A self-professed science geek, Anand Chukka arrived at Washington University in St. Louis eager to prepare for a career in medicine. As a December degree candidate, he has accomplished just that. He majored in biochemistry in Arts & Sciences; conducted medical research in labs in St. Louis, Boston and San Francisco; and serves as co-president of GlobeMed, a student-run nonprofit that addresses health inequities.
But he also majored in American culture studies in Arts & Sciences, a decision that reaffirmed his passion for medicine and positions him to be a better doctor.
“I have learned that health is not just CRISPR and gene editing,” Chukka said. “It is economic policy and the criminal justice system. It’s housing ordinances and racial policies. My courses in American culture studies taught me to take a more holistic view. I understand now that culture shapes policy and policy shapes health outcomes.”
Kaplan has winter break goodies for everyone: 6 days of free, live MCAT help for students!
Free MCAT Prep Study Break, December 21-30
You can make the most of their winter break and get a jump on your MCAT prep. Kaplan’s top-rated experts will review high-yield science topics, offer a practice test, and teach time-saving strategies in livestreamed sessions.
Brought to you by Sarah Wall ’16
At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, their reach is global and their impact is profound. Join their acclaimed Division of GI/Nutrition and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.
They are looking for a talented and motivated Clinical Research Assistant I to join Dr. Scott Snapper’s Lab in the IBD Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. You will be working with a research team that is focused on better understanding the genetic, environmental, and microbial factors that lead to the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To advance their understanding of this complex disease, they leverage expertise in gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, genomics/bioinformatics, and translational medicine. They are looking for a person who is motivated, eager to learn and will work well in a quickly adaptive environment.
This Clinical Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
- Coordinating various clinical and translational research studies.
- Recruiting and enrolling study participants in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting.
- Collecting and processing of biological specimens.
- Completing data entry for active studies.
- Assisting with the analysis of clinical metadata compiled through various databases.
- Performing a variety of innovative translational and clinical research studies.
- Opportunities that exist, depending on interest and need, for involvement in studies related to analysis of human sequencing data, as well as translational research techniques.
Apply in Handshake. Deadline SUNDAY 1/6/19 at 11:55 pm.
In 2015, the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology in Denver, Colorado initiated a new program called the Gates Center Summer Internship Program. The goal of the program is to encourage outstanding undergraduates to consider careers in stem cell research by providing state of the art training opportunities at the Gates Center. Using adult stem cells, students work with research teams to develop therapies across a wide range of areas including Dermatology, Orthopedics, Oncology and Neurology. Scholars attend biweekly lectures given by the Gates Center faculty and present their work at the end of their internship at a poster presentation session. In summers 2016, 2017 and 2018 we selected two outstanding students for the program, and this summer we will again select two Middlebury Gates Summer Scholars to spend 10 weeks interning in laboratories on the University of Colorado Medical Campus. The internship is full time (May 29 to August 9, 2019) and you will receive a stipend of $4000.00.
The application process is competitive and open to current Sophomores and Juniors. In order to apply, your GPA must be at least 3.60, but students selected for GSIP typically have GPA’s around 3.80.
Application opens December 14th! Deadline January 31.
The Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10 week undergraduate summer fellowship program to support undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.
This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.
This post brought to you by Ariana Mills ’17!
Research Assistants (RAs) have four major responsibilities:
- Transplant call
- Tissue call
- Consent call
- Databasing/Clinical research
RAs have the unique opportunity to participate in heart and lung recoveries for transplant surgeries at Columbia university Irving Medical Center. RAs travel with the procuring surgeons to the donor hospital where they serve as organ preservationists.
On tissue and consent calls, RAs collect tissue from cardiac surgery cases for research, as well as obtain consent from patients to use their tissue for research.
RAs regularly collect data from patient files for retrospective studies, and there are many opportunities for RAs to come up with their own research projects.
The RA position is a minimum one-year commitment in addition to an on-boarding period. Applicants must be graduating seniors or post-bacc students. Candidates who can start before May 2019 will be given special consideration. Each RA will receive a $1,000/month stipend.
To apply, please email the following three items to the Program Director, Dr. Catherine Wang.
- Cover letter
- Contact information of two references
Ariana has also generously offered her contact information if students have questions about the position, concerns about the stipend, etc. You can reach her via email here.
It is that time of the semester again when we hear from so many of you that you are too stressed out. We thought it might be helpful to remember that:
- “My work will get done, it will be over soon, and then there will be time for relaxation and celebration.”
- “This is a hectic time, but I don’t have to give in to it. Stress will make me frustrated and worn out, not a better writer or test taker.”
- “I’ve done this before and got through it, I can trust myself that I’ll do it again this time.”
- “I’m not giving up and handing myself over to this thing called stress. I will prove to myself that I have the confidence and resilience to succeed.”
- Check out the full Psychology Today article here for more tips.
- Check out the Student Life Stress Reduction Techniques page.
Remember to take breaks from studying as often as you can. Take a walk, stretch, chat with friends, eat a healthy meal, or indulge in a not-so-healthy meal – whatever works for you!
If you get to the point of feeling overly anxious, try to follow this 4-7-8 breathing technique:
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
- This is one breath.
Best of luck to all approaching these final busy days that are upon us!
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and to prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions—part of an effort by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that works to build a Culture of Health.
All students who meet the Summer Health Professions Education Program eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be a college freshman or sophomore at the time of application.
- Have a minimum overall college GPA of 2.5.
- Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or an individual granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
- Not have previously participated in the program.
Other factors for consideration include that a student:
- Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
- Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
- Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations.
- Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation.
Submit Application Materials
Applications will only be reviewed by designated program sites once the National Program Office processes the following materials in accordance with the admissions guidelines:
- The online SHPEP application, which includes one essay prompt (Personal Statement Guidelines). An AAMC account is required to access the application. Register for an AAMC account if you do not already have one.
- One official transcript from every U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution attended sent directly by the institution’s registrar’s office. Please review the Transcript Requirements section for more information.
- One letter of recommendation from a qualified reference. Please review the Recommendation Requirements section for more information.
You can use the optional Application Checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the required steps to apply to SHPEP.
Interested in Health Professions? Check out our Winter-Term Seminar Series:
Tuesday, January 8
Medical School Applicant Panel
7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
We are excited to welcome a panel of current UVM medical school students back to campus. Come hear about the application process from students who just went through the cycle.
MCAT Peer Advice Panel
8:15 p.m. ion Coltrane Lounge
Following the alumni panel, the Pre-Health Society will host their yearly MCAT panel discussion featuring students who took the MCATS this past summer. We’ll learn their study schedules, what prep materials they found useful, any tricks and tips that were helpful and test-day strategies. We’ll also feature an alum who took the MCATS post-graduation while working full time.
Pizza will be served between panels.
Tuesday, January 15
Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Panel
7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
Come hear a robust conversation about two popular allied health professions. We’ll hear from recent alumni who are currently in PA and NP schools as well as from local practitioners in both fields.
Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Tuesday, January 22
LGBTQ in the U.S. Army
6:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
Join Col. Joshua S. Hawley-Molloy, program director of the International Medicine Residency for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, for a discussion of LGBTQ issues as they relate to the military.
U.S. Army Suture Clinic
7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge
The U.S. Army will be hosting a hands-on Suture Clinic. This workshop will be a great learning experience for those who are considering medicine as a career path, or for those who just want to gain a new skill!
Food will be served between events.
For students looking for ways to help finance their health care professions:
The HSCP is a scholarship program designed to provide financial incentives for students in designated health care professions to complete degree/certification requirements and obtain a commission in the Medical Corps (MC), Dental Corps (DC), or Medical Service Corps (MSC). The following specialties are routinely eligible to apply for HSCP:
- Medical school
- Dental school
- Health care administration
- Pharmacy school
- Environmental health
- Physician Assistant programs.
HPSP is a true scholarship program designed to provide financial incentives for students to attend a school to be a physician, dentist, physician assistant, optometrist, or clinical psychologist to ultimately receive an appointment as an officer in the Unites States Navy.
Nurse Candidate Program (NCP)
NCP is a program designed to provide financial incentives to nursing students obtaining their BSN from an accredited nursing school.
For further information, you can contact HM1 (FMF) Alex Locklear by email.