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.
1. Virtual Information Sessions
HEAL Clinical Education Network
HEAL offers free covid-friendly virtual shadowing with real doctors and patient cases that provide a great opportunity for restricted pre-health students to secure valuable clinical experience. They also offer more in-depth courses worth a larger amount of shadowing hours for a fee.
Register online at clinicalshadowing.com
Pre-Health Shadowing, a new student-led, non-profit organization focused on making shadowing opportunities readily accessible to Pre-Health students via an online platform during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Now, more than ever, as the healthcare worker shortage increases during this ongoing crisis, we must support the next generation of health care professionals. As more and more opportunities for students get annulled, students’ stress only increases as they look to apply to health programs. Here is the link to our website for general information about our program: https://www.prehealthshadowing.com.
We are holding a virtual Mentorship Networking Event on the weekend of February 18-21. Students have to potential to connect with up to 6 mentors during the duration of this event. Here is a page on our website with further instructions for students who are interested in receiving an invitation to the event.
This program is completely free for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in health. It is accessible worldwide to people who are interested in learning more about various health fields or students trying to gain experience in their specific career of interest.
Visit our website at www.prehealthshadowing.com
Follow us on Instagram: @prehealthshadowing and Facebook at prehealthshadowing and Twitter at @prehealthshadowing.And of course, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
3. Structures of Inequality: Moving Forward
In the fall, Honors Carolina kicked off an ongoing examination of Systems of Inequality with a series of programs on structural racism. This semester, we will turn our attention to related questions of bias and discrimination. Topics will range from equity in the media to the rural-urban divide, college access,and mental health.
We invite all members of the UNC community to join us for six topical discussions with faculty and professional experts, each paired with an hour of action. Register online at https://bit.ly/structuresofinequality. Keep an eye out as more lectures are added this semester!
This series is sponsored by Honors Carolina and the Phi Beta Kappa Society and is open to everyone. We look forward to welcoming you to the conversation and learning from your participation
4. Pre-Pharmacy Summit
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will be hosting its third Annual Pre-Pharmacy Summit, “Innovation and Transformation in Pharmacy”, on Saturday, February 20. This event is entirely virtual and is an excellent opportunity for students considering pharmacy to gain an understanding of the wide range of careers available in the field, hear from UNC faculty about their research, learn more about the PharmD admissions process at UNC, and network with current student pharmacists.
Registration is open now and closes on February 13th. The event runs from 10:00am-3:00pm and participants may register for the morning sessions, afternoon sessions, or both. Finally, this event is entirely free.
5. Scholarships and Funding
Office of Distinguished Scholarships
Join us for an overview of the major scholarships that we endorse, as well as have the opportunity to meet past scholarship recipients and committee chairs. This information session will allow students time to task questions one-on-one with committee chairs and past scholarship recipients. Register here for this information session on Feb. 3rd at 4pm.
Explore 1,000 opportunities in our database, STRIVE.
Hope Fellowship Scholarship
Bridging Admissions is a medical school application service geared towards supporting underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students applying to medical school.
Our goal is to provide free mentorship and a centralized source of information regarding the medical school application process to increase the representation of future physicians who are committed to providing healthcare to underserved communities.
Our mentors are volunteer medical students who are interested in paying it forward and helping others with their own application process.
The Hope Fellowship Scholarship awards Ten applicants a stipend that will cover up to $2,500 of application related costs, in addition to receiving a dedicated mentor that will work with them throughout their medical school application process. More information can be found here.
Business and Professional Women/Triangle Scholarship
6. Office of Undergraduate Research Deadlines and Events
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Applications Due February 1st!
Click here for more details and to access the application. If you have any questions about SURF awards please contact Dr. Boots Quimby.
We have a number of great workshops planned for this spring addressing topics like how to get involved in research, how to network effectively, finding a mentor, and research poster design. You can also access recordings of our Research and Study Abroad, Getting Involved in Research, and Research in Biology fall workshops.
Be an OUR Ambassador
Are you a current undergraduate student with experience finding creative answers to questions in your field? Do you enjoy talking about your creative work, entrepreneurship, or research? Are you interested in helping to support and expand the work of the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR)? If so, apply to become an OUR Ambassador! Click here to learn more and apply. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
7. University Career Services Spring Events
For job and internship seeking students, COVID-19 has jump-started the nascent virtual career fair industry! What this means for you is that there is still a lot of opportunity out there for you as companies are taking advantage of these virtual platforms to source talent. Some virtual career fairs are open to students from anywhere in the US, while others are closed for a host university’s students only.
Click here for a list of Spring Career Fairs hosted by University Career Services!
8. Summer Opportunities
SHPEP is a free, six-week academic and career enrichment program for college students interested in the health professions. The 2021 SHPEP application opened Nov. 1, and the deadline to submit materials is Feb. 5
This six-week opportunity is offered at 12 program sites across the country. Although curriculum details and dates vary by program site, each program participant will have the opportunity to spend the summer exploring a range of health careers including dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and public health.
Visit shpep.org for more information.
Science Enrichment Preparation (S.E.P.) Program
Gain the competitive edge with S.E.P.! Held each summer on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, the S.E.P. Program is an eight-week, honors-level academic enrichment program that targets first-generation, underrepresented minority, rural, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged undergraduate students (rising sophomores and juniors) who seek admission into Medical School or Dental School. Additionally, Scholars will receive educational supplies, lodging on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, limited travel expenses (contingent upon funding) and a competitive stipend. During the program, S.E.P. Scholars:
- Engage in more than 150 hours of classroom instruction in physics, organic chemistry, human physiology and quantitative skills/biostatistics.
- Attend classes and seminars in reading speed and comprehension, test-taking strategies, essay writing, and interview techniques.
- Visit local health facilities and network with health care professionals.
- Shadow a working professional in their health field of interest.
Regular Decision Deadline: Sunday, February 24th, 2020 at 11:59pm
Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. The sooner your application is completed, the greater your likelihood of acceptance.
Please review our application instructions and eligibility at https://nchcap.unc.edu/college/sep-program/ and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.
Duke Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Health Disparities
The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is now accepting applications for the 2021 summer undergraduate research program.
- When: 8-week program: June 14 – August 5
- Who is eligible: Students who will be junior or senior undergraduates in Fall 2021 are eligible. The competitive program will provide up to four selected students with a $3,200 stipend. NOTE: The program does not provide additional support for any housing and travel expenses.
- How to apply: Visit the REACH Equity website for more details and to download the application: https://sites.duke.edu/reachequity/for-students/summer-undergraduate-health-disparities-research-program. Send the application requirements below by February 15 and address questions to Cheryl Miller, Cheryl.email@example.com:
Clinical Research Analyst to the Shoulder and Elbow Service at the Medical University of South Carolina:
- Location: Charleston, SC
- Job Description:
- Full-time, paid with optional benefits, one-year appointment beginning June 7th, 2021
This full-time position is best suited for recent college graduates interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The applicant should have a strong academic record, must be creative, self-driven, reliable, and motivated to learn. The position offers the opportunity for education and hands-on learning in the medical field.
The candidate should expect to:
- Work closely with Dr. Josef K. Eichinger, Dr. Richard J. Friedman, and MUSC Orthopaedic Surgery Residents.
- Gain familiarity working with clinical databases and grant-based research;
- Consent patients and collect data in the clinic 1-2 days a week; observe surgery in the operating room several times a week;
Application Deadline: 11:59 PM on February 26th, 2021 (received via mail or email by this deadline)
To apply, you will need the following materials:
- Cover letter
- Official transcript
- Sealed letter of recommendation (must be received via email or via mail directly from the recommender)
Our application platform is through the MUSC HR Portal. Please submit an electronic copy of your resume and cover letter through the portal, under the following job posting: UNIV – Statistical and Research Analyst – Department of Orthopaedics – Job Number: 526939
Your transcript and letter of recommendation should be emailed directly from the Registrar/Recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Research Assistant 2021 Application”, or mailed to the following address:
CSB 708, MSC 622
Charleston, SC 29425
Job Posting: THANC Foundation Research Associate Position
Description: The THANC (Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer) Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment.
Role: Research Associates collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of physicians and researchers affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center to conduct and publish clinical research. In addition, Research Associates play key roles in the development of an educational website for patients and their families (https://thancguide.org/), and share the experiences of cancer patients through the 30 Stories in 30 Days awareness campaign. They also help coordinate and oversee a weekly virtual journal club, which features international leaders in thyroid cancer research, and will aid in the development of a comprehensive thyroid cancer care resource for physicians and trainees worldwide. Finally, Research Associates have the opportunity to spend time observing thyroid and head and neck surgery in the operating room.
Qualifications/Required Documents: This is a full-time position with a required one-year commitment. Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) and must have a strong interest in pursuing a career in medicine. Research Associates should have a robust scientific background and excellent writing abilities. Previous experience in a clinical environment is preferred. To apply, please submit a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Urken) and an updated CV (including GPA) through the application portal on the THANC Foundation website (https://thancfoundation.org/join-our-team/research-associates/). Additionally, please have two letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com. Recommenders should email their letters directly. Please note that all letters should include letterhead and the recommender’s signature. The application deadline is February 1st, 2021, but priority will be given to early applicants. Interviews will begin in late February and will be offered on a rolling basis. If selected for an interview, you will be required to complete a writing assignment. For more information, please visit our website (www.thancfoundation.org). Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have!
Duke Bridging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research
Duke BIGGER training program (Bridging the Gap to Enhance Clinical Research) is designed as a six-month immersion for participants preparing for medical school or graduate programs in health care or research. Participants have an opportunity to develop a research project with Duke faculty along with didactic curriculum on clinical research methodology. Application to this program is open to eligible students who have completed a baccalaureate or master’s degree and current seniors who will graduate May 2021.
National Health Corps
The National Health Corps is a nationwide service program devoted to fostering healthy communities by delivering health and wellness education, resources, and services to vulnerable and underserved communities. While serving with the Northeast Florida community, members also have opportunities for professional development and real-world experience. Host sites are non-profit organizations including: medical and dental clinics, pharmacies, public health organizations, behavioral health centers, and youth development programs. Members commit to a minimum 1700 hours of direct service over a 46-week period and receive a living stipend during the term of service. Following successful completion of the service term, members will receive an education award to be used toward their government student loan debt as well as their future education.
We are accepting applications beginning in March 2021. While open to all majors and backgrounds, this program is particularly suited for individuals who are interested in a career in the healthcare (and health-related) field and who are looking to gain service experience. Questions: reach out to email@example.com.
Learn more about this amazing organization here.
We are roughly four weeks away from the end of MedServe’s Main Round deadline. Submit applications and supporting documents by February 15th, 2021. Interviews will take place from the beginning of February to mid-March.
Capital Dermatology Gap Year Opportunity
Medical Assistant in Dermatology office (Alexandria, VA)
Dr. Bruce Glassman, a general Dermatologist in Alexandria, Virginia is seeking individuals interested in a medical career for our year-long internship and medical assistant position. The position is ideal for the typical “bridge year” student who is graduating or has graduated from undergraduate school and has not yet applied or been accepted to medical school. This elite program is now in its 17th year with most graduates moving on to successful careers as physicians or physician’s assistants.
This position standardly is available beginning May 2021 through June 2022. The position is a full year commitment to the physician. Please only apply if you are available for a twelve-month period of time. Applicants will not be considered if they are currently applying for medical school to begin in the class of September 2021. Please do not apply unless you have completed your undergraduate degree by May 2021 or earlier. Multiple applicants will be accepted for the position. This current year has a group of 18 highly qualified participants. A car is highly recommended for the position. The offering is an unparalleled clinical experience and is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in the medical profession.
Assist the physician with all patient care duties including triage of patients, scribing during visits using Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data entry, writing and understanding prescriptions and their uses, biopsy preparation and processing, preparing patients for surgery and assisting during surgeries, and helping with cosmetic procedures (Botox and fillers). Assist patients by working with insurance companies and pharmacies, educating patients on pre- and postoperative care, calling patients with pathology results, and performing suture removals and laser treatments. This opportunity affords the employee the opportunity to meet hundreds of patients per week, to develop the appropriate skills to further their career in the medical profession, and to learn the basics of dermatology. The time commitment is approximately 30-40 hours/week. The position is paying but more importantly the experience cannot be matched for someone interested in the medical field. If interested please contact Dr. Glassman by email. Send CV to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your interest.
10. Student Organizations
UNC-Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) is looking for new members for the Spring 2021 semester.
FIMRC’s mission is to provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world and focuses on three main pillars: medical access, health education, and global participation. The global nonprofit focuses on health initiatives that are community-driven, self-sustainable, and available to everyone. Through our specific chapter at UNC, we use volunteering, fundraising, and advocacy strategies to engage with our local community and help support global project sites.
Through the pandemic, we have created a new plan for the upcoming semester that focuses on remote and in-person volunteer opportunities, fundraising incentives through social media, and virtual advocacy presentations and events. We hope to continue partnering with local Chapel Hill organizations to help provide access to medical care during this difficult time.
While our mission focuses on medical care and access, our chapter is open to all students in all fields of study.
To learn more about our organization and become a member of our growing chapter, complete this google form at https://forms.gle/Kc9j8SzQSuyQGbVt7. For any questions about our incredible chapter send us an email at email@example.com. Thank you for your interest- we hope to meet you soon!
Learn To Be at UNC-CH
Are you passionate about educational equity and providing resources and support to underserved populations? Then consider joining UNC-CH’s new chapter of Learn To Be! This non-profit organization is dedicated to providing 1-on-1 virtual tutoring services to underserved K-12 youth both across the country and in the local community.
As the UNC-CH chapter, we specifically aim to recruit and support undergraduate tutors and to bring LTB’s tutoring services to the local community (Orange County, Durham County, and Wake County with the eventual goal of reaching all of NC).
Getting involved in Learn to Be at UNC-CH is an amazing way to make a direct impact on a student’s success and to make a meaningful difference in your community!
If interested, please fill out the Google Form: https://forms.gle/XrFpmWHz6bggJM5z5
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
This is an announcement from UNC JOURney, the undergraduate research publication. We are currently accepting research submissions, and would greatly appreciate it if we could be featured on the STEM list serv with this announcement:
Are you working on undergraduate research and would like to publish your work? Submit your project to UNC JOURney, the only undergraduate research journal on campus. We publish student research in the health sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, both independent and faculty-mentored. Check us out for more information at uncjourney.unc.edu! We will be accepting submissions until February 27, 2021.
Friends of Doctors Without Borders
The UNC Chapel Hill Chapter of Friends of Doctors Without Borders/MSF is having the first GBM of the Spring semester on Thursday, February 4th at 7 PM (more details included in flyer below). Doctors Without Borders is an international service organization with a core belief that all people deserve equitable, accessible, and quality medical care. All students are welcome – you do not need to be premed or have a STEM major – just come to the zoom meeting ready to dive into the topic of the humanitarian work of Doctors Without Borders. Hope to see you there!
We are looking to recruit new members to design, illustrate, write, and copy edit for our spring issue of Carolina Scientific, UNC’s premier scientific magazine. It’s entirely written and edited by undergrads about innovative science research at UNC.
Learn how to get involved at our interest meeting on February 2nd from 6-7 PM. We’ll talk about writing, illustrating, designing, and blogging. In addition, we have mandatory writer’s workshops on February 8th from 5-6 PM and February 9th from 5-6PM, and you are required to attend one of these workshops in addition to the interest meeting to be able to design/edit/write for us this semester. Hopefully, we can help hone your science writing skills and get you published in our magazine by the end of the semester! Check out all our previously published issues at carolinascientific.org.
The Zoom link for all of these meetings is: https://unc.zoom.us/j/93343697239
If you can’t make the interest meeting please email us. For questions, email Divya (email@example.com) or Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Houses to Homes-UNC
We are a small club, part of a global nonprofit focused on combatting poverty in Guatemala through housing, education, and healthcare. We hold two separate week-long trips over breaks to build a home for a family in Guatemala each year. We are looking for general body members and to go on the summer trips. Interested students can find us on Heel Life to join. Our first FHTH meeting of the semester will be tomorrow, 1/26, from 8-9 pm, where we will play a fun game and hold a discussion on gender and sexuality in Latin America. Here’s the link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/97434910525. This is a great club for anyone interested in healthcare or volunteering in general.
Carolina Covid-Student Services Corps
The Carolina CSSC is an opportunity for volunteers to engage in service activities that will address specific needs for UNC Chapel Hill students, faculty, and staff created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This opportunity is especially well suited for students interested in a career in healthcare who have not had the opportunity to volunteer or shadow during this time or to complete service-learning activities.
We are actively seeking volunteers for a variety of projects including social media campaigns, student outreach, support for COVID-testing sites, and contact tracing. Volunteers who complete 75 hours of service will receive a certificate of completion as a Carolina Covid-Student Services Corps Member.
As many UNC affiliates continue to juggle caregiving and working from home, we look to our Helping Heels community to help.
The UNC Helping Heels list is a directory of individuals, affiliated with the University who offer childcare, pet sitting, and elder care services to fellow students and employees on a voluntary or pay for service basis. After completing a brief registration regarding your caregiving interest, experience, and availability, you will be added to the Helping Heels directory for UNC affiliates to contact you.
Registration for 2021 Helping Heels directory is now open. To volunteer or promote your part-time caregiving services this spring, please register by Sunday, Feb. 14.
You may view the current Helping Heels directory here.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
11. 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.
12. Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces
- Campus Y
- Carolina Center for Public Service
- Diversity & Inclusion: Centers, Caucuses, and Committees
- Center for Global Initiatives
- Office for Undergraduate Research
- Study Abroad
- The Writing and Learning Center
- Undergraduate STEM Listserv: send an email to Joinfirstname.lastname@example.org
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