Week of November 30th, 2020 

Gratitude helps us to see what is there instead of what isn't.
-Anette Bridges



UCHealth Volunteer Program CANCELLED for Spring 2021 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic)

Registration is open for Kaplan MCAT Prep Live Online Spring 2021

IU172 Exploring Health Professions
Health Professions Advising is offering a new course Spring 2021 designed for first-year students in any major including first-year transfer students. Course Description: The healthcare field is growing. Compassionate, culturally competent, ethically responsible professionals who can work together for the greater good are needed to fill current gaps in healthcare. There are many careers in healthcare that focus on serving patients in different capacities. This course will explore a wide range of these health professions as well as examine topics such as inequities that are present in our healthcare system today. Students will critically analyze and reflect on their values, skills, interests, identities and strengths and how they will impact their career in healthcare. Students will also reflect on their “why” for wanting to be healthcare professionals to better guide their path, clinical experiences, and unique application components for professional programs.
Email Health Professions Advising to request an override into the class

IE352C Study Abroad: International Medical Shadowing in Croatia
Health Professions Advising and Education Abroad are planning to again offer this course May 2021. We will make a decision in January before spring semester starts about whether or not the course will be cancelled based on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Course Description: this summer CSU faculty-led 1-credit program is designed to provide students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on medical shadowing program. Students will be paired together and assigned to a doctor to follow on their medical rotation. In addition to medical shadowing students will be take a course which focuses on program reflection, cultural competencies and a comparison of healthcare systems. During the program, student will develop self and cultural awareness through experiential activities, dialogue, reflection, readings and critical analysis while also gaining a better understanding of medical professions.
Learn more and apply here. Email Lilly Dethier if you have any questions.


Health Professions Student Clubs
All club meetings will happen virtually this fall semester

Pre-Vet Club - For students pursuing veterinary medicine
Click here for the club's website
Next meeting: Spring Semester - Wednesday January 27th | 5:30-6:30pm

Premedica Club - For students pursuing medicine, physician assistant and nursing
Click here to contact the club president
Next meeting: Wednesday December 2nd | 6:00pm - 7:00pm 

Rehab Therapy Club - For students pursuing physical therapy or occupational therapy
Click here to email the club
Next meeting: Tuesday December 8th | 6:00-7:00pm

Pre-Dental Club - For students pursuing dentistry
Click here to email the club
Next meeting: Monday December 7th | 5:00-6:00pm

Pre-Optometry Club - For students pursuing optometry
Click here to contact the club president
Next meeting: Tuesday December 1st | 6:00-7:00pm


Helpful Resources

AAMC videos about registering for the MCAT:
MCAT Registration Guide
MCAT Registration Waiting Room Guide

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Altius MCAT Test Prep Black Friday Deals

Wilderness & Emergency Medicine Lecture Series
This series will host a speaker every week via zoom from a diverse range of niche fields including space medicine, dive medicine, mountain medicine, surf medicine, toxicology, climate change medicine, tactical medicine, rural medicine and more! The series is formally supported by the Wilderness Medical Society and the University of Miami. Learn more, and sign up for the Mailing List here.


Relevant Virtual Opportunities

National Accepted Students Day
Join thousands of fellow students who have been accepted to medical school in this first-time virtual celebration with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM). Register here.
Monday November 30th | 2:00-6:00pm ET

Advice for the Aspiring Doctor: Lessons from "The Long Fix"
Want to know how you can hone your leadership skills to be more effective in medical school? Can’t decide whether to go directly to school or take some time off before applying? Curious about how technology will change the healthcare landscape, during and after your studies? Join Dr. Vivian S. Lee (MD, PhD, MBA) for a conversation perfect for anyone thinking about a career in medicine and the allied health professions. She’ll be answering your questions, and sharing her thoughts on the future of medicine, technology, and health care. Learn more, and register here.
Tuesday December 1st | 5:00pm ET

Georgetown University Pre-Health Master's in Physiology Info Session
This program is designed to strengthen your readiness and competitiveness for medical school. Learn more, and register here.
Wednesday December 2nd | 12:00 - 1:00pm Eastern

Colorado Academy of PAs (CAPA) pre-PA Information Session
The session will be led by a practicing PA from the CAPA board and students from one of the four Colorado PA programs. Discussion topics will include: the role of PAs in healthcare, the application process, general application requirements and what it's like to be a PA and PA Student! There will also be time for questions at the end. Please register to receive a zoom link and password.
Sunday December 6th | 6:00-7:00pm MST

Choose DO Medical School Expo
AACOM invites you to meet with representatives from up to 37 medical schools from the comfort of your home. Watch live presentations and meet with medical school admissions representatives, faculty, and current students via online chat rooms. Learn more about applying to medical school, the interview process, and life as a medical student. Meet with AACOM representatives, medical school admissions teams, current DO residents & physicians, and more. Explore which medical school is right for you – zero travel required. Register here.
Thursday December 10th | 12:00 - 6:00pm ET 

Roseman College of Dental Medicine Virtual Pre-Dental Day
You will be able to learn admissions tips from our Dean of Admissions, ways to strengthen your application, practice interview skills, connect with other dental students, win raffle prizes, and attain valuable experience to prepare you for the dental field! Learn more, and register here.
Saturday December 12th & Sunday December 13th

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Applications Open
This is a free six-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions; furthermore, participating students will be awarded a stipend. SHPEP will again be a 100% virtual experience in Summer 2021. Checkout this website to learn more about the program, and this list of program sites.
Application deadline: Friday February 5th 2021


Jobs, Research/Volunteer Positions, Internships & Scholarships

University of Michigan UM-SMART Summer Undergraduate Research Program Application is now open
This a 10-week summer undergraduate research program sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP, which is an MD/PhD program) on the medical campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist performing basic research relevant to human health and disease. As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, students work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship of a research faculty member. This program is aimed at students who have some amount of basic and mechanistic research experience related to medicine and are interested in gaining more experience to advance their career goals.  UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects. There are no opportunities in public health, the social sciences, or humanities. The program is planned for May 24th - August 1st 2021 but these are subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more, and apply here.
Application Deadline: Monday February 1st 2021


Relevant Information for Pre-Vet Students

Colorado State University DVM Virtual Information Session
Our world-class program offers a fantastic education, and our DVM Ambassadors will be present to help you understand if our program is a good fit for you! The event will include a 30 minute overview of admissions by Dr. Delcambre, Director of Admissions and then visitors will be able to visit topic rooms hosted by CSU DVM Student Ambassadors including "Why CSU?", the out-of-state student experience, Fort Collins, academics and curriculum, class traditions and community engagement, and various club opportunities available on campus. RSVP here to receive a link to the virtual event.
Tuesday December 1st | 5:30pm Mountain Time 


Article(s) of the Week

Old Dogs, New Research and the Secrets of Aging - The New York Times

What do Medical Schools Look For? 19 Key Traits - InGenius Prep