October 20

1.  Virtual Information Sessions and Events 
2.  Campus Resources
3.  Volunteer and Internship Opportunities
4.  Student Organizations 
5.  Anti-Racism and Equity 
6.  Medical Scribe Position
7.  Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation 
8.  FlexMed Program Information Sessions 
9.  Leadership Week & Bell Leadership Symposium 
10.  Radiologic Science Information Session
11.  2020 Frank Porter Graham Lecture:  No Condition is Permanent, with Dr. Raj Panjabi 
12.  Interviewing Resources
13.  Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces

1.  Virtual Information Sessions


October 19 – 23:  University Research Week
October 21:  Nursing Admissions Q&A, 11am
October 28:  Personal Statement Workshop, Health Professions Advising & UNC Writing
                      Center, 4pm


November 4:  Nursing Admissions Q&A, 11am
November 11: Nursing Admissions Q&A, 11am
November 14-19:  Health Professions Week
November 18:  BSN/ABSN Program Information Session, 5:30 – 7:30pm

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2. Campus Resources:  

University Libraries

University Libraries launched a new service of delivering UNC-owned items to our borrowers by mail at no cost, return shipping included!  Details can be found on the University Libraries website.

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.


APPLES Alternative Spring Break – Apply by October 21st!

APPLES Alternative Spring Break takes place in the spring semester through both classroom interaction and an immersive experience for eight days during spring break in March. Participants attend classroom sessions that prepare them to engage in discussion and service centered on their chosen focus area: Latinx communities, rural communities, urban communities, civil rights and disaster relief. In this two-credit hour course (HBEH 610), students examine theories behind community service, coalition building, community asset development as well as specific needs and assets of the communities where they volunteer.


Apply at the following link by Oct. 21st: https://tinyurl.com/applyasb2020

Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office invites you to register now for our inaugural Study Abroad Week, October 19-23! Join us virtually to learn about the exciting variety of global opportunities available to Tar Heels! Throughout the week, we’ll offer sessions on programs in various world regions, internships for credit, and funding. Hear from past participants at our student panels. Check out the webpage to view all the sessions.

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office for Undergraduate Research will be offering two upcoming opportunities to learn about the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF).

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) provides eligible undergraduates $3,000 to carry out original research for 9 weeks during the summer under the supervision of a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty research advisor.  In this information session, students will learn about this fellowship and the application process.  Previous SURF awardees will also talk about their experience with applying and conducting their SURF.


Date: October 27, 2020
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Register Here

Note: These sessions do not count towards the Carolina Research Scholars workshop requirement.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Boots Quimby (bquimby@email.unc.edu ) or make an appointment with her at https://calendly.com/bquimby.

UNC Writing and Learning Center

Personal Statement Workshop:  Wednesday, October 28th, 4pm

Feeling stuck on a personal statement for your application to a Health Professional School?  Join Health Professions Advising and UNC Writing Center to better understand what admissions committees are looking for in a personal statement, and get started on your draft.  Register here to attend!

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3.  Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Holiday Carolina Blood Drive, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Fetzer Hall.

There is an urgent need for all blood types during the ongoing pandemic and we are counting on the Carolina community to make a difference.

Volunteers are also needed to make this drive a success. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community. To volunteer, complete the volunteer form.

For details or to volunteer at the drive, visit carolinablooddrive.unc.edu.

Help save a life and join us in giving blood at the 2020 Holiday Carolina Blood Drive!

Gillings on the Ground:  Disaster Response Training Programs

This program features a 5-week training program or “mini-course” that cultivates skills focused on various aspects of disaster relief and community engagement. Following the completion of the training program, trainees will be awarded a certificate of completion and connected with community partners to complete disaster-related service opportunities as a cohort, both locally and in areas hit by disaster. [Cohort-wide service opportunities have been halted until after COVID-19] Trainees will also gain access to an exclusive listserv of curated disaster-related service opportunities submitted by our community partners.

Fill out this form to receive the Zoom link for each training.

Week One: Emergencies in Public Health
Thursday, October 22, 5-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Week Two: Disaster Preparedness
Thursday, October 29, 5-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Week Three: Disaster Response
Thursday, November 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Week Four: Disaster Recovery
Thursday, November 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Zoom

Week Five: Disaster Mitigation
Thursday, November 19, 5-6:30 p.m., Zoom
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4.  Student Organizations

Carolina Health Samaritan Society

Carolina Health Samaritan Society (CHSS) is a health-oriented organization which aims to unify Carolina students interested in the health sciences in order to contribute to better health outcomes by empowering the community to protect and promote health and well-being from a samaritan perspective. Through these involvements, the organization focuses on giving students opportunities to apply interests in organized medicine to helping the community.  We aim to help give back to our community through volunteering and medical opportunities! Along with that, we are interested in engaging our members in research and shadowing opportunities. Membership is completely free as we are interested in doing outreach through various programs and don’t want finances to come in the way of that! If you are interested, please fill out this form to be added to the listserv!

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5.  Anti-Racism and Equity

UNC System Racial Equity Task Force

The UNC System Racial Equity Task Force invites you to participate in one of the Virtual Town Halls taking place October 19-29.

The Task Force wants to hear your experiences, ideas, and/or questions about race and equity at your institution and in the UNC System. These town halls will provide a space for you to share input, with opportunities to do so anonymously as well. Space is limited, so some attendees may be waitlisted. If your registration is waitlisted, you may receive a confirmation email later.

Student Sessions

October 20, 10 a.m. – Register Here
October 27, 6 p.m. – Register Here
October 29, 6 p.m. – Register Here

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

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6.  Medical Scribe Position

If you are in the Winston Salem, NC area, there is a medical scribe position opening at a family medicine clinic! Come join the Davie Medical Associates team! You would be scribing for an amazing doctor (who is double certified in family medicine and sports medicine). She is the best of the best & will write you an awesome letter of rec!  Starting pay of $12.50/hr with room to get a raise! You get the opportunity to work with medically underserved patients, as well as see a variety of different areas of medicine such as fractures and casting, orthotic making, skin procedures, OBGYN care, joint injections, and chronic condition follow ups

Interested? Email your resume & cover letter to Heather Riddle: hdriddle@novanthealth.org.

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7. Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation

The Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation is an integrated BSN-to-PhD program that is designed to take five to six years from entry into the nursing program as an undergraduate to completion of a PhD in Nursing. If you want to be a part of nurse-led innovation, please join us for a Hillman Scholars Program Information Session via Zoom:

  • Tues, Nov 10th, 4-5 pm
  • Thurs, Nov 19th, 6-7 pm
Sign up here.  Email hillman@unc.edu if you have any questions!

8.  FlexMed Program Information Sessions

FlexMed Program Application Cycle ’20-’21:  Application Deadline January 15th, 2021

What is Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai?

  • The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), located on the border of the Upper East Side and East Harlem, has a reputation for innovation and advocacy. We encourage and support the bold thinking and disciplined science that will change the face of medicine.
  • Learn more here: ISMMS Website

What is FlexMed?

  • ISMMS developed an early acceptance program known as FlexMed. It is the first program of its kind in the nation, offering college sophomores from any major early acceptance. Students submit their application to FlexMed in the winter of their sophomore year of college and learn of acceptance to the ISMMS MD Program by the summer of that year. Once accepted, students will be free to pursue their area of study, unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and the MCAT.
  • Learn more here: FlexMed Website

What are the benefits of applying and being accepted into FlexMed?

  • All Majors Welcome!: You do not need to be Pre-Med
  • Early Acceptance: end of your sophomore year in college
  • No MCAT: accepted students are not permitted to take the MCAT
  • Revised pre-med requirements: eliminating Organic Chemistry
  • Flexibility: “Flex” intellectual, creative, humanistic and scientific muscles
  • Academic Freedom: you will be free to pursue the area of study you want, unencumbered by the traditional pre-med science requirements

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • You must be a sophomore enrolled at an accredited 4-year US/Canadian College/University
  • You must have completed a year of one of the following three courses: one year of college Biology, one year of college Chemistry, or one year of college Physics by January 15th of the year you apply
  • You must have taken your SAT or ACT exams

What are the pre-matriculation requirements (following acceptance to FlexMed and prior to matriculation at ISMMS)?

  • Learn more about the requirements on our website.

When should I apply?

  • For the AY’20-‘21 cycle the application is currently open and must be submitted by January 15, 2021.

If you would like additional information or would like to discuss this program, please contact Cristina Gallo at Cristina.Gallo@mssm.edu orJackie Chudow at Jacquelyn.Chudow@mssm.edu

The Office of Admissions is hosting FlexMed online informational webinars

  • Tuesday, October 20
  • Tuesday, November 17
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Tuesday, January 5

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9.  Leadership Week & Bell Leadership Symposium

Join the Carolina Union’s office of Student Life & Leadership for Leadership Week 2020, a virtual series of programs and this October 19-24.

In partnership with UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Smith Leadership Initiative, Leadership Week will offer programs around the theme of Leadership in a Digital Age. Programs will help participants hone leadership skills at a time when social, academic and work interactions increasingly take place in digital spaces.

The week will culminate with the Bell Leadership Symposium, a half-day event for students to engage with professionals and UNC alum in various workshops on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Events are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more and register, visit HeelLife.unc.edu and search “Leadership Week” or go to go.unc.edu/Bell2020.

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10.  Radiologic Science Information Session

Did you know you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science? Are you interested in anatomy and desire to work in a number of diverse environments in healthcare? Attend the Radiologic Science Information Session and learn more from Program Director, Joy Renner and your peers!

Register here to receive a zoom link to the event on Wednesday, October 21st, 5:30pm.

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11.  2020 Frank Porter Graham Lecture:  No Condition is Permanent, with Dr. Raj Panjabi

2020 Frank Porter Graham Lecture
Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health
No Condition is Permanent
Wednesday, October 21 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Webinar | RSVP here
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Raj Panjabi is CEO, Last Mile Health; Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Last Mile Health saves lives in the world’s most remote communities by partnering with governments to design, scale, and advocate for national networks of community health professionals. Dr. Panjabi was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare for his work on building community health systems and responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur with the World Economic Forum and also a recipient of the TED Prize and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Panjabi earned his undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill, is a graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, and received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Sponsored by Honors Carolina • The Frank Porter Graham lecture series honors the late U.S. Senator and president of the University of North Carolina, who was a champion of freedom, democracy, and the disadvantaged. The lecture is made possible by the gift of Taylor McMillan ’60, who established the Frank Porter Graham Lecture Series. The 2020 Frank Porter Graham lecture is also supported by the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Global.

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12.  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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13. Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces

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