UW RSO Volunteer Opportunity

ETCH (Education Transforming Community Health) is recruiting new volunteers!

ETCH is an interdisciplinary student project associated SHIFA, a non-profit organization based out of the University of Washington School of Medicine. They offer weekly health education sessions to homeless adults in downtown Seattle, striving to create health education curriculum that bridges evidence-based practice and the voices of the many homeless communities in Seattle. ETCH aims to provide knowledge, skills, and tools to improve the quality of life of our participants.

Weekly sessions offer volunteers a great opportunity to connect with members of homeless communities while expanding your knowledge of preventative care, health systems, and social justice. Volunteers are asked to participate in at least one session per month for at least 6 months – with many more opportunities for volunteering, advocacy, and leadership.

This is an excellent opportunity to get involved, regardless of experience. If you are interested in joining, email etchseattle@gmail.com or visit http://www.etchseattle.org/ for more information!

More information can be found on their Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/ETCHseattle

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Delta Delta Sigma Fall General Meeting 10/4


Are YOU passionate about dentistry or just curious to explore the career?

Come to Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dental Society’s Fall General Meeting to meet the DDS officers as well as other predental students!

Hear from dentists, dental students and other amazing connections. Get involved with hands-on learning, shadowing, and volunteering!

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4th 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

WHERE: Denny Hall Room 112

Email dental@uw.edu with any questions.

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ASDA Predental Month events in October

Below is information on our upcoming webinars as part of National ASDA Predental Month in October. I would appreciate you circulating this to your students interested in pursuing dental school. All webinars will be recorded for registrants to access later.

Please note: Some of the listed webinars are free for ASDA members only.

Predental timeline 

Oct. 3, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
DAT resources & study habits
Oct. 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Paying for dental school
Oct. 16, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only

Scholarships for aspiring dental students 
Oct. 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT

Interviewing for dental school (live mock interview) 
Oct. 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only

Non-traditional paths to dental school 
Oct. 24, 7 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Free for ASDA members only



Brian Jones, membership development manager
American Student Dental Association

211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 700 | Chicago, IL 60611

312-440-2841 | ASDAnet.org

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Dawg Daze – Cool Careers in Health Sciences – 9/26

Come visit Dawg Daze’s Cool Careers in Health Sciences! This event is held to showcase everything that the Health Sciences has to offer to incoming students and other undergraduates, whether they are areas of study, graduate programs, or interest groups. We will even have an inflatable colon on display this year! Our open house event will take place on Tuesday, September 26 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in the Health Sciences Lobby.



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2018 MCAT testing information now available

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 MCAT calendar and testing locations are now available online. Registration for the first half of the 2018 testing year (January – June) will open late October; we will announce the date in the coming weeks. Please encourage your students to follow us on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for regular updates and announcements, and be sure to register for the October 5 webinar referenced below.


In the AAMC’s continuing efforts to improve the MCAT exam and the testing experience for your students, we recently reviewed our test administration services. The review was part of the AAMC’s due diligence for your students, the pre-health community, and medical school admissions officers. After a competitive proposal process and comprehensive review of the companies that bid, the AAMC selected Pearson VUE to administer the MCAT exam in its Pearson-owned Professional Centers beginning in 2018. We’re confident that these Pearson-owned centers will provide your students with a positive and reliable testing experience. We’re hopeful that they and you will be pleased with the service students receive.


This transition in test administration providers will, of course, bring changes in testing locations. The full list of 2018 centers can be found here. For the vast majority of your students, these centers are in convenient locations. But, unfortunately, a small number of your students will need to travel farther to test in 2018 than they did this year.


The AAMC selected Pearson VUE and the Pearson-owned testing network after carefully analyzing your students’ preferences for testing locations. We used these data to select the testing centers and to identify locations where there are gaps between students’ preferred locations and Pearson-owned centers. We were able to close most of these gaps by contracting to build additional Pearson-owned testing centers in many of these locations. Still, a few gaps remain. Many of these gaps are in remote locations that were previously served by university-based centers. Newer technical capabilities being used to administer the MCAT exam in Pearson-owned centers are not available at other sites. To ensure a smooth transition in 2018 and to provide a consistent testing experience for your students, we will not be administering the MCAT exam at university-based or other third-party sites next year.


Using a process similar to the one we used to determine testing locations, we also reviewed examinee preference data to set and better align the 2018 calendar with examinees’ preferred dates. For 2018, we added five new dates to the schedule (an increase from 25 to 30) and put the majority of testing dates on Fridays and Saturdays.


When the testing year concludes, we will study students’ experiences with the 2018 dates and locations, and we will also evaluate potential technical solutions that might allow us to consider university-based sites. We will use these data and information to make plans for 2019 and beyond.


As always, the AAMC is deeply committed to the needs of students with disadvantages. Though it doesn’t cover travel costs, the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program covers the cost of MCAT practice materials, the Medical School Admission RequirementsTM, and up to 16 medical school applications. Additionally, it significantly reduces registration fees for the exam. Information about the Fee Assistance Program is available on the AAMC’s website.


The MCAT Team will be hosting our annual pre-health advisor webinar on October 5, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET to further discuss the 2018 testing year, the transition to Pearson VUE, as well as answer any questions you may have. During the webinar, you will also learn about exciting new offerings for the 2018 testing year that include:

  • A new and improved registration and scheduling system that will provide your students with a more user-friendly experience. The new system will be available during the registration opening in late October.
  • A new practice exam and a new edition of the Official Guide to the MCAT Exam later this year.


We hope you will be able join us, though note that the webinar will be recorded for anyone not available to participate. To attend, please register here.


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at advisors@aamc.org.



Judy Byrne
Senior Director for MCAT Business Operations
Association of American Medical Colleges

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Work-study position at UW SOM (Harborview)

Project ECHO®


 Work Study Position Available Now!


This position will assist with information processing and management. Duties range from routine photocopying, electronic document conversion, scanning, faxing and filing to more complex tasks such as chart review, audio/video editing, clinical data extraction, data entry into research databases, and advanced record management. Assignment of specific duties will vary with skill and commitment. Must be able to work independently and proactively prioritize work, communicate well with team members, and initiate action as required to meet deadlines.

We’ll provide excellent work training as well as exposure to bio-behavioral research and telehealth training environments. Learn and observe steps that are needed to conduct research. Gain knowledge of specific disease processes, laboratory tests and radiological tests. Work in a team environment.

This position is based at Harborview; regular shuttles are available from the UW campus. Ideal candidates will be available 8-12 hours a week (option for more) for at least two academic quarters. Pay rate ranges from $15/hr.

Consideration for this position is limited to those who have been awarded work study as part of their UW financial aid package.

More information on Project ECHO below, and here.

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Health Professions Week November 6-10

Health Professions Week is a first-of-its-kind interprofessional virtual recruitment event that boasts an exciting week-long series of activities—mostly online—for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. It’s completely free for students, counselors, parents and advisers.

#HPW2017 is intended to increase awareness of the 20 participating health professions and is inspired by a vision that collaborative practice is key to safe, high quality, accessible, patient-centered care. During the inaugural 2016 event, over 4,000 students from across the U.S. joined in the virtual fairs, online treasure hunts, interview days and community connect days. This year, we anticipate a 50% increase in attendance!

Registration is free and required to participate in some of the week’s events.

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AMCAS Application redesign 9/26


On Tuesday, September 26, the 2018 American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) web application design will be improved.

All applicant information entered into the previous application interface will remain the same and will be available in the redesigned, more user-friendly application beginning on Tuesday, September 26.

The new user experience is designed to assist applicants with easily navigating and using the AMCAS® application.

More info can be found on the AMCAS website here.


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UW School of Nursing Simulation Center Grand Opening 9/12


UW School of Nursing Simulation Center Grand Opening

September 12, 2017 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
A ribbon cutting ceremony and remarks will begin at 2 P.M.
Self-guided tours and demonstrations of the mannequins and simulation center learning activities will follow.
Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

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Health Professional School Admissions Panel & Interview Match 10/4

Interview match

Applying to health professional school? Nervous for your interview?

Register to be matched with a health professional student or alumni to receive one-on-one interview practice and advice!

  1. Attend the Admissions Advice Panel on October 4th from 5:00-6:30 in HUB 332.You will hear from admissions representatives and current students from medical, dental and pharmacy schools. There will be plenty of time for questions and talking with the panelists afterwards!
  1.  Register to be matched by October 8*
  1.  Receive your match by October 10 and set up an interview time any time before November 10
  1.  Let us help you ace your interview!

This interview match program is open to current UW juniors and seniors, as well as UW alumni who are currently applying to health professional school. Students of all levels and alumni are welcome to come to the Admissions Panel with no advance registration.

*Eligibility requirements:

In order to receive an interview match, you must either attend the Admissions Panel on October 4 or complete the short alternative assignment below. This is required because all interview volunteers are giving up their time to meet with you and we want all Pre-Health students to be prepared and respectful of their time.

We prefer that students try their hardest to attend the interviewing panel on October 4 because it is a special way to gain valuable insight into these interviews. However we also recognize your schedule might not work for the evening, so we have provided an alternative. As such, if you are unable to attend the Panel on October 4, you may still be eligible to receive an interview match.

Visit the Pre-Health Advising’s Applying to Health Professional School webpage to review links and tips about interviewing, including recorded sessions from UW Medical School about applying and interviewing and other helpful interview links.

After reviewing this webpage, answer the following two questions in 75-100 words and turn them in to a Career Counselor at the UW Career & Internship Center (134 Mary Gates Hall) during a Same-Day-Session by October 6.

  1. What is one new piece of information you learned about the interview process for health professional school?
  2. What would you like to work on practicing or improving for your interview for health professional school?


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Volunteer Opportunity: Special Olympics Summer Games


August 19 2pm-9pm

August 20th 8am -12pm.

Special Olympics is looking for 8 more volunteers for this year’s summer games and they would be first in line for the world games in Seattle the following year. Volunteer activities include taking blood pressure, conducting bone density screenings, and providing health education in various areas to our athletes.

If interested, please contact Abby at abbylpattison@gmail.com

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Symbiosis Lab Education: Introductory Lab Course

Due to advancements in bioengineering and molecular medicine, cancer deaths are declining by 1% each year. It’s scientific innovation and breakthrough technology from young innovators that help us to save millions of lives per year. In the Fall 2017 quarter, Symbiosis Laboratory Education will be offering a 4-week course held at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for students who wish to immerse themselves in an introductory course of molecular biology and neurobiology topics and techniques. Students will gain hands-on lab experience as well as a strong understanding of what working in the bioengineering field is like. If interested, please fill out the contact form at http://symbiosislabeducation.org/signupnow/

Week 1: 11/4 & 11/5
Week 2: 11/11 & 11/12
Week 3: 11/18 & 11/19
Week 4: 11/25 & 11/26
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ADEA AADSAS Live on August 7th

adea pic

To assist applicants in successfully submitting and completing their ADEA AADSAS® application, the ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs will open as “ADEA AADSAS Live” for one additional day on Monday, August 7.

All current ADEA AADSAS applicants are invited to join ADEA AADSAS Live—a free, online event for current applicants to chat live directly with customer service representatives regarding the application.

In addition to ADEA AADSAS customer service staff, dedicated experts will be available during the event to offer tips and answer questions about specific topics, including:

  • Fee Assistance Program (FAP) | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Personal Statement | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Letters of Evaluation | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Financing a Dental Education | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Those applicants who registered for or attended the ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 21 or June 15 do not need to register again, and will automatically receive information about logging in on August 7, 2017.

Applicants who did not participate in the 2017 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs will need register to access the event.

Please contact Chonté James, Director of the Predoctoral Application Service at 202-289-7201 or jamesc@adea.org with any questions.


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PhysAssist Medical Scribe Opportunity

PhysAssist is currently scheduling interviews for part-time and full-time positions at the Tacoma and Centralia sites.
Questions? Email emily.angel@iamscribe.com or nina.thach@iamscribe.com


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School of Pharmacy at Pacific University – Open House

The School of Pharmacy at Pacific University is excited to announce a wonderful opportunity to further explore a career in pharmacy. You are invited to attend an event to learn more about Pacific University’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, which is an accelerated 3-year PharmD. Pacific PharmD students benefit from an interprofessional curriculum, and have the opportunity to provide international healthcarewith their peers.

The Fall Open House will be on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Open House Registration: Please RSVP

You may also find more details about this event on our website: http://pacificu.edu/future-graduate-professional/colleges/college-health-professions/areas-study/pharmacy/admissions


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