Health Professions

September 3, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Welcome Back Sophomores & Sophomore Febs!


From an email sent 9/2/15:

Sophomores & Sophomore Febs!

Hello from CCI! Whether you interned, worked, traveled, or hung out with family, we hope your summer has been spectacular and that you are looking forward to the year ahead!

You’ve successfully navigated the transition to college and survived your first year. That said, sophomore year is also a time of great change, as well as great possibilities! Besides picking your major(s), deciding on whether to study abroad, getting an internship, and delving even deeper into campus clubs, sports, and your local community, some of you may have already started thinking about what you really want out of college and in life.

And we’re here for you every step of the way!  Along with your academic advisers, Commons deans, and CRA’s , CCI advisers are also a part of your support network; let us help you embrace your time at Middlebury and plan for your future, even if you don’t know what direction that is yet.  Come early, come often, and see tips below for how to get started.

From your Advising Team at CCI,
Don, Tim, Susan, Tracy, Cheryl, Mary, Hannah, and Nes

  1. NOT SURE WHERE TO START? Use the time before classes begin to delve into your interests, skills, and values with the self-assessment instrument, TypeFocus; follow up with us to learn how to make best use of your results. Your Middlebury email is your user ID and the access code is 8A99BG32.
  2. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!  Meet with a CCI adviser for an exploratory conversation, to update your resume, investigate internships, or to develop a plan. No prior planning necessary!
  3. UPDATE YOUR MOJO PROFILE!  Tell us what you’re interested in so we can keep you informed of internship opportunities, as well as deadlines and events that fit your interests!
  4. INTERNSHIPS! January 2016 is a great time to get some real-world experience through an internship. Check out Winter Term internship information at go/internshipsMOJO is a great place to start looking!
  5. CHOOSING A MAJOR THIS YEAR?  Come to CCI to pick up a Preparations and Possibilities guide for the majors you are considering. It’s an easy way to compare the learning goals for a major, why it may be a good fit for you, and where alumni with this major have ended up.
  6. SAVE THE DATE!  A Sophomore Conference just for you on January 15-16. Preparation and Possibilities: On Leading a Liberal Arts Life will bring dozens of alumni, from every major, to help you connect your liberal arts education to your future.  More details to come!

August 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Welcome to Middlebury!


From an email sent 8/26/15:

Dear First-Years,

All of us at the Center for Careers & Internships (CCI) are so excited to welcome you to campus!  As you are packing and preparing for this next adventure in your life, we are busily getting ready to help you embrace your four years at Middlebury and prepare you for the future.  We have lots of programs and offerings for first-years that will help you explore options, discover interests and passions, and gain experience and skills.

The CCI staff will be engaging with many of you at Orientation and over the next few weeks as you begin to settle into your new life at college. We’ll be holding events just for first-years, so keep your eyes open for that. Meanwhile, know that members of the CCI advising team are eager to talk with you whenever you are ready; we are an important part of your support network during your Middlebury journey and beyond.

Our office is conveniently located between two of your new dining halls—Ross and Proctor. It’s a walking path you’ll get intimately familiar with over the next four years!  So, come early and come often; no need to have a plan or strategy before visiting with us!

We’ll also be hosting an Open House for you and your family on September 8 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and another one during Fall Family Weekend.  Be sure to swing by!  We look forward to meeting you.

And good luck with that packing!

Your CCI advising team,

Don, Susan, Tracy, Tim, Cheryl, Hannah, Mary, and Nes

Read about us here!

August 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Update on 2nd Semester Physics

The following was an email sent to all undergraduate health professions students on August 8, 2015:

Dear Health Professions Student,

We hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer! Whether at the beach, in the lab, atop a mountain or in a far-flung clinic, we trust that you have had some exceptional experiences these past few weeks and we are eager to welcome you back on campus and hear about your summer.

As many of you have seen in our handouts or learned in our information sessions and advisory meetings, the Middlebury College Department of Physics was working to develop an alternative 2nd semester physics course option for non-physics majors. This course, PHYS 0111, covers optics, thermodynamics and wave theory, all topics which are covered on the MCATS and deemed useful for medical school coursework. Like Newtonian Physics (PHYS 0109), the course has a Calculus I requirement but does not require Calculus II, a requirement for Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 0110).

Unfortunately, the Department of Physics has let us know that they will not be able to offer PHYS 0111 with a lab in the spring of 2016 as planned. As the lab component is required by medical schools, this will mean that PHYS 0111 will not be an option for satisfying the 2nd semester physics course for pre-medical students. We recognize that many of you have built schedules around the assumption that this physics class would in fact be taught in Spring 2016 and we wanted to give you ample time to reconfigure your schedule if necessary. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to discuss your 2015-2016 course schedule in view of this development.



Mary Lothrop, Director, Health Professions & STEM Advising

Hannah Benz, Health Professions & STEM Advisor

August 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Middlebury Pre-Medical Society

The Pre-Medical Society is an organization dedicated to providing support to pre-medical students at Middlebury College.  They lead class advising sessions and provide information about internship and volunteer opportunities.  Additionally, they provide an atmosphere where pre-medical students can meet other pre-meds here at Midd.

Are you a pre-med student or considering a pre-med track? Check them out on the student org site here and consider joining.

The health professions advisors co-sponsor a group advising session with the Pre-Med Society every semester. This Fall it is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3rd from 6:30-8:30 pm (location TBA), but save the date on your calendar! We will provide pizza!!!

This year’s officers are:

Muriel LavalleePresident
Ashley FinkVice President
Aurora CaoSecretary & Treasurer
Jenny DoSocial Chair

August 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Tony Wynne from AAVMC at City College of New York

We know you are still on summer break, but if any pre-vet students are in NYC this week, there is a great FREE lecture by Tony Wynne, Director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs, with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Date:  Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time:  6 – 8 pm

Location: The City College of New York, Marshak Science Building, Room 801

Tony will be on hand to share his insights regarding:

  • What makes for a competitive applicant to vet school
  • Careers options for DVMs
  • Strategies regarding the VMCAS application
  • How to choose a veterinary school
  • Veterinary school debt
  • And much, much more!

He will also be on hand for a Q&A.  This is an excellent opportunity for pre-vet students to learn more about being a successful applicant to veterinary school.

The pre-registration link for Tony’s August presentation is now LIVE:

August 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Middlebury’s NEW Kaplan Test Prep Representative

We have a NEW Kaplan Test Prep representative here in New England that will be working with Middlebury students over the next academic year. Kaplan provides workshops, free practice tests, and everything from private tutoring to group classes. We will keep you updated on our blog as we hear of Kaplan events on campus. In the meantime, we wanted to introduce Sylvia DeLevalle as our new Kaplan rep! Welcome Sylvia!

Below is a note from Sylvia:

Are you feeling lost on how to begin planning and preparing for medical school admissions or graduate school admissions? Maybe you just need a little guidance? If so, check-out Kaplan’s Countdown to Graduate School guide and/or Countdown to Medical School guide.

Are you ready to learn more about the MCAT or the GRE? Do you want to figure out where you currently stand on your Test Day knowledge/skills? If so, take a free practice test or class with Kaplan! To view schedules and register, visit this page:

If you have any questions, please contact your Kaplan representative, Sylvia DeLavalle at


August 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

NPR Article: Medical School Hopefuls Grapple With Overhauled Entrance Exam

Overall, Middkids tend to perform well on the MCAT. This year’s medical school applicant pool averaged in the 88th percentile (the national average for 2014 applicants was around the 67th percentile). So far, we have seen our Middlebury students perform really well with the new MCAT. Though the test may be long, early reports from Midd test-takers tend to state it favors the liberal arts educated student. With that in mind, we thought you might find this NPR story on the new MCAT interesting.

Driscoll is one of 13,000 medical school applicants across the U.S. taking the new Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT. He’s got stacks of science books on his desk to help him prepare and a rainbow of biochemistry charts pasted to the walls: glycolysis, citric acid cycle, electron transport chain, mitosis, meiosis and DNA replication.

He also has a thick prep book on psychology and sociology — new ground for this year’s MCAT takers.

The test has been thoroughly revamped and is now three hours longer. It takes 7 1/2 hours to complete, including breaks, and covers four new subjects, including a combined section on psychology and sociology that account for a quarter of the overall score.

Read more here. Let us know what YOUR experience of the new MCAT has been in the comments below!

Travis Driscoll, a medical school applicant from Berkeley, Calif., studies for the revamped MCAT.

April Dembosky/KQED

August 19, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Don’t Miss the “AAMC Anything” Fall Webinar!

The AAMC staff will help you gear up for this semester by highlighting AAMC’s pre-med resources to help you accomplish tasks on your To Do list. They’ll cover Aspiring Docs resources to find volunteer opportunities, deciding when to take the MCAT exam, using the MSAR to decide where to apply, and discuss how to plan for financing med school using tools from FIRST. One of the AAMC’s top priorities is helping aspiring physicians like you succeed. Bring your questions – they’re excited to talk with you!
When: Thursday, August 27 at 3:00pm4:00pm in EDT
Register here.

August 19, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference

Over the past thirteen years, the Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Conference has grown from a local community-college event, attended by 231 students in 2003, to a national venue, hosting some 8,823 attendees at the University of California, Davis in 2014. The conference not only maintains its reputation for being the largest pre-medical and pre-health professions gathering at an undergraduate institution, but also stands as the only two-day event of its kind, supporting URM students (underrepresented in medicine, as defined by the AAMC), interested in a career in medicine.

The unique character of the conference stems from the fact that it is entirely planned, staffed, coordinated, and funded by pre-medical and pre-health professions students keenly aware of the challenges facing their peers, who aspire to become health professionals.

The two-day event hosts an excellent selection of keynote speakers, Dean’s Panels, and 350 workshops covering a wide variety of health professional topics. Additional full day programs are run which focus on medicine, pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine, physician assistant, physical and occupational therapy, PhD graduate studies, optometry and public health.

October 10-11, 2015 at UC Davis.

View a poster here.

Register here.

August 19, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

The Fall 2015 University of Vermont Community Medical School Series

UVM’s Community Medical School

Designed to share the medical learning experience with our greater community, Community Medical School is a public lecture series featuring relevant topics presented by University of Vermont College of Medicine/University of Vermont Medical Center faculty experienced with delivering scientific information in an engaging, easy-to-understand manner.

Community Medical School is held on the first Tuesday of each month in Carpenter Auditorium from 6:00-7:30 pm, including a Q+A Session.

September 1 – Making it Personal: Using Population Health Data and Incentives to Drive Behavior Change

Christopher Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery and Director, Global Health Economics Unit, Vermont Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The health care of the future is almost completely tied to personal behavioral decisions, and when properly managed, “big data” can help facilitate quality outcomes. Learn about a project that personalizes mathematical algorithms to improve clinical care decision-making and fosters healthy behavioral change using non-monetary incentives, with an overall goal of reducing disease-causing behaviors, such as weight gain and poor adherence to medication.

See the full fall schedule here.

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