This seems like an appropriate time to remind anyone who may be applying to a Health Professional School that words and pictures on the internet are forever. An admissions process can include an online search of prospective admits and will eventually include a criminal background check. Your social media settings may be set as private, but that may not be the case for those with whom you communicate. In the event this has gotten your attention, wear a mask.
Application season is here and we are incredibly grateful for the help of the following part-time, volunteer, Health Professions Advisors:
Dr. Janne Cannon is an Emeritus Professor in the Microbiology and Immunology Department of the UNC School of Medicine. She served as dedicated member of the UNC SoM admissions committee for 15 years as both a faculty interviewer and full member of the committee. Although retired from the committee, she continues to advise aspiring physicians at both UNC and UNCG where she also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Cannon will (remotely) advise juniors, seniors, and alumni on a pre-med path on a part-time basis. She may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Peter Gilligan continues to to volunteer as a Health Professions Advisor after retiring from his position as Director of Clinical Microbiology-Immunology Laboratories and Phlebotomy Services at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Gilligan served on the UNC School of Medicine Admissions Committee for over 25 years. He will (remotely) advise juniors, seniors, and alumni on a pre-med or pre-PA path on a part-time basis. Dr. Gilligan may be contacted via email at email@example.com.
1. Virtual Information Sessions
Free MCAT Prep resources are also available in the AAMC’s MCAT Official Prep Hub.
Registration for April, May, and June MCAT dates will open Feb. 17th and 18th at 12 noon.
April 2021: AMCAS Resources become available (Applicant Guide, Opening Cycle Webinars)
Monday, May 3: AMCAS Application Opens
Thursday, May 27: AMCAS application submission begins
Friday, June 25: Initial transmission of application data to medical schools
Monday, August 2 – Early Decision Deadline
3. Virtual Shadowing Opportunities
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!
4. Student Organizations
The time has come for Academy Health’s first Lunch & Learn of the Spring Semester! This month we are hosting Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and he will be discussing “The Biden Administration & Healthcare Reform”. We are very excited about this conversation and we hope you are too. Please join us on February 10 at 12:15 pm, and bring your lunch! Follow the link here or in the flyer to sign up to receive the calendar invite and zoom link.
Also, be on the lookout for more information on Health Policy Day 2021. Block your calendars for Friday, March 5th from 12-2 PM for this year’s Health Policy Day. We will send out more details later in the month.
Have a wonderful day and we look forward to seeing you!
5. Anti-Racism and Equity
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3–4:30 p.m.
6. Pharmacy Course and Event
Saturday, February 15th will be holding the Second Annual Pre-Pharmacy Summit: “The Future of Pharmacy and How You Can Be in It”. This event is an excellent opportunity for students potentially interested in pharmacy to learn more about the admissions process at UNC, build a competitive resume and develop critical interview skills, network with current student pharmacists, hear from faculty about their research, and gain an understanding of the wide range of careers available in pharmacy!
Registration is open and the cost is $15 to attend (which includes lunch!) and the event runs from 9:30am-3:00pm. Interested students can register at: bit.ly/PrePharmacy2020
Pharmaceuticals: Ethical and Social Issues (PHCY 100)
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will offer a new Fall 2021 course for undergraduates titled, Pharmaceuticals: Ethical and Social Issues (PHCY 100).
This introductory course serves to develop a foundation in understanding the breadth and depth of ethical and social issues surrounding pharmaceutical development and use in the United States and globally. For more information about the course, visit https://catalog.unc.edu/courses/phcy or contact Delesha Carpenter at email@example.com.
7. Test Prep Resources
- MCAT structure
- How to best prepare for the test
- MCAT sample questions
- An overview of the Kaplan resources.
8. Summer Opportunities
· 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.
9. Gap Year Opportunities
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10. Interviewing Resources
11. Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces
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