Week of April 27th, 2020

 "When you feel like quitting, think about why you started." 




Due to these unprecedented times, the AAMC has adjusted the eligibility criteria for our Fee Assistance Program. In 2020, applicants will be awarded Fee Assistance Program benefits if each household reported on their application has a 2019 total family income that is 400 percent or less than the 2019 national poverty level for that family size (previously set at 300 percent or less). We have communicated with previously denied Fee Assistance Program applicants who may now be eligible for benefits under the new criteria. Additionally, there are new procedures in place which may assist applicants experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more here. 

AMCAS opens for you to start working on your application May 4th. The first day you can submit is May 28th. AACOMAS opens for you to start working on your application and submit May 5th. 

The AAMC has made some announcements about the MCAT:
-three testing dates have been added June 28th, September 27th and September 28th
-three tests will be delivered on each testing date

-the test will be shorter (5hrs 45 minutes) but all content and scoring will remain the same
-scores will be released after two weeks for exams taken between June 19th and August 1st
-registration will open May 7th here
ind more information on the AAMC website


Helpful Resources:

Health Professions COVID-19 Related Links & Information from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)


Relevant Virtual Opportunities:

AAMC Webinar for Alternative Grading During Academic Disruption
Please join us on April 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST for the webinar Alternative Grading During Academic Disruption. In the wake of COVID-19, colleges and universities have abruptly shifted to distance education while still being required to meet accreditation standards. Students have had to recalibrate their studies while navigating campus closures, obtaining accommodations, reallocating resources, and managing increased stress. In response, many colleges and universities are offering alternative grading policies for students. These changes to grading policies, as well as to the curricula, have implications for the upcoming admissions cycle. During this webinar, participants will consider the rationale behind alternative grading, explore possible adjustments to admission policies in support of disrupted learning, and understand the effects of alternative grading on medical school applications. Register for the webinar here
Tuesday April 28th | 2:00pm EST

Emory School of Medicine PA Program Virtual Open House
The Emory PA Program is a mission-driven program that recruits compassionate individuals who are dedicated to providing excellent health care. We value applicants who demonstrate a commitment to service and increased access to healthcare. Register here
Friday May 1st | 3:00-4:00pm EST

CSU Career Center
The CSU Career Services Network is excited to present the first-ever, Virtual Career Conference: An Exchange of Tools, Education and Employer Connections. The conference will be held online and give students access to career tools, workshops, panels and learning.  Students will have the ability to meet with over 20 employers who have current internship, part-time, and full-time job opportunities. Find dates on Handshake.
April 28-30

Columbia SPS Bioethics
he Master of Science in Bioethics grounds students in interdisciplinary approaches and models to address the most pressing bioethical challenges. The program prepares students to act as responsible, responsive leaders in this new and ever-growing field. It also includes a concentration in global bioethics – the first of its kind in the U.S. Join us for an online information session to learn more about the M.S. in Bioethics program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies. Find more information here
Wednesday April 29th | 6:00 pm EDT

Relevant Off-campus Opportunities:

Narrative Medicine Master of Science at Keck School of Medicine
Narrative medicine has the capacity to transform the health of individuals, communities, and health care systems. The Narrative Medicine Master of Science degree offered by the Keck School of Medicine integrates narrative theory, practical experience, and research methods into study of the ethical, philosophical, and sociocultural foundations of clinical relationships. To gain insight into the power of narrative and to develop a critical understanding of the nuance and complexity of storytelling, students in this program will be trained in methods of close reading, attentive listening, and reflective writing in the service of professional development and civic outreach. A cornerstone of our unique programming is our collaboration with local non-profit groups. Students will have the opportunity to teach and learn from these community partners and healthcare professionals about the relationship between health and narrative. Find more information here

Article(s) of the Week:


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