The AAMC Pre-Med Navigator is a monthly email that includes relevant information, resources, tools, tips, and important dates for pre-med students at every stage of their journey to medical school.
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As the oldest and largest program of its kind, the Columbia University Postbac Premed Program is highly regarded for its rigorous approach to medical school preparation. Whether students are seeking a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or the allied health fields, our resource-rich New York City campus, dedicated academic advisors, network of clinical and research opportunities, and internationally-recognized faculty will help them realize their future in medicine.
For additional information and to apply for the program visit: http://gs.columbia.edu/postbac/realize/inspire
Apply today to meet the February 1 Summer and Fall 2016 Early Action Enrollment Deadline!
The Master of Arts in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program at Loyola University Chicago is a 9 month program that prepares highly qualified students for matriculation to medical school. The program was founded in 2004 and is one of the original such programs of this nature within the United States. It prepares students who aspire to become compassionate, culturally-competent physicians, and who want to build a compelling medical school application. Loyola University is known for the rigor and quality of their graduate coursework and the long-term advising commitment to their students. Their student-centered, non-competitive, and collaborative environment allows each student to capitalize on their strengths as they build their medical school credentials. Guided by the Jesuit values of “seeking knowledge in the service of humanity; preparing to live in a shared, global community; and building on the desire to always do and become more”, they facilitate access to Chicago-area hospitals and clinics with opportunities to work with underserved populations, sensitizing students to social justice issues, especially in regard to the availability of medical care.
Students who are a good fit for their program have a sound academic background but may have a GPA that suffered as a result of an unexpected emergency or weak time management skills during their freshman year. They especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and minimum MCAT score of 500 are required for application. All applications will receive a holistic review.
Pre-health students are invited to the upcoming AMSA National Fall Conference, hosted by the AMSA Chapter and administration of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, on Saturday, November 21. All information can be found at www.AMSAFallConference.org
The theme of the Chicago conference is Communication at the Center of Care and will feature four programming tracks:
- Compassionate communication with patients
- Effective communication within the healthcare team
- Impassioned communication for patient advocacy and community engagement
- Exploring the skills and competencies necessary for residency
The program will feature Catherine Wallace PhD as the morning keynote speaker, addressing the power of narratives for improving patient care, patient advocacy, and provider well-being. The afternoon workshops are designed as skills-building workshops to support pre-health and health professional students’ competencies in deep listening (through the use of Medical Improv); interprofessional collaborative practice; and advocacy (patient advocacy and policy advocacy.
The new MCAT test preparation products from the AAMC are now available to help students prepare for the exam. Written by the developers of the exam, these official products include the first full-length practice exam with scoring and a Section Bank of 300 practice questions emphasizing biochemistry, psychology, and sociology. More information on the products is below.
Official MCAT® Practice Exam (Scored) 1
The practice exam is the first official full-length exam that offers scaled scoring information for the new exam. It is a 230-question practice exam that mirrors the actual MCAT exam in both length and functionality.
Official MCAT® Section Bank
The Section Bank delivers 300 all-new practice questions written by the test developers in three sections (natural, behavioral, and social sciences) with an emphasis on biochemistry, psychology, and sociology.
Don’t forget to check out a new interactive demo tool, which allows students to practice with the exam features, including highlighting, striking out features, and using the mark question button.
Any undergraduate student who is interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship s/he defers the entrance to medical school for one year. Applications are due in mid-January 2016 and finalists are interviewed in early March in Washington, DC (at the candidate’s expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2016 and returns in late spring of 2017. The fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status. All relevant information is available on the AMSA website (www.amsa.org search for Arole) which has a link to Jamkhed site and contains reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at dpyle@JSI.com or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).
Date: October 7, 2015 Time: 5:00-6:00PM Location: 124 Burrill Hall
Leon Gladney, the Associate Director of Admissions at the American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine will be giving an information session about their medical program, how to apply, and what exciting opportunities the AUA can offer!
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- Paid classroom and clinical training
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- 20-40 hours per week
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For college juniors, seniors and college graduates interested in Medical School, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine will be holding an Information Session Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The session will include:
- Curriculum overview
- Admissions information
- Meet current students
- Tour of campus
You can RSVP here.
ATTENTION MCB PRE-HEALTH STUDENTS
The Career Center offers the following services during the summer:
– In-Person/Phone Career Health Advising Appointments: The Career Center Health Advisors are available for career counseling appointments Monday-Friday from 9am-4:00pm. Appointments can be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and are available for face-to-face sessions or for phone counseling sessions by calling The Career Center at 217-333-0820.
– Health Drop-Ins: Health drop-in hours will continue to be Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm. Students are encouraged to visit with a health advisor for any quick pre-health related questions by coming into the office or via phone. Anyone who needs to spend an extended time addressing a question should consider scheduling a pre-health appointment with a health advisor.
– Personal Statement Reviews: Submission of personal statements, for health professions only, can now be done through The Career Center website. If students want to have their statements reviewed, they can go to the Health Professions section of the website, and then go to “Apply to a Health Profession School/Program”, then “Personal Statements”, and the link at the bottom of that page (“Upload your personal statement now”) will go to the submission page.
Please note, the following guidelines will be used when reviewing personal statements at The Career Center.
- Personal statements must be in final draft format in order to be reviewed.
- Personal statements will only be reviewed once per term.
The average turnaround time is 3 business days. However, during peak periods of the application cycle, it may take longer to provide feedback.
- The Career Center will not edit statements but will provide comments on overall content and ways to strengthen the statement.
– Resource Center: The Career Center Resource Center will remain open from 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and it is open to everyone. The resource center has a variety of books, handouts, and magazines that are available to all students looking for information on internships, graduate school, resumes, jobs, and much more.
Visit The Career Center this summer so you can get assistance and continue your progress toward reaching your goals.