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News and Opportunities for Students Preparing for Health Professional Programs

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017
The Youth Health Equity Model of Practice Program is to support the future design, implementation, and evaluation of federal and public health workforce policies, specifically as it relates to capacity building for diverse organizations that promote health equity and/or address health disparities. Through this initiative, Health Equity Fellows will be matched with diverse organizations to complete short-term Health Equity Projects that help improve health outcomes and close the gap on racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care
Where will Health Equity Fellows be placed?
Health Equity Fellows will be matched with mentors in diverse organizations to complete a project related to health equity or health disparities. Locations will vary each year. Students will be placed based on their experience, interest and skill sets. Placement sites include:
  • Federal, state or local government agencies
  • Healthcare delivery organizations and systems
  • Public health organizations
  • Regional Health Equity Councils
  • Academic organizations
  • Other institutions that promote health equity and/or address health disparities
What is the placement timeline?
Currently applications will open annually in January and close at the end of February. Selected fellows will be notified in March and will begin their summer placement in early June. The summer placement session range from 8-12 weeks in duration. With approval, there are occasional opportunities for a fellow to be engaged in a health equity project outside of the summer schedule.
Is this opportunity paid?
A stipend may be available as part of the YHEMOP placement. The student application for summer 2017 fellows is currently open and the deadline for student applications is February 15th, 2017.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Save the date for Campbell University's Open House Diversity Conference! At the conference students will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with current medical students
  • Gain hands-on experience in labs
  • Meet admissions staff, faculty, and deans
  • Hear perspectives on challenges especially faced by those from diverse backgrounds
  • Lunch provided

Date: Saturday, March 25th 
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Registration is mandatory and will close on March 20th go to: https://cuweb.wufoo.com/forms/m78dnyk05tm5yj/ to register now!
Monday, January 23, 2017

Summer Academic Enrichment Program: an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program located at the VCU Health campus in Richmond. Designed to prepare 3rd and 4th year undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to admission into health professional programs, SAEP provides an academically rigorous experience that simulates the first year of health professional school.

Students select a concentration from only one of four disciplines: Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy

Requirements for admission:

  • Three complete years of college coursework including organic chemistry I and II (note: organic chemistry not required for PT track)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Two letters of reference
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • Official transcripts
  • Strong interest in attending health professions school at VCU

Program Dates: May 23rd - June 30th, 2017
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2017

Allied Health Career Exploration: a two-week, non-residential summer program designed to expose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years to the diverse professional programs available at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions.

  • Experience hands-on and interactive activities within each of the 9 disciplines
  • Participate in workshops to strengthen skills in interviewing, resume development, and personal statement writing
  • Receive information to navigate the application process for a program in the School of Allied Health Professions
  • Gain confidence in pursuing a health professions program

Allied Health disciplines include:

  • Aging Studies
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Health Administration
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Patient Counseling
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiation Sciences
  • Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling 

Requirements for admission to the program:

  • Complete  online application
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcript

Program Dates: June 5th - 16th, 2017
Application Deadline: April 3rd, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017
Apply to UVA Youth Inspire! We are a non-profit organization that designs and conducts unique, fun, and informative health workshops for pediatric patients at UVA Children's Hospital in order to promote peer interaction and emotional / social wellness. Join this small group of enthusiastic, health-minded students and inspire children to take control of their physical and mental wellness. 
Application Deadline: Friday, 2/10 by 5pm
For more information:

Friday, January 20, 2017

Deadline for submission is Feb. 28.
Looking for professional experience that doubles as academic credit? Apply for an internship through the University Internship Programs (UIP). UIP offers hundreds of academic year and summer internships suitable to a limitless number of career interests for 2017-18, including a summer program in Dublin, Ireland. Applications are now open. For more information and to apply, visit the UIP website.

Friday, January 20, 2017

BME 1501: Research in Regenerative Medicine II
Wednesdays from 5 to 5:50 p.m., MR5 1401.
This one-credit pass/fail course is taught by Naveed Tavakol and Cara Broshkevitch. It focuses on novel literature and findings in the field of regenerative medicine and includes topics such as stem cell engineering and organ and tissue scaffolds, with applications to medical challenges such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. There also will be guest lecturers, field trips, and hands-on lab opportunities. This class is open to all years and majors. For more information, email cjb5ac@virginia.edu.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine offers a 'SUPER" program to undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career as a physician scientist. Students interested in combined DO-PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist are offered an opportunity to:

  • conduct research
  • gain exposure to clinical care
  • experience the excitement of an academic medical environment

Program Information: 

  • May 30 - August 4th, 2017 
  • $2500 stipend
  • University Housing accommodations provided for any student outside of the greater Lansing area. Vehicle required for transportation off campus to participate in clinical portion of the program


  • Current 2nd and 3rd years
  • 3.5 or higher GPA 
  • Minimum two full semesters of research experience
    *students with extensive research experience but less than 3.5 GPA still encouraged to apply
  • US citizen or permanent resident

Friday, January 20, 2017
You are invited to attend the LMU-DCOM
Osteopathic Medicine Awareness Conference and Open House Event
Saturday, March 4th, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Learn about osteopathic medicine, speak with current faculty and students, 
observe OMM demonstrations, and see the campus' state-of-the-art facilities. 
To register, contact:
Whitney Porter, Admissions Recruiter
Whitney.Porter@LMUnet.edu or 423-869-6091
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC) is an inner city primary care clinic on the west side of Chicago. LCHC serves the underprivileged neighborhoods of West Chicago, primarily in North Lawndale and South Lawndale. The health center was founded in 1984 as a ministry of Lawndale Community Church, inspired by the dream of a small group of students in the neighborhood and their coach, Wayne Gordon, to serve their neighbors in a meaningful and tangible way. The clinic has grown from its humble beginnings with 3 exam rooms to a large health center with 6 sites, serving over 200,0000 patients per year. As it grows, LCHC holds to its mission to show and share the love of Jesus Christ by promoting wellness and providing quality, affordable healthcare for Lawndale and the neighboring communities. For more information about the LCHC history and mission, please visit www.lawndale.org 

LCHC offers a number of paid 1-year internships for recent college graduates looking to learn more about healthcare for the underserved as they prepare for medical, PA, or nursing school. LCHC's two medical directors, Dr. Determer and Dr. Rowell, started the internship program to fill important functions at the clinic, mentor future healthcare professionals, and expose them to care for the underserved.

Information about the following positions can be found under the "apply now" link here.

  • Clinical Quality Intern
  • Medical Operations Intern
  • Health-Information Technology Intern
  • Complex Care Coordinator

Applicants for one position will be considered for all four, unless specifically requested otherwise. Interviews will likely begin February 6th, so applicants are encouraged to submit applicants before then although applications will remain open until February 20th.

Contact Parker Rea, LC HC Medical Operations Assistant at ParkerRea@lawndale.org.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Are you a 1st year or 2nd year seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?

Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer. Learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will included SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtains, thanks to their educational experience at SHPEP.

Thursday, January 26th, 5pm 
Register Today!

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy, and physician assistant. Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs. Students should visit www.shpep.org to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today. The application deadline is March 1, 2017.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Are you preparing to apply to a health professional program
in the 2017-18 application cycle? 
 Pre-Health Advisors will provide specific information on the required application components, importance of timing, and recent UVA application trends specific to each health profession.
Physical Therapy Application Meeting
Monday, 1/23
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Dentistry Application Meeting
Monday, 1/23
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room

Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Dental Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Physician Assistant Application Meeting
Tuesday, 1/24
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Future Physician Assistant Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Pharmacy Application Meeting
Tuesday, 1/24
6:30 - 7:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Pharmacy Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Optometry Application Meeting
Wednesday, 1/25
6:00 - 7:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Career Center Conference Room
Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Optometry Club and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Medicine Application Meeting 
Monday, 1/30
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room

Wednesday, 2/1
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society, American Medical Student Association, Women in Medicine Initiative, and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Veterinary Medicine Application Meeting
Wednesday, 2/1

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Bryant Hall, Recruiting Room
Co-Sponsored by the Pre-Veterinary Society and Pre-Health Student Leadership Advisory Board

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New opportunity for UVA undergraduate and graduate students to participate in global health research related to the Russian Federation for Spring and Summer 2017: 
Cross-grounds faculty have received an invitation from the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to study what research activities in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have occurred over the last decade or are ongoing in the Russian Federation.

Brief outline of the Diplomacy Lab initiative: 

  • Understand the historical and cultural narratives that led to the current legal and political climate surrounding HIV research in Russia
  • Build a knowledge map of HIV research in Russia based on scientific publications and dissertations defended. Simply put, demonstrate who is studying what, where, and with whom. 


  • Engage with diverse faculty with public health, HIV, and Russian research backgrounds
  • Create a tangible product of immediate value to stakeholders in the US and Russian Federation
  • Work with Russian students from Moscow and present research findings to officials and policy makers in the U.S. Embassy Moscow

Expected Commitment: 

  • 3 hours per week during the spring semester working in a team of 3-4 students
  • 20 hours per week during 4-6 weeks in June / July


  • Graduate or undergraduate from any discipline related to public health / policy or Russian or Eastern European studies
  • At least one student with web design experience
  • Russian language fluency prioritized

February 3rd and 14th 
More information

Faculty Contact: 
Scott K. Heysell MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and International Health
Email: skh8r@virginia.edu
Phone: 434-243-9064

Friday, January 13, 2017

Georgetown University School of Medicine is excited to announce a call for applicant's for The Dean of Medical Education's Inaugural Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) program.

ARCHES is a 6-week program for six undergraduate students who are rising 3rd and 4th years interested in pursuing medical studies. It aims to strengthen the research and clinical skills of promising undergraduate students and prepare them for successful matriculation to medical school. The program will engage selected participants in:

  • Clinical experience
  • Guided research
  • Immersive service at Georgetown University
  • Greater DC community on issues of health equity

Dates: Monday, 6/28 - Friday, 8/11, 2017
Summer Stipend: $4,000
Housing: On-campus housing at GT University
Travel: Awarded up to $250 per student on a case by case basis by the GT Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Meals: Students are responsible for their own meals / food costs

All students encouraged to apply, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions and those who identify as first-generation college students. Preference will be given to permanent residents of the District of Columbia. 

Application deadline: March 19th, 2017 at 5pm

For more information, please contact Nickole Sharp at 202-687-7320 or Nickole.Sharp@georgetown.edu with the subject heading "GU ARCHES Question."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Thursday, January 19th
SOPHAS Virtual Fair
Monday, January 9, 2017
The Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirement Publication (2017-18 Edition)
is seeking pre-veterinary student profile submissions. 
Want to submit your pre-veterinary story?
Complete the submission form here and
make sure to send a copy to UVA Pre-Health Advising at jgbowers@virginia.edu
Deadline: January 20th, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017

The ELM Project is to enhance the lives of youth living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease by providing an enriching summer camp experience, year-round skill building and a supported transition to adulthood.

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for the 2017 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ration of about 2:1. Counselors spend each day of camp with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable experience for campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community.

August 5th - August 12th 
Warwick, NY
Room and board provided
For more information, contact: 203-658-9671 or equiroz@elm-project.org
Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Illinois College of Optometry will host its 10th annual Focus on Your Future Summer Program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.

There is no cost to participate in the program and room and board are provided. Participants will be responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation costs to and from ICO.

Program Dates: Monday, Jun e26 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Application deadline: March 30th, 2017

Eligibility and application information

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is seeking candidates for the Health Assistant position this summer. The camp is more books than bug bites and algebra than archery, but campers have the time of their lives in both engaging classes and exciting social activities. Campers come for the classwork, but fall in love with the beautiful college campus settings, energetic staff, and their new best friends.

The CTY staff retention rate is robust, and competitive pay plus room and board are provided. Working closely with the site nurse and site director, health assistants (HAs) participate in the day-to-day operation of the site health office, keep track of students' medications and medical appointments, confer with parents, and act as a liason with nearby medical professionals. Health Assistants must be at least 21 (for insurance purposes) and have a good driving record as they are required to drive site vehicles.

CTY offers the Health Assistant position at sites in CA, MD, VA, RI, PA, NJ, and NY. The sites run for two sessions - the first includes a setup week:

June 19 -- July 15
July 15 -- August 6

Pay begins at $3200 for two sessions with room and board provided.

Access application here!
Please contact Laura Saxton with any questions: 410-735-6183 or lsaxton@jhu.edu

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
 Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, ASPPH will host the all-day Undergraduate Public Health and Global Health Education Summit. Early Bird registration fees for the UG Summit will be available to registrants until January 13th.  
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

MedServe is a fellowship connecting future medical students with innovative, community-oriented primary care practices across North Carolina.

As a MedServe Fellow, you will:

  • Be mentored by a rock-star primary care practice
  • Become an active member of a healthcare team and work in the community to impact local health issues
  • Receive ongoing training and support throughout

Learn more at med-serve.org 
Apply before: March 1, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Class Visits

Our Class Visit Days provide prospective students with the opportunity to shadow the first year MPH class, Introduction to Public Health, and interact with our current students and faculty.

Tuesday, January 24
9 am - 1:00 pm
Topic: Principles of Epidemiology

Thursday, February 23
9 am - 1:00 pm
Topic: Principles of Epidemiology

Graduate Open House

Our Graduate Open Houses provide students with an overview of the unique mission and research of the Dornsife School of Public Health. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about the different degree programs available at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and network with current students, faculty and alumni. 

Saturday, February 18

9 am – 2 pm

For more information and to RSVP for these events, please visit http://drexel.edu/dornsife/admissions/visit/.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Interested in emergency medicine, humanitarian relief work, wilderness medicine, or global health? Explore the great outdoors and learn from physicians who work around the world.

March 10 - 18th: Colorado Rockies
March 25th - April 1st: California's Channel Island National Park

Open to all college students and recent graduates. Both courses are taught by Colorado School of Medicine faculty and include Wilderness First Responder certification, CPR certification, in-depth lectures and labs, and authentic adventure activities.

Full scholarships available. 
Deadline for scholarship applications: January 31st, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Summer Research Internship program provides college students with the opportunity to participate in the Emergency Medicine Department's clinical research projects. Students are exposed to various research methods and fundamental elements of clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and enrolling eligible patients into the studies. The program seeks outstanding undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, health sciences, clinical research or other health-related fields. The summer research interns will work on studies that will provide them exposure to the spectrum of clinical research including data collection and entry, patient interaction, and utilization of innovative research methods employed in the Emergency Department. In addition to collecting data, summer research interns will be exposed to the process of designing research studies including issues of human subject protection, data analysis, and publication.

Questions: Contact Paige Kulie, Clinical Research Supervisor at emedresearchsummerinternship@gmail.com 

Application deadline: January 29, 2017

Further information and application