As we rapidly approach summer break, we want to wish you the best of luck in completing your final exams and papers. We hope you’ve had a good semester and have exciting plans for summer.
While we won’t be maintaining our weekly newsletter over the summer, we encourage you to stay connected by following our career path pages here and here! We’ll be busy through the summer working on committee letters and advising students applying to medical/dental/veterinary school, but we remain open to all students with questions.
- For technical questions about your professional school applications and deadlines, email Nicole.
- To schedule an appointment with an advisor, email Mary or Hannah with the topics you’d like to discuss and your preferred days/times.
Finally, we wish to congratulate all of our May graduates. We hope that you will stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Have an enjoyable, productive, and safe summer!
~The HP/STEM Team
(Mary, Hannah, & Nicole)
The AAMC reached out to publishers of biochemistry textbooks and asked them to identify where the foundational concepts and content categories tested on the MCAT exam can be found within their textbooks. At present, there are three textbooks included in this resource, all of which are free and open-access. As they hear from other publishers, they will continue to update this resource.
To download the resource, click here.
You’re about to start a summer internship and you want to make the most of it. Check out this great article that highlights 10 things you can do to make the most our of your experience:
- Create a Positive First (and Ongoing) Impression: The endgame here is to gain a professional reference, obtain a letter of recommendation or blurb on LinkedIn and have a quality resume entry. You earn these through punctuality and presenting a professional appearance each day.Be careful what you wear. Yes, it’s summer. But before you leave the house, remember that you are not going to the beach or sunbathing on the campus quad. If you are not certain about the dress code, ask your boss or someone in HR.Keep your workspace clean and organized, and don’t be seen texting or using technology for personal purposes while on the clock. Updating your Facebook status can wait until you get home. (Also see Tip #8)
- Deliver: You want to make sure that you complete any assignments, whether easy or complex, by the deadlines. “The dog ate my homework” (or its digital version) will not resonate here.
- Don’t be High Maintenance: You obviously want to do a good job. Try to take notes on what is expected of you from the outset. When questions arise while you are performing a task, don’t ask your supervisor questions every two minutes. To the extent possible, “bank” your questions and move on to the next part. Then, before the deadline, present your questions in batch mode in order to be able to complete the assignment correctly
Attending medical school is not cheap! According to the AAMC, the average cost of attendance for one year at a public medical school is about $35,000.00 for in-state students and close to $60,000.00 for out-of-state students. This figure does not include books, housing and living expenses! Tuition and fees at private schools average well over $52,000 a year regardless of whether you’re an in-state or out-of-state student. There are a number of “hidden costs” accrued in obtaining a medical degree, beginning with the cost of preparing for and taking the MCATS, the first financial investment in your medical education. The next big expenditure that applicants face is the cost of the AMCAS application and secondary fees, and then comes the cost of interviewing.
We had long wondered exactly how much it costs to interview for medical school, and with the help of our student staff, last summer we reached out to our Matric 16 cohort in order to understand more. We learned that students went on an average of 6.4 interviews at a cost of $417.42 per interview amounting to a total cost of $3144.54.
A couple of weeks ago, we surveyed our Matric 17 cohort and learned that students in this cycle attended an average of 4.5 interviews at a cost of $406.15 per interview for a total cost of $2202.12
You can review the raw data and see the breakdown of costs here. Additionally, students were asked to share any advice that they had about the application and interview process. Their responses are here.
A big thanks to CCI student staff Yasmeen Byrnes, 2017 who surveyed, collected and complied this data!
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Are you interested in working for a fast-paced Vermont startup? Excited about healthcare and how doctors get paid? Then we have an exciting internship for you!
A combination of strategy, business development and marketing, Staple Health is looking for a summer intern who will help them attract the right customers and set them up for success.
Staple Health is a SaaS platform that healthcare providers use to ensure financial success in the evolving US healthcare market.
Insurers across the country are moving to a model of giving doctors bonus payments or penalties based on their clinical quality. Staple Health streamlines this data capture and reporting process, saving doctors valuable time and maximizing payments from insurers.
Biography of the Founder, Nicholas Lovejoy: Nicholas graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2009 with a degree in chemistry and was planning to go to medical school. After a year of research in a diabetes lab at Massachusetts General in Boston, he ended up deciding against practicing medicine. He moved to Vermont to work with Vermont Blueprint for Health, a group managing healthcare reform for the state and quickly discovered that even with all his pre-med classes, he had very little understanding of how the business of healthcare actually works. Intrigued by the changing payment landscape, he started Staple Health.
Does this sound like a company that fits with your interests? Check out the full job description in MOJO.
- Help develop content for their website, blog and social media.
- Prospect and activate sales leads.
- Work with founders to develop marketing strategy. 20-30 hours per week.
- Demonstrated self-starter willing and able to work independently and creatively drive progress on your projects.
- You’re outgoing, and able to boil complex ideas down into simple pitches.
- Looking for a career in healthcare, consulting or entrepreneurship.
Hunger Free Vermont is recruiting candidates for a full-time, 12 month Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA position to start in November 2017. Seeking a collaborative, critical thinker to join their program team and work on expanding Hunger Free Vermont’s capacity to provide nutrition education opportunities and increase access to farmers markets and other direct markets for low-income Vermonters.
The VISTA Team member will receive training and support from a manager and colleagues and will increase their experience and skills in project management, communication, public speaking, strategic planning, and public education in nutrition and hunger issues. This position will coordinate statewide activities for enhancing food security in Vermont through the development and implementation of The Learning Kitchen – a hands-on cooking and nutrition education program for low-income Vermonters. In addition, this position will develop and execute a sustainable outreach program to help more SNAP participants use their benefits at farmers markets and/or access fresh, local food through CSAs and other direct markets.
Interested? Learn more and apply in MOJO!
Before you decide whether you want to apply to allopathic (MD) and/or osteopathic (DO) medical schools, we recommend that you shadow both types of doctors. They each represent different approaches to health and healing. Gaining exposure to both forms of medicine will help you make an informed decision about what types of treatment options you would like to offer your patients.
Which is More Competitive?
There are 153 allopathic schools and 37 osteopathic schools in the U.S. Only two schools offer both programs, Michigan State and Rowan University. Statistically, there is a much larger number of MDs practicing than DOs. In researching the differences between these two courses of study, some students claim on premed forums that the DO schools are considered “less competitive” and therefore easier to matriculate into.
The average MCAT and GPA for students accepted into MD programs in the 2015-2016 application cycle were 28.3 and 3.55 (3.45 science), while they were 26.38 and 3.44 for DO programs for the same application year, as reported by the AAMC and ACCOMAS. While the osteopathic scores are lower, the numbers are not so dramatically different.
Given the increasing number of students applying to medical school in recent years, the gaps between these numbers are closing quickly. The difference in scores for students accepted into either program is projected to shrink.
Read the full Accepted article by Alicia McNease Nimonkar here.
Gaining clinical experience is an important part of the medical school application. But to be a competitive medical school applicant, some have questioned if it’s necessary to shadow a doctor. It’s true that shadowing is great experience, as it exposes you to patient care in a clinical setting and gives you an idea of the day-to-day demands of a medical career. But as a pre-med student, you’re often balancing a rigorous academic schedule, along with extracurricular and personal responsibilities, so shadowing may not be a possibility. Click here for the full AAMC article on gaining experience without shadowing.
If you are in the process of applying to medical school (or thinking of applying in the future,) we have created a Google map of where Midd grads have matriculated to medical school over the last three years. The map will help you see where alumni are located. Simply click on the map pin and it will tell you what school and how many alumni matriculated that year. Keep an eye on the map as we will be adding DO, dental and veterinary schools as well.
Check out the Google map here.