August 12

Welcome back!  And to those of you new to UNC, thanks for joining the HPA listserv.  I hope this continues to be a helpful resource and keep the UNC pre-health community connected, especially during a semester that feels pretty different.  An email like this one is usually sent each week, and you may get a reminder email about an event from time to time.  If there’s something you’d like to promote to your fellow Tar Heels, send it to healthprofessions@unc.edu by Friday for the next week’s email.  Take care of yourselves, start strong this semester, and wear your mask!

Ms. Mary-Charles Horn, M.A.
Health Professions Advisor
Pronouns:  she, her, hers​

  1. Courses:  Not too late to register for BIOL 117, EDUC 387! 
  2. Student Organizations:  Upcoming Events
  3. Other great Listservs/Resources/Online Community Spaces
  4. Collaborative of Pediatric American Indian Trainees (CoPAInT) 
  5. Virtual Fairs and Admissions Events
  6. Aspiring Docs:  Anatomy of an Applicant

1.  It’s not too late to register for these courses!

BIOL 117, Considering Health Professions 

This course provides exposure to a variety of health professions, emphasizing ways health care teams work together (interprofessional interactions). Self-assessments will be utilized to examine articulation between strengths and interests and the skills and competencies required in healthcare careers. Throughout the course, practitioners will provide insight into their professions such as allopathic and osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, social work, and occupational therapy. Does not count toward major.  Grading status: Pass/Fail.  Remote.

EDUC 387, Peer Tutoring

Accepting applications to enroll in EDUC 387 and serve as a peer tutor this fall. Looking for a way to earn EE course credit this fall? Want to review content in your major and help your fellow Tar Heels while doing it? Apply to take EDUC 387, a three-credit pass/fail course and serve as a peer tutor this fall with the Learning Center. There are two sections, one meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and the other meets on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The course will be taught in a remote-only format this fall. Read our peer tutoring FAQs and apply here. If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact Marc Howlett at the Learning Center at mhowlett@unc.edu


2.  Student Organizations:  Upcoming Events

Phi Delta Epsilon

Are you planning on pursuing a career in medicine? Do you value philanthropy, equity, and education? Rush Phi Delta Epsilon, the oldest and largest medical fraternity in the world! By joining Phi Delta Epsilon, you will be joining an elite group of future and current physicians who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and careers on track.

PhiDE offers a welcoming and supportive community of students who can relate to your goals of becoming a future physician. Through its vast network, unique partnerships, distinguished lectures and seminars, and other relevant benefits, we aim to provide the resources and information you need to navigate life as a pre-med student and prepare for medical school and the subsequent practice of medicine. But even more—Phi Delta Epsilon invites you into a (ph)amily of like minded yet diverse future individuals with lifelong connections.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our founding class, fill out the google form below here to be added to the listserv. We will then email you when the application is live. For more information, please visit our Instagram.

Tar Heel Navigators – Peer Based Support Network

Interested in providing mental health support to your peers? Consider applying to the Tar Heel Navigators Program at tinyurl.com/carecampusnavigators/ before August 18th at 11:59 PM then!

The Tar Heel Navigators program will train students to be Navigators for their peers returning to university after a stay in the hospital for mental health reasons. The re-entry process right now is often overwhelming and isolating for students still in recovery from their recent hospitalization. Therefore, each student will be assigned two Navigators to assist them – Care Navigators for Patient Navigation and Campus Navigators for Academic Navigation. We envision Tar Heel Navigators providing support for vulnerable students that currently does not exist at UNC. Moreover, the program will enable students to more successfully reintegrate into their classes and collegiate lives than they otherwise might be able to after hospitalization.

If you are interested in applying, please know that you need to be a third year to be a Care Navigator and a second year to be a Campus Navigator. Transfer students must be of the appropriate age and must have completed at least one year at Carolina to be eligible. Please check out our application for further information and eligibility details!

Health Careers Club

Happy FDOC! We’re excited to welcome both new and old members to a new semester of Health Careers Club. This will definitely be a strange semester, but we’re planning lots of virtual general body meetings (GBMs) and pre-health opportunities for you all to get involved in.

Our first GBM will be on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:15 at the following Zoom link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/92300300950.  This link will work for all of our GBMs every other Tuesday. Next week, we will introduce the club, our new exec board, and important logistics about this semester’s events.

Here are all of the GBM dates for the semester:

  • 8/18, 9/1, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10

Also check out our social media:

  • Facebook: UNC Health Careers Club
  • Instagram: unchcc
  • Twitter: hcc_unc

Have a great first week!

Cancer Med Society

The Cancer Med Society of UNC-CH strives to provide the student body a reliable platform from which individuals may get directly involved in a variety of cancer-related opportunities on campus.  We aim to connect our members to local oncologists and cancer researchers and create more shadowing and laboratory-based opportunities. Students can apply their classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios while at UNC-CH, developing a deeper understanding and appreciation for the topic.

Additionally, we work with various organizations within the Chapel Hill throughout the year to help students directly better their surrounding community. These organizations include UNC Hospitals, Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society of Chapel Hill, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Volunteer opportunities include working at local events, fundraising, and advocating for cancer awareness.

Our organization is open to ALL students—not only those interested in cancer-focused fields, or even the sciences. We aspire to benefit our community and to encourage our members to use their knowledge and time to make a difference in peoples’ lives.  We encourage any and everybody to join, and we cannot wait to see you all soon!

If you would like to join, we will be hosting two interest meetings on the 18th (click here) and 19th (click here) at 6:30 pm. You can also visit our Facebook/Instagram pages! Always feel free to email us with any questions at cancermed@unc.edu.

Globe Med

GlobeMed is a national non-profit organization that partners with and fundraises for grassroots organizations around the world so that they can achieve self-sustainability. Our UNC chapter is currently partnered with ASSADE, a Guatemalan non-profit that provides primary reproductive and oral healthcare as well as health education to the rural, indigenous population.  We also support three local partners: the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, the Triangle Global Health Consortium, and the Center For AIDS Research. Throughout the year, we have many fundraising and volunteering events to aid ASSADE and these local partners!

GlobeMed holds general body meetings where our 60+ members discuss pertinent public health issues, and we incorporate these discussions into fundraising and advocacy events to educate UNC’s campus and our surrounding communities. These events give our members the opportunity to develop professional skill sets and prepare for leadership roles in their future careers!

If all of this sounds interesting to you, please apply HERE to be a member for the 2020-2021 Fall semester. The application is not restrictive, so if you apply you’ll be accepted.

If you are interested but unsure about applying, please join us for our interest meetings:

You can also access our interest meeting slides for more information HERE 

Or check out our Heel Life page for information and our application

Students for Rare

Are you interested in learning more about rare diseases or advocating for rare diseases? Then Students for Rare is the club for you! We strive to spread awareness and recognition of rare diseases, establish professional relationships and partnerships and encourage students to pursue future opportunities within the rare disease space. By uniting students of all disciplines, we reach the next generation of professionals, advocates, researchers and medical professionals ensuring rare diseases will not be overlooked in the future. So no matter what your major is, we want you to join! In our meetings, we research as a group about our spotlight condition for the month then design educational posters to inform the community. We will also have fundraisers and guest speakers including medical professionals or someone living with a rare disease. Email studentsforrareatunc@gmail.com to be put on the listserv.

We are looking for executive officers to fill the roles of treasurer, secretary, and graphic designer. If interested, complete the executive board application. It is due by Friday, August 21st at 11:55 PM.  

Healthy Hands Initiative

The Healthy Hands Initiative invites you to apply to our Executive Board!

We are a grassroots 501c3 nonprofit organization and UNC student organization that aims to promote health care at the most basic level by supplying clean water solutions to underserved families initially across India. We are seeking ~6 compassionate, hardworking students to join our team this Fall to largely help with raising funds by working on applications for project funding. We have two position types open: Vice President of External Affairs and External Affairs Committee Member. More information about these positions and our organization are described in the application.

Feel free to reach out to us at HealthyHandsInitiative@gmail.com or @HealthyHandsInitiative on Instagram if you have any questions!


3. Other great Listservs / Resources / Online Community Spaces


4.  Collaborative of Pediatric American Indian Trainees (CoPAInT) 

The Collaborative of Pediatric American Indian Trainees (CoPAInT), is a new national organization dedicated to promoting medical trainee engagement in advocacy and policy work centered on the health of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children.

CoPAInT offers an opportunity to address pediatric health disparities by motivating AI/AN trainees and non-AI/AN allies to pursue a career in pediatrics and connecting them to job opportunities in IHS, tribal, or Urban Indian Health Centers. CoPAInT will also support the training of clinicians who incorporate advocacy and policy skills into their daily practice.

CoPAInT members will be supported in their scholarly and professional development through opportunities to develop skills related to research and manuscript authorship and assist with policy development and review.

General membership is open to all medical trainees, ranging from pre-medical students through fellowship trainees.

We are eager to collaborate with a group of trainees passionate about AI/AN child health. You are invited you to complete the CoPAInT General Membership Form, and reach out to copaintmd@gmail.com  with any questions!


5. Virtual Fairs and Admissions Events

Pharmacy School Virtual Fair – American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, August 18, 10-7pm

Competitive Dental School Applications Workshop – A.T. Still University, August 20, 1-2pm

Personal Statement Virtual Workshop – A.T. Still University, August 26, 3-4pm

Duke Occupational Therapy Doctorate Information Session, August 31, 2-3pm


6.  Aspiring Docs:  Anatomy of an Applicant

Fueled by Compassion and Connection: Amanda’s Journey from Ministry to Medicine, Amanda Tompkins, University of Colorado School of Medicine

The Same City, A Different Perspective, Patrick Samones, UC Riverside School of Medicine


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