April 9, 2019

A day late – Blame it on the storm and accompanying power outage…

  1. Music and Arthritis – a lecture by Dr. John Collins
  2. Campbell University MS in Biomedical Sciences
  3. Triangle Implant Center Externship Program
  4. Health advocacy workshop and panel
  5. Pre-Health and wellness panel
  6. Student Health Action Coalition Volunteers
  7. Dental School Virtual Fair and Application Portal
  8. AAMC – Medical School requirements and timelines
  9. Becoming an Anesthetist
  10. Focus on Physician Assistants
  11. Spring 2019 Health Professions Advising Hours – CHANGE COMING!!!
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1.  Music and Arthritis – a lecture by Dr. John Collins
Thurs, Apr 11 | 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Genome Sciences Building 010
Join Heeling in Harmony for our final general body meeting of the semester and a special lecture by Dr. John Collins, researcher in the Thurston Arthritis Center! Come prepared with questions on how to get involved in undergraduate research. We will be providing snacks!
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2. Campbell University MS in Biomedical Sciences
The Office of Postbaccalaureate Studies Programs is happy to announce our upcoming Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences virtual information session:
     Date: 4/15/2019
     Admissions Presentations: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM EST
     Chat Room Hours:  10:00 AM – 12:45 PM EST, 2:00-4:00 PM EST
If you have any questions, contact us at cusompbac@campbell.edu
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3. Triangle Implant Center Externship Program

   Job Title: Anesthesia Assistant OR Surgical Assistant
   Location: Triangle Implant Center – Durham
   Start Date: April or May 2019
   Commitment: MWF 8am-5pm or TTh 8am-5pm (1 year minimum)
   Deadline to apply: April 15, 2019
Triangle Implant Center in Durham is currently hiring for the positions of anesthesia assistant and surgical assistant. TiC is a high-volume oral and maxillofacial surgery center. The externship program is in its 12th year, and has had great success in launching students to their desired health care professional schools. This opportunity affords great hands-on experience directly with oral surgeons, anesthesiologists, and patients, providing a fantastic opportunity for pre-health professional students seeking in-depth clinical exposure.
Both positions require full day availability on either Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8am-5pm, or Tuesday/Thursday 8am-5pm. If you are interested, but cannot commit to MWF or T/TH, please still reach out if full days on other days throughout the week work for you (for example, MWTh or WThF, etc.). Please state which full days you are available in your cover letter.
This externship also requires a commitment of at least one year, or until May 2020. **If you cannot commit to full days on the specified days for a minimum of 1 year, please do not apply.** CPR/BLS/AED training is mandatory before start date of externship. In-class certifications accepted only and proof of certification must be provided prior to your first day of training.
Please email Devon Collins at dcollins@triangleimplantcenter.com for more information (please do not contact the office directly) if you are interested. Your application materials should consist of your resume, cover letter/career goals, which days you are applying for (MWF, TTh or specified full days), and your current spring, summer and fall availability. Your cover letter must also include your DAT/MCAT score(s), or your intended test date, and your undergraduate and graduate GPA (if applicable). Consideration will be given only to applicants who can commit to tenure through at least May 2020.     
Interviews will be held on a rolling basis, and will consist of a sit-down meeting, as well as a clinical working evaluation. Please turn in all application materials no later than Monday, April 15th . The positions of either anesthesia or surgical assistant will be chosen for each candidate based on best fit given the job tasks.
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4. Health advocacy workshop and panel
SHACtivism, a new health advocacy group out of the Student Health Action Coalition, will be holding a health advocacy workshop from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Auditorium (Gillings School of Global Public Health). There will be panelists from the NC Rural Center, Healthcare for All NC and UNC to discuss topics in health policy. The panelists will also be working with attendees to problem-solve common challenges faced in grassroots and legislative advocacy. Go to the SHACtivism Facebook page to find more information.
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5. Pre-Health and wellness panel
As part of an effort to inspire students to pursue studies and/or research in the field of nutrition and wellness, UNC Flourish is hosting a pre-health and wellness panel from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 22 in the Student Union, Room 2422. Students will explore different careers within the field of human wellness, including nursing, nutrition, research, epidemiology and medicine. RSVP through the UNC Flourish Facebook page.
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6. Student Health Action Coalition Volunteers
Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC) sets up tables with nutrition information from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Carrboro SHAC Clinic (301 Lloyd Street). Volunteers are needed to interact with patients in the waiting room and teach them about nutrition information and disease prevention. Sign up through UNC Flourish’s event page.
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7. Dental School Virtual Fair and Application Portal
ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) provides information and resources for individuals applying to dental school. See below for important changes and details regarding the 2019–20 application cycle.
    Soft Launch –  ADEA AADSAS will have a soft launch on May 14. The soft launch allows applicants three weeks to work on the application before they can official submit starting on June 4.
    Virtual Fair Dates –  Registration opens in mid-April for the 2019 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 22 and 23. Day one of the event, on May 22, provides applicants with more information about the application process, while May 23 gives them an opportunity to interact with participating dental school admissions officers.
    Applicant Fees for the Application Cycle –  The fees for the 2019–20 application cycle are $251 for the first designation and $108 each additional designation.
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8. AAMC – Medical School requirements and timelines
Learn the basics about the the requirements and a general timeline for getting into medical school.
AAMC: Association of American Medical Colleges
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9. Becoming an Anesthetist
Interested in a career as an anesthetist?  The Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University is a 24-month master’s degree program that prepares students to work as certified anesthesiologist assistants.   The scope of certified anesthesiologist assistants’ clinical practice is generally the same as that of a nurse anesthetist on the anesthesia care team and is typically defined by the directing anesthesiologist, the hospital credentialing body, the state’s board of medicine, and any applicable state statute or regulation. A typical job description for a CAA can be found here.
Read more about the program.
Read the latest issue of ‘The Anesthetist’.
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10. Focus on Physician Assistants
What is a PA?  PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medication, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. They practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving health care access and quality. PAs work together with doctors as part of an integrated medical team. They have their own patients, and, under a written agreement with a licensed physician, make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services.
PAs are educated at the master’s degree level in programs that are approximately three academic years in length and include more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations. Their education positions them to help patients use the health care system more efficiently and effectively.
PAs are also able to enjoy schedule flexibility and the ability to move from one specialty to another which leads to high levels of professional satisfaction.
PA Stats:
     There are over 131,000 Certified PAs in the United States.
     The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there to be over 145,000 Certified PAs by 2026.
     75 percent of PAs receive multiple job offers upon graduation.
For more information:
     Free PA Virtual Fair on July 24
     American Academy of Physician Assistants – What is a PA?
     Bureau of Labor Statistics – PA Occupational Outlook Handbook
Regulation: State legislatures are looking at ways to increase the PA scope of practice. Some of the barriers under consideration include allowing PAs to have full prescriptive authority (they do in 44 states), eliminating the number of PAs that a physician can supervise (14 states have no limit), and having the scope of practice determined at the employer practice level versus being mandated by the state. This workforce model would allow physicians and PAs to quickly adapt to local care needs.
PAs are also moving into more leadership positions. According to a 2017 survey by the American Academy of PAs, one-third of PAs believe they are now in a position of leadership, either formally or informally. Medical practices may appoint a head PA who is involved in onboarding and training new PAs. In hospitals and health care systems, many departments have a lead PA, and there is a growing number appointed to committees and strategic planning groups.
Applications: The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) allows applicants to easily submit one application to multiple programs. The 19-20 application cycle will launch on Thursday, April 25, 2019. The PAEA Board of Directors has not finalized the CASPA fees yet for the upcoming cycle, but we expect them to be very similar to the 18-19 cycle fees.
Starting this cycle, programs will be able to select an April 1 deadline in addition to the other options available. See the complete list of deadline dates and requirements (submit, complete, or verified). Please note, information will be updated when the cycle goes live on April 25.
Some resources that can help advisors and students get through the application process are:
   The CASPA Applicant Help Center and customer service
          Email: caspainfo@caspaonline.org
          Phone: 617-612-2080
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11.  Spring 2019 Health Professions Advising Hours – CHANGE COMING!!!
Ground floor Steele, sign in for drop-ins at the reception desk near the elevator.
   Mon: Dr. Tony Hilger, 9:00am – 4:00 pm
   Tues: Dr. Peter DeSaix, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
   Wed: Lindsay Lang, 9:00am – 5:00pm
   Thurs: Dr. Jean DeSaix, 1:00pm -5:00pm (ends at 3:30 this week)
The Drs. DeSaix will stop advising after LDOC.
A permanent Health Professions advisor will be introduced soon – watch this space for more information.
Dr. Peter Gilligan will meet with junior, seniors or re-applicants by appointment only in the Newman Activity Center on Pittsboro Street (across from the Carolina Inn).
Email him (celtsfan@med.unc.edu) to arrange meetings T/Th between 1:30-3:30 pm on the following dates:
Apr 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 May 2, 7, 9.
Dr Gilligan’s expertise is primarily with assisting applicants for medical school including MD-PhDs and PA school.
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