HPA’s COVID-19 FAQs page has been updated to provide additional information from professional organizations and health professional schools regarding the impact of COVID-19 on admissions and upcoming application cycles. Please review this page before scheduling an appointment. It holds answers to many of your questions!
The AAMC’s Navigating the 2021 AMCAS Application Cycle for Applicants webinar will be TOMORROW April 21st, at 2:00pm. If you plan to apply to an MD program this cycle, your attendance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. For those unable to attend, it will be recorded and posted on the AAMC website. This 90-minute session will prepare applicants for the 2021 AMCAS application cycle. Attendees will receive a walkthrough of the AMCAS application, available AMCAS resources for applicants and more! There will also be time for questions and answers.
- Virtual Information Sessions
- Carolina COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC)
- Coronavirus – related volunteer opportunities and nonprofit needs
- Academic Support – Learning Center and Math Help Center
- Support groups at CAPS
- Test Prep
1. Virtual Information Sessions
April 23rd: Exploring Osteopathic Medicine, 12:15 – 5:00. Register now
April 24th: Podiatric Medicine Virtual Fair, 11am – 6pm. Register now
April 24th & 29th: Georgetown Postbacc Webinar. RSVP on Handshake
April 29th: VMCAS 2021 Application Overview Webinar. 1pm. Register now.
June 2nd: Optometry Virtual Fair, 9am – 7pm. Register now
2. Carolina COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC)
Student leaders from the School of Medicine have partnered with the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice to form The Carolina COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC). The Carolina CSSC increases the capacity of health professional students to engage in service-learning. The Carolina CSSC is an adaptation of CSSC National at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and is in partnership with many stakeholders across UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Carolina Center for Public Service, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, UNC Rural, and North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). You can sign up to volunteer or submit a project need online.
3. From Carolina Center for Public Service: Coronavirus – related and other volunteer opportunities and nonprofit needs
- The state government has organized a webpage for coronavirus-related volunteer opportunities across North Carolina.
- Submit this form if you’re interested in volunteering with a public agency in Orange County.
- Visit the Chapel Hill Community Post website for self-identified community needs in the Chapel Hill area.
- This blog post by Commissioner Sally Greene provides ideas on remote support in Orange County.
- The Raleigh News and Observer is maintaining a list of local nonprofits working to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, along with ways you can contribute.
- Consider searching online for similar programs wherever you live.
- Participating in the U.S. Census is an important means of civic engagement, especially as coronavirus may disrupt the count. Do your part and fill out the census online. Students who were living on campus have already been counted. Students who were living off-campus, please respond online with your school address.
- NC 211, the statewide number for North Carolinians to call during the COVID-19 crisis, needs volunteers to help answer calls. Review information about the hotline and contact United Way for more information.
- Visit the Activate Good website for a list of remote volunteer opportunities.
- This Idealist column provides additional ideas on virtual volunteering.
- Michigan State put together this great list of virtual volunteer opportunities
4. Academic Support
Peer Tutoring at The Learning Center – drop-in or by appointment
Free appointment Peer Tutoring via Zoom from the Learning Center is available now! Make an appointment and a few minutes before it begins you’ll receive an email inviting you to a Zoom meeting with your tutor. Find out more about courses and times offered here.
Free drop-in Peer Tutoring via Zoom from the Learning Center is available on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm EST. No appointment necessary – simply check here to determine which days a tutor is available for your course and learn how to meet with a tutor via Zoom!
One-on-one tutoring at The Math Help Center
Directions for Students Wanting Tutoring:
Use this google doc to sign up! Follow directions below.
1) There are multiple tabs to represent each tutoring day
2) Pick a tutor and a time and copy and paste the reserved cell under the appointment column
3) Download Zoom if you have not: https://software.sites.unc.edu/zoom/
4) Click the Zoom link
5) This is one-on-one tutoring, so do not click the link if the tutor and time is reserved
6) If it is 11:10am and no one reserved the 11:00am slots, the tutors will still be there waiting, but you must reserve in case someone else tries to drop in
7) The reserved column will be cleared the following day
5. Support Groups at CAPS
6. Test Prep Opportunities
Princeton Review’s Annual MCAT Week
The Princeton Review’s annual MCAT Week is now available! Starting April 13th, a daily webinar is offered, taught by national experts. The series begins on April 13th with an overview of the med school admissions process and continues the rest of the week with sessions focused on the subjects tested on the MCAT. Participants will also receive access to The Princeton Review’s Medical School Management Tool to organize and optimize applications and a free digital copy of our MCAT Review Guide. Full details can be found in the attached flyer or online here
Altius – Free Science and MCAT Tutoring
- Altius will provide FREE tutoring to pre-medical students impacted by COVID-19.
- Altius is temporarily moving to a non-profit pricing model to better serve students during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Altius is adjusting their refund and retake policies for students impacted by COVID-19.
- Click here for more details
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