentee or mentor, you do not have to fill out the form again.
Mentor Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/5Y9crcTr9CTQZng82

They are looking for reliable mentors, preferably sophomores, juniors, or seniors, who can ideally commit at least 4-5 hours per month! Mentors do not have to already be in their major! This a great way to gain leadership and mentorship experience; you will work with students/mentees, either one-on-one or in group settings, to serve as a guide on their UW journey and introduce aspiring Neurobiology or Biology majors to campus resources or academic services in order to help them get into their major.

Their expectations of mentors will be to:
– Actively participate in mentorship and commit 4-5 hrs per month
– Reach out to and build a relationship with assigned mentee
– Be willing to share your own experience and UW journey, campus resources, and academic opportunities

– Attend mandatory Mentor Training in January 2019, date TBD

Mentee Application Form: https://goo.gl/forms/XfzB4Z8YQK5RLVt23

If you have questions, please direct them to nbiomentorship@gmail.com.

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Food Systems Major & Nutrition Minor winter info sessions

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Interested in nutrition? Want to know more about food systems and public health? The Minor in Nutrition is a strong addition for students interested in health fields. Students pursuing the minor gain a multidisciplinary perspective of the food environment, including the interplay of food and nutrition, human behavior, business, culture, and the environment. Students access evidence-based information and become informed consumers, while also applying these skills to their main area of study.

Minor requirements can be viewed online at http://nutr.uw.edu/undergraduate-study/nutrition-minor/minor-requirements/

The department will hold four info sessions in WIN 2019 for the Food Systems Major and Nutrition Minor in 229 Raitt Hall:

  •   Wed, January 16 at 10:30am
  •   Thurs, January 24 at 1:30pm
  •   Thurs, February 14 at 1:30pm
  •   Wed, March 6 at 2:30pm

They also hold drop-in advising in winter quarter on Mondays from 1-4pm in 229A Raitt Hall.

Please contact ugnutr@uw.edu with any questions.  

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Workshops next week: Getting Started, Pre-med Small Group Coaching, Separating Fact from Fiction

Pre Health – Getting Started

Monday 1/14 @ 1:30-2:00, Career Center Lobby (MGH 134)

UW’s Pre-Health Career Coaches will explore how to be ready for your chosen health profession. Learn how to set yourself up for success, from course & major planning to opportunities for clinical exposure, undergraduate research & leadership.

RSVP at https://careers.uw.edu/events/2019/01/14/pre-health-getting-started-workshop-2/

Pre-Med Small Group Coaching

Wednesday 1/16 @ 11:30-12:20, Career Center Lobby (MGH 134)

Personalized support from a career coach with the added benefit of learning from your peers! Topics will include how to complement Pre-Health coursework with co-curricular experiences, and how to demonstrate that a health profession is the best fit with one’s skills and interests.

RSVP at https://careers.uw.edu/events/2019/01/16/pre-medical-small-group-coaching-2/

Separating Pre-Health Fact from Fiction

Thursday 1/17 @1:30-2:00, Career Center Lobby (MGH 134)

Pre-Health students get lots of advice from friends, family and online. How do you know what advice to follow and what to ignore? Join the Pre-Health Career Coaches for an interactive exploration of some of the myths out there regarding careers in the health professions.

RSVP at https://careers.uw.edu/events/2019/01/17/separating-pre-health-fact-from-fiction-2/

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Scan Design Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program – Deadline 2/15

Millions of people in the U.S. alone suffer from debilitating chronic pain. The Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program will expose seven University of Washington undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in pain to stimulate interest in future careers in pain research.

This program will immerse undergraduate students in research to better understand pain and treatment mechanisms, develop new therapies, and improve access to evidence-based pain care.

Undergraduates in biological sciences, psychology, nursing, social work, and/or engineering-related fields who are interested in exploring either basic science or clinical research in pain treatment are encouraged to apply.

To attend their next Information Session, RSVP here.

  • Thursday, January 10, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

For application and program Information visit our website here.

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Seattle Children’s Outpatient Pharmacy Volunteer Position

Pharmacy Volunteer Responsibilities:

Volunteers help the Pharmacy staff prepack medication using appropriate techniques, perform outdates checking in required areas, assist in maintaining department supplies for  areas of use by staff, and follow Seattle Children’s policies and procedures. Volunteers will work at all times under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist or Pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Volunteer Requirements:

·         Must be 18 years of age with High School Diploma or GED Equivalent

·         Must commit to 100 hours of service on a regular weekly three-hour shift for a duration of at least 10 consecutive months including summer

·         Must complete required vaccinations and consent to state background check

·         Must have or acquire an active Washington State Pharmacy Assistant License

Volunteer Application Process (Pharmacy volunteers only; please see our website for other roles):

·         Email alexa.vanselow@seattlechildrens.org to request an application or to answer any questions

·         Submit application and two letters of reference

·         Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an interview once all materials are received within two weeks of issuing application

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Minority Association of Pre-Health Students Conference 1/26

The UW Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (UW MAPS) invites high school students and undergraduates on to their conference on Saturday, January 26th 9:30 AM – 4:10 PM, titled: A Shift in Perspective: Healthcare from a New Lens at the HUB!

This conference will focus deeply on the variety of careers in the healthcare system and the multitudes of paths that students may take to get there, as well as address the importance of diversity in the health professions in order to address the nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality of health care for underserved communities.

Students will have the opportunity to:

1) Network with high school students, undergraduate students, University of Washington medical students, and health-care professionals from all different fields.

2) Attend workshops to broaden students’ perspectives on what “healthcare” means, and all of the different factors that go into being a well-rounded healthcare professional. These include:

a. Bioethics in Research

b. A Different Lens: Looking at Health through Eyes of Immigrants

c. Resilience Workshops

d. Pre-Health Advisors from the University of Washington

e. Nursing Panel

f. Hands-On Dental Workshop

g. Ultrasound Workshop

Tickets to attend the conference may be purchased from this link (tinyurl.com/ybqfjkcq)  or at the door at the prices indicated (limited quantity):  

Here are the ticket prices (lunch included):

Undergrad Students: $17

High School Students: $10

MAPS Members: $12

More information can be found on their website and Facebook event:



If you have questions, please email mapsuw@u.washington.edu

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