Check out these helpful tips from Rachel Rizal and Rishi P. Mediratta, MD at Prospective Doctor. Read the full article here.
If you are pre-med or thinking about going to medical school, use your summer wisely to strengthen your application. Here are a few activities that you can explore to make your summer fruitful and beneficial for your future career as a physician!
- Apply to be a medical scribe.
- Shadow a doctor. Ask your own doctor to see if you can shadow them. Ask anyone you know who is a doctor to see if you can spend time shadowing them. If you do not know anyone, you could also e-mail physicians in your area or who are affiliated with a medical school. Ask to spend one day with them so you can learn about their field and what it’s like to care for patients.
- Volunteer with children. Some hospitals have schools where you can teach children or read to them. Some hospitals have hospital BINGO programs or other activities that students can pursue with children.
- Volunteer with the elderly. Veterans Affairs Hospitals are the largest integrated health care system in America. VA Hospitals have volunteer programs for students. Additionally, nursing homes are places where you can spend time with the geriatric population. Lastly, if you are interested in fields of medicine like oncology or hematology, then volunteer with a local hospice. Hospices are programs for people who are terminally ill, and volunteers are needed to spend time individuals who are dying.
- Get involved with research. Research experience is helpful in a medical school application because it shows your academic curiosity and ability to delve deeply into problems. Research can range from basic sciences to public health research. The best way to get involved with research activities during a summer is to contact Principal Investigators and ask them about short-term research opportunities. Search departments in medicine that interest you and look for the faculty members and their research experiences.
- Volunteer with children. Even outside the hospital or clinics, there are numerous opportunities to work with children. For example, you can be a camp counselor. You will learn how to motivate children and work in a team. Additionally, you can work with organizations that support children with special needs.
- Summer classes. You can use your summer to tackle some of those pre-med requirements. Many students take physics or organic chemistry over the summer. Remember, these classes can be very demanding since they are 1-2 semesters worth of work compressed into 6-10 weeks. So balance your time wisely among classes, extra-curricular activities, and jobs.
Platelet BioGenesis, located in Cambridge MA, is a venture-backed biotech startup that was spun out of Harvard Medical School to produce donor-independent human platelets. They are a highly driven and ambitious young company that values openness, transparency, intellectual honesty, and collaboration, in their endeavor to transform platelet and derived therapeutics.
They make platelets. They have developed a scalable cGMP-compliant cell culture platform to make human pluripotent stem cell-derived platelets. They are now further scaling production for human clinical trials and leveraging their platform for cell-based drug delivery opportunities. They are currently recruiting for a motivated entry-level scientist to join their Bioreactor team. This person will work directly with the team scientists to advance the millifluidic bioreactor operation and scale up, as well as executing in vitro functional assays involving microfluidic devices. The candidate will plan and execute experiments utilizing human and mouse cells to optimize the production of platelets.
They are looking for a driven independent thinker with a professional work ethic who shares their long‐term vision for leveraging platelets as a drug delivery platform. Initiative and creative problem solving are priorities.
Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline 7/1.
So you’ve found the perfect summer internship, but how do you know if your internship is going to provide you with what you need if you’re not sure what type of experience it is that you want, or if you haven’t established any goals to know what you hope to accomplish?
The most amazing internship experiences are those that prepare students for the work they hope to do after graduating from Midd.
How to Choose Your Goals
From the folks at wayup.com in their article, “How to Set Great Internship or Job Goals” (read the full article here):
Setting the best, achievable goals for your internship or entry-level job largely depends on knowing what you want, what you’re capable of, what your role will enable you to reasonably do, and what the company is trying to do. When setting your goals, it’s important to ask yourself a few key questions.
First, ask yourself why you accepted this internship or job. This should help you figure out what you should try and learn from it. Understanding your own personal motivation for taking the job should help you set a good personal learning goal.
Second, consider what the company is trying to do. Your goals should benefit you and the company. If your goals don’t align with the company’s goals, then your efforts likely won’t have any impact on the company’s success and you won’t be able to demonstrate your value to the company.
Third, ask yourself what type of impact you’d like to have on the company. What would you be most proud of achieving?
Fourth, examine the responsibilities of the role you have at the company and determine what your role will enable you to achieve. If you’re a sales intern, you probably won’t be super successful at helping the company achieve their engineering-related goals.
Internship Goal Examples
- Social media marketing intern – Grow Twitter followers by 25% by the end of summer.
- Software Engineering Intern – Learn Ruby on Rails and deploy 1 new feature by the end of summer.
- Anyone – Have coffee with 1 full-time employee each week.
Once you have your goals set, it is helpful to track your progress. A good rule of thumb is to check in on your status one time dimension below the scope of your goals. For example, you should check on any monthly goals every week.
Do what you can to make the most out of your summer internship. Make friends with your coworkers, take lots of notes, go above and beyond to help where needed, and always act professionally. This will make you stand out and hopefully gain some contacts within your field, which will hopefully lead to some job prospects!
Check out these helpful internship tips from former PCAS:
Application deadline 4/26.
Through the Department of Psychiatry, the Cancer Outcomes Research Program (CORe) at the Massachusetts General Hospital is recruiting a full-time Clinical Research Coordinator to join its multidisciplinary team.
Working with a diverse group of oncologists, palliative care clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice nurses and other specialists, the clinical research coordinator will assist with collaborative studies in supportive care. The specific focus for this position will be to help coordinate a range of supportive care projects and program initiatives.
The clinical research coordinator will assume responsibility for study coordination. This role includes: recruiting patients in both inpatient units and outpatient clinics; administering screening instruments, interviews, and surveys with patients; managing data; corresponding with the IRB and other regulatory groups; assisting with preparation of manuscripts, protocols, and grants; and completing other special projects in collaboration with principal investigators.
The Quality Improvement Research Analyst is responsible for overseeing all activities specific to the following programs:
- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
- Collaborative Endocrine Surgery Quality Improvement Program (CESQIP)
- Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI)
The chief responsibility is to collect and submit reliable data to the MBSAQIP (American College of Surgeons), CESQIP (Society for Endocrine Surgeons), and VQI programs (Society for Vascular Surgeons). This is accomplished through high-quality clinical screening, data compilation, documentation, and entry of data into the applicable databases for all eligible surgeries at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Analyst also works closely with the members of the Department of Surgery to identify opportunities for clinical quality improvement and other initiatives, as identified.
Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline 4/29.
Application deadline 4/30.
Every immune system has a story to tell— the key is knowing how to listen. Adaptive Biotechnologies‘ goal is to meaningfully improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. It’s a bold objective that we’re uniquely built to achieve
At Adaptive Biotechnologies, you’ll be challenged, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you’ll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count.
Position Overview: Adaptive Biotechnologies is currently looking for an exceptional Summer Intern to join their Research and Development team. Successful candidates will assist with the development of multiplex PCR- and NGS-based assays. During your time at Adaptive, you will learn various lab techniques, including mammalian cell culture, image cytometry, cell based assays, PCR, sequencing library preparation, and targeted NGS-sequencing under the supervision of experienced laboratory personnel. You will also gain experience in data analysis and become familiar with the product development cycle.
Open to Rising Juniors and Seniors. Learn more about the position in Handshake.
Article by Aja Frost of The Muse.
“A colleague of mine once compared phone and Skype interviews to take-home tests.
“You still need to study,” she explained. “But you can also have everything you need in front of you.”
If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.” Read more.
Are you planning to go through the Health Professions Committee (HPC) this coming year (2019-2020), but will be abroad?
If so, we wanted to connect with you now to remind you that HPC deadlines begin in the FALL.
Top 6 Things to Remember:
- Email us as soon as possible to let us know you will be planning to go through committee starting Fall, 2019. We will place you on our email list.
- Keep a frequent eye on our Application Timeline on our website. If you will be somewhere where internet access is infrequent, make sure to print out the timeline or at least put the deadlines on your calendar.
- There will be an information session in early Fallso make sure you are on our email list so we can send you the pertinent information.
- November 15th will be the first deadline to join the HPC process. Your Committee Selection Form and head shot will be due.
- We are here to support you in this process and are happy to meet with you via phone or virtual appointments (Skype/Zoom FaceTime) while you are abroad. You can schedule with one of the advisors online.
- If you plan to be abroad during the Spring 2020 term, please make sure to let us know so we can schedule virtual interviews for you.
We wish you safe travels and an incredible study abroad experience.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the HPC process.
ADEA AADSAS Cycle Soft Opens on May 14!
Get ready to apply to dental school! The 2019-2020 ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application opens on May 14! Be proactive and start planning for the upcoming cycle now.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Reach out to your professors, health professions advisor and/or mentor to formally request a letter of recommendation.
- Document professional experiences and academic achievements to include on your application.
- Research participating dental schools through the newly released 2019-2020 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools or by subscribing to the ADEA Dental School Explorer—an online resource with information about the 76 dental schools.
ADEA AADSAS opens on May 14, but you can’t officially submit your application until June 4. Use these extra three weeks to review your application, collect materials and ensure you’re submitting a strong application.