March 4, 2019

Are you interested in what other students have used to study for the MCAT? This and other questions can be found in the post-MCAT questionnaire results.  Look below for a link!

Have a great Spring break – the next message will go out after you return!

  1. Entrepreneurs Improving Nutrition and Health: The Nutriati Startup Story
  2. Carolina pre-Optometry position and event.
  3. Pass/Fail and Health Professions applications
  4. UC Berkeley Pre-Optometry Summer Camp: July 15-19
  5. Post-MCAT Questionnaire Report
  6. Health Policy and Management Information Sessions
  7. NC Health Professions Fair – UNC-CH
  8. Spring 2019 Health Professions Advising Hours
1.  Entrepreneurs Improving Nutrition and Health: The Nutriati Startup Story
Thurs, Mar 7th | 2:15 – 3:15pm | Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of NC Foundation Auditorium, Michael Hooker Research Center
Richard Kelly, BSPH, MBA, Former CEO and Co-Founder of Nutriati, Inc,Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumnus and entrepreneur will share the story of the founding ofNutriati, a company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative plant-based ingredients.
2. Carolina pre-Optometry position and event.
The Carolina Pre-Optometry Association is currently looking to appoint a new Events Chair.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out this application by next Wednesday, March 6th at 11:59 pm.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! March 26th at 7:30 Indiana University School of Optometry will be coming to speak to our club in the Union!
That’s all for now! Be on the lookout for an email confirming the time and place of the info session in the coming weeks!
3. Pass/Fail and Health Professions Applications
Are you wondering whether or not to declare a class pass/fail?  Are you planning on applying to a health-related professional school?  Read on:
       Absolutely no pre-requisites should be taken pass/fail.
       It’s OK to take classes that are ONLY offered pass/fail
              (ie, it isn’t possible to take the course for a grade).
       Students should avoid as much as possible taking other classes pass/fail
              (it’s likely OK to take 1-2 to explore an unrelated outside interest – but be able to explain this).
If you have questions, consult one of the Health Professions advisors (hours at the bottom of this listserv message).
4.  UC Berkeley Pre-optometry Summer Camp: July 15-19
We are excited to announce that applications are now open for Opto-Camp: UC Berkeley’s Optometry Summer Camp, taking place July 15-19, 2019.
This in-residence, 5-day program will give students interested in pursuing graduate studies and a career in optometry:
     in-depth look at the profession,
     key information about applying to OD programs, and
     immersive experience on the Berkeley campus.
Opto-Camp is open to all, with priority given to students currently enrolled in undergraduate studies.
      Application deadline: May 17, 2019.
For any questions, contact or call (510) 642-9537.
5. Post-MCAT Questionnaire Report
Are you wondering what resources previous students have used to study for the MCAT and how many hours they studied?  How many people take gap years to study or gain experience before applying to medical school?
The 2018 Post-MCAT Questionnaire (PMQ) Summary Report from the AAMC* is chock full of answers to these and other questions.
*AAMC: American Association of Medical Colleges.
6. Health Policy and Management Information Sessions
Are you interested in Improving Health Care? Preventing Disease? Reducing Disparities in Health Outcomes between Groups in Society? Improving Access to Care? Strengthening Health Policies and Systems?
We’re hosting Info Sessions soon for the BSPH program in Department of Health Policy and Management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health!
To register Click Here– or just show up! Bring friends!
    Thurs, 3/21 | 5:00-6:30 pm | 123 Rosenau Hall
    Fri, 3/29 | 10:00 – 11:30 am | 123 Rosenau Hall
Students apply to our major in January of the sophomore year.  Planning ahead is important.
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is one of the top schools of its kind in the world.
Our graduates are very successful in all areas of healthcare and public health!
The mission of the BSPH program in Health Policy and Management is to improve the health of individuals and communities and reduce health inequities in the US and abroad by educating future health leaders, managers, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Our graduates excel in a broad range of positions and graduate and professional degree programs at universities such as UNC, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Michigan, Duke, Wake Forest, Emory, East Carolina, and many others.
Typical career paths: Hospital administrator; health management consulting; public health agency leader/manager; Peace Corps then Master of Public Health; graduate school in public health fields such as health management, health education/behavior, maternal and child health, epidemiology; public policy graduate school then work in health policy in government or research orgs; Physician – we have many pre-meds getting into top schools nationally and regionally; pre-dental;– and much more … come hear more or check out our website below!
Learn more!
7. NC Health Professions Fair – UNC-CH
Tues, Mar 26 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | Great Hall, Student Union
Interested in becoming a physician, dentist, physical therapist, physician assistant, optometrist, or other health care professional?  Meet with representatives from healthcare graduate programs from across the US at this event.  Open to all students and community members.  #HealthSch19 View participating Graduate Schools and programs in Handshake at
8. 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
Off-site: Dr. Peter Gilligan will meet with junior, seniors or reapplicants by appointment only in the Newman Activity Center on Pittsboro Street (across from the Carolina Inn).  His expertise is primarily with assisting applicants for medical school (including MD-PhDs) and PA school.
Email him at his new address ( to arrange meetings T/Th between 1:30-3:30 pm on the following dates:
      Mar 5, 7, 26, 28, Apr 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 May 2, 7, 9.
Watch this space for later dates and the possible addition of some Wed.