Join us for our introductory meeting of the year!
Location and Time: Monday, 9/16 7:45-8:30 p.m. in MBH 430
Women in Health Sciences is a NEW CLUB that seeks to equip women for healthcare-related industries including medicine, nursing, graduate school, healthcare consulting, global health and more.
We offer one-on-one mentoring, engage in dialogue about women in health sciences, and host speakers!
At the first meeting, we will talk about our club goals, learn about the leadership team, and hear from members what they envision for the club! We hope to see you there!
CCI is hosting four
Fall Family Weekend events
Several of the student participants in the Silicon Valley Innovation Trek will discuss their experiences on this fully-funded CCI-led trip to explore careers involving innovation. Open to all students and guests! Learn more about the event in Handshake.
Join us for this unique, Fall Family Weekend opportunity for students to network with parents who have worked to advance the common good—planned or through happenstance —whether through careers in the public, nonprofit, business, or environmental sectors, serving on boards, or volunteering. Invite your parents, if this is their field or passion or even their hobby, please have them join us for some delicious sushi and help inspire and guide Middlebury students! Learn more about the event in Handshake.
CCI and the Student Investment Committee are pleased to host a panel of parent professionals to discuss careers in finance for liberal arts majors and the power of the Middlebury alumni/parent networks. Students and parents who currently work in the field or who are curious about careers in finance for their Middlebury students are encouraged to attend. Learn more about the event in Handshake.
At Middlebury, students don’t just learn how to engage the world—they go out and do it!
CCI prepares students for great internship and job opportunities so they can apply their liberal arts learning beyond the classroom. Our advisors, programming, and resources focus on all areas of career exploration and specialize in areas that include the arts, media and entertainment, education, social impact, government and policy, STEM, law, health professions, and business. Stop by and meet the CCI team and learn how we help students explore what’s next. go/cci
For the full FFW schedule and information – visit the Middlebury FFW page.
Click here to register in Handshake!
We’re delighted to share that Erin Southworth joined the CCI team last week. As CCI Coordiantor, Erin’s primary roles will be supporting health professions advising, as well as CCI budget administration and special projects for the team.
Erin comes to CCI after working in Special Projects within the Office of the Provost at Middlebury. For nearly the last two years, she has managed the Fund for Innovation and supported projects such as re-accreditation and Envisioning Middlebury. Erin holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management. Erin’s office is on the 1st floor of CCI (ADK 110), and can be reached at email@example.com.
Please join us in welcoming her to CCI!
The studio is CASUAL. The studio is PEER-LED. The studio is CREATIVE. The studio is a DYNAMIC, WELCOMING SPACE where Peer Career Advisors are available to help you.
Did you miss our Create Your First Résumé event on 9/4? Or were you one of the students that we had to turn away because we filled up so early? COME BACK!! We are here for you AND our first STUDIO will be on Creating Your First Résumé!
If you are looking for work on campus and need a résumé, we are here to help! Grab your roommate or a friend (or come solo) on Monday and stop in between 7:00 and 9:00 pm in the Adirondack House (ADK).
We look forward to seeing you!
Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm in Hillcrest 103
All students new to health professions are encouraged to attend this information session. If you haven’t done so already, it is a great opportunity to meet with Hannah Benz, Associate Director of Health Professions & STEM Advising. If you are thinking about pursuing a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences, or becoming a Physician Assistant or other health professional, come learn how a successful application takes more than just good science grades.
If you think you might also be interested in applying to the Winter-Term EMT Course, come to the Winter-Term EMT Course Fall Information Meeting on Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm in Coltrane Lounge.
Thanks to Nancy Fullman ’07, Middlebury College has a curated list of entry-level and early career positions in global health. Every few weeks Nancy emails our office with job opportunities to share with you!
This month’s list of opportunities can be downloaded here. She’s highlighted current opportunities at IHME in yellow, as she is able to provide a bit more information about those particular positions.
Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2007 and went on to become a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) from 2008 to 2011. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington in 2011. Nancy is now IHME’s Research Associate and we are lucky to have her in our network! You can read more about Nancy on the IHME website.
What are you going to do after you graduate? Yes, we know, it’s the worst question. Listen to the How to Get a Job After College podcast here for some fabulous advice. You won’t regret it!
Important article from the AAMC!
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.
Our social media platforms are a great way to get the inside scoop on all things CCI and learn about career opportunities and upcoming events. Most importantly, they are a way for you to connect with each other. Whether it is to share your story, or learn about the stories of your peers. Connect with us.
In addition to following us:
- Check out our #MiddleburySummerInternship series we ran over the summer to see what your peers were up to.
- Learn about #CCIResources like Vault, GoinGlobal, and LinkedIn Learning.
- Follow our new #MiddCCIStaff highlights to learn more about how advisors and staff can help.
- Follow our #HandshakeTipoftheWeek for tips on how to make Handshake work for you.
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