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The CCI is excited to announce the launch of Handshake, a brand new platform for Middlebury College students. Handshake is replacing MOJO and offers more job and internship opportunities, a broader range of employers, and more fields. In Handshake you can:
- Find internship and employment opportunities based on your career interests and goals.
- Discover when employers come to campus for informational sessions and/or interviews.
- Connect with alumni and employers.
- Learn about events and programming in your field of interest.
- Schedule an advising appointment.
How do I access Handshake?
Visit middlebury.joinhandshake.com and login with your Middlebury ID and password. You already have an account – now you just need to activate it.
Note: for alumni who graduated on or before May 2016, click “sign up for an Account” on the bottom left.
What should I do first?
Completing your profile in Handshake is more important than ever! Because Handshake is customized for your preferences, an incomplete profile means an incomplete system. It means you won’t receive tailored recommendations for opportunities, events, or employers. The CCI has migrated some of your basic information (name, graduation year, major, etc.) but you want to make sure to complete your profile, including your career interests
What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?
Much of your information is brought over from the Registrar’s Office. Therefore, if anything is incorrect (i.e. major, graduation date, etc.), we recommend contacting them directly at email@example.com
Handshake is easy-to-use and even has a mobile app. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Technology Coordinator, Susan Sheets, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The future’s bright for nurse practitioners; salaries AND demand are on the rise!
Nurse practitioners are more in demand than most physicians as states allow direct access to patients for these increasingly popular health professionals.
Only family physicians, psychiatrists and internists are more in demand than nurse practitioners, according to the latest snapshot into the U.S. healthcare workforce from MerrittHawkins, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare.
While this article is focused on undergraduate admissions, grad school applicants need to consider this as well. There is some important advice about social media and college admissions, but also good advice for everyone.
“… if you wouldn’t want something you posted to end up on a jumbotron in Times Square, DO NOT POST IT.”
Read the full NYT article by
We have been reading more and more that some medical school admissions committees and employers really look at applicant’s pages and posts, so we are now telling students to assume that all admissions committees look up applicants online. Barbara Fuller, M.P.H., director of admissions at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University says,
“Students on the admissions committee are more tech savvy and actually have been responsible for presenting information on candidates-acquired through internet searches-that changed an acceptance to a rejection. As an applicant, you are responsible for the ‘public face’ that the connected world sees.”
How do you find out what’s out there about you? Do web searches from various browsers and see what comes up. In addition to your social media accounts, you may find links to news articles, petitions you have signed electronically, and comments you have left on websites.
What might negatively influence the admissions committee? Anything illegal, showing poor judgement, or might be controversial can hurt your image.
How to protect yourself: Make all social networking accounts private. Approve all tags or check-ins and delete anything you are not proud of, or that might be misconstrued. It is best to err on the “less is more” idea.
Social media best practices:
- Make all accounts private
- Keep pictures, statuses, and comments clean
- Approve tags and check-ins from friends
- Always sign out of a public or shared computer
- Never share your password
*Excerpted from the AAMC Quick Answers to Common Questions About Getting Into Medical School
- Being Mortal: Medicine and What Happens in the End by Atul Gawande, MD
Dr. Gawande, a practicing surgeon and bestselling author, explores end-of-life care and the limits of the medical profession.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, MD
After being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, Dr. Kalanithi reflects on the challenge of facing mortality and the relationship between doctor and patient.
- The House of God by Samuel Shem
A novel about six interns struggling through residency training and how they learn not only to be good doctors, but good human beings.
- An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How you Can Take it Back
by Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD
Elisabeth Rosenthal, an MD and former New York Times reporter, takes a comprehensive look into America’s broken health care system and offers solutions to help fix the problems it faces.
- Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction by Maria Szalavitz
Maria Szalavitz uses her own personal story of overcoming addiction to explore how looking at addiction as a learning disorder can change how we think about prevention, treatment, and policy.
- Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, MD
A novel about orphaned twin brothers raised by doctors in Ethiopia explores their story of family and medicine.
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Mary Roach explores how cadavers have been used over the centuries after being donated to science, and tells the story of what happens to our bodies postmortem.
- The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks, MD
Dr. Sacks tells the stories of patients with strange neurological disorders; their stories are a testament to the adaptability and resilience of the human brain and spirit.
- Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox
Playing a critical role in the scientific discovery of the DNA structure, Rosalind Franklin never received the deserved credit for her work. Brenda Maddox tells her story.
- Still Alice by Lisa Genova
A novel about a successful psychology professor and expert in linguistics who discovers and learns to deal with her early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Days have passed since your job interview, and no one’s called or emailed.
Later, you learn someone else was hired for the position. You were sure you aced the interview and would advance to the next round, but obviously the interviewer saw it differently.
Click here for the full NYT article by Christopher Mele to learn where things may have gone wrong and how to improve your performance for the next time.
Canadian Citizens Applying To Canadian Schools
One recent grad wrote, “Most Canadian schools reserve 90% of their seats for in-province (IP) applicants. As an IP applicant, you are at an advantage for those medical schools within your province. Canada has 17 medical schools and of these, three have French as a first language for instruction. The other 10% are for out-of-province (OOP) applicants from across the country, and it’s an extremely competitive pool (think, 4.0 GPAs and 520 MCATs). So your best bet is as an IP applicant. If you fit the high-score profile it may be worth applying broadly.
In regard to assessing files, Canadian and American schools have very different approaches. Canadian schools use GPA and MCAT scores as cutoffs – competitive IP averages are usually ~3.7+ and 129+ (for each MCAT section, so 512ish). Schools like McMaster and UCalgary only take into account your verbal score – which should be quite high by default as Middlebury hones this critical thinking skill very well. The rest of your application is of course important: become engaged in things you care about! One recent grad wrote, “If I were to change one thing about my premed experience it would have been to focus more on my GPA. This REALLY matters in Canada. Luckily many schools drop your lowest semester or year so there is some remediation.
Canadian schools do not care where you went to undergrad. In fact, you may have to fight registrars offices to make sure they give you full semester credits for your courses. (Applicants in Canada take 5 courses/semester and to admissions committees looks like we’re slacking at Midd!)”
American schools take a more holistic approach and it is not uncommon for people with 3.5+ GPAs and 508+ MCATs to be accepted as long as they have a compelling personal statement and check ALL the boxes of a well rounded candidate (shadowing, research, volunteering, music/sports/other passions).
Acceptance rates are close to 40% for American school applicants and 10% for Canadian schools. This is mainly because there are just so many more schools in the states. Applying to both makes sense if you are willing to attend an American school (5-10x more expensive), or have aspirations of doing residency in the States/naturalizing. (Though you can still do clerkship rotations/residency in the states as a Canadian grad and vice versa.)
If you really want to attend school in Canada note that many applicants go through the cycle 2-3 times.”
Handling Letters of Recommendation
Canadian medical schools do not have a central application service that will accept letters of reference (they typically do not use the term “recommendation”) and distribute to participating medical schools. However, all Canadian medical schools in Ontario use the Ontario Medical School Application Services (OMCAS). Medical schools in other provinces in Canada vary considerably in how they request and handle letters of reference and the information is not readily apparent at some schools. To the best of our knowledge, letters of reference at Canadian medical schools are handled as follows:
The Ontario Medical Schools Application Service (OMSAS) is the centralized application service for applying to Ontario Medical Schools.
The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. For more admissions-related statistics, please visit the website.
The Association also publishes an annual guide to the Admissions Requirements of each Canadian medical school.
- Profiles of Canadian Medical Schools
- Facts prospective Canadian International Medical Graduates Should Know
- Wikipedia Guide to Canadian Medical Schools
American and Other Foreign Citizens Applying to Canadian Medical Schools
It is extremely difficult to gain admission to a Canadian medical school if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. To explore further, visit the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s statistics page.
Canadian Citizens Applying to US Schools
U.S. medical schools vary in terms of whether they classify Canadian students as international students or not. Penn State, George Washington, Albert Einstein, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Yale all view Canadian citizens the same way as U.S. citizens. Many other schools classify Canadians as international students. When in doubt, check the Medical School Admissions Requirements or the website of the particular program. There are also a number of online forums where applicants list American schools that accept Canadian Citizens.
A SPECIAL PROGRAM:
A recent grad sent us a list of U.S. Medical Schools that she had heard were more friendly to Middlebury graduates/International applicants: Boston University, Tufts, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard.
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) plans to recruit 20-25 qualified Canadian students with an interest in primary care to help promote osteopathic medicine in Canada. Graduates of MSUCOM are recognized by the Canadian Resident Matching Service as an approved non-Canadian medical school http://www.carms.ca. MSUCOM has taken the initiative to recruit qualified Canadian applicants and has set a special tuition rate for these students through scholarships. Interested applicants are encouraged to review scholarship information on the MSUCOM webpage: http://www.com.msu.edu/Students/Financial_Aid/Scholarships.htm
Do doctors need to know their patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity?
In related work, the researchers surveyed 101 transgender patients: Nearly 90 percent thought it was important for primary care providers to know their gender identity, while nearly 60 percent thought sexual orientation was relevant. And they felt it was equally important for emergency department clinical staff to know both.
Read the full article by Jan Hoffman in the NYT here.
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!