Week of March 5, 2018

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." -Gail Devers


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"Consider a Career in Rural Medicine" -Ilana Kiwarski, U.S. News

Practicing medicine in a rural community where doctors are few and far between can be a daunting prospect, but medical school professors and students who concentrate on rural medicine say that the challenge is worth taking on.

Experts say rural medicine can be fascinating because of the variety of health problems that doctors confront on a daily basis. Because rural doctors are often either the only doctor in a town or one of very few doctors in a region, experts say they are called upon to perform a wider-range of procedures than their peers in areas where doctors are plentiful. 

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Mark Your Calendars!


This Week:

Mar 6: Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science (CCMLS) Information Presentation, 5pm, Microbiology A101.

 This meeting will provide an introduction to CCMLS as well as present information regarding the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) field. The CCMLS program is an eleven month post-bachelor degree program designed to prepare students to work in clinical laboratories around the nation and to be eligible to sit for the board of certification exam (a national requirement to work in clinical laboratories). More information here.

Mar 6: Spain/Latin America Study Abroad Regional Info Session4-5pm, LSC 226.

Join to learn more about short-term and long-term education abroad programs in the Latin American and Spain region. These programs are great opportunities to boost your Spanish-speaking skills. Education Abroad staff will give an overview of the various opportunities that exist in the region and general information about scholarships, financial aid, and the application process.

Mar 6: HPSA Rehab Therapy (Pre-OT/Pre-PT) Club Meeting, 6-7pm, Stadium 1204. 

Mar 7: HPSA Medical Branch Premedica Club Meeting, 6-7pm, Stadium 1204.

Mar 7: Semester at Sea Info Session1-2pm, LSC 328.

Join for an information session about Semester at Sea. Learn more about this exciting education abroad opportunity and how you can take CSU courses and earn credits towards your major while sailing on a floating ship campus and visiting between 10 and 12 countries over the course of a semester. We will provide an overview of the program including logistics, costs, first-hand accounts by past participants, and you will have an opportunity to ask any and all questions.

Next Week:

Enjoy your break from classes!!

Other Dates to Note:

Mar 29: CSU Career Center Health Sciences Industry Tour, 7am-5pm, meet in LSC 120 Career Center Classroom. The Industry tours are an incredible opportunity to network, learn about the organizations' cultures, participate in hands-on activities, and meet alumni in the field. To Register: first sign up for the even on Handshake, then sign up at the Career Center front desk with a $20 deposit (cash or check) with will be returned to you on the morning of the tour. These tours are typically very popular and fill up FAST. Since we can only take 32 students on each tour we encourage you to reserve your spot ASAP at the Career Center front desk with your deposit.


Program Opportunities:

Medical Study Abroad Opportunity: Doctors in Italy operates a year-round Medical Internship Shadowing Program for pre-health students in its unique, English-speaking outpatient clinic in the heart of Rome. This immersive study abroad opportunity offers students important clinical experience with a team of outstanding, passionate, English-speaking doctors working across a variety of specialties. Program highlights include: shadowing English-speaking doctors across multiple specialties at our clinic and partner hospitals, witnessing a different healthcare model, the opportunity to participate in research being conducted by the Doctors in Italy team, and a flexible, year-round application process (placement is still available for summer 2018!). The program consists of 2 or 3 weeks in Rome, Italy, during which students shadow different doctors in a private office setting and at a hospital, study Italian with a group of other international students, and participate in tours, day-trips, and cultural activities. The Shadowing Program is also available as a "Standalone" activity, for students who wish to manage their own accommodation and spare time. The program is being officially launched now, so the enrollment fees are significantly reduced and the available dates are still flexible. The shadowing program is being launched in the flagship office in Rome, an established multidisciplinary trusted IAMAT Travel Clinic, contracted within the United Nations agencies in Rome, and providing medical assistance to local Embassies and Global Institutions.

Alternative Spring Break Medical Experience: Pre-health students! The staff at CSU Health Network has started a conversation with the SLiCE office about participating in an alternative break. Currently there are very few alternative breaks that provide a medically-focused experience to undergraduates who are interested in medicine. The nurses, providers, and staff at CSU Health Network would be willing to participate in this process as advisors who would accompany the student on the break. Currently we are hoping to have something planned for spring break 2019. What we need are ideas from the students about what kind of experience they would like. If a student has an established connection with an underserved area such as an urban/rural clinic, a medically-focused community outreach program, or anything of this nature, we would like to speak with them about how we might help them bring this idea to fruition. These breaks are designed to be student led, so once we have a site and a mission selected, the students will be planning and executing the trip. For more information on the alternative break program, visit http://lsc.colostate.edu/slice/slice-engagement/alternative-break/ . If you have an interest in helping to organize, plan, and lead an alternative break with a medical focus, please e-mail Brianna Riggio (Brianna.Riggio@colostate.edu) or Joel Schwartzkopf (joel1@colostate.edu) at CSUHN. Thanks!

Undergraduate Pre-Health Program: Participants will engage in a 13-month program that exposes students to professional and career exploration. Topics include health care equity/disparities within various communities, career development workshops, and educational development workshops. Sessions are led by distinguished University of Colorado faculty, staff, and students, as well as Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff. Sessions will consist of lectures and demonstrations. The deadline to apply is May 10th. More information here.

Functional “Hands” on Splinting Workshop: Learn how to use splinting to increase function, complete five basic splints, acquire the feel for different thermoplastics, review landmarks, biomechanics, splinting techniques and precautions for common injuries. The workshop will be held Saturday, April 7th from 8am-4pm in the CSU Occupational Therapy Building. Fee for the course is $150 ($50 non-refundable deposit) and includes all splinting material and course binder. To register, email Deborah.Krogh-Michna@colostate.edu and make deposit by March 31st. Space is limited; register soon.

ExamKrackers Online MCAT Course: Beginning March 24th, the course includes 9 weeks of MCAT classes with top instructions, 10th ediction MCAT Manuals, 5 full length practice exams with online exam review webinars every other weekend, 1 year membership to the online forum, MCAT Hotline subscription (86 hours of additional time to talk with an instructor) 1-on-1 or small group tutoring, and Saturday night 30 minute exam reviews each week. Save $250 if you enroll by Feb 28th. Enroll by calling 888-572-2536 or online at www.examkrackers.com (go to the online store and pick your preferred location). View the schedule here.