October 5

The Health Professions Advising Office serves all current students and alumni of UNC Chapel Hill who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions.   

Follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.  Visit the HPA website for resources to explore, prepare, and apply to a health professional school.

Tomorrow!  Health Professions Advising Drop In Hours:  Tuesday, October 6th, 11-3pm

Upcoming HPA Events:

Does the idea of preparing for the MCAT or GRE feel overwhelming? Join one of these virtual events and learn about resources to help you create an individual study plan. Hear from The Princeton Review, UNC Learning Center, Health Professions Advising, and your peers about test day expectations and different study strategies you can follow to feel prepared!  Please use the onyen@email.unc.edu version of your email address when registering.

Mary-Charles Horn, M.A. 
Health Professions Advisor
College of Arts & Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

1.  Virtual Information Sessions


October 6:  Radiologic Science Information Session, 4pm and 6pm
October 8:  Planning for the MCAT, 4-5:30pm
October 8:  Virtual Podiatric Medical School Fair11am – 6pm
October 9:  2020 CNC Autistic Career Summit/Career Fair, 1:30 – 3:30pm
October 12 – October 15th:  UNC SNDA Fall 2020 Impressions Week
October 15:  Planning for the GRE, 4:00-5:30 p.m
October 15:  UNC Adams School of Dentistry:  Bridge to Dental School Webinar, 5:30 – 8:30pm
October 19 – 23:  University Research Week
November 18:  BSN/ABSN Program Information Session, 5:30 – 7:30pm

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2. Campus Resources:  
Academic Advising Program

The drop deadline is tomorrow, October 6th! If you have already made your decision, you may drop the class on ConnectCarolina at any point up until 11:59PM on October 6th. You do not need to make an appointment or visit drop-ins to drop a course.  A WCV grade will be noted on your transcript. If you need assistance with your decision, or you are receiving an error message when dropping your course, please visit us during drop-ins. On October 5th and 6th.   We will be holding all-day Zoom drop-ins from 8am-6:30pm. Visit us during Virtual Drop-Ins.

Carolina Center for Public Service

Buckley Public Service Scholars – Deadline extended to Oct. 31st!

Launched in 2003 as a program of the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) provides a framework for undergraduate students who want to strengthen and maintain their commitment to serving communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. BPSS encourages students to learn about and practice public service and engagement beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism, including organizational service, policy and advocacy work, fundraising and philanthropy. The program is open to all full-time undergraduate students with at least four semesters remaining at Carolina. To learn more about the program goals, benefits and requirements, visit the BPSS website.

Office of Undergraduate Research

ACADEMIC PUBLISHING 101: From idea to article
Presented by the Odum Institute
Monday October 5, 2020
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Register Here
While researchers often learn all about methods and design for doing research in their fields, they often get little training on how to approach publishing their work.  How does academic publishing actually work? Where should you publish your research? How do you actually get papers accepted in strong scholarly journals? In this workshop (Part one of a two part series), we will discuss several major ideas in academic publishing, including: Professional integrity and ethics; Who/what are academic journals and how have they changed over time; Strategies for journal selection and publishing; The structure of a peer-reviewed article; The publishing process; and The peer review process.

UNC Writing and Learning Center

Make CHEM 101 Possible with CHEMpossible!
Join our collaborative learning group for CHEM 101. CHEMpossible focuses on current course content while modeling effective learning strategies. Mondays at 5:00 pm and Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

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3.  Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

The Adams School Of Dentistry invites you to join them for DEAH DAY.
DEAH DAY is a day of service honoring the lives of Deah Barakat (DDS 2017), Yusor Abu-Salha (DDS 2019), and Razan Abu-Salha. To learn more about DEAH DAY, please check out this video link.
October 7th | Time Varies | In person/Remote/Virtual
Volunteer sign-ups are here! Please visit the link below to sign up for a site:
Please note – if the volunteer site says “on your own time” then the slot is marked as 12:00am-11:59pm.


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4.  Student Organizations

Narratives in Medicine (NIM)
Narratives in Medicine (NIM) is a new organization at UNC-CH dedicated to the intersection of these fields. NIM is a reading group where we’ll meet weekly or biweekly (through Zoom due to pandemic restrictions) to discuss a book we read as a group. The books that we read will focus on themes like different perspectives on healthcare, health inequities, and the history of medicine. You’ll get a copy of the book that we choose to read in the spring semester. We’ll read and discuss one chapter a week. It’ll be a great way to meet other students interested in healthcare & literature, have meaningful and important conversations, and improve reading and comprehension skills that are necessary for any future healthcare professional! The intersection of health and the humanities is fascinating, and we hope to explore that through this group. To become a member starting Spring 2020, please fill out this short application here. NIM is also looking for candidates for leadership positions, so if you’re interested, please apply here. Applications are due by October 25th2020 at 11:59 pm! If you have any questions, contact Gargi Dixit at gmdixit@email.unc.edu.
One For The World UNC
One For The World (OFTW) UNC draws on data-driven research to help raise awareness for the world’s most effective charities. As One for the World Ambassadors, we strive to highlight the impact of just 1% of lifetime income in the fight against global poverty. By focusing on the effectiveness of our philanthropy, OFTW helps us increase our altruistic impact by multiple orders of magnitude. Student Ambassadors will take part in a 4-week Intensive during which they will learn about extreme poverty, effective giving, and the power of the individual.
After just 4 weeks, ambassadors will be equipped to approach once-paralyzing problems with optimism and pragmatism. By completing the One for the World Intensive, ambassadors will join a lasting community of globally-minded leaders and will have opportunities to build connections within Effective Altruism, grow UNC One for The World, and to share its mission with a larger audience. Link to application: https://www.uncea.org/global-poverty-immersion

5.  Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Equity in Healthcare

Multi-Generational Black Biologist Network

We are reaching out to share an opportunity for Black members of the UNC Biology community to gather to share intergenerational wisdom and discuss issues pertaining to learning and doing research in Biology. The Black Biologists group will be composed of Black people at all career stages, including undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professors, and staff who study or work in the Biology Department and broader Biomedical Science community at UNC. The goal for creating a multigenerational group is to provide support, community, and networking resources for young Black scientists. An important focus of this group is to mentor undergraduates, but we anticipate opportunities for personal growth for individuals at any career stage. The goal of this group is to meet monthly to discuss strategies and tactics that will promote connections and foster belonging and success for Biology trainees. This group is also intended to provide a safe space for discussions that address any concerns of Black UNC Biology trainees.

Please respond here: https://forms.gle/zKp4tWSEhnceWwWc6 if you are interested in participating in the Biology department Black multigenerational group that is intended to nurture professional and personal success.  If you have any questions about the group please address them to Jasmine Dennis, jleneigh@live.unc.edu

AIMS-APSA Virtual Conference for Students in STEM

Advocates for Inclusion in Medicine and Science (AIMS) Symposium  

We are excited to announce that UNC Advocates for Inclusion in Medicine and Science (AIMS) is partnering with the American Physician Scientists Association to present the virtual annual symposium that brings together students who are interested in or currently pursuing a degree in medicine and/or science. Reflecting the advocacy in AIMS’s mission, the theme of this year’s virtual symposium focuses on advocacy: advocacy for patients, advocacy for peers, and advocacy for ourselves. The symposium will feature keynote speakers, including Dr. Lisa Carey and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, as well as panels and workshops that work towards students’ professional development. Proceeds from this year’s symposium will go to White Coats Black Doctors Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to increase diversity in the medical field by supporting the development of future Black physicians. We welcome undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, dual-degree students, and residents to join us!

Symposium Agenda


Friday, October 23
6 pm – 9 pm EST: Evening networking, poster presentations, and live virtual oral presentations.


Saturday, October 24
10 – 12 am EST: Keynote presenters (Dr. Lisa Carey and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett)
12 – 1 pm EST: Lunch break

Concurrent Session 1: 1 – 2 pm EST
Research in Residency Panel
Applying to MD-PhD Programs Panel

Concurrent Session 2: 2 – 3 pm EST
Minimizing Disparities and Increasing Access to Healthcare with Dr. Erin Kent
Mentorship: how to find the right mentor and how to be a good mentor with Dr. Adrienne Cox

Concurrent Session 3: 3 – 5 pm EST
Peak Performance Module with Dr. Sarah Smithson
LGBTQ+ Allyship with Dr. April Callis

5 – 6 pm EST: Practical Mindfulness and Symposium Conclusion

Register and submit abstracts by October 15 at https://www.med.unc.edu/uncaims/.  Registration is $3 and all proceeds go to the White Coats Black Doctors Foundation.


Honors Carolina:  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 students, faculty, and staff, regardless of where they are learning and living this semester, to come together for six topical discussions with faculty experts and six hours of action designed to marshal knowledge in the fight against racism. This series is sponsored by Honors Carolina and the Phi Beta Kappa Society and is open to everyone.  Register here

6. UNC School of Nursing Admissions Q&A

BSN/ABSN Q&A Sessions with Admissions Staff

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing application for the Fall 2021 cohort opens on October 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2020. Visit https://nursing.unc.edu/academic-programs/bsn/apply/ for more information.

BSN/ABSN Q&A Sessions with Admissions Staff:  (Sign up here: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rykQdMu02wx1BP)

·       Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

·       Wed, Nov 4, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

·       Wed, Nov 11, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

·       Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

·       Wed, Dec 9, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

·       Mon, Dec 14, 2020, 11 am-12 pm

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7. Gap Year Opportunity: MedServe

MedServe places future healthcare providers in “rock star” primary care clinics across rural and other medically underserved communities to serve in both a clinical and community role.

Fellowship Perks:

  • $20,000/yr living stipend + $6,195/yr education award
  • 2 Week Training Institute in Chapel Hill, NC at UNC SOM Personalized med school application prep and support Quarterly Trainings across the state in Charlotte, Asheville & Greenville
  • Access to alumni network of providers, PA + MD students Early Bird application opens 10/1/20 + closes 12/1/20. Main Round applications close 2/15/21. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for best clinic matches.

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8.  Interviewing Resources

AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA™)—launched in collaboration with AAMC member medical schools—will be used by medical schools (including UNC SOM) to supplement alternatives to in-person interviews this year.  The AAMC Vita Guide along with its other supporting resources are valuable for all virtual interviews.

University Career Services supports students who may be preparing to interview within an industry or for admission to a professional school.  Online resources include Big Interview, which provides a video training curriculum, a database of admissions interview questions with tips on answers, and the opportunity to practice with a virtual mock interview.  Students may schedule an appointment with a career counselor via Handshake.

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9.  Gap Year Opportunity: MedServe

Did you know that University Career Services supports students who may be preparing to interview within an industry or for admission to a professional school?  Online resources include Big Interview, which provides a video training curriculum, a database of interview questions with tips on answers, and the opportunity to practice with a virtual mock interview.  Students may schedule an appointment with a career counselor via Handshake.

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10. Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces

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