Priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017
This 9-12 month paid research internship program is offered by Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York – part of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System). The mission of the Division of General Pediatrics is to enhance the lives of children and families locally and nationally through clinical care, teaching, research and community service. As such, our work falls into multiple domains: clinical medicine, clinical research, quality improvement, medical education, health policy, and administration.
This Clinical Research Internship will offer 3 – 4 accomplished students the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors within the Division of General Pediatrics on research projects on a wide variety of topics relevant to general pediatrics, ranging from pediatric health outcomes research to quality improvement to health services and health policy research. Examples of ongoing projects in the Division of General Pediatrics include:
- Impact of general screening for social determinants on health disparities among immigrant children;
- Development, implementation, and evaluation of pediatric obesity and breastfeeding promotion initiatives at multiple practice sites throughout Queens and Long Island;
- Impact of innovations in the delivery of care for children with asthma;
- Impact of Medicaid care coordination programs on children with complex medical and psychosocial needs;
- Outcomes of adolescents with complex health needs transitioning to adult care;
- Interventions to improve future planning for families of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Research assistants will be integral members of our team in the Department of General Pediatrics, participating in all components of our projects. Research Assistants (RA’s) will assist faculty with ongoing research projects and/or work collaboratively with one or more mentors in designing new projects of mutual interest. With the guidance of faculty, research assistants will learn to perform chart reviews, conduct in-depth interviews, administer in-person and online surveys, run focus groups, analyze and code transcripts, and analyze primary and secondary data.
Program Dates: Start and completion dates for the Gap Year internship are somewhat flexible. Priority will be given to applicants prepared to make at least a full-time 9 month commitment or longer, though alternate schedule arrangements will be considered. With advance notice, research interns may take as many days off (without pay) as needed during their internship to visit medical schools for interviews.
Stipend: This is a paid internship; interns will be paid $15.50 per hour for days worked.
To Apply: You must submit a completed application (PDF attached), a résumé, and an unofficial transcript. All materials should be sent electronically using the subject line “Gap Year Research Internship” to Dr. Sophia Jan at SJan1@northwell.edu.
Application Process & Deadline: There is a rolling submission deadline. However, priority will be given to candidates who submit all materials by Friday, August 25, 2017. The most promising candidates will be invited to interview by Skype, and notification of decisions will be made soon thereafter.
For Further Information: The research internship is coordinated by Dr. Sophia Jan, Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics. Questions regarding the Gap Year internship or the application process may be directed to her directly (SJan1@northwell.edu).
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 , 6:00 pm , Coltrane Lounge
The Winter Term EMT Program is a credit bearing comprehensive, emergency medical internship that is co-sponsored by Middlebury College and Middlebury Regional EMS. The intensive month long program will provide students the opportunity to become nationally certified EM-B’s. EMT skills may be used to provide medical support on the ambulance, at the Open Door Clinic and other College and community events. The application process begins with students attending an information session in Coltrane on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM at which time you will learn about the program including the cost of the internship and complete a preliminary application. Once preliminary applications have been reviewed, students accepted into the program will be given three weeks to complete a series of tasks (form completion, immunizations, payment, etc). Students who fail the complete the application by the deadline will be removed from the roster and replaced with students on the wait list. Please email Hannah Benz (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
If you think you might also be interested in applying to medical/dental/veterinary school, stick around for the First-Year/Sophomore Health Professions Info Meeting at 7:00 pm in Coltrane Lounge.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm in Coltrane Lounge
All students new to health professions are welcome to attend this information session. If you haven’t done so already, it is a great opportunity to meet with Hannah Benz, Assistant Director of Health Professions & STEM Advising. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Physician Assistant or other health profession, come learn how a successful application takes more than just good science grades.
Can’t make it to the meeting but interested in joining our mailing list for future events? Email us at email@example.com and we will be happy to include you in our weekly newsletters.
Also interested in the Winter-Term EMT Course? Arrive to Coltrane early at 6:00 PM to stay for the EMT Course Info Session.
Interested in community healthcare? Are you bilingual in Spanish and English? The Open Door Clinic provides medical care for individuals and families who are under-insured or without insurance. They seek volunteers to help with Spanish/English medical interpretation. Contact Josh Lanney, firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive a volunteer application and more information about the training.
Open Door Clinic Medical Interpreter Training
Saturday, October 7th 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Axinn 219.
The mysteries of applying to professional schools through Middlebury will be deciphered. Join Mary Lothrop, the Director of Health Professions & STEM Advising, for this important meeting to learn about the internal Health Professions Committee review process and how professional schools will evaluate your application.
Tuesday, October 10 | 6:30-7:30 pm | Coltrane Lounge
The Health Professions Program at Middlebury College sponsors a small clinical shadowing program at Porter Hospital and Clinics. As many of you are aware, medical, dental, PA and nursing programs value clinical shadowing in their holistic applicant review, but getting this experience can be tough.
Shadowing Session I will begin in early November 2017 and will continue through the end of JTerm; Session 2 will take place during the Spring Semester. Students who are selected will be oriented and signed off and then will be allowed to shadow at Porter Hospital and Clinics during their session. Students might, for example, elect to spend a morning with a pediatrician, a day in the operating room, an afternoon with a cardiologist, and a 12 hour shift in the ER. Please indicate which session you would prefer, or if you have no preference.
The application process begins with completion of a simple form; use it as an opportunity to convince us why this experience is important to you! We ask that you not reach out to any Porter provider directly as there are a number of protocols that need to be followed in order for a student to shadow in the hospital. Doing so could jeopardize our affiliation agreement with Porter and result in termination of this beneficial relationship. This opportunity is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
Please email Hannah Benz with any questions.
In addition to being a truly inspiring and innovative field, STEM careers offer many benefits: financial, intellectual, and philanthropic. According to the 2017 update by the US Department of Commerce, employment in STEM occupations grew by more than 24% in comparison to non-STEM occupations, which grew only by 4.0%. Further, STEM occupations are projected to grow by around 9% percent by 2024. On average, STEM workers earned 29% more than their non-STEM colleagues in 2015. This premium has increased from 2010 by 3% and will continue to do so with the digitalization of our society. Research done by the Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that there will be 9 million STEM jobs by 2018.
This Forbes article by Anna Powers contains a list of coolest occupations in STEM right now across three promising industries, offering incredible prospects for growth, impact and compensation.
Important article from the latest AAMC newsletter!
Being invited to interview is an indication that a medical school is interested in understanding more about the person behind the application. An interview is a chance for medical schools to look at the intangible qualities not captured on paper. Professionalism is one of those important qualities and can easily make or break an otherwise outstanding interview. To help you put your most professional foot forward and avoid any missteps, we asked admissions officers to reveal their best tips for before, during, and after an interview.
Ngozi Anachebe, MD, PharmD, associate dean of admissions and student affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine, says she uses the interview to determine if an applicant has the attributes, viewpoints, behaviors, and attitudes that will help them become a caring and competent physician (i.e. a professional). Professionalism is that intangible quality on which medical school applicants are evaluated throughout the entire interview process.
Dr. Anachebe noted that “at Morehouse, applicants are assessed on three broad areas—interpersonal and communication skills, disposition, and fit for the program. Professionalism should be reflected in each of these key areas.” At every stage of the interview process, from receipt of the initial invitation to the post-interview waiting period, a lack of professionalism can negatively impact an admissions decision.
So how do you avoid the faux pas that could undermine an otherwise stellar interview? A few admissions officers offered the following suggestions to help you maintain professionalism before, during, and after your interview.
Before the Interview
Dimple Patel, MS, Associate Dean, Office of Admissions, University of Minnesota Medical School
“When you have been offered an interview, it’s important to first connect with the program immediately and thank them for the offer, regardless of whether you will accept or not. If you accept the offer, begin working with the school’s interview coordinator to schedule your visit and keep in close contact until all details are finalized. If you do not accept the interview offer, let the school know immediately so they can move forward and invite other applicants. In the event that you commit to interview at a school and later decide to withdraw, do this in a respectful and professional manner by emailing the school as soon as you know of your new plans. Do not wait until the last minute or simply neglect to show up on the day you were scheduled to interview.”
On Interview Day
Ngozi Anachebe, MD, PharmD, Associate Dean, Medical Education, Admissions and Student Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine
“First impressions matter. Select your outfit carefully, as your attire can influence how you are perceived by others. This is not the time to be the fashionista. Be understated and conservative, opting whenever possible for a suit in navy blue, dark grey, or black and wear comfortable dress shoes. Keep cologne and perfume to a minimum and avoid excessive, dangling, noisy or clunky jewelry.
Arrive early and turn off your cell phone. During the interview, sit up straight and smile when appropriate. Be sure to make eye contact, but don’t stare. Apply a firm handshake. Watch your language and avoid overt familiarity, addressing people you meet as Dr./Ms./Mr. unless invited to do otherwise. Avoid impolite mannerisms such as chewing gum. Don’t fidget and be careful not to repeatedly look at your watch, which can make you appear as if you are disinterested or preoccupied.”
Lina Mehta, MD, Associate Dean for Admissions, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
“It is very important for an applicant to be present and fully engaged throughout interview day. We occasionally see candidates who spend much of the day on their phones, including during presentations, which is perceived as unprofessional and signals a lack of interest. In addition, it is bad form to fall asleep or nod off during the day, so try to get enough sleep the night before. Further, make sure you know where you are going for your interview. Keep important contact information with you, such as the phone number of the admissions office, in case something unexpected happens. If you are going to be late, call the office and let them know. Also, if you need to cancel an interview, do so as soon as possible and don’t wait until the last minute.
And remember, ask questions. Not only is a school interviewing you, but you are also assessing the school’s fit for you, so ask questions and soak in as much information as possible.”
After the Interview
Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD Senior Associate Dean for Admissions, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
“Please follow directions for each school regarding how and when to contact them after the interview. This may be different for each school so be sure to ask at the interview. Emails are likely preferable to phone calls, due to limited staffing. Make sure that any communication shares significant information or change. Remember medical schools are receiving thousands of applications from prospective medical school students.
Address anyone you speak to, by phone or email, with respect. Patience is sometimes difficult in situations where you finally get to talk with someone by phone or you are frustrated with unanswered emails, but be slow to show your frustration. Negative comments will not achieve the goal you are wishing for.
All communications with medical school admissions offices are subject to critique. If you call, write, email, text, or stop by for a visit, your neatness, communication style, professional demeanor, sincerity, and humility are all being scrutinized. Remember, medical schools are choosing the next group of new physicians to serve the citizens of the world. The ideal applicant will be mature and understanding in their communications, sincere in any exchange, and able to exhibit excellence in the bedside manner of a future doctor.”
Always remain courteous, patient, mindful, and gracious throughout your interactions with medical schools. Familiarizing yourself with the application and acceptance protocols will help to clarify expectations of both medical schools and applicants. Any breach in these protocols may be perceived as unprofessional and could reflect poorly on your potential as a medical professional.
Professionalism is that essential quality that every future doctor should embody. And as you can see, it is not overlooked by medical schools. At the end of the day, it’s all about putting your best self forward.
ADEA is pleased to announce the availability of its new online product, the ADEA Dental School Explorer! Based on the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, this tool contains the profiles of the 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools featured in the printed edition—all searchable by key word and filterable by institution type, targeted entering-class size, DAT Total Science score (mean), Science GPA (mean), and location (state, territory or province).
View information on required and recommended courses; dental shadowing requirements/recommendations; admission cycle timetables; fees, deposits and cost of attendance; and 2016 applicant and entering-class statistics
CCI has purchased a hard copy of this resource. If you are interested, please contact Nicole for access.
Interested in purchasing your own online subscription? A one-year subscription to the ADEA Dental School Explorer is available for $25. Purchase it here.
For students starting medical school, the first year can involve a lot of time in a lecture hall. There are hundreds of terms to master and pages upon pages of notes to take.
But when the new class of medical students begins at the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine next week, a lot of that learning won’t take place with a professor at a lectern.
The school has begun to phase out lectures in favor of what’s known as “active learning” and plans to be done with lectures altogether by 2019. Read the full NPR article by Audie Cornish here.