August 18

Our campus continues to change as classes move online.  Staying connected to your Carolina community is so important and student organizations are doing such a great job of shifting to virtual meetings and events.  I hope you take time to read about these opportunities below and expand your network of support!  If you are part of a caucus, a committee, a center, or student organization with information to share, let us help.  Advertise your events here by sending text to healthprofessions@unc.edu.  If you have social media graphics for facebook/twitter/instagram, we’ll share these too.  Do your best to get these to us by Friday and we’ll send them out the following week.  Health Professions Advising supports students with interests in all health professions – not just medicine, so let us hear from all of you.  Take care of yourselves, stay strong this semester, and wear your mask!

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

  1. Virtual Fairs, Admissions Events, and Webinars
  2. Volunteer & Service Opportunities
  3. Student Organizations:  Join, attend an event, or seek support
  4. Campus Resources:  UNC Academic Advising, UNC Writing Center, University Career Services
  5. Virtual Shadowing through Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine 
  6. Talk + Action series:  Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism
  7. Student Wellness:  Carolina Recovery Program
  8. AAMC Vita: Video Interview Tool
  9. Other great Listservs/Resources/Online Community Spaces
  10. Collaborative of Pediatric American Indian Trainees (CoPAInT) 
  11. Aspiring Docs:  Anatomy of an Applicant

1.  Virtual Fairs, Virtual Admissions Events, and Webinars

August

August 18: Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Webinar Series, 6pm

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

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

August 24: Young Physician Initiative Town Hall Event:  Medical School Admissions Panel – Emory University School of Medicine, 8:30pm

August 24:  UNC Academic Advising Group Workshop – First Year Students, 6:30pm

August 25: Early Planning for Med School: From Freshman Year to Final Application – InGeniusPrep, 8-9pm

August 25:  UNC Academic Advising Group Workshop – First Year Students, 6:30pm

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

August 26:  UNC Academic Advising Group Workshop – First Year Students, 6:30pm

August 27: Interactive Interview Session – American Physician Scientist Association, 7pm

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

September

September 8: APTA’s Annual Doctor of Physical Therapy Virtual Fair, 10-8pm

September 12: Diversity in Osteopathic Medicine: Virtual Event, Choose DO, 12-6pm

September 13:  Einstein Pre-Med Conference, American Medical Women’s Association, 12-3pm


2.  Service & Internship Opportunities

From Carolina Center for Public Service:

CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING FOR THE COMPASS CENTER

Virtual Fall 2020 Volunteer Training for the Compass Center starts on August 24th, 2020!
Volunteering is a great way to make connections, learn more about community resources and important topics like gender-based Violence, and give back. The Compass Center has a number of different volunteering opportunities (individual and in pairs volunteering!). A list of brief descriptions are below. Please note that with COVID-19 accommodations some positions that were traditionally in-person are temporarily virtual.

Interested? Fill out an Online Volunteer Application. (This can also be found on the Compass Center’s Website.). Some of the volunteering opportunities include:

  • Domestic Violence Hotline Advocates – work directly with survivors in-person and over the phone on their 24-hour hotline providing crisis intervention, emotional support, shelter placement, and community referrals. 25 volunteer spots available
  • Spanish Interpreter/Translators – Interpret with clients over the hotline and in-person, and/or translate written materials including educational information and court-related documents. 5 volunteer spots available
  • Support Group Facilitators – co-facilitate support groups around a various number of topics, such as DV101, Parenting, Self-Esteem, Art, LGBTQ Survivors, and/or more! 4 Spanish-speaking, 12 English-speaking volunteer spots available
  • Financial Counseling- work directly with clients in-person to help provide information about debt divorce, budgeting, savings, and investing. 3 volunteer spots available
  • and many more!

If any of these sound interesting, feel free to complete a volunteer application, or reach out to:

Erica Brierley, MPH

Client Services & Volunteer Manager
Compass Center for Women and Families
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Office: 919.968.4610

Virtual training starts on August 24th, 2020!


3.  Student Organizations:  Upcoming Events

Pre-Pharmacy Club

Pre-Pharmacy Club is a club for undergraduates at UNC to engage with the field of pharmacy and learn more about opportunities in the field. We have opportunities for students to interact with current pharmacy students, pharmacists, professors at the School, and participate in hands-on events (like making your own medication!). The club also helps students prepare and prep for pharmacy school applications by offering PCAT discounts and mock interviews. For the fall, all of our meetings will be virtual due to COVID-19, but we still have exciting GBMs planned!

Join us at our interest meeting to learn more:  August 19, 2020 @ 6:30, Zoom link: [http://Join us at our interest meeting to learn more: August 19, 2020 @ 6:30 Zoom link: https://uncpharmacy.zoo m.us/j/98858866400]https://uncpharmacy.zoom.us/j/98858866400

Delta Delta Sigma (DDS), UNC Pre-Dental Honor Society

Are you interested in a career in the field of dentistry? Delta Delta Sigma (DDS) is UNC’s Pre-Dental Honor Society. Our mission is to connect pre-dental students at UNC Chapel Hill to a variety of dental experiences including guest speakers, service opportunities, shadowing, research, and more! With over 100 active members, DDS is a community of students sharing a passion for dentistry.

We welcome ALL students with an interest in dentistry to join DDS! If you are interested in learning more about our organization and the requirements to become a member, we encourage you to attend our Fall 2020 Interest Meeting on Tuesday, August 25th at 7p.m. To add yourself to the interest member listserv please fill out the Google form. We will send out an email with more information in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our President, John Kwiatkowski (johnkwia@live.unc.edu) or our Vice-President, Parker Norman (parkern@live.unc.edu)! We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! For more information, please check out our website!

Undergraduate Healthcare Club

About Us: The Undergraduate Healthcare Club at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business exposes students to careers and opportunities at the intersection of public health, medicine, business, policy, and technology to equip future industry leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary to address these issues and more. 

What you get: UHC Members enjoy benefits including resume, interview, and networking workshops, monthly panels with experts in the field, a mentorship program, and the chance to participate in a healthcare case competition. 

Who can join? We welcome students from all majors, years, backgrounds, and passions. We cherish having a diverse range of expertise and experience, and encourage anyone who is at all interested in the business of healthcare to apply (all submissions will be accepted). No prior experience in the healthcare field is necessary!

How to join: If you are interested in joining UHC, please fill out our membership form by clicking here or scanning one of the QR codes on the flyers attached to this email. Please fill out the membership form even if you were on our listserv last year. If you are receiving this email because you marked us on the Intro to Health Clubs Week of Welcome event survey, please also still fill out the membership form.

Upcoming Events: 

Introductory Meeting – Wednesday, August 19th at 7 PM. Zoom Link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/99801479541

Panel for Business of Health Opportunities at UNC – Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 PM. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87409195953?pwd=dUVmbHNOWVVBVnRkNS9PeUpiZmYvQT09

How to reach us: More information can be found on our website (https://undergradhealthcareclub.wordpress.com) and on our Facebook page. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn or email us at uhc.unc@gmail.com.

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) UNC Pre-Professional Health Honor Society

Alpha Epsilon Delta, UNC-Chapel Hill’s first and largest pre-professional health honor society, is now hosting fall recruitment for pre-health undergraduate students! Pre-health professions include careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. Our organization offers shadowing, networking, volunteering, and mentoring, as well as social events and lifelong friendships.

Interest meetings will be held on August 18th, 19th, and 20th from 5-6 pm over Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/AEDInterestMeeting. The application is available from now through Monday, September 7th at 11:59 PM. Please visit uncaed.org for more information and to access the application. Add your email to the listserv here for more information. Please feel free to email uncaed.nmc@gmail.com or aed@unc.edu with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!

#Fight4Her Digital Campaign and Summit, Aug. 29th

Do you want to stand up for the reproductive rights of people around the world? Are you looking to gain the skills and knowledge required to make a true impact on reproductive freedom? Do you want to learn directly from professional organizers on how to make a difference in the #Fight4HER?  Then join us for our Digital HER Summits! You will hear from experts on reproductive rights, grassroots organizing, candidate engagement, Get Out The Vote efforts, and how to effectively #Fight4HER.  Apply here.

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!


4.  Campus Resources:  UNC Academic Advising, UNC Writing Center, University Career Services

First Year Student Workshops:  UNC Academic Advising

First Year Students!  Learn how to partner with UNC Academic Advising for your course planning needs, connection to resources, and get answers to other questions you may have.  Register for a virtual, First Year Student Workshop created just for you:

UNC Writing Center:  Resource for Personal Statement, Application Essays and More

The Writing Center is open online this semester and ready to help students with application essays and other materials!

Students can sign up for 45-minute Zoom appointments to consult with a coach at any stage of the writing process (even just to brainstorm before having a draft) or submit drafts for written feedback. Both services are available from our homepage. We also have a handout on application essays that students might find helpful. We have plenty of availability now and welcome the opportunity to work with pre-health students throughout the year!

University Career Services:  Podcasts, Career Assessments, Resources, and Virtual Workshops


5. Virtual Shadowing through Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine 

The Virtual Shadowing Nano Course in Emergency First Aid is a series of 5 classes in which your student will watch over the shoulder of one of our physicians, nurse practitioners, or PAs as s/he goes bedside in the ED to assess and diagnose a simulated patient.  The video is followed-up by a series of questions posed to the student and then a summary by the physician.  A short quiz on the topic addressed finalizes each class.  The first of the “e-shadowing” sessions is up and ready for student learning.   The virtual shadowing videos are free and if so desired, after successfully completing all five, students can apply for a Certificate of Completion from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for a $50 fee (covering our costs of producing the videos).  Those interested in viewing the first video series please email Bre McKercher at Breanna.McKercher@cuanschutz.edu for a link.

Another on-line option is Basic Wilderness First Aid.  This approximately 12 hour course covers a wide variety of austere medicine topics and is perfect for students interested in rural medicine, global health, disaster medicine, and of course, wilderness medicine.  More info can be found at https://www.coloradowm.org/courses/pre-med/basic-wilderness-first-aid-course-online/.


6.  Talk + Action series:  Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism

Structures of Inequality: A Focused Look at Systemic Racism.

Today, the longstanding realities of systemic racism are being laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing police violence. Issues of injustice and inequality are broad, deep, and interconnected.  We invite all Carolina faculty, students, and staff to come together for six topical discussions with faculty experts and six hours of action designed to marshal knowledge in the fight against racism.

More details and links to RSVP for each week are available here:

https://honorscarolina.unc.edu/structures-of-inequality/


7.  Student Wellness:  Carolina Recovery Program

The Carolina Recovery Program (CRP) supports students through one-on-one wellness coaching, skill building and other psychoeducational group meetings, sober recreational and engagement activities, and more. The CRP is a resource for students who are in recovery or are struggling with substance use and have a desire to cut down or stop.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many of us and many of our students hard. Isolation and boredom are major risk factors for students in recovery and those that are struggling with their substance use. Our goal is to provide those students with crucial supports in a time when finding those supports on their own is more challenging than normal. We can help students in all stages to find the resources they need. This includes finding high quality treatment, connection with local qualified therapists, and a broader community of peer support.  For more information, please see recovery.unc.edu


8.  AAMC Vita: Video Interview Tool

AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA™)—launched in collaboration with AAMC member medical schools— this will be used by medical schools to supplement alternatives to in-person interviews this year.  Many medical schools will be participating in this program, including UNC School of Medicine.  Read more about on AAMC’s website here.

The AAMC Premed Navigator features important topics, resources, tips, and key dates for aspiring physicians.  Subscribe to receive updates each month right to your inbox!


9.  Other great Listservs / Resources / Online Community Spaces


10.  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!


11.  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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