Teach for America Summer Deadline – Sept 10, 2015

Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of closing the opportunity gap in America. TFA works with outstanding people, trains them to apply their leadership and skills in a classroom, and supports them to empower their students. After two years, our alumni are change agents, inside and outside of schools, tackling issues in education and beyond.

See the Impact you can have as a Teacher:

  • Our mission in a nutshell (2min video)
  • Bring your passion into the classroom (1min video)
Basics and Benefits:

Why Teach? | Our Impact | Who We Look For | How to Apply


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Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader!

Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Leader!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is seeking enthusiastic and experienced undergraduate researchers from all disciplines to be Undergraduate Research Leaders (URLs) for the 2015-16 academic year. Students conducting research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

URLs serve a central role in connecting undergraduates to support services of the URP. The goal of the URL program is to increase awareness and participation of undergraduates doing research in a range of disciplines. As a URL, you can motivate future undergraduate researchers! Anticipated URL time commitment is approximately 8-10 hours/month and dependent on quarterly events and student availability.

More information and application: http://www.washington.edu/undergradresearch/students/urls/apply/ 

Questions? Contact the URP Staff at urp@uw.edu or (206) 543-4282


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Opportunity to Present to Seniors at The Gardens at Town Square

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This is an opportunity to sharpen both your presentation and your intergenerational communication skills! The Gardens at Town Square is a retirement community in Bellevue that is seeking student lectures or presentations for their well-educated residents.  They are looking for students who are knowledgeable about a particular topic for a 45 minute presentation with a short Q&A session at the end.  They are open to any topic, but would like a detailed overview to be submitted beforehand.  They have a theatre with a projector, screen, laptops, clicker/laser pointer, and sound system.  A typical talk brings in 8 to 30 residents depending on the topic.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice their presentations in a local supportive environment.

If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Dunnington, Life Enrichment Assistant at 425-688-1900.

For more information about the community, visit the website at:  http://www.eraliving.com/communities/bellevue

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Pre-Med Webinar from the Folks at the AAMC

Prep Step

Thursday, August 27th

3:00-4:00pm ET

Register: http://bit.ly/AskAAMC

We’ll help you gear up for the semester by highlighting AAMC’s pre-med resources to help you accomplish tasks on your To Do list. We’ll cover finding volunteer opportunities, deciding when to take the MCAT exam, deciding where to apply, and discussing how to plan for financing med school. One of the AAMC’s top priorities is helping aspiring physicians like you succeed. Bring your questions – we’re excited to talk with you!


AAMC Pre-Med Team

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Considering a Post-Bac?

If you are considering a post-baccalaureate program to bolster your grades or to fill in the gaps in your schooling, there are a few things to consider.

  • First, will you be able to earn a Master’s Degree, which can make it easier to get student loans and which increase your earning potential in the event that you change your path?
  • Second, does the post-bac have a linkage agreement with a health professional school?

To get you started, here is a list of post-bac programs that have linkage agreements with osteopathic medical schools.


There are a number of post-bacs with links to MD-granting and dental schools, as well. You can search the AAMC post-bac database (which is a good place for pre-dental students, as well) to see what’s out there.



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Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health

SURE-EH Announcement

“If you want to learn about the health of a population, look at the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the places where they live.”
– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

You read about environmental health problems every day:  diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems?  In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a new funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This new program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.
Examples of possible projects include:

  • Developing resources for local communities at high risk of air pollution exposure
  • Developing new methods to detect polio-virus, which is reemerging in Africa
  • Analyzing genetic and environmental factors that may influence health outcomes

SURE-EH will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’s environmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online here (https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tsterry/272008).

Questions? Please contact: Trina Sterry, sure@uw.edu, 206-543-4207

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Being Mortal – book review

Being Mortal – book review and farewell by Joyce Fagel, pre-health adviser in the Center for Undergradaute Advising, Diversity and Student Success.

Atul Gawande is a surgeon, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health. His third book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” is a great read for anyone, and especially those who plan to work in health care.

Health care providers are generally trained to provide treatment to patients; that is disagnose and/or engage in procedures aimed to improve or cure the medical issues of the patients or lengthen their life. And modern medicine has many procedures available. Even when the patient is near the end of life, there are experimental medications, surgeries, etc  that can be tried. Dr. Gawande writes in a straightforward manner about his journey from action packed health care to an approach that considers what really matters to people at the end of their lives and making this integral to treatment decisions.

Talking with and observing elderly living communities, palliative and hospice care experts, patients in the end phase of their life, as well as his own family experiences, leads Dr. Gawande to learn what is important in the end.  He observes that less treatment may mean more life enjoyment, sometimes even more time, for the patient, yet these decisions must be guided by the patient’s wishes. This can only be done when difficult conversation are part of the medical discussion.

This includes questions such as: What are your biggest fears and concerns? What goals are most important to you? What trade-offs are you willing to make, and what ones are you not? Currently few health professionals outside of palliative and hospice care are accustomed to think this way or trained to have such conversations. Dr. Gawande proposes that we will be a better health care system and society if we do engage with one another at this level.

Such questions are not pertinent only during the last phase of life. We will live a better life when we consider them throughout, and especially as we make choices in life that are likely to effect us deeply and in a lasting way. Such as choosing one’s career. Such as choosing where to employ one’s energy and passion.

Today is my last day working at the University of Washington. I have been an academic adviser here for 26 years, starting in the Biology Department and for the last 17 years in a position shared by UW and Shoreline Community College. As of Monday August 17, I will work full-time at Shoreline Community College in academic advising. Leaving the UW is difficult because I care deeply about students and staff here and the endeavor that is higher education. Students: I wish you all many wonderful and challenging and inspiring experiences here at the U. of Washington and beyond!  Joyce Fagel

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Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad: Info Session on August 26th

The Gilman International Scholarship application is now open for students who are studying abroad in Winter or Spring 2016. Please encourage eligible students to apply. The application deadline is October 6, 2015. Read more about the scholarship and apply online at http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Eligibility

  • S. Citizen Undergraduate
  • Pell Eligible
  • Studying abroad for at least 28 days in the same country
  • Studying abroad for credit
  • Studying in any country except Cuba or a country on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warning list.

 Learn more about the scholarship, including eligibility, the application process and tips for writing a competitive personal statement.

 Gilman Application Workshop

August 26, 2015


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Physical Therapy Virtual Fair: Learn About DPT Programs

DPT Virtual Fair


September 21-22

APTA invites advisors and prospective physical therapist students to register for the next DPT Education Virtual Fair scheduled on September 21 and 22!  The virtual fair is free and allows users to participate in live text and video chats with DPT programs from across the country. High school and college students can use the fair to find the best program for them, meet with faculty and admissions officers, and get tips on how to best prepare for the admissions process.  PTCAS staff will be available to answer your questions from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm ET on both days. Chat hours for participating programs will vary.  Please share this announcement with your students.

Register today for this free event at http://www.careereco.com/events/APTA

Questions about the fair? Please contact APTA’s technology partner, CareerEco, directly at 770/980-0088 or apta@careereco.com.   Thank you!

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“Acing Your Med School Interviews” Webinar from the AAMC: Tips from the Experts


Students can learn how to prepare for—and succeed at—medical school interviews. Get insights and advice directly from medical school admission officers. After a brief presentation from our panelists, there will be the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A session.

Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm eastern

Online registration is free, but space is limited. Use this link to register for the event:



Iris Gibbs, MD, Associate Dean of MD Admissions, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lina Mehta, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Ed Daniel, PhD, Director of MD Admissions, Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida

Students can find more information about preparing for a medical career by visiting www.aamc.org/students. To view the recording of our previous ‘Ask Admissions’ webinar “Mission Fit: Applying to the Right Medical School for You”, please visit our website. The direct link is: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/435214/missionfit.html

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Medical School webinar: Meet the Students

University of Queensland,  Ochsner School of Medicine

Webinar: Meet the Students

A brief presentation about the program will be provided followed by a live Q&A with UQ Ochsner students.

Wednesday, August 19
7pm-8pm (EDT)

REGISTER HERE: http://eventservices.cloudapp.net/?univerOrgName=MedEdPath&CategoryName=Admissions&EventId=7244347C-7B31-E511-AF88-00155DCA0529

This program offers U.S. students and Permanent Residents:

  • Two Years in Brisbane, Australia
  • UQ SoM is a major research institution and is ranked #47 in the World by U.S. News and World Report
  • Two years of clinical training at the UQ Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, LA, the U.S. campus of UQ SoM
  • Ochsner Academic Medical Center is ranked in the top 15 Teaching Hospitals in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters
  • 91% Residency Match 2015
  • USMLE pass rate is equivalent to U.S. med schools
  • USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores average the same as the U.S. scores
  • Average GPA of the 2015 entering class was 3.4; Average MCAT was 29

For complete information about the program and admissions requirements: http://mededpath.org

If you have any questions or need assistance registering for the event, please email info@mededpath.org.

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AMSA (American Medical Student Association)


AMSA has the following opportunities and events available to pre-health students. As a reminder, all AMSA programs and events are open to all pre-health students, medical students, and students in any health professions program, including both AMSA members and non-members.

1. AMSA Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership Institute (PCILI) at Ball State University, Muncie, IN (Sept 19-20)

Pre-health and health professions students are invited to join AMSA and the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC) to participate in two days of learning that will answer questions such as: What are the many paths into primary care? What does primary care encompass?

Nursing, physician assistant, public health, psychology, pharmacy, social work, kinesiology, dietetics, dental, osteopathic and allopathic medical students are all encouraged to participate in this unique interprofessional learning environment.

Visit www.AMSA.org/PCILI for more information and to register. Early Bird Registration through August 30.

  1. AMSA Scholars Programs and Leadership Courses

AMSA Scholars Programs and Leadership Courses are open to passionate individuals with different interests, experiences, and program knowledge. Students will participate in six-month, web-based learning courses structured around readings, moderated discussions, and webinar presentations led by field experts. Participants are required to complete a project as part of the program experience. The Scholars Programs and Leadership Courses will run October through March and are open to both medical and pre-health students. Choose from 13 programs:

AIDS Advocacy Network Scholars Program

Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program

Global Health Scholars Program (in partnership with RESULTS.org)

Health Equity Scholars Program

Integrative Medicine Scholars Program

Just Medicine Scholars Program

Medical Humanities Scholars Program

Patient Safety Scholars Program

Premedical Scholars Program (in partnership with the BeyondFlexner.org)

Public Health Scholars Program

Health Care For All Scholars Program

Sexual Health Leadership Course (application process with limited participants)

Advocacy Leadership Course (application process with limited participants)

Visit www.AMSA.org/EVENTS to learn more about each program and to register.

Application deadline is September 1 for the Leadership Courses. Registration deadline is September 14 for the Scholars Programs.

3. AMSA Fall Conferences

We are proud to be partnering with the AMSA chapters and administrations at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the University of Illinois College ofMedicine at Chicago for the 2015 AMSA Fall Conferences.

“Humanity at the Heart of Healthcare”

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New York City – Columbia University P&S

Programming tracks: Addressing structural racism and health inequalities; Improving patient-centered care through Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities; Ethical and humanistic care at the frontiers of medical technology and innovation

“Communication at the Center of Care”

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chicago – UIC COM

Programming tracks: Empathetic communication with patients; Effective communication within the healthcare team; Impassioned communication for community engagement and advocacy

Visit www.AMSAFallConference.org for more information and to register. Early Bird Registration through October 25.

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MD-PhD Twitter Chat — Additional Date, August 18

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There will be an additional MD-PhD Twitter Chat on August 18 – this time, current MD-PhD students will also respond via Twitter #ASKMDPHD!

Feel free to share with your students and get all of your MD-PhD questions answered.

Please be sure to mark your questions with #ASKMDPHD

Questions will be answered from 9 am – 5 PM (EST) on August 18th by:

  • Dr. Olaf Andersen, Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Director
  • Ruth Gotian, Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Administrative Director
  • MD-PhD Students:

Farid Aboharb (2nd year)

Gustav Cederquist (4th year)

Claire Kenney (2nd year)

Lisa Noble (6th year)

Jonathan Steinman (6th year)


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Clinical experience with PrepStep at Swedish

The Clinical Care Extender/PrepStep-Health Care Scholar program gives pre-health students unprecedented access to direct patient care. Program participants become valuable members of the patient-care team alongside nurses, physicians and allied health professionals in clinical and administrative settings. Program participants receive training to assist in basic patient-care tasks such as bathing, changing and feeding patients as they rotate among the different departments within the hospital. For instance, participants may have the opportunity to serve in areas such as the emergency department, observe surgeries performed in the operating rooms, witness babies being born in labor & delivery or participate in hospital projects

Accepted applicants will begin their learning experience through a service project and clinical rotations on a medical/surgical unit at the one of the Seattle campuses (First Hill or Cherry Hill). As the program expands, new specialized departments will become available such as the operating room, intensive care unit, and many more!

For questions or concerns, please contact us at swedishrt@copehealthsolutionshcti.org or (206) 386-3785.


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Let the US Army pay for medical/dental school



When you’re pursuing an advanced health care degree, the last thing on your mind should be how you’re going to pay for it. The U.S. Army can help with one of the most comprehensive scholarships available in the health care field — The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program. Qualifying students receive full tuition for any accredited medical, dental, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychology or optometry program, plus a generous monthly stipend of more than $2,000.

Army Med health prof scholarship newsletter

Army Med health prof scholarship program flyer

UW recruiter:  SFC  Felicia J. Mills; Office: (206) 242-9357; Cell: (877) 804-0082

Email: felicia.j.mills.mil@mail.mil

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