January 6

Happy New Year!

It’s a new year, and a new semester.  In Health Professions Advising, it begins with drop-in advising hours this week, from 9-4pm.  Dr. Tony Hilger will also be in the office to meet and advise on all things related to health professions.  Drop-in sessions are held to 15 minutes when students are waiting.  Students may begin to schedule appointments at 5pm on January 10th.  Appointments will begin on January 13th.

The HPA website has a new calendar of events that will soon be a resource to help you stay informed of workshops, application timelines, and other related health professions advising events.  Stay informed on Twitter and Instagram too!

Have a great start to your semester!

  1. Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo
  2. 2020 Summer Biomedical Research Program – Brody School of Medicine at ECU
  3. PHCY 124:  Contemporary Communications in Healthcare
  4. 2020 Regenerative Medicine Research Opportunities
  5. Internship Search Strategies:  4:00 – 5:00 PM, Hanes Hall 239 A/B
  6. Summer Internship Grant application is now open!
  7. Gap Year Opportunity with Virginia Eye Consultants
  8. 2020 Summer Research Opportunity:  Johns Hopkins Public Health Internship
  9. Outward Bound Scholarship 
  10. Volunteer with refugee hotspotting project
  11. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)
  12. Duke REACH Equity Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program 
  13. Volunteer with Hillsborough Food Pantry
  14. Join UNC Cancer Med Society (CMS)
  15. Gap Year Opportunity:  Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedics

1. AACOM invites you to meet with representatives from 35 medical schools from the comfort of your home on January 30, 2020 at our free Choose DO Medical School Virtual Expo.

  • Watch live presentations and meet with medical school admissions representatives, faculty, and current students via online chat rooms
  • Learn more about applying to medical school, the interview process, and life as a medical student
  • Meet with AACOM representatives, med school admissions teams, current residents, and more
  • Explore which medical school is right for you – zero travel required

Register Today

2.   2020 Summer Biomedical Research Program – Brody School of Medicine at ECU

The SBRP provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates to engage in basic science research at the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) and Vidant Medical Center. Faculty conducting research in the areas of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pathology, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physiology, Health Disparities and Clinical Research will prepare students to address scientific questions using cutting-edge experimental approaches.

Students selected for the SBRP will be paired with Brody faculty based upon mutual interest. Students will participate in various activities including a mock graduate/ medical school interview, a one-on-one career counseling session with basic science or clinical faculty, and students will present a poster of their research findings at the conclusion of the program. In addition, students will compose a professional/graduate school essay, develop a curriculum vitae, and take part in statistical analysis workshops.

The purpose of this program is to:

  • Expose undergraduates (particularly those belonging to groups that are underrepresented in science) to research and career development activities in order to prepare them to compete for positions in graduate or medical programs
  • Recruit the top students to graduate and medical programs at BSOM.

Applications are available at http://bit.ly/ECU-SBRP and must be submitted electronically to Ms. Whitney Wilson (wilsonw14@ecu.edu) by February 10th, 5:00 PM. The completed application packet includes the application, two letters of recommendation, and college transcript(s). Application notification of admission to the program will be sent to applicants between March 2nd and 15th , 2020.

3.  PHCY 124:  Contemporary Communications in HealthcareThis course provides students with approaches and strategies to optimize healthcare communication,  and is well suited for students that are considering a career in pharmacy, medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, and other health sciences. The course will provide the learner with relevant and realistic applications and an understanding of responsibilities associated with communication in healthcare including:

  • Dynamics of the Healthcare Team
  • Communicating in Challenging Situations
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare

Monday 12:00-12:50am

200 Beard Hall

1 credit hour, graded

4.  2020 Regenerative Medicine Research Opportunities

The SRF Summer Scholars and Gap-Year Programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Both programs seek to prepare participants for a career in regenerative medicine through an intensive mentored research experience and communication skill development exercises, such as a mock grant proposal and research presentations. In addition, the gap-year program is designed to accommodate time for applications and interviews during the research fellowship.

Paid positions are available at:

• Buck Institute for Research on Aging

• Harvard School of Medicine

• Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

• SRF Research Center

• Stanford University

• Turn Biotechnologies

• Underdog Pharmaceuticals

A program overview, the online application, and full descriptions of each 2020 research project can be found at:


The Summer Scholar application is due: NOON PST Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (12 pm PST 1/15/20)


The Postbacc Fellowship application is due: NOON PST Monday, February 17, 2020 (12 pm PST 2/17/20)

5.  Internship Search Strategies:  4:00 – 5:00 PM, Hanes Hall 239 A/B

Why an Internship? An internship will afford you the opportunity to build networks, try out the career of your dreams, develop workplace competencies, and establish a sense of community in new places. Whether you want to explore new regions or return home for the summer, University Career Services can help with your search.

Internship Search Strategies can help you find a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, in every possible industry and job function. Start your search now by identifying your possible career interests, creating a target company list, or start exploring the almost endless possibilities posted to UNC students in Handshake.

No matter what your major or career interests, you can find great internships…UCS can show you how!

6.  Summer Internship Grant application is now open!

The Office of Scholarships & Student Aid offers competitive grant funding to help students cover the expense of travel, housing, and meals during an internship lasting at least four weeks.  Seniors, students with graduation dates of August 2020, December 2020, or May 2021, who receive need-based financial aid are eligible to apply.  More information and application here.

7.  Gap Year Opportunity with Virginia Eye Consultants

Starting as a technician, students have the opportunity to
develop strong interpersonal skills in patient care by
conducting ophthalmic testing, obtaining patient history,
performing patient intake, assisting in medical procedures,
and scribing for providers. An excellent clinical-based
experience, students gain a well-rounded understanding
of the health care system by working with providers that
deliver high-quality patient care, learning the importance
of patient-centered care, and attending educational events
provided by Virginia Eye Consultants.
This is the first year we are offering a competitive, PAID opportunity for motivated pre-health students with an application DEADLINE of March 31, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and online interviews will take place prior to and following the application deadline

How to Apply:

Interested applicants may complete the VEC Gap Year Opportunity application found *HERE* and email trevor_lyford@alumni.brown.edu for further questions. We are so pleased that you are considering joining us during this important bridge year!

8.  2020 Summer Research Opportunity:  Johns Hopkins Public Health Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Diversity Summer Internship Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  The Diversity Summer Internship Program welcomes applicants from all over the United States, including applicants from underrepresented groups and economically disadvantaged areas. Students currently in their second year (or higher) from all majors are encouraged to apply including biology, chemistry, public health, environmental health science, health education/science, pre-med, and psychology. DSIP is designed to assist students in preparing for graduate school and includes:

  • Public health focused research internship with a faculty mentor based in one of our ten departments
  • Completion of a summer research paper
  • GRE prep workshops
  • Public health and professional development seminars
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Housing is provided to all interns who reside outside of counties surrounding Baltimore, MD
  • A stipend is provided to interns who are not already funded by their schools or federal program

Eligibility Requirements:

  • US Citizen/Permanent Resident
  • Enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree-granting program.
  • Currently in their sophomore year or higher
  • Available for the duration of the program (May 26- Aug 2, 2020). Late arrivals/early departures not permitted.

The application is currently open through 11:59 pm, February 1, 2020.  For more information, please see the attached one page info sheet and an article from the Insight Into Diversity publication. Information is also available on our webpage which includes a link to the online application and FAQ’s.

9.  Outward Bound Scholarship

Each year, the CCPS awards scholarships for undergraduate students at Carolina to participate in a 28-day course over the summer through North Carolina Outward Bound School. Recipients receive full tuition for the course and Wilderness First Aid certification when completed. Students must enroll in a 1-credit hour education course in fall 2020. Visit the CCPS website for more information and to apply.

10.  Volunteer with refugee hotspotting project

Refugee Community Partnership is hosting a home-visit based healthcare hotspotting research project. Interprofessional student volunteer teams will have the opportunity to conduct home visits to assist with socioeconomic and healthcare access related needs of refugees and other people at high-risk of homelessness. To learn more and apply, visit the website.

11.  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

These fellowships allow eligible Carolina undergraduates to receive at least $3,000 to carry out original research for at least nine weeks during the summer under the supervision of a faculty research advisor. SURF Peer Writing Advisors are available by appointment to assist with application and proposal revision. These advisors are former SURF recipients who have received specialized training from the Writing Center. Applications are due February 1, 2020.

To sign up to meet with a peer advisor in your general area of research, please submit a short online SURF Peer Advisor Request Form.

12.  Duke REACH Equity Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program 

The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is now accepting applications for its 2020 summer undergraduate research program (RESURP). RESURP is an 8-week summer program at Duke University in Durham, NC from June 8-July 30 for rising junior knowledge of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in health; introduce students to basic skills in clinical research and provide an opportunity to conduct a health disparities research project; provide an opportunity for students to shadow Duke faculty in a clinical setting. The deadline is February 17, 2020. Learn more here.

13.  Volunteer with Hillsborough Food Pantry

Volunteer at the Hillsborough Church of God Food pantry, which serves on average 245 families and a total of 675 people each month. The pantry serves vulnerable populations that include female-headed single parent households, people experiencing homelessness, people struggling with alcohol and substance dependence, survivors of domestic violence, migrants and low-income families. Volunteers can contribute up to 10 hours per week. If interested, contact Jennifer at 919-448-4229. Address: 2412 NC Highway 86 S, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

14.   Join UNC Cancer Med Society (CMS)

The UNC Cancer Med Society (CMS) invites you to join us this Spring semester! We provide our members an array of research/volunteer opportunities with on and off campus organizations, and we would love to share these with you as a new member.

The CMS was designed to be a strong platform for UNC students to create opportunities to immerse themselves in scientific and cancer-related research at the Lineberger Cancer Center, volunteer at UNC Hospital, and do their part in community service organizations like the American Cancer Society. We also host a unique guest speaker every month to discuss related topics (including, basic cancer biology, research opportunities and how to get involved, and the medical school admissions process) to provide valuable insight to members.

If interested, please join our listserv (email your name to cancermedunc@gmail.com) and we will keep you updated on upcoming meetings and events.

15.  Gap Year Opportunity:  Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Orthopaedics

Position:  Clinical Research Analyst to the Shoulder and Elbow Service at the Medical University of South Carolina

Location: Charleston, SC

Position Type: Full-time, paid with optional benefits, one-year appointment beginning June 8th, 2020

Shoulder & Elbow Service

The mission of the MUSC Shoulder and Elbow Service is to provide regional, national, and international leadership in the advancement of care for problems affecting the shoulder. This mission is based on advancement of knowledge through research, improvement of care through education of physicians, and clinical management of all problems affecting the shoulder.

he goal of the MUSC Shoulder and Elbow Service is to be the preeminent shoulder and elbow center in the world.

Job Description

This full-time position is best suited for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The applicant should have a strong academic record, must be creative, self-driven, reliable, and motivated to learn. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field. The candidate should expect to:

  • Work closely with Dr. Josef K. Eichinger, Dr. Richard J. Friedman, and MUSC Orthopaedic Surgery Residents.
  • Gain familiarity working with clinical databases and grant-based research;
  • Consent patients and collect data in the clinic 1-2 days a week; observe surgery in the operating room several times a week;
    • Surgical cases include shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, total elbow arthroplasty, total shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, labral repair, tendon transfers, ligament reconstructions, and fracture surgery
  • Manage ongoing research projects on the shoulder and elbow;
  • Experience the clinical, operative, and academic aspects of medicine.


  • Supporting physicians with ongoing studies, projects, videos, papers and presentations
  • Drafting Institutional Review Board documentation for research studies
  • Drafting grant proposals for internal and extramural funding announcements
  • Completing data analysis and manuscript preparation for scientific publication
  • Recruiting patients and collecting data for research studies.
  • Gathering patient images, X-rays, as well as operative and clinical notes and videos
  • Assembling surgeon’s presentations and case reports

Application Deadline: February 28st, 2020 (postmark/email)

To apply:

You will need the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Official transcript
  • Sealed letter of recommendation

Our application platform is through the MUSC HR Portal. Please submit an electronic copy of your resume and a cover letter through the portal, under the following job posting:

UNIV – Research Analyst to the Shoulder and Elbow Service – Orthopaedics (Job No: 519055)

Your transcript and letter of recommendation can be emailed directly from the Registrar/Recommender to kothanda@musc.edu, or mailed to the following address:

Dr. Josef Eichinger

Medical University of South Carolina

96 Jonathan Lucas Street

CSB 708, MSC 622

Charleston, SC 29425

(843) 792-1081

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Questions about the job or the application process can be directed to:

Clinical Research Assistant, Venkat Kothandaraman: kothanda@musc.edu

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