Free beta testing MCAT prep tool with AdaptPrep

**This posting is shared to notify pre-health students of a FREE test prep resource (no credit card required for beta access). The UAA Pre-Health Advising team does not endorse one test prep company over any other. We encourage students to consider all test prep options to identify the best fit for them.  

If you choose to use the beta software, please be advised that the product is in the development phase. Direct all inquiries to the contact information in the post for more information on this particular option.**

Dear Pre-medical student,

I have been working on an MCAT preparation tool for a couple of years now.  I’d like to invite you to test out the tool for free.

Currently, we are in the product testing phase to assist you with the Chemical and Physical Sciences & the Behavioral Sciences sections. I hope you’ll consider testing this tool out as you study for the MCAT.

You may register and use the Chemical and Physical Sciences prep product FREE for a limited time.  Copy and paste the following link into your Chrome browse to register:

AdaptPrep MCAT Beta Testing Overview

AdaptPrep MCAT will initially be available as a free public beta of the Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Behavioral Sciences section. This testing group will benefit from free usage of this great new study tool and will provide valuable feedback to make Adapt even better.

  • Your email and contact information will NOT be given to any outside parties.


  • Create positive relationships with testers
  • Improve quality of product
  • Acquire feedback and criticism from testers (including students and pre-med advisors)
  • Gauge intuitiveness, ease, and efficiency of product
  • Identify bugs, technical issues, content concerns
  • Ensure overall product readiness for public launch

Student Goals & Benefits

  • Practice for the MCAT using the proven Adapt exam engine system
  • Learn about the new MCAT content and structure

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,
Elizabeth Y. Heeg, PhD.
Associate Professor of Biology
712.707.7009 (office phone)

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Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 15074)

The Carlson Center is excited to offer a community-based leadership course for undergraduate students during Winter Quarter!

We have open spaces in Are Do Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement. This course is ideal for students at any level who have experience with service and who are interested in exploring what it means to do good.

Read more about this dynamic course below, and please forward widely within your networks.


Are Do-Gooders Doing Good? Critical Perspectives on Civic Engagement (General Studies 348A; SLN 15074)

Are you committed to giving back? Trying to make a difference? Want to get more out of your volunteer experience and make a stronger impact in the community?  During Winter Quarter, we invite you to join in a critical reflection on what it truly means to “do good” in today’s social-cultural climate.

General Studies 348 will offer a hands-on opportunity to explore the concept of civic engagement. Students will critically reflect on their own service experiences through the lens of academic theories, engage with principles of community work, and learn from the experiences of community leaders.  In addition to those perspectives, the course will draw upon current issues/events affecting various communities at large, as well as students’ involvement in service and will weave these together with elements of other academic coursework and future academic/career goals.

The course has a required service-learning component; students are encouraged to utilize current service commitments toward this requirement, though individualized support will be offered to those looking for a service opportunity.  This is a three-credit course that is offered as credit/no credit; sessions will be held on Thursdays from 3:30-5:20PM.

Those interested in the course should email with questions and/or to request an add code.

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Autopsy internship opportunity available at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (closes 12/11/16)

Intern for Medical Examiner’s Office
Prevention Division/Medical Examiner’s Office
Hourly Rate Range: $13.96 (Intern)
OPEN: 11/28/2016                CLOSE: 12/11/2016
*The first review of candidates will be on 12/5/2016

WHO MAY APPLY: This is an Autopsy/Anthropology Intern position for the Autopsy Section of the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.  This 15-22 hour per week position will begin on approximately 1/2/2017.  Both graduate and undergraduate students interested in forensic science/forensic anthropology should consider this a great experience.  This also provides an excellent opportunity for pre-med students.

REQUIREMENTS: Full time enrollment (excluding summer) in a Washington State college is a requirement to apply.

FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED:  A resume and cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements are required.

WHERE TO APPLY: Resume and cover letter should be sent to:  Medical Examiner’s Office, Attention: Louise Davis, Program Manager,  325 Ninth Avenue HMC, Box 359792,  Seattle, WA  98104 or via email to  Both must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.  Contact Louise Davis or Jessica Mahowald at (206) 731-3232 for questions/inquiries.

WORK LOCATION: Medical Examiner’s Office, 908 Jefferson, 2nd Floor, First Hill Seattle.

WORK SCHEDULE:  15-22 hours per week. Approximately 3 days per week (depending on school schedule) from 6:30 am-12:00 pm and mandatory Saturdays from 6:30 am-10:30 am.


This position provides a wide variety of technical support service functions. Duties include;

  • Providing technical assistance to pathologists conducting postmortem examinations and forensic autopsies of human remains by assisting pathologists in opening and eviscerating bodies and collecting toxicological samples during autopsy.
  • Providing technical assistance to the Forensic Anthropologist by processing, x-raying and arranging skeletal remains in anatomical position for final photographs.
  • Assisting in holding and moving bodies for photography.
  • Performing radiologic examinations on deceased individuals including dental x-rays for identification.
  • Assisting in the preparation of bodies for the funeral homes.
  • Attending autopsy staff meetings and KCMEO weekly conferences.
  • Assisting in preparation of paperwork/autopsy preparations as needed.
  • Performing transcription on cases that have been autopsied.
  • Other related duties as requested.


  • Ability to work on a team.
  • Knowledge of physiology, anatomy and skeletal biology.
  • Skills in maintaining confidentiality regarding sensitive and private materials;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Knowledge in operating standard office equipment;
  • Willingness to commit to a one year internship at the Medical Examiner’s Office;
  • Typing skills


  • Ability to deal with death and trauma on an ongoing and daily basis, with the ability to provide sensitive customer service in-person and over the telephone to persons who are grieving and mentally distraught.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Selected candidate must pass a thorough background investigation.

My time at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office (KCMEO) has been an incredibly rewarding experience. As an autopsy intern and trainee, I worked alongside investigators, autopsy technicians and forensic pathologists whose goal is to investigate sudden, unexpected, violent, suspicious, and unnatural deaths. There are many skills and experiences I have learned that have been invaluable in my pursuit of a career in medicine.  I am very grateful for everything I have learned at the KCMEO. As I assist the doctors during their internal examination, I have been given the unique opportunity to learn about anatomy, pathology and medicine. Every day offers a new challenge and I have learned more about medicine then I could ever imagine. For me, the most rewarding take away from my time at the KCMEO has been my experience working with a team dedicated to helping bring closure and justice to our community.  Contributing to a team whose goal is to serve our community has helped me grow as a person and has solidified my desire to pursue a career in medicine. I would recommend that anyone who is passionate about medicine and helping their community apply to become an intern.” - Eric, former KCMEO Intern & UW ’16 Alumnus


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UW Pre-PA event: Prerequisites for PA School 11/30


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Nick of Time Foundation at UW – RSO opportunity!


The Nick of Time Foundation at the University of Washington invites you to join their RSO if you are pre-med, pre-dent, pre-nursing, or anyone looking to get involved on campus and volunteer in the community.

The Nick of Time Foundation is a local non-profit dedicated to educating schools, athletes, families, and communities about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and death in young people. They provide low-cost heart screenings for young athletes and spread awareness about SCA. Through partnership with the Nick of Time Foundation, the RSO provides community service opportunities for our members throughout the year. Much of the volunteering comes in the form of teaching CPR and AED use to the general public and helping promote the foundation’s mission. There are also opportunities to network with various doctors and medical students involved with the foundation.

Email with questions.

Visit their Facebook page at

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HIPRC’s INSIGHT Summer Research Program at Harborview Medical Center

HIPRC’s INSIGHT Research Program is an intensive, eight-week summer internship for undergraduate and graduate students, and a four week program for high school students. INSIGHT provides research experience and mentorship for undergraduate, graduate and first year medical students who are interested in injury research. Participants are matched to research projects and partnered with University of Washington Medical School faculty and work alongside peers and health professionals from across the country. Past research areas include elucidating the risk factors and causes of injuries, injury prevention strategies, acute and chronic care of injured patients, outcomes from trauma, and interventions to return the injured individual to their full potential.

Program Components:*

*Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident and are eligible to work in the U.S or hold a valid student visa or have DACA status.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • The INSIGHT Summer Research Program accepts students from the following grade levels:
    • Preference is given to students entering the junior or senior year in Fall 2017. Graduating seniors are also eligible.
    • 1st or 2nd year graduate students
    • 1st year medical students

Interested in applying?  Click HERE for more information

Applications DUE: January 15, 2017

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FLAS Fellowships award $7,500-$33,000 to UW students studying foreign languages (due 1/31/17)

Interested in studying a foreign language and learning about different cultures? FLAS Fellowships award $7,500-$33,000 to UW students studying foreign languages.

(Available to current and incoming undergraduate, graduate and professional UW students who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents).

Applications now open! Due January 31, 2017 at 5 PM PST.
For more information and to apply, visit

Tu, Nov 29, 2-3 PM PST, Web Chat (see website for access instructions)
Th, Dec 8, 3:30-4:30 PM, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Wed! , Dec 14, 1-2 PST Web Chat (see website for access instructions)
Wed, Jan 11, 3:30-4:30, Thomson Hall, Room 317
Questions? Contact Robyn Davis at

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Join AED for a panel discussion with health professionals on 11/29!

AED logoIf you are interested in a career in medicine, then join AED on November 29th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in SMI 205. We will have an array of speakers at the meeting with degrees/jobs including DO, MD, PA, NP, OT, and PT. Come prepared with your questions for these professionals because they will be there to answer everything. Pizza will be provided for members as always!

Not yet a member? You are welcome to attend the event, but be sure to contact an officer on how to get connected!

To learn more about AED, visit

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Two leadership development opportunities in Winter quarter


The Husky Leadership Initiative wanted to let you know about two leadership development opportunities happening this winter quarter: the Emerging Leaders Retreat and their Leadership Firesides course (GEN ST 391 I).

Please see below for details, and contact with any questions.

Emerging Leaders Retreat

Are you hoping to explore your leadership potential? Are you looking to make more connections and create impact during the rest of your time at the UW? This off-campus weekend retreat is designed to help students:

  • Build connections and relationships with other students
  • Explore ways in which to define and practice leadership
  • Develop strategies for transforming communities at the UW
  • Challenge themselves through experiential (indoor and outdoor) exercises in teamwork and collaboration

The 2017 Emerging Leaders Retreat will take place February 3-5. Participants are expected to be present for the entirety of the retreat. The retreat will be free for all partcipants, including lodging, transportation and meals. The group will depart from campus by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/3 and will return to campus by 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 2/5.

Please consider applying for this experience! More information on the retreat can be found on the Husky Leadership Initiative website.

Applications are due by November 30 at 11:59 p.m.
Apply now! 


General Studies 391I: Leadership Firesides

Schedule:  Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Credits: 1 credit graded CR/NC

SLN: 15087

Husky Leadership Initiative Leadership Firesides offer ongoing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse range of civic, corporate and campus leaders in an informal setting. These leaders share their personal journeys, perspectives on leadership and lessons they have learned about working with and influencing others towards positive change.  This  course will offer students an opportunity to take a deep dive into the Firesides series and apply these lessons to their own lives.  Registered students will attend the weekly Leadership Firesides, participate in an introductory session (Week 1) and a closing session (Week 10) and submit weekly written reflections.

For more information, visit:

Questions? Contact


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Be a Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 F & G


Attention, Pre-Health Juniors & Seniors!

It’s Not Too Late to Gain Experience and Make a Difference 

Be a Tutor-Mentor: EDUC 401 F & G

This Winter Quarter, 2016, UW’s Academic Support Programs is pairing pre-health juniors and seniors with transfer, freshman, and sophomore students who are considering careers in healthcare and are also transitioning socially, culturally, and academically to the UW. This is a great opportunity for seasoned pre-health students to “pay it forward” and share their knowledge and experience with students who need a little extra support at the very start of their academic journeys.

As part of the program, you will participate in a service-learning seminar titled “EDUC 401: Higher Education Tutoring and Mentorship.” This weekly seminar will introduce you to tutoring, mentoring, and teaching methodologies that you will apply to your work with your own mentee.

  • Seminar meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:50 PM or from 6:00-7:20 PM
  • Tutoring takes place on campus
  • Receive 2 credits for working with one student, or 3 credits for working with two students
  • A letter of recommendation will be available upon request after completion of the seminar

For more information, visit our website at:

For registration information, please contact Ahnya Redman at:

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Looking to get involved with the Pipeline Project and give back to the WA community?

 Students of all majors are encouraged to apply!

Tutor at an elementary, middle or high school in Seattle during Winter Quarter with the UW Pipeline Project!
The UW Pipeline Project recruits, trains and places UW students as volunteer tutors in Seattle schools and community organizations. We are recruiting tutors for Spring quarter to work with about 40 different schools, and would love to have you!

Volunteer during Winter Quarter:
We’ll help you get set up tutoring in a K-12 classroom or community organization.  Tutors make a minimum commitment of 2-3 hours per week for at least one quarter.
The schedule is flexible: schools need tutors Mon-Fri between 7:30 and 5pm. And we offer transportation to some of our partner schools that have the highest need for tutors.
Take an EDUC 401 Inner Pipeline Seminar Class for Credit:
Participate in a weekly Pipeline seminar and tutor for at least 2.5 hours a week at a Seattle school or community organization! All of our courses are Credit/No Credit, are I & S credits, and are listed under EDUC 401. The number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. 2 credits: weekly seminar and tutor 2-3 hours per week. Seminars are a fantastic opportunity to learn about issues in public education and tutoring strategies, while reflecting and learning from your tutoring site.

Take a look at the Pipeline Winter Seminars:

Inner Pipeline Seminar Spotlight:

EDUC 401B: Race and Equity in Elementary School Education
Tuesdays 3:30-6:20pm

In the current age of national racial justice movements, race and equity in public schools has become part of national discourse. However, this said discourse has focused almost entirely on higher education and to a lesser extent secondary schools. This is curious, as the literature is clear that racial justice education is most effective and necessary before students reach secondary and higher education. The fluidity of racial identity development, racial logic/understanding, and family-teacher engagement distinct to the PreK-5 setting makes this a prime age group to focus efforts.  In other words, if we are going to change the relationship between schools, racism, and race formation, we need to focus on the first school many students attend: elementary school.

Sign up to tutor with the UW Pipeline Project! Middle and high schools in Seattle need volunteers who have taken college level math or science. Your skills are greatly appreciated!




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MLS Information Session: November 18, 2016


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Health Informatics and Health Information Management 2017-2018 Admissions Application Workshop

This workshop will cover how to apply to the program, key dates and step by step instructions on completing the HIHIM application form, tips on personal statement and making an effective application. Come join us and learn about the major and the application process!

Date: THURSDAY, November 17, 2016

Current UW Students:  5:00-6:00 pm
Transfer Applicants:     6:30-7:30 pm

Workshop Location
UW Tower
4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE
22nd Floor Conference Room
Parking – UW Tower Garage

Please RSVP for this event at:
First Name | Last Name | Email

Directions to UW Tower:

*Early Application Deadline – February 15, 2017                 General Application Deadline – May 1, 2017

*Prospects are invited to apply for early acceptance to the HIHIM program only if they have completed all prerequisite coursework and meet the minimum grade and grade point average requirements at the time of application.

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2017 SHPEP applications are OPEN!

SHPEP logoThe Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) application is now open!  Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded for the Summer of 2017 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.

This FREE academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in the health professions is hosted at 13 institutions across the United States (including the University of Washington School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) in collaboration with the Schools of Dentistry and Public Health).  Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the program’s goal is to increase diversity in the health professions. The program offers the following experiences:

  • Academic enrichment in the basic sciences;
  • Career development activities;
  • Learning and study skills seminars;
  • Exposure to clinical settings; and
  • Workshops on financial planning and health policy

The curriculum will also expose participants to concepts and the practice of Interprofessional Health education.

Early Admissions DEADLINE: February 1st, 2017
Regular Admissions DEADLINE: March 1st, 2017.  Early applications are strongly encouraged.  More information is available at

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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UAB: SIBS and PARAdiGM


The Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program and the Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM) introduce outstanding undergraduates to the exciting career options of being a scientific investigator while also being a practicing physician. Eligible students may apply to both programs.

These two eight-week programs are held concurrently from June 1-July 28, 2017. Students will receive stipends and free on-campus housing but will be responsible for their own meals, for travel to and from Birmingham, and other expenses.

Students in both programs will be introduced to the concept of scientific research, principles of scientific experimentation, the proper methods of data analysis, the interpretation, presentation, and translational applications of research results, and to clinicians who practice at academic medical centers.

Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 15, 2017.

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Our goal in offering this fellowship is to give talented undergraduate students the opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of intensive, hypothesis-drive laboratory research. This experience should help students make well informed decisions about future career plans.  Previous research experience is not required. We especially welcome applications from students who are interested in research as a potential career, including students interested in PhD and MD/PhD programs. We accept fifteen students per summer into this program. We expect applicants to SIBS to have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate coursework. We anticipate that successful candidates will typically demonstrate grade point averages of 3.0 (“B”) or higher, especially in science, math, and related areas.

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

The PARAdiGM program focuses on undergraduates from diverse and underrepresented minority backgrounds, and offers the opportunity to participate in the program for two summers. In addition to working in the laboratory of a faculty mentor with an actively funded biomedical research program, PARAdiGM participants will learn about careers in academic medical centers (AMCs) by shadowing clinician-investigators in their clinics, as well as on in-patient rounds. At the end of the first summer in the program, the students will write an abstract and participate in both a local and national poster presentation of their research results. The students will also receive instruction in essay writing, MCAT preparation, and critical career skills. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students with an understanding and appreciation of the biomedical research process so as to encourage them to pursue careers studying patients and their diseases after further postgraduate training in graduate and medical education. Previous research experience is not required in order to apply.  The PARAdiGM program is especially useful for students who do not have local access to biomedical research and/or academic physician-scientist role models.

You can learn more about SIBS and PARAdiGM by contacting Jackie Bennett at



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