Week of December 7th, 2020 

If you are going to change things, you have to be with the people who hold the levers.
-Ruth Bader Ginsberg



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

The CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy has extended their application to March 1st

Registration is open for Kaplan MCAT Prep Live Online Spring 2021


Health Professions Student Clubs
Club meetings will happen virtually until further notice

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: TBA Wednesdays (twice per month) | 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: TBA Tuesdays (once per month) | 6:00-7:00pm


Helpful Resources

NAAHP Prehealth Opportunities During the Pandemic Ideas

Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing your Medical School Personal Statement - InGenius Prep


Relevant Virtual Opportunities

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 

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) Online Session
This program focuses on patient-centered care to maximize medication therapy outcomes and assure safe medication use. The goal of the Experiential Learning Program (ELP) is to develop in each student pharmacist the professional judgment and competencies needed to skillfully perform the functions and meet the responsibilities of a pharmacist in a wide range of practice environments. Mark Brueckl, Asst. Director of ELP will be discussing rotation opportunities throughout the curriculum and fourth-year students will present about their experiences. The PCAT is not required for admission into UMSOP. Learn more, and register here.
Thursday December 17th | 2:00pm - 3:3pm EST

Columbia University School of Professional Studies Application Tips for Master's Degree Programs
Join the Admissions Team of Columbia University School of Professional Studies for an interactive webinar about the master's program application process. You will learn how to fulfill requirements and submit documents effectively and completely for your Fall 2021 master’s program application, and how to: provide a strong statement of academic purpose and video essay, choose the best references to write you letters of recommendation, and strike a balance between your academic performance and professional experience. Learn more, and register here.
Thursday December 17th | 6:00pm EST

Jobs, Research/Volunteer Positions, Internships & Scholarships

NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute RADM Helena O. Mishoe Fellowship for Underrepresented Scientists
This fellowship was established by Dr. Helena Mishoe to offer opportunities for postbac fellows of underrepresented groups in biomedical science to receive training in basic, translational, and clinical research. This fellowship aims to enhance career development for postbacs planning to apply to graduate and/or medical school with the long-term career goal of becoming a trained scientist or physician/scientist. Learn more, and apply here.
pplication deadline: Thursday December 31st, 2020

NIH National Heart, Lunch and Blood Institute Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)
The SIP provides interns with a summer of intensive research in an NHLBI laboratory on NIH’s main campus in Bethesda, MD. Interns receive a competitive stipend based on their education level. Students will attend monthly summer lectures and career development events including Summer Poster Day and the Graduate School Fair. The SIP is open to current college, graduate, or medical school students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Selections are made on a rolling basis therefore early submission is highly recommended. Learn more, and apply here.
Application deadline: Monday March 1st, 2021

Catalyst Scholars $100K Healthcare Scholarship
This scholarship offers up to $100,000 per student towards tuition and living to pursue graduate education in medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary or pharmacy programs. Registrations are now open for candidates applying in 2021 to start their graduate studies in 2022. Find more information here. CSU's Office of Financial Aid isn't able to fully vet the scholarship so if you get selected to apply be cautious of any charges or if the organization tries to sell you something.


Article(s) of the Week

Virtual Shadowing - Tips from a Current Medical Student and Physician - AAMC

When is the Right Time to take the MCAT? Three Questions to Ask Yourself! - AAMC