June 24, 2019

  1. No drop-in hours for Health Professions Advising this Thursday!
  2. Be a Peer Mentor for BIOL 117, Pre-Health Thrive-1 Considering Health Professions this Fall!
  3. Health Informatics Career Webinar – University of Chicago
  4. Opportunities Available from the Department of Veterans Affairs
  5. AACOM Launches New Search Tool for Osteopathic Medical Colleges
  6. Gillings School of Public Health Graduate Program Information Fairs
  7. A Helping Hand – Service Learning Internship Program
  8. FREE Intro to Dental Medicine Course – University of Pennsylvania Dental Medicine


1. Your Health Professions Advisors are here this summer!  See our website for summer hours.  Drop-in hours will not be available this Thursday, June 27th.


2. Dr. De Saix and Dr. Alaina Garland are continuing their highly successful interprofessional course this fall (Bio 117). One of the great things about this course is the ‘near peer’ mentors who attend the evening sessions and serve as role models to the students. The purpose of the class is to expose undergraduate students to the many health professions at UNC (and beyond). The class is Wednesdays at 6:30 and lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. It is not the whole semester, but usually begins first day of classes in August and ends around October, but that may change. We will send you the dates asap. Your role in this would be to enjoy the sessions, and meet/connect with students during the class activities and session breaks—nothing intensive at all, but just sharing your love for your profession!

This is a great opportunity, if you are interested in participating please complete the document here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdc002ID4MdtsEzsvE_q65eaUGVCtgRLLrWKRoJqAgUS26SVg/viewform?usp=sf_link


3. The University of Chicago Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics prepares students to lead healthcare’s evolution into an era where organizations apply data to improve patient safety and care.  We have prepared an online presentation that describes the forces pushing healthcare to evolve, the career possibilities for students who study health informatics, and the overall growth in demand for health informatics professionals.  ANY QUESTIONS?  Please contact us to discuss our program and how it fits with your academic and professional goals. Email us at bmi-admissions@uchicago.edu or call at 773.795.2929.


4. If you are a Veteran applying to medical school, the Veterans Affairs (VA) MISSION Act of 2018 created several programs to help you with the high cost of medical school. The programs are:

  • the Veterans Healing Veterans Medical Access and Scholarship Program (VHVMASP),
  • the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)
  • the Specialty Education Loan Repayment Program (SELRP).

The VHVMASP is for Veterans only, and the HPSP and SELRP allows VA to give preference to Veteran applicants. All three programs give financial support in exchange for service at a VA facility after finishing residency. Learn more information about these programs from the VHA’s Office of Workforce Management and Consulting, www.vacareers.va.gov/Benefits/EducationSupport/#scholarships


5. Choose DO Explorer, the Association’s first online search tool created to help prospective medical students more readily find information about admission to osteopathic medical colleges, is accessible here.

The Explorer provides information on school locations, dual degree options, institutional campus settings, mean overall GPA and MCAT scores for enrolled students, and application deadlines, among other relevant college details.

With 25 percent of all U.S. medical students now attending a college of osteopathic medicine, the field has become one of the fastest growing health professions in the nation. As part of the Choose DO initiative, the Explorer reflects AACOM’s commitment to promoting osteopathic medical education as a preferred pathway for future physicians and looks to increase the number of qualified physicians available to meet U.S. health care needs.


6. The Gillings School of Global Public Health will host two Graduate Program Information Fairs for prospective students this summer:

Graduate Program Information Fairs are opportunities for prospective students to meet informally with a variety of department/concentration representatives in a fair like setting located in our main atrium.  Inquire/learn about all of our masters and doctoral programs including our Master of Public Health degree with the following concentrations:

  • Applied Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health Solutions
  • Global Health
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights Health Policy Leadership in Practice Maternal, Child, and Family Health Nutrition Population Health for Clinicians Public Health Data Science Registered Dietitian

We hope you are able to visit us this summer and learn about how public health may complement your graduate school and career goals.


7. A Helping Hand, a local nonprofit serving seniors and adults with disabilities, is recruiting Service Learning Interns for their fall program, running from late August to early December.  Our Service Learning Internship Program offers future healthcare providers an opportunity to gain direct experience working one-on-one with older adults through a minimum of 100 hours of volunteerism and also receive training on topics related to aging such as mobility, sensitivity, patient advocacy, dementia, and more. Interns assist clients with transportation to doctors’ appointments and errands, socialization and companionship, meal preparation, and light housekeeping – all essential tasks for our clients to live independent and purposeful lives as they age! Those who complete the program will receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

Priority will be given to applications received before August 9, 2019. A car is required to participate in the internship.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Sarah Priest, volunteer@ahelpinghandnc.org. You can apply and learn more about A Helping Hand and our work in the community by visiting https://ahelpinghandnc.org/get-involved/internships.


8. Join learners from around the world for courses taught by Penn Dental Medicine faculty.  Visit www.coursera.org (search “Penn Dental”) for course descriptions and to register. Introduction to Dental Medicine, and The Oral Cavity:  Portal to Health and Disease are just 2 of the courses offered on a rolling basis and are free, with a charge to receive a certificate of completion.



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