April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Finding Shadowing Opportunities

Shadowing is the act of following a professional as they do their typical work activities in a clinic or hospital setting. You might ask why this experience is so important? First, it may be the defining experience which tells you whether or not you want to be a physician. Shadowing gives you a very tangible sense of what life is like for a professional. Through working alongside a professional, you can gain unique insight into what happens in a day in the life of your career of choice. You get a sense of what it’s like working with patients, working with other health care professionals (nurses, PAs, and therapists), and what the challenges and rewards are of working in the profession. You’ll learn how a health professional organizes their day, allows time for the unexpected, stays current in the profession, integrates personal and professional life, and manage the financial aspects of their practice.
Shadowing can also be crucial for a second reason: Having clinical experience allows admissions committees know that you have some understanding of what you are getting into. It also shows admissions officers your commitment to a health career because you have taken initiative in learning about being a professional prior to applying to school.

As the summer rapidly approaches, several of you have been inquiring about how to find shadowing opportunities. We thought we would share the new Finding Shadowing Experiences handout with everyone.

The AAMC also has a handout on Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences.

If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with one of the advisors.

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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CCI Events to Consider This Week

Epic is on campus TOMORROW!

Looking for a meaningful way to use your degree? Join a fast-growing, focused, driven company. They make some of the most advanced software in the world and work with respected healthcare to help improve the quality of care for patients around the globe. Their goal is to help their customers improve every step of the patient care process, from the time the initial appointment is scheduled to well after the patient goes home. Founded 35 years ago in the basement of an apartment building, they’ve grown to a company of nearly 8,000 intelligent, motivated, and principled people, working from their 500-acre campus outside Madison, WI at the intersection of two of the largest and fastest-moving industries out there: healthcare and technology. They hire bright people who have a sense of urgency and a track record of getting things done. As you consider the next (or first) step in your career, ask yourself: do you want to worry about hitting your quarterly numbers, or do you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to get a job, or do you want to do something Epic?

Check out their job postings in MOJO: (you will need to log into MOJO to get to the links)


Preparation & Possibilities Series: Design Thinking: Your Future

This workshop will use the principles of Design Thinking (discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution) for mapping out intentional and measurable actions towards putting your liberal arts education to work post-Middlebury. If you want a job making money and doing good you have to embrace the notion that you won’t get there in a straight line. Careers today no longer follow linear trajectories that take you from graduation, to internship to employment up the ranks. This exercise is the last in a series to help you discover your unique path and give you the confidence to get your dream internship and job. By mapping your career path you will see that you are already well on your way.

PLEASE RSVP ON MOJO FOR THIS EVENT.

Thursday, April 30th | 7:00-8:30 pm in Axinn 220

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Spotlight on Pharmacists

Over the last 25 years, the field of pharmacy has expanded to provide a broad range of health-related services. Pharmacists now practice in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, community pharmacies,  veterinary pharmacies or the military, the opportunities are nearly limitless. So whether you’re interested in working with people in your neighborhood, soldiers, veterans, doctors, or scientists in a lab, you have many choices. If you’ve never thought about a job in the pharmacy field, it may help to ask yourself some key questions about the things you like to do and your personal goals. For example, are you interested in science and math? Do you enjoy working with other people? Are you a good communicator? If so, read on!

Pharmacy Technician Certification:

Obtaining your pharmacy technician certification can be beneficial in many ways. It will help you gain valuable experience and can help you to secure a job in the pharmacy field. Working as a Pharmacy Technician can also open doors for shadowing opportunities and is a great option to explore if you are considering applying to pharmacy school.

How to get your Pharmacy Technician Certification:

  1. Prepare for and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) – the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) has a national certification program that enables pharmacy technicians to work with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. PTCB administers the nationally accredited certification examination for pharmacy technicians.
  2. Apply for Pharmacy Technician Certification

Pre-Pharmacy Resources:

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Important MCAT Updates

If you’re planning to take the MCAT this summer or fall, now is the time to get registered for your preferred test date!  Registration for July and August test dates (7/17, 7/18, 8/5, 8/6, 8/21, and 8/22) opened on Tuesday, April 21st, and registration for September test dates (9/3, 9/11, 9/12, and 9/23) opens on Thursday, April 23rd.  Given how quickly some of the spring MCAT test dates filled up, make sure you register this week to lock-in your test date.


 

Upcoming free MCAT practice tests and Inside the Classroom events – Kaplan is offering several free practice tests and Inside the Classroom events over the next month.  Take a free MCAT 2015 practice test to see how you’d score.  Or take a sneak peek Inside the Classroom to see exactly why twice as many doctors chose Kaplan to prepare for their MCAT than any other prep course.  See our schedule of upcoming events and register here.


 

Med School Insider  |  Monday, May 4th  |  8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT – Join us for an inside look at medical school admissions in this special live event, during which an expert panel will explain how the different pieces of an application are evaluated to decide who gets accepted and who gets rejected.  Find out what admissions committees are thinking when they look at your essays, transcripts, and test scores – especially this year with the MCAT 2015 exam introducing so many new factors.

This year’s expert panelists include:

  • Paul White, Assistant Dean for Admissions at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Alex Macnow, Resident-Pathology at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
  • Lolita Wood-Hill, Director of Pre-Health Advising at Yeshiva University

Our panelists are eagerly looking forward to answering your questions (video questions strongly encouraged!), so send us your questions about medical school admissions before the event and you may see them answered live on the air!

The Medical School Insider event will take place live and online on May 4th at 8pm EST.  Event details and registration can be found here.

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Why Computers Will Eradicate Blood Borne Diseases

Article by Zach Miller in Forbes Magazine.

We thought you might enjoy this article that blends both Health Professions and STEM fields:

Israeli tech startup, SightDX uses computer vision to scan blood samples in search for diseases of the blood and it does so better, faster, and cheaper than humans can. The startup was founded by a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, engineers, and software programmers that merged their talents in disease detection and vision analysis to create a versatile platform capable of multi disease detection.

Read more.

April 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Reminder: Dr. Todd Gregory’s Suture Clinic & Lecture

It’s that time of year again for the Pre-Medical Society’s annual suture clinic and talk by Middlebury alum Dr. Todd Gregory! Every year Dr. Gregory takes a day to come to Middlebury and expose students to the medical field by offering a suture clinic, followed by an inspirational talk about his unconventional path to medical school, along with the many vocational options for budding doctors. He currently specializes in emergency treatment in Vermont. Read more.

Monday, April 27th 5:00-6:30 in MBH 235 for the Suture Clinic and 7:00-8:30 in MBH 219 for the lecture.

Put on by the Pre-Medical Society, but open to ALL pre-health students.

April 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Interesting Internships & Jobs in MOJO Right Now

(You will need to log into MOJO to see these links.)

April 20, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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CCI Events to Consider THIS Week

Peace Corps Information Session: Peace Corps Stories from the Field – There are big changes at Peace Corps: The application on line takes 1 hour and you can choose which country you serve in! You should join this session! Peace Corps Recruiter Zoe Armstrong is coming to campus to provide a concise description of Peace Corps new application, talk about her experience serving in Armenia, and answer all your questions. This is an opportunity for prospective volunteers to learn about current program opportunities and the reality of living abroad. Through 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer you will learn a lot about sustainability as a practicing development professional. You can help empower leadership in the community in which you serve and adapt appropriate technologies together to create tangible results. Come hear about Peace Corps’ unique methodology to meet sustainable development goals. You must be at least 18 years of age and a US Citizen to serve in Peace Corps. Pick up informational materials about our work sectors and Graduate School opportunities.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 – 8pm | McCardell Bicentennial Hall 219


 

Preparation & Possibilities Series: Design Thinking: Your Future: This workshop will use the principles of Design Thinking (discovery, interpretation, ideation, experimentation, and evolution) for mapping out intentional and measureable actions towards putting your liberal arts education to work post-Middlebury. If you want a job making money and doing good you have to embrace the notion that you won’t get there in a straight line. Careers today no longer follow linear trajectories that take you from graduation, to internship to employment up the ranks. This exercise is the last in a series to help you discover your unique path and give you the confidence to get your dream internship and job. By mapping your career path you will see that you are already well on your way. PLEASE RSVP ON MOJO FOR THIS EVENT.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7 – 8:30pm | Axinn Center 220

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