March 25, 2019

  1. Summer Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Classes
  2. Microbiology and Lung Transplant Infections – UNC Bullitt History of Medicine Club
  3. University of Maryland PharmD – On Campus Info Fair
  4. Physician Assistant Virtual Fair
  5. MS in Medical Physiology Open House
  6. Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Conference
  7. Emory MedPrep Information Webinars
  8. New website for future optometrists!
  9. School of Nursing Pre-Med Simulation Workshop
  10. Ohio State Optometry – I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers)
  11. Medical School for International Health
  12. And something fun from the NIH*:  Renaissance Science and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
  13. Spring 2019 Health Professions Advising Hours
1.  Summer Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Classes
Find a powerful summer health professions experience that will provide you with valuable skills and knowledge, and inspire you in your journey to a career in medicine.
March 31 is the deadline for applying for need based scholarships, covering 100% of our fees, for the June Colorado-based Emergency & Wilderness Medicine class.  The end of this month is also the deadline for early bird discounts for the May Costa Rica and both the May and June Colorado pre-med classes.
All classes include Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification and are taught by U. of Colorado SOM faculty and physicians.  Students learn through lectures, labs, and simulations in these mini-med school experiences.  In addition to 80 hours of academic content (and optional academic credit), students will participate in wilderness activities ranging from rock climbing to whitewater rafting to zip lining to backpacking, allowing for authentic learning environments.
More about all these classes can be found at
2. Microbiology and Lung Transplant Infections – UNC Bullitt History of Medicine Club
Tues, Apr 2 | noon – 1:00pm | G010 Bondurant Hall
Infections in Lung Transplant Recipient: A Whole New World for a Microbiologist
Peter Gilligan, emeritus Director of Clinical Microbiology, UNC-CH
The Bullitt History of Medicine Club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community.
The Bullitt Club holds monthly lectures during the academic year. All meetings are free and open to the public, with a light meal provided.  Please check the meeting schedulesfor further details.
3. University of Maryland PharmD – On Campus Info Fair
Interested in University of Maryland?
Our School of Pharmacy invites you to a…
Followed by a financial aid talk and campus resource fair
SATURDAY, APR. 6, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4. Physician Assistant Virtual Fair
Tues, April 9 | 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | online
This is a free event for all students who are interested in exploring a career as a PA.
Registration is FREE.
At this year’s fair, you’ll be able to:
    Discover the profession’s history and what makes it one of the top health professions
    Learn insider tips on how to prepare for that crucial PA program interview
    Chat with representatives from more than 50 schools, PAEA, and CASPA
    Attend live presentations and Q&As (or access the recordings on-demand) from current students and practicing PAs
    And more!
REGISTER NOW to attend the FREE Physician Assistant Virtual Fair on April 9. Connect in real-time with 55+ PA programs nationwide!
5. MS in Medical Physiology Open House
Case Western Reserve University is holding two Open Houses for the MS in Medical Physiology Post-Baccalaureate Program on Sat Apr 13 and Sat June 22.  These are open to students, parents and advisors.  We invite you to attend.
To learn more and to register, please visit our website.
6. Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Conference
The MUSC Chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is hosting their Annual Minority Association of Premed Students (MAPS) Conference on April 13th, 2019. The MAPS conference is targeted towards students interested in pursuing a career as a physician. The conference has a full schedule of activities to learn vital skills needed in any healthcare profession. While this event is geared towards pre-medical students, everyone is invited to attend. If you know of a student that may be interested they must register with the provided link.
   What: Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students Conference (MAPs Conference)
   When: April 13th, 2019 8am – 3:30pm
   Where: Bioengineering Building (68 President St.)
   Who: Anyone and everyone is welcomed
7. Emory MedPrep Information Webinars
Sponsored by Multicultural Medical Students Affairs at Emory University.
Your Guide to Acing the MCAT                 April 16th         12:00-1:00 EST
Medical School Admissions 101               April 18th         12:00-1:00 EST
   1. We will be using Zoom for the conferences. Register here:
   2. We will be happy to cater lunch for groups of students who would like to view the webinar in the same room. We will need a faculty or staff member to fill out the MMSA Contact Formand select yes for viewing party. Additional information will be sent to ‘viewing party hosts’ for next steps.
   3. All participants in the webinar (provided they stay for the duration of the program and complete the post webinar survey) will be entered into a raffle to win an MCAT Prep Course from Kaplan, Inc.
8. New website for future optometrists!
ASCO* is so pleased and excited to announce the launch of the Optometry Gives Me Life (OGML) campaign.  Check out the website, which shows video profiles of three featured Doctors of Optometry along with reasons to consider a career in optometry.  Also check out the Optometry Gives Me Life podcasts and more information for future studentson the ASCO site.
*ASCO: Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.
9. School of Nursing Pre-Med Simulation Workshop
School of Nursing & Health Studies
University of Miami Simulation Hospital
5030 Brunson Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33146
June 10th – June 14th, 2019
(Deadline: May 24th, 2019)
Add a cutting-edge experience to your medical school application and gain clinical skills through advanced, hands-on, high-fidelity medical simulation
Registration Now Open!
10. Ohio State Optometry – I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers)
The 13th annual I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) program will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University from July 14-17th.  I-DOC is an intensive four-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  Applications are now available at and will be accepted through May 3rd.

Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan (VSP), there is no registration fee for the program. Also, all meals, housing, airfare, transportation, and activities are included.  Thirty students from across the United States will be selected to participate.   For more information, please visit:

11. Medical School for International Health
A unique medical school in Israel with a global health focus
Accepting applications for the entering class of 2019
Following the completion of fourth-year electives at prestigious institutions in the United States and Canada, Medical School for International Health (MSIH) students embarked on their capstone Global Health clerkships. These eight-week clinical rotations took place in countries such as India, Peru, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Ghana.
The global health clerkships are the capstone experience at MSIH, an English-language track at Ben-Gurion University, which has been affiliated with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons since inception. BGU and MSIH also have affiliations with other medical schools throughout the world, including in North America and, of course, Israel. The diversity of MSIH’s affiliations benefits our students.  MSIH students will spend three years studying in Israel and complete fourth-year electives at medical centers in the United States or Canada, prior to completing their eight-week global health clerkships.
At the Medical School for International Health we do accept students through May, so even if students are taking the MCAT in April, they can still apply.  Selection is based on the applicant’s overall potential for successful completion of the M.D. degree as indicated by GPA, MCAT scores, extracurricular experience, recommendations, and interview assessments. The application is available on our website. Should you have any questions, please email
12.  And something fun from the NIH*:  Renaissance Science and Medicine in Harry Potter’s World
   Magic comprises the most profound contemplation of the most secret things, their nature, power, quality, substance, and virtues, as well as the knowledge of their whole nature.
German occultist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, 1533
In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Although a fantasy story, the Harry Potter book series features magic that is based partially on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.  Incorporating the work of several real 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the series examines ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power.
Explore the collections of the National Library of Medicine and discover Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.
*NIH: National Institutes of Health
13. Spring 2019 Health Professions Advising Hours
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
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 ( to arrange meetings T/Th between 1:30-3:30 pm on the following dates:
Mar 26, 28, Apr 2, 4, 9, 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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