The following announcement is being sent at the request of James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund. They are still accepting more applicants for the scholarship and wish to encourage students to apply.
The James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund still has over $10,000 in cash awards available to college students. All that is required is that the student submit an essay and is enrolled in a US based college or university. For more information visit: http://www.cancermonthly.com/scholarship.asp or email: email@example.com
Job Title: Research Associate
Application Deadline: 05/17/2013
Job Location: Washington DC
Job Description: A fellowship opportunity is available within the President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Bioethics Commission provides advice and counsel to the President of the United States on bioethical issues that emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. Through engaging in original research, holding public meetings, and developing reports and other materials for public distribution, the Bioethics Commission works on identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner. By joining the staff for the Bioethics Commission, the selected participant will be involved in research, writing, and administrative activities related to bioethics, healthcare, science, and public policy. Team activities may include: • research and writing report drafts, substantive background memos, and blog posts; • report drafting and editing; • meeting planning and support; • other research support activities as assigned. The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OASH contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience. The participant must show proof of health insurance or may secure health insurance through this position. The appointment will be full-time at OASH in the Washington, D.C., area. Participants do not become employees of OASH, DHHS, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
Job Qualifications (Degree, # years, experience, etc.):
• A bachelor’s degree in science, technology, mathematics, engineering, public health, bioethics, or a related field received within the last five years.
• Experience and interest demonstrated in the field of science, healthcare, and/or bioethics preferred.
Salary: Approx $45,000/year
Employer Website: www.bioethics.gov
Full name, Middlebury class year if appropriate, address, phone number and email address required in order to have job announcement published
Comments: Applications will be accepted through close of business May 17, 2013. Please send cover letter, resume, 1-2 writing sample(s), and 3 references with contact information to: Esther Yoo Committee and Staff Affairs Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 1425 New York Avenue, NW C-100 Washington, DC 20005 — Esther.Yoo@Bioethics.gov Applications by e-mail are preferred.
E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: (202) 233-3983
The makers of TYLENOL® believe that a bright future for healthcare depends on exceptional medical professionals. Through the TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship program, their goal is to support deserving students who can help shape that future.
Since the scholarship program began 23 years ago, Tylenol has awarded over $8.9 million in scholarships to over 6,700 healthcare students. This year, they will be awarding a total of $250,000 in scholarships to 40 students pursuing degrees in healthcare.
Visit Tylenol.com/Scholarship for eligibility requirements and an application form. [I did try to find the eligibility requirements, but would probably have to sign up as an applicant to do so--Annie (ed.)]
Application Period: April 15 – June 15
Awards Announced: August 31, 2013
10 applicants will receive $10,000 | 30 applicants will receive $5,000
Heeeere’s this week’s news (all items with today’s date)!
The Celiac Disease Center in the Division of Gastroenterology/Nutrition is seeking a motivated research assistant for projects researching celiac disease in children. Main responsibilities of the research assistant will include collecting and managing data, working on quality improvement initiatives, obtaining informed consent, and preparing current and new protocols for human subject review by the Committee for Clinical Investigation. Other responsibilities include working with the Boston Children’s Hospital Celiac Disease Support Group. This is a unique opportunity to gain clinical research experience as a member of a dynamic research group.
The selected candidate must be well-organized and detail-oriented, with strong written and verbal skills. He/she must also be independent, efficient and have exceptional interpersonal skills, as interaction with patients, families, and medical staff is necessary. A bachelor’s degree, including coursework in biological sciences, some research experience, good computer skills with prior knowledge of SPSS and Excel, social networking experience, as well as a general interest in medicine, clinical research, and working with children are required. This two-year position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop a career in medicine. Ideal start date: Late May/Early June 2013.
If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Caitlin McCarty.
Saturday, May 18th: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
For Spanish- and English-speaking community volunteers and Latino farmworker allies
Learn more about:
Basic interpretation best practices
Ethical standards of medical interpretation
Modes of interpretation
Interpretation and language resources
State and federal legal requirements for interpretation
Key cultural dynamics of Mexican, Latin American,
Vermont farmworker, and biomedical cultures
Influence of immigration concerns in healthcare access
Facilitated through an interactive format integrating opportunities to learn from participants’ experiences, engage in role plays, and encourage networking.
For more Information:
“VT Medical Interpretation Boot Camps 2013” on Facebook
Participant application deadline: April 30, 2013
$25-50 Suggested Donation
No one turned away for lack of funds.
2013 MCAT® Summer Intensive
Ready to do whatever it takes to get a powerhouse score?
Take the MCAT Summer Intensive Program, with over 320 hours of MCAT immersion for the most concentrated prep experience ever. This intensive program focuses all your brainpower, energy and attention on the MCAT.
Only five (5) seats remain for the Boston program, although we still have capacity in San Diego and Boulder. Our final pricing promotion ($250 off SIP) ends next Tuesday, April 30th. So now’s the time to commit to a top score and make travel plans.
For more information, including video testimonials from students please visit http://KaplanMCAT.com/mcatsummer.
As always, you can also get in touch with our local Kaplan Manager Gail Harris at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact a Kaplan representative at 1-800-KAP-TEST.
Also, UVM MCAT class starts on May 16th: http://www.kaptest.com/enroll/MCAT/05405
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2012 survey of medical school admissions officers, while an applicant’s personal statement is not nearly as important a factor as their MCAT score or undergraduate GPA, they should be under no false illusion that it doesn’t matter. In fact, at a time when medical education is placing a new emphasis on the empathy skills of doctors-in-training, it can be vitally important for applicants to show a side of themselves that quantitative factors, like their MCAT score and GPA, don’t reflect.
While many pre-meds are not exactly fans of writing, they should look at the personal statement as an opportunity, not an obstacle. What a student chooses to write sends clear signals about what’s important to them and what their values are; while it’s expected that they will explain their motivation to pursue medical graduate work and the career path it will enable them to follow, the essay also allows them to explain any weakness or gaps in an otherwise commendable record.
Below are some key strategies for your students to consider when writing their personal statements:
1. Avoid the Rehashed Resume: The personal statement is not the time to recount all your activities and honors in list-like fashion.
2. Make It Personal: This is your opportunity to put a little panache into the application. Show the admissions committee why you decided to go into medicine. Was it an experience you had in school? Was there a particular extracurricular activity that changed your way of thinking? Did you find a summer lab job so exhilarating that it reconfirmed your love for science? Use vignettes and anecdotes to weave a story and make the essay a pleasure to read.
3. Avoid Controversial Topics: If you do include discussion of a “hot topic,” definitely avoid being dogmatic or preachy. You don’t want to take the risk of alienating a reader who may not share your politics. That said, it’s probably a good idea to avoid controversy completely. Brainstorm for a less risky idea.
4. Don’t Get Too Creative: Now is not the time to write a haiku. Remember, the medical establishment is largely a scientific community (although individual physicians may be passionate artists, poets, writers, musicians, historians, etc.). On the other hand, don’t be trite and don’t be boring – avoid writing the “I want to be a doctor because…” essay.
5. No Apologies: For instance, if you received a C in physics, you may feel compelled to justify it somehow. Unless you believe that the circumstances truly do merit some sort of mention, don’t make excuses – you don’t need to provide admissions officers with a road map to your weaknesses. That being said, some students do mention a weakness in their background in order to explain how they have overcome a setback.
6. Write Multiple Drafts: Have your pre-med advisor and perhaps an English teaching assistant read and edit it. Proofread, proofread, and proofread some more. Also, try reading it out loud – this is always a good test of clarity and flow. Finally, run it by a family member or friend who knows you well to make sure that it captures your personality.
7. Think Ahead to Interviews: Interviewers often use your personal statement as fodder for questions. Of course, if you’ve included experiences and ideas that are dear to you, that you feel strongly about, you will have no problem speaking with passion and confidence. Nothing is more appealing to admissions folks than a vibrant, intelligent, and articulate candidate. If you write about research you conducted five years ago, you’d better brush up before your interviews. Don’t engage in hyperbole: You risk running up against an interviewer who will see through your exaggerations.
As usual, all entries with today’s date comprise this issue. Important stuff, and wonderful news re: Catherine Combelles!
Underclassmen: you must plan to complete BIOL 0140 by end of your sophomore year.
Students who failed to take BIOL 0140 by sophomore year (as is noted in the catalogue) will have to wait to take it during the spring semester. The fall course is reserved for newer students.
Juniors who encounter a registration block will be waived in next spring.