March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Glassdoor’s #1 Best Job in America? PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

To follow up on our previous post about the rise of popularity of careers as a Physician Assistant, below is some helpful information from the AAPA website on prerequisites and gaining healthcare experience:

Application to PA school is highly competitive.

Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.

You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.

The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:

  • Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Biology

Many PA programs also require prior healthcare experience with hands-on patient care.

You can get healthcare experience by being a (not an exhaustive list):

  • Medical assistant
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic
  • Medic or medical corpsman
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Lab assistant/phlebotomist
  • Registered nurse
  • Emergency room technician
  • Surgical tech
  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)

Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of healthcare experience before entering a program.

Learn more about getting into a PA program:

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March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Make Sure Social Media Doesn’t Hurt Your Chances of Getting into Medical School

“Before an interview, you probably spend a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect outfit. You want to look the part—poised, confident, and professional. How people see you when you stand before them is important, but what about how people see you when you don’t see them? When people search for you online, read your comments, or view your Facebook page, what are you revealing or telling them? More than you might imagine.” Read the full AAMC article here.

March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

New International Volunteering and Internship Resource

We recently learned about Volunteering  Solutions, an organization that provides safe, professional and affordable International volunteering opportunities in different countries. Their projects are in the fields of Medical internships , Childcare, teaching, women empowerment, community development and wildlife conservation programs. They also offer International Internships for nursing students and professionals in hospitals as well as have dental elective placements for dental students.

Volunteering Solutions is also a member of WYSE (World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation) WYSE Travel Confederation is a global not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting and developing opportunities for the youth, student and educational travel industry.

If anyone has already gone on one of their trips, please let us know, we’d love to hear more about your experience.

March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

New MCAT Resource:

One of the founders reached out to us to share their new MCAT test prep website with you. With their goal of relieving financial disparities and promoting equal education, they created a 100% free and comprehensive MCAT course, with hundreds of MCAT videos, flashcards and notes. I fyou are interested and it seems like a good resource for you, take a moment to browse their website and then give our office feedback on whether or not you think this is something Middlebury students might use.

March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Clinical Research Assistant Needed at The Celiac Disease Center at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Celiac Disease Center in the Division of Gastroenterology & Nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital is seeking a motivated clinical research assistant for June of 2015.

Job Description:
The research assistant will be involved in collecting and managing data, working on quality improvement initiatives, 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 and assisting with other projects in the division. This is a great opportunity to gain clinical research experience as a member of a dynamic clinical and research group.

Job Qualifications:
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, prior research experience, proficiency in statistical software (SPSS) and Microsoft Office, social networking experience, as well as a general interest in gastrointestinal healthcare. The candidate should be organized and detail oriented, able to work independently, be comfortable interacting with patients and families, and have strong written and verbal skills. The candidate must be willing to commit to two years and be available to start June 1st, 2015.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Allison McKeown at

March 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Research Technician Position Available at Boston Children’s Hospital

We seek a highly motivated and organized individual to join our efforts to develop novel therapies for treatment‐resistant leukemias of childhood. Our approach combines functional genetics, biochemistry and drug screens in the zebrafish model system, in mouse models, and in human cancer cells. The selected candidate will work directly on experimental research projects (85% effort), and will also spend 15% effort on lab management duties including maintenance of zebrafish or mouse lines, purchase ordering, and preparation of general lab supplies such as bacterial plates and stock solutions. A highly motivated and productive technician may get the opportunity to lead an independent research project within the lab.

A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably with formal study in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or chemistry. The candidate must be a responsible individual with strong communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. Previous experience in scientific research would be an asset. Experience with zebrafish or mouse research is not required, but enthusiasm for learning modern molecular oncology techniques is essential, including cell culture, microinjection of zebrafish embryos, phenotypic screening, and tumor cell sorting/analysis.

40 hour/week full‐time position with flexible hours and competitive salary/fringe benefits. Anticipated start date is May or June 2014. A 2‐year minimum commitment is required. A great transition opportunity for a graduating undergraduate student interested in pursuing a graduate or medical education after 2 years. Most previous Gutierrez technicians have been co‐authors on several papers and are now in medical school.

Representative Publications:
1. Gutierrez A, et al. (2009) Blood, 114:647-50.*
2. Gutierrez A, et al. (2010) Journal of Clinical Oncology, 28:3816-23.*
3. Gutierrez A, et al. (2010) Blood, 115:2845-51.*
4. Gutierrez A, et al. (2011) Journal of Experimental Medicine, 208:1595-603.*
5. Gutierrez A, et al. (2011) Blood, 118:4169-73.*
6. Inuzuka H, et al. (2011) Nature, 471 :104-9.
7. Gutierrez A, et al. (2011) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 108:16386-91.*
8. Sanda T, et al. (2013) Cancer Discovery, 3:564-77.
9. Mansour MR, et al. (2013) Journal of Experimental Medicine, 210:1545-57.
10. Ni Chonghaile T, et al. (2014) Cancer Discovery, 4 :1074.
11. Gutierrez A, et al. (2014) British Journal of Haematology, .*
12. Knoechel B, et al. (2014) Nature Genetics, 46:364.
13. Gutierrez A, et al. (2014) Journal of Clinical Investigation, 124:644.*
14. Reynolds C, et al. (2014) Leukemia, 28 :1819.*
15. Mansour M, et al. (2014) Science, 346 :1373.
*Papers on which Gutierrez technicians have been co‐authors

Please send inquiries and resume to principal investigator. College transcripts and 3 letters of
reference will be needed upon request.

Job Function: Research technician and laboratory manager.

Additional Details: Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the top pediatric research centers in the world, and a major research and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Lab Website:

Application Method: Please apply by email to laboratory principal investigator: Alejandro Gutierrez, MD

March 2, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Tufts University Predental Day

April 10th at 9:30 am at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, One Kneeland Street, Boston, MA

  • Distinguished Speakers
  • Introduction to ASDA and ADEA
  • Admissions and Financial Aid Info
  • Tour the Tufts Dental Facilities
  • Student Life Information Panel
  • Preclinical Laboratory Session

Enjoy a personal view into the world of dental student life and what it takes to get there. Experience hands on pre-clinical dentistry with the aid of current students and tour the newly renovated facilities of the Tufts Dental Boston Campus during an exciting haf-day event!

You will need to complate and submit your application by March 18th. Applications can be obtained here.

March 2, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

GoDental Fair in Boston, MA

2015 ADEA GoDental Workshop and Recruitment Fair for Predental Students

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Workshops 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & Fair 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
FREE event.

Speak one-on-one with dental school admissions officers from over 40 U.S. dental schools.

  • Learn about ADEA AADSAS. Find out how the application process works and how to craft a winning application to dental school.
  • Hear tips and tricks for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) from an American Dental Association representative.
  • Explore the importance of dentistry to solving crimes and diagnosing disease with keynote speaker, Joye M. Carter, M.D., the first African American to be appointed as a Chief Medical Examiner in the United States.
  • Talk directly with our experts on financial aid options and academic enrichment programs.

Learn more and register today.

March 2, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Exceptional Job Opportunity for Pre‐Health Students: Physician Scribe

Job Highlights:

  • Offers paid one-on-one time with physicians.
  • Paid training providing a crash course in medicine.
  • Wages are $9.15/hr initially, raised to $10 per hour after 3 months of work.
  • You get full exposure to a real outpatient setting.
  • It is an excellent resume builder for medical school.

How to Apply:
Visit for the application

The Physicians at University of Vermont Medical Center are creating a brand-new
Scribe Program for their Emergency Department. They have contracted with our company
ScribeAmerica to hire and train their Physician Scribes. Accordingly we are recruiting
outstanding students interested in careers in medicine to begin staffing their program. Our
company is the nation’s largest professional scribe training and management company in
the United States and present in over 340 healthcare facilities, in 40 states and employing
more than 3600 scribes. We are looking to recruit students to become part of our team.

The job opportunity is called an “Emergency Physician Scribe;” we act as personal
assistants to the physician and perform all of their non-patient-care tasks. These include
documentation, patient tracking, organization, and much more. We are looking for
extremely motivated, sharp, and adaptable students who perform well in a fast-paced and
high-energy environment. Because you will work one-on-one with a board certified
physicians for the entirety of their shift you become intimately familiar with the specialty.
Additionally you gain first-hand experience documenting exactly like a physician; a skill that
is invaluable later for any career in health.

There is both theoretical classroom training and applied training live in the outpatient
setting. Because of the rigors of training, all hours spent training are paid. Both time in the
classroom and time in the clinic are compensated. After training, shifts last 8-10 hours
each, and we ask for a minimum of two shifts per week. Additionally, since I personally
commit over 100 hours of training for each employee, there is verbal commitment of two
years of work for part time employees and one year of work for full time employees. The
training starts at $9.15 per hour, and increases to $10.00 per hour after you have proved
your ability to work in the outpatient clinic. Additionally we are looking to hire a chief scribe
to run the program at this hospital so career opportunities are available for noteworthy

There are few other opportunities that allow for such direct exposure to medicine:
and this opportunity is paid. This job is one of a kind; those who have excelled as scribes
have consistently progressed to have successful careers in medicine. If you especially
impress a physician they will be happy to provide a strong letter of recommendation for
medical school. Additionally the medical terminology acquired during your time as a scribe
will put you leagues above your other classmates later in school.

To find out more information visit or contact me, Diana
Zarillo at Please let me know if you have any questions,
and I look forward to applicants from your school.

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