Week of September 20th, 2021 

Autumn equinox is an optimal time to clarify your intention and direction. This is a time to re-envision and re-energize your goals.
– Unknown



The President's Leadership Program (PLP) still has space for the late-start class starting Tuesday September 21st. Learn more here.

Are you interested in learning more about how to take care of your mental health? Are you looking for a space that encourages self-care? If you are... then join Maintaining Pre-Health Minds! We are a CSU sanctioned club that seeks to Promote mental health awareness and education in the community, provide an ongoing space for students to discuss mental health that is judgement free and destigmatize the ideology behind mental health topics. This semester we will provide fun self-care activities that promote a sense of belonging and community as well as relevant mental health trainings! If you're interested in learning more please text: (575) 636-7545 or email.


Health Professions Student Clubs

Club meetings are meeting in person Fall 2021

Pre-Vet Club - For students pursuing veterinary medicine
Click here for the club's website
Next meeting: Wednesday, September 22nd | 5:30-6:30 pm | Stadium 1205

Premedica Club - For students pursuing medicine, physician assistant, nursing or haven't chosen a healthcare profession yet
Click here to email the club president
Next meeting: Wednesday September 29th | 6:00 - 7:00pm | Stadium 1205

Rehab Therapy Club - For students pursuing physical therapy or occupational therapy
Click here to email the club
Next meeting: Tuesday September 21st | 6:00-7:00pm | Stadium 1204 or 1207

Pre-Dental Club - For students pursuing dentistry
Click here to email the club
Next meeting: Monday September 27th | 5:00-6:00pm | Stadium 1203

Pre-Optometry Club - For students pursuing optometry
Click here to email the club president
ext meeting: Tuesday October 5th | 6:00pm | BSB Study Room


Relevant Virtual Events 

Columbia University Webinar - Mere Healers: What Medical Training is for and Why it Matters
For decades the field of medical education has been in ferment, seeking to overcome its widely perceived tendency to train clinicians who are technically proficient but lack both a sufficiently comprehensive, holistic vision and the practices of being duly patient-centered. In response, medical educators have advanced a never-ending series of initiatives and curriculum changes, aiming for everything from patient-centered medicine to socially activist medicine to, most recently, character in medicine. In this talk, Farr Curlin, M.D., Duke University, will argue that these movements, while laudable in many respects, both reflect and paradoxically contribute to the deeper problem to which they respond: the demoralization of medicine itself. To escape this cycle of demoralization, medical educators must return to a more modest vision for medicine, in which medical education has succeeded if it trains mere healers—practitioners who reliably attend to those who are sick, in all of their human complexity, and skillfully and conscientiously seek to preserve and restore their health. Learn more, and register here.
Monday September 20th | 4:30pm MDT

Anschutz School of Medicine Pre-MD Info Session
The goal of Pre-MD is to help guide undergraduates underrepresented in medicine, community college students, and other aspiring future applicants. Session topics will include application overviews, writing personal statements, financial aid, and scholarships. Join the zoom here.
Monday, Sept 20, 6-8 PM MST

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Virtual Medical School Fair: Strategies & Resources for Minority Premeds and Applicants
Medical school applicants and premeds are invited to join experts and admissions staff from medical schools across the U.S. and Canada for the Fall virtual fair. This event offers programming that highlights pathways, strategies, and resources for aspiring physicians who identify as racial and/or ethnic minorities, though it is open to all. Register here.
Tuesday September 21st | 9:00am - 2:00pm MT

University of Maryland PharmD Online Information Session
The School of Pharmacy is one of six professional schools and a graduate school located at the University of Maryland, a thriving center for life sciences research and community service. Through its education, research, and service programs, the School of Pharmacy strives to improve the health and well-being of society by aiding in the discovery, development, and use of medicines. During this session, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Cherokee Layson-Wolf and student representatives will provide an overview of the four year PharmD program and opportunities at the School of Pharmacy and across campus. Learn more, and register here.
Friday September 24th | noon - 1:00pm MT

CU Anschutz Pre-Health day
If you're interested in a career in the health professions. A virtual visit to CU Anschutz with live interactive sessions with program representatives will teach you about all the fields in which you are interested. Register here.
Saturday, October 2nd


Relevant CSU Events 

Practice Career Fair
This is an opportunity for students to practice signing up for the fair and sessions, as well as talk with Career Center, COB, and COE staff. The Career Center, COB, and COE are listed as employers for the practice fair. Have your resume critiqued by a resume specialist virtually. Learn more here.
September 22 & 23, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Virtual Career Fair
The Career fair this year will be virtual and open to all majors. All video sessions take place in Handshake and Registration and sign-up in advance is required. Learn more here.
September 22 & 23, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm

BS/MPH Information Session
In collaboration with the Colorado School of Public Health, CSU is now offering a both the MPH (master of public health) degree and the BS/MPH dual degree. The MPH degree is a 2-year program, and the BS/MPH program can be completed in just 5 years. Students are able to begin taking some of the MPH classes during their junior and/or senior year and then count some credits towards both degrees. Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2022. Register for the upcoming information session here.
Tuesday September 28th | noon MST


Relevant Opportunities for Pre-Vet Students

Canine Participants Needed for Study on Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
Researchers at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital are looking for canine participants for a study that aims to develop a diagnostic test for canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), otherwise known as doggie dementia. At this time, researchers are only enrolling older dogs (8 years or older) with some signs of cognitive dysfunction. Perspective enrollees will be evaluated via the CADES survey, as well as a physical and neurologic exam to assess signs of CCD. In addition to the age and CADES score requirements, all dogs must be otherwise healthy with no major disease processes. Dogs will undergo an MRI and spinal tap, followed by a second spinal tap three months later, and a blood draw three months after that in order to develop a bioassay that can be used to diagnose CCD. All bloodwork and diagnostics will be covered by the study, including the abdominal ultrasound, chest x-rays, and brain MRI for the senior groups. If anything is found that would exclude your pet, you will not be required to pay for those diagnostics. Additionally, at the end of your pet’s successful participation in the study (after the 6-month recheck), you will receive a $500 credit to your VTH account to be used however you wish. If you're interested, please contact Breonna Kusick

Canine Volunteers Needed for a Study Evaluating a Vaccine for the Prevention of Cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of death in adult dogs. The Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University is currently seeking dogs for a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of a preventative vaccine for cancer, the Vaccine Against Canine Cancer Study (VACCS). The VACCS study has been featured in several local and national news stories! They are seeking healthy, 5.5-11.5 year-old, mixed-breed or select purebred dogs. The study needs to review 3 years of medical records from your regular veterinarian, and your dog needs to have been seen by a veterinarian in the last 12 months. Learn more, and apply here.


Relevant Job Opportunities

Respite Care Child Care Specialist
Respite Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Larimer County that provides short term, quality care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to their families, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. They believe that a child with a disability is a child first and that his or her challenges are secondary. With this mission and philosophy in mind, Respite Care strives to create an interactive, stimulating, and safe environment that addresses the physical, emotional, social, and mental needs of each individual child. Apply online here or contact Marissa Turner with questions. 


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Article(s) of the Week

Five Decades Later, Medicare Might Cover Dental Care - NY Times

Letter to My First-Year-Self: Reflections on my Medical School Journey - Aspiring Doc Diaries