March 1

Upcoming March Events! 
Thursday, March 4, 5pm:  Ready to Apply to Medical School?  Register here
Dr. Janne Cannon, Emeritus Professor with the Microbiology and Immunology Department of the UNC School of Medicine, retired member of the UNC SoM Admissions Committee, Adjunct Professor of UNC Greensboro and volunteer Health Professions Advisor, will join us to share her insight on what makes a competitive application to medical school.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Tuesday, March 9, 6pm:  Prepare to Apply to Medical School!  Register here.
Ms. Mary-Charles Horn, Health Professions Advisor, will provide a general overview of AMCAS and AACOMAS (applications to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools) and how to prepare for the upcoming application cycle.
Thursday, March 18, 7:30pm:  Medical School Deans Panel
Hosted by AED, Zoom link coming soon!
Tuesday, March 23, 1-4pm: Health Professional School Fair  
Sponsored by University Career Services, this virtual event will host professional schools in all areas of health professions.
Click here to register.
Click here for Handshake Fair Instructions for Students
Wednesday, March 24:  Getting Started on a Personal Statement 
More info coming soon!
These are virtual events and efforts will be made to record for those unable to attend.
Mary-Charles Horn, M.A. 
Health Professions Advisor
College of Arts & Sciences, UNC-Chapel Hill

1.  Virtual Information Sessions and Events 
2.  UNC SNDA Impressions Program
3.  Peace Corps Volunteer Program
4. Health Professions Week
5. Financial Literacy Resources
6. Student Organizations
7.  Anti-Racism and Equity 
8.  Volunteering & Public Service 
9.  Test Prep Resources
10.  Summer Opportunities
11.  Gap Year Opportunities 
12.  Interviewing Resources 
13.  Additional Listservs and Online Community Spaces 

1.  Virtual Information Sessions

March
March 11:  Peace Corps Health Info Session6-7pm
March 17:  Podiatric Medical Student Roundtable, register at podinfo@aacpm.org
March 22 – 25:  UNC SNDA Impressions Program6-7:30pm
March 23:  2021 Health Professions Fair, 1-4pm
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2. UNC SNDA Impressions Program
  
The UNC SNDA chapter hosts the Impressions Program twice per year to expose pre-dental students to a career in dentistry, dental school, and the application process. The Spring 2021 program will be held virtually, via Zoom, as a week-long program, from Monday, March 22nd – Thursday, March 25th, 2021. Each day, we will host sessions from 6:00 – 7:30 PM EST. Students will have the opportunity to pick and choose which sessions to attend, which should help to prevent any possible Zoom fatigue.
Participants of the Impressions Week will gain exposure to the admissions process, interview prep, seminars on DAT prep, personal statement writing, information about summer enrichment programs, ways to finance a dental education, a Q&A session with current students, as well as a keynote presentation. Since the program is virtual this year, there is no cost to participate.
Students who are interested in participating should register for the program here (tinyurl.com/3tssnvd7). To best cater the sessions to the students’ needs, we ask that they register as soon as possible, but the application link will remain open until the week of Impressions. We are also highly publicizing the event on our social media platforms, so interested students can stay up to date via @unc_snda on Instagram or by emailing us at uncimpressions@gmail.com.

 

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3.  Peace Corps Volunteer Program

The Peace Corps Volunteer program is often called life-defining by the more than 230,000 Americans who have served. Get the chance to fully integrate into a host country community, where you will live and work on projects ranging from education to business development.  University Career Services will host the following sessions to learn more about this fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in working in healthcare:

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4.  Health Professions Week

Sponsored by ExploreHealthCareers.org, Health Professions Week is in full swing this spring! Join us at any point during the full 5 weeks of spring HPW through March 31. Interested students, can register for any week of Spring HPW and participate in any event of their choosing. See the complete calendar and register now!

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5.  Financial Literacy Resources

The UNC Affordability site offers resources in financial literacyfunding opportunities, and third party resources for saving money.
Fee Waiver Programs:

Fee Waivers for Admission Exams:

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6.  Student Organizations

Academy Health
AcademyHealth UNC-CH is hosting Health Policy Day 2021 virtually on Friday, March 5th from 12 – 2 PM. Our theme for this year is Health Policy & Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready for the Next Crisis? We have a great keynote speaker who will address the disparities in crisis management and a panel of professionals who will speak on their crisis response experiences in 2020 within different sectors. Please see the flyer for more details!
You can register here for the event. It is free and open to all.
Please reach out to unc.hpm.ah@gmail.com with any questions!
The Neuroscience Foundation
The Neuroscience Foundation is now accepting applications for Neurogenesis Project chapters on a rolling basis! We work with you to partner with free clinics, mobile clinics, and the like to help improve the lives of low-income/impoverished individuals through volunteerism. To promote access to neurological care for the underprivileged, we strive to connect these clinics with resources so their patients may receive neurological care. Start a chapter in your region today! To learn more about the application process, visit this page: https://theneurosciencefou.wixsite.com/website/the-neurogenesis-project.
Asian Health Advocacy Alliance (AHAA)
The Asian Health Advocacy Alliance (AHAA) was established this past semester to address the unique health disparities afflicting the Asian/Asian American community of the greater Chapel Hill Area through community engagement, education, and advocacy. We are the only organization on campus fully dedicated to directly addressing the diverse health needs of Asian/Asian Americans at large. This semester we hope to put on many events including virtual seminars, panels, and various other volunteer opportunities.
As a newly established organization we are looking to grow, if you are interested in joining our organization, please fill out this form to join our listserv! We are also currently looking for a secretary and treasurer, so please fill out this form to apply if you are interested! Anyone is welcome to join, and you do not have to identify as an Asian/Asian American, we welcome anyone who is passionate or want to learn about Asian/Asian American health! Feel free to reach out to Jacqueline (jackiegu@email.unc.edu) or Angela (angchen@live.unc.edu) for any specific questions you may have. Follow us on Instagram and our Facebook page (both @uncahaa) to stay updated. We are so excited to meet and work with you all!
AID India
Are you interested in healthcare, public health or improving global population health? If so, then the UNC student chapter of AID India welcomes you to join our very first speaker event, “Expanding Health Care in Rural Central India: Learning from the Leaders of JSS” on Sunday, March 7th at 10am.
JSS is a people’s health support group dedicated towards providing low-cost and effective healthcare services in rural India. At our event, you will hear from the current leaders of JSS, Dr. Raman, Dr. Gajanan, Dr. Mukherji, and Dr. Konar, all of whom are involved in the everyday process of providing quality healthcare to India’s most marginalized populations.
Here you will find our facebook event, which includes the zoom link to our event on Sunday. We hope to see you there!
UNC AMWHO
UNC AMWHO is proud to announce that it will be hosting the 2021 International Conference on Refugee and Migrant Health Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, taking place on April 17th-18th, 2021. AMWHO is an authentic simulation of the World Health Assembly, providing a platform for students to assume the roles of a variety of actors and engage in debates and discussions on global health challenges. Register before March 20th, 2021 to secure the regular registration fee of $5! To learn more about AMWHO and details the conference, please visit their website: http://www.uncamwho.org/2021.html

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7. Anti-Racism and Equity

Maternal Health Innovation Mount Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
MAHEC has convened a learning collaborative with the vision to develop a Statewide Provider Support Network (SPSN) leveraging the expertise of Family Medicine champions to strengthen the quality of care for people in the pregnant, postpartum and inter-conception periods. The learning collaborative’s goal is to increase awareness and engage inter-professional collaboration in the provision of maternal health/well-woman care. The learning collaborative is primarily comprised of Family Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and nurse champions as well as related providers from across North Carolina’s 6 perinatal care regions. To operationalize our efforts for sharing best practices and improving communication between obstetrical and primary care providers, we are offering a series of continuing education opportunities, and technical assistance to bridge the gap between theory and practice to advance family and community health.
Weekly sessions will be held from February 10th to May 4th. For information on the scheduled topics and registration, please click the following link here. Each session is free, but registration is required.
Do you have event related questions or need help with registration?
Contact the MAHEC Registration Team
Upcoming Event Topics:
When One Patient is Actually Two
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 6:00–7:00

Ami Goldstein, CNM, MSN, FNP
Many times, in the first months of life, a young family’s care is siloed between pediatric and parental health care providers. It is important to widen the vision to include the family as a whole as health issues can impact both parents and infants. This session will look at how to identify, care, or refer for concerns affecting young families.
The Birthweight of a Nation: Racism & Population Health in the Trump Era
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 6:00–7:00
Carmen Gutierrez, PhD
A growing body of evidence finds increased levels of psychosocial stress and anxiety in the US population since Trump launched his 2016 US presidential campaign, especially among immigrant groups from Latin America and Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) countries. Few studies to date, however, have evaluated the population health implications of the Trump era for foreign-born Latina and MENA women and their children. With restricted-use natality files from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), this project investigates whether periods following Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, election, and administration were associated with changes in the risk of low birth weight (LBW) among US-born infants.
Shuford Program at UNC and iNvictus Fireside Chats 
Register for any or all of the virtual chats held throughout March, including:
Duke University Hospital
Medical Director, Pediatric Infection Prevention
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
March 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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
Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium 
Race, Racism and Racial Equity (R3) Symposium is a series of virtual events that bring together scholars and researchers from across campus to share their work with Carolina and the broader community.
We will provide context on the state of race at UNC and in the U.S., complementing the work of the Chancellor’s Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward. R3 will also highlight the stellar and innovative work of our graduate researchers. R3 is co-hosted by the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Jordan Institute for Families and the UNC School of Social Work‘s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

8.  Volunteering & Public Service

Tarheels Together:  How to Safely Lend a Hand:  Local Volunteering Opportunities.  Do it for the cause, not the applause.
Carolina Center for Public Service
Carolina COVID-19 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.
For questions, contact unc_ipe@unc.edu or visit our website at https://ipep.unc.edu
Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Girls on the Run of the Triangle looking for 2 volunteer coaches to coach a group of girls in grades 3-5 at the Farm (UNC’s Faculty Staff Recreation Association).  The team will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays (4:15-5:30pm) from March 8 – May 5.  The time commitment also includes a 6 hour online training before the season starts that you can do at your own pace.
If you are interested in coaching, please contact Meg Pomerantz at meg@gotrtriangle.org.

9.  Test Prep Resources

UNC Learning Center partners with The Princeton Review to help students prepare for admissions exams. Free study guides, online practice tests and discounted courses are also available to help you perform your best.
This comprehensive database, available through the UNC Libraries website, offers the latest preparatory tests and college and vocational school information as well as financial aid sources and requirements. Users can prepare for specialized tests for college, graduate school, the military or trade school.

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10. Summer Opportunities

Summer Undergraduate Pipeline 2021
The Summer Undergraduate Pipeline (SUP) is the recruitment arm of The UNC-CH Graduate School’s Diversity and Student Success program. Its goal is to build upon the DSS mission to diversify Carolina’s graduate population. SUP works directly with various summer undergraduate research programs at Carolina as a way of creating connections and providing the necessary tools to transition into a graduate career.  All students have the opportunity at the end of the summer to present their research in a symposium open to the campus community and the public.

SUP has more than a dozen opportunities available to undergraduates. Please visit the SUP website to learn more about options for summer 2021.


11.  Gap Year Opportunities

Research Analyst at Atrium Health’s Musculoskeletal Institute in Charlotte, NC
The Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, is hiring Research Analysts (RAs) to begin in as soon as possible, located at Carolinas Medical Center – Main in Charlotte. The focus of the department is improving outcomes in orthopaedic surgery. We have studies assessing different treatment techniques, testing devices to measure gait and mobility, and studies assessing innovative orthotic and rehabilitation pathways. CMC is leading site for a suite of nationwide, multi-center, studies funded by the Department of Defense called the Major Extremity Trauma and Rehabilitation Consortium (METRC; www.metrc.org).
The Research Division is also actively involved in department and system efforts to improve patient outcomes through the development and implementation of interventions to deliver evidence-based clinical decision support in novel ways.  Our team leads the Atrium system strategy for addressing the opioid crisis using funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement and study interventions.  We are also engaged in projects to address falls in older adults, improve compliance with guidelines that will reduce cost and improve outcomes, and provide better connections to community-based services to promote recovery following injury.
RAs screen potential patients by attending morning physician meetings and have the opportunity to attend grand rounds and the resident education courses. RAs visit eligible patients in the hospital and approach for consent into our various and diverse research studies. Studies may also involve collecting data points or samples during a patient’s surgery. RAs also follow up with these patients in clinic to complete questionnaires and to administer various assessments. Patient paperwork is then completed using their electronic medical record (EMR) and by working with the patient’s individual surgeon. RAs receive excellent clinical exposure, and work with patients on a daily basis. RAs will also gain experience navigating the EMR, working with the surgeons, fellows and residents, as well as research staff. The job has a variety of tasks, and time is split between the hospital, orthopaedic clinics, the operating room, and our research office.
The job is a 1-2 year commitment, and all former research analysts have gone on to medical school or other graduate programs (i.e. public health). Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, public health, or other related science field.  RAs must be able to work effectively in a team environment, demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills, and be able to prioritize multiple tasks.
For more information, please contact Christine Churchill (Christine.Churchill@atriumhealth.org) and Meghan Wally (Meghan.Wally@atriumhealth.org)
PT Tech Position
I currently work as a PT Tech at a small, outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic in Durham, and we are looking for a PT Tech to replace me now that I have gotten into school. The last five PT techs at our practice have been UNC graduates (3 EXSS majors!) taking a gap year while applying to PT school, and this work experience helped us all get into school. It is an incredible learning opportunity. The student would get plenty of experience with patient interactions and be able to ask the PTs any questions they may have, from treatment plans to insurance contracts. If any of your students are interested in the position, I have provided the contact information below. They can just reach out via email and express interest in the open PT Tech position, but if they have any questions, they are free to call our office!
North Carolina Center for Physical Therapy
Phone: (919) 410-8840
Medical Career Design Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Award Details
The Medical Career Design Fellowship promotes clinical research by giving extraordinary pre-medical students the opportunity to investigate pertinent topics in clinical orthopaedic research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This fellowship will allow recent college graduates the opportunity to explore many aspects of a medical career—research, clinical practice, education, advocacy, and leadership. Each MCD Fellow spends 2 years as an essential member of our research and clinical teams, mentored by our thought-leading faculty from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The fellowship focuses on giving the pre-medical student clinical research opportunities, advanced orthopaedic skills through clinical exposure, and mentoring for medical school applications and beyond.
Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in pediatric orthopaedic patient care, education, and basic and clinical research. The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at CHOP has consistently ranked among the top pediatric orthopaedic programs in the nation by U.S.News & World Report. CHOP orthopaedic surgeons are leaders in their fields – pioneering clinical innovations, writing textbooks, chairing courses and leading regional, national and international organizations in orthopaedics. We have 29 attending physicians, each with different subspecialties in pediatric orthopaedics.
Eligibility
MCD Fellow applicants applicant will be completing a BA/BS degree, pre-medical and commit for two gap years. The student must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. The successful applicant will be responsible, motivated, intellectually curious and independent. An MCAT score, biostatistics training, and research experience are strongly valued, but not mandatory.
Award Stipend and Benefits
The recipient of this award will receive a $40,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year, as well as $5,000 travel expenses for presenting at scientific presentations.
How to Apply
In order to apply, please submit a cover letter, undergraduate transcript and curriculum vitae to Research Manager Divya Talwar, PhD (talward@email.chop.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through April 30th. We recommend submitting an application as soon as possible. Interviews will be required as part of the selection process.
Chartjoy
Seeking recent college grads to join an innovative, new medical scribe program in Charleston, South Carolina with a prominent local health system. Selected candidates will join a scribe program ranging from emergency medicine, outpatient medical specialties, and inpatient settings. Ideal candidates will be recent post-graduates with a strong interest in a career in healthcare, seeking to take a 1-2 year “’Gap Year” and interested in gaining valuable hands-on experience.
Selected candidates will have the opportunity to:
·       Work side by side with providers, making a difference every day
·       Understand all areas of healthcare delivery, experiencing a variety of cases and a variety of settings
·       Gain unrivaled experience to increase competitiveness on medical school applications and other post-graduate health careers
Reach out to Shannon McDonald at shannon@chartjoy.co for questions
Patient Services Coordinator
Plum Spring Clinic, a holistic medical practice in Chapel Hill, NC, is looking to fill the position of Patient Services Coordinator. This position is an excellent opportunity for a gap year while preparing for pre-health, public health, or research programs, especially for students with an interest in holistic medicine approaches such as nutrition, functional medicine, and health coaching. Responsibilities include monitoring patient progress to ensure continuity of care, maintenance of the electronic health records, development of patient education and marketing materials, and collaborating with clinical staff.
The position is paid, with an anticipated start date in mid-May 2021. At least one year commitment is preferred. Hours are set, but flexible in support of travel for school interviews.
Please see our website for more information about our practice, www.plumspringclinic.com.  Email your letter of interest and resume to us at staff@plumspringclinic.com, with subject line ‘Patient Services Coordinator Application’. Please reach out by email with any questions!
Deadline to apply, April 15 2021
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.
JOB DESCRIPTION
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 bridgeyear@gmail.com Thank you for your interest.

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 Communities

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