July 22, 2019

Summer School is almost over!  Hang in there.  ALMOST DONE.

  1. Last Call!  Be a Peer Mentor for BIOL 117, Pre-Health Thrive-1 Considering Health Professions this Fall!
  2. PA Virtual Fair on July 24.  THIS THURSDAY!
  3. PharmCAS 2019-2020 Application Is Live!  Applicant Webinar July 24.  THIS THURSDAY!
  4. Introducing the New VCOM-Louisiana Medical School in Monroe, Louisiana
  5. PTCAS: 2019-20 Cycle Now Open
  6. Center for Global Initiatives:  applications open for 2 great programs.  Last week to apply!
  7. Carolina Navigators Global Service-Learning Experience
  8. A Helping Hand:  Fall pre-health service-learning internship opportunity
  9. CCPS:  Sign up for Aug. 2 disaster relief trip to eastern North Carolina

1. 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

2. The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) invites you to register for the Physician Assistant Virtual Fair on Wednesday, July 24, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. This is a free event for all students who are interested in exploring a career as a PA. Students will be able to:

  • Chat with representatives from 50 schools, PAEA, and CASPA
  • Learn insider tips on how to prepare for that crucial PA program interview
  • Attend live presentations and Q&As (or access the recordings on-demand) from current students and practicing PAs
  • Chat with pre-health advisors
  • Discover what makes PA one of the top health professions
  • And more!

Register Now!

3.  The 2019-2020 PharmCAS application is now open! Applicants may now begin applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy for the 2020 entering class. Re-applicants can choose to pull selected data over into the new cycle. Please contact PharmCAS customer support at info@pharmcas.org or 617-612-2050 with questions.

APPLICANT WEBINAR ON JULY 24: Students are encouraged to register for a free PharmCAS webinar to get helpful tips and tricks directly from staff on how to best navigate the 2019-2020 application. The one-hour webinar is scheduled at 3:00 pm ET on 7/24 and free. Register for the live or recorded webinar today!

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4. The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is pleased to announce it has received accreditation approval for recruitment and is now accepting applications for students to enroll in the fall of 2020 at the new VCOM-Louisiana campus.

VCOM-Louisiana, located on the campus of the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), is a branch campus of VCOM, a fully-accredited osteopathic medical school. The new campus joins VCOM’s other three campuses in a mission that provides physicians for rural and medically underserved areas in the southern Appalachian and Delta regions.

The College operates under a public-private collaborative partnership agreement with ULM. Students enrolled on the VCOM-Louisiana campus will have access to many resources and activities on the ULM campus. This agreement also provides opportunities for faculty collaboration on education and research, and for sharing of a host of resources.

This partnership is modeled after VCOM-Virginia’s successful partnership with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and VCOM-Auburn’s partnership with Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. The VCOM-Carolinas campus, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, was developed in a collaborative model with the regional not-for-profit hospital, Spartanburg Regional and also collaborates for various student activities with separate colleges in the community.

To learn more about the ULM campus visit https://www.ulm.edu/admissions/why.html

The VCOM-Louisiana web pages are currently under development, but you may learn more about the VCOM Mission and VCOM educational outcomes at http://www.vcom.edu.

For more information about VCOM-Louisiana and the University of Louisiana Monroe, contact Nathan Kinnard, Assistant Vice President for Student Services at VCOM-Louisiana: nkinnard@ulm.vcom.edu.

5. The 2019-20 PTCAS Application is now open! Applicants can begin to complete their applications, submit transcripts, letters of recommendation and other materials, and add designations. A link to the application and important information regarding the application process are available on the PTCAS website at www.ptcas.org. The application may also be accessed directly by visiting http://ptcas.liaisoncas.com.
EARLY DECISION: The early decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular PT program is their first choice and they will enroll if accepted. Applicants applying via the early decision process must submit the PTCAS application and all required materials by the early decision deadline of August 15, 2019, and are able to apply to only one physical therapist education program via PTCAS until they have received notification of their early decision status with the program to which they have applied. Not all PTCAS participating programs participate in the Early Decision process. A complete list of the Early Decision participating programs can be found on the PTCAS website. Applicants offered admission via the Early Decision process are obligated to accept the offer and cannot apply to any other program via PTCAS during the current cycle. Applicants denied admission as an Early Decision candidate are able to apply to additional programs via PTCAS once they have received notification of their Early Decision status.

PTCAS DIRECTORY: The PTCAS Directory contains complete information for all participating programs with regard to application requirements (deadlines, letters of recommendation, shadowing/observation hour requirements, course prerequisites, GRE requirements, etc.). Also included in the Directory are profile pages for each program with information about the programs incoming class profile, deposit requirements, interview requirements, minimum GPA and GRE requirements, and supplemental application requirements. Applicants are encouraged to use this resource as they navigate the PTCAS application process.

6. Global Take Off: Puerto Rico: New to UNC? Whether you’re a first-year or a new transfer, if you have limited travel experience and financial need, you’re eligible for Global Take Off: Puerto Rico! This fully-funded program includes a five-day immersive experience in Puerto Rico over winter break. Ten UNC students will be selected to participate. Application due July 28. Apply.

Passport to Go! Never had a U.S. passport? If this is your first year at UNC and you have financial need, we’ll welcome you to campus by funding your first U.S. passport. The Passport to Go! program not only helps you apply and pay for your passport, but it will also connect you to a network of global opportunities on campus and abroad. Apply.

7.  Carolina Navigators is a selective, globally-oriented service-learning program. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their intercultural knowledge by creating global education resources for students and educators in North Carolina. For non-APPLES students, the application deadline is Aug. 20; for APPLES students, the deadline is Sept. 8. For more information, including the application form, visit the Carolina Navigators service-learning webpage.

8.  A Helping Hand is looking for fall interns to work with older adults and adults with disabilities. Interns work one-on-one with three clients per week, assisting with transportation to errands and appointments and providing in-home assistance. A car is required. Priority will be given to applications received by Aug. 9. For more information, visit the website or contact Sarah Priest.

9. Sign up for Aug. 2 disaster relief trip to eastern North Carolina
CCPS is hosting a relief trip to Lumberton, North Carolina, on Friday, Aug. 2, to assist with recovery efforts in response to recent hurricanes. The group will leave from Memorial Hall at 7:15 a.m. and return to campus no later than 6:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation will be provided. There are no required skills needed to volunteer, but please let us know if you have specific skills, experiences or tools that will be helpful on the work site. Register here for the Aug. 2 relief trip. Visit UNC disaster relief trips for information about past trips and more details about these experiences. Email Becca with questions.

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