Health Professions

May 4, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Our Final Post for the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

As we rapidly approach the end of the academic year, we want to wish you the best of luck in completing your final exams. We hope you’ve had a good semester and have exciting plans for summer.

We’ve had a busy transitional year, as you can see from the new staff, new website and newsletter format. We welcome your feedback if you have thoughts about ways we can better meet your needs in the coming year.

While we won’t be maintaining this blog over the summer, we encourage you to stay connected! We’ll be busy through the summer working on committee letters and advising students applying to medical/dental/veterinary school, but we remain open to all students with questions.

  • For technical questions about your professional school applications and deadlines, email Nicole.
  • To schedule an appointment with an advisor, email Mary  or Hannah with the topics you’d like to discuss and your preferred days/times.

Finally, we wish to congratulate all of our May graduates. We hope that you will stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Have an enjoyable, productive, and safe summer!


~The HP/STEM Team

(Mary, Hannah, & Nicole)

May 4, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Spotlight on Occupational Therapists

So You’re Thinking About Becoming an OT or OTA?

  • Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the job outlook for occupational therapists will improve substantially in the next several years and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Read more.
  • Consider Becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant. The employment outlook for occupational therapy assistants is bright—the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that “employment of occupational therapy assistants….is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022,” with employment expected to increase by 41% or more. Read more.
  • “Why I Chose Occupational Therapy.” Students share what attracted them to the OT profession including finding “a perfect fit” in health care, bridging education and medicine, a career where you can make a difference, and more.

May 4, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Tips from CCI to Prepare You for Your (CCI Funded) Summer Internship

Did you receive funding from CCI for your summer internship? If so, a reminder about a few requirements in the email from Cheryl Whitney Lower, the Associate Director for Internships & Early Engagement sent on 4/28/15:

Dear CCI-Funded Interns,

We are excited about your plans for your summer internship and look forward to working with you to make it the best experience possible.

In response to student feedback, this year we are not requiring attendance at internship pre-departure meetings, but rather we are providing tips on how best to prepare yourself for your internship.  Know that we are here to support you, however, in any way we can.  Here are some of our suggestions to get you started:

Read at least two of the three following articles selected by CCI’s Peer Career Adviser Adrian Kerester and CCI staff.

Make an appointment with the CCI adviser in your interest area to discuss how to make the most of your internship.

Contact your supervisor to ask how you might best prepare yourself for the internship so that you arrive at your site on the first day ready to “hit the ground running.”

Evaluate which skills you need to strengthen and view online modules at go/Lynda.  From 2 minute videos to full courses, these modules cover a variety of topics. Here is just a sampling….

And so much more at go/Lynda.

Do some pre-reflection by answering the following questions in writing.  This may help frame your experience and can set you up for a thoughtful dialogue with your supervisor when you first arrive at your internship or as you undertake your self-directed project.

  • What is my purpose for doing this internship?
  • What do I want to get out of this internship?
  • Where do I want it to lead?
  • What skills or knowledge do I want to learn during this experience?
  • What steps can I take each day/each week to make sure I accomplish my goals?
  • What do I anticipate might be a challenge for me at this internship?  What can I do to overcome those challenges?

Check in with your answers once a week or once a month to see if your goals have changed, what you are learning, and what, if any, challenges you are facing.  Again, being thoughtful and taking responsibility for your own learning will enhance your experience and be appreciated by your supervisor.

Learn more about your work style and interaction preferences—and how to read those of your colleagues—by taking the TypeFocus self-assessments:

Looking for housing?  Don’t be overwhelmed—it can be much easier than it seems! Here are three great places to start:

  • Join the Summer 2015 Internship housing group. Invite your friends to join, and start sharing ideas. Look for other people living where you will be this summer and group up.
  • Check out CCI’s Housing Resources ( Know of other resources not on there? Let us know so we can add them.
  • Use your alumni network. Middlebury alums are found in all places, so joining an alumni group on LinkedIn or reaching out on MiddNet for suggestions might be a great place to start!

Thanks for acting as a great Middlebury ambassador as you go out in the world this summer.  Not only will this serve you well, you will also be helping to “pay it forward” for future Middlebury students.


All best,



May 4, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

Upcoming ADEA Webinars

What I Learned From my Dental School Application Journey

Tue, May 19, 2015 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

In this free, 45 minute webinar, first year dental students reflect back on their experience applying to dental school and share some of the surprises and challenges they encountered along the way. Students applying to dental school this June are strongly encouraged to attend and bring their friends as every student interested in pursuing dentistry can benefit from this event. Register here.

2015 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair

June 11, 2015 | 11:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. (ET)

Thinking about applying to dental school? Want to learn more about dentistry? The 2015 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair is a FREE, live, ONLINE event where prospective students can visit multiple virtual dental school booths—without travel or registration fees.

The Fair provides opportunities for prospective dental students to:

  • Chat live with dental school admissions representatives.
  • Watch presentations about financing a dental education, the ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) and the dental school application process.
  • Browse and download brochures, videos and dental school information.
  • Network with other predental students in a live chat forum.

Representatives from dental schools all over the country will attend the Fair to answer questions. Attendees should come prepared to speak with dental school representatives. Attendees do not need to be available for the full time of the event. Register here.

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

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

Dr. Todd Gregory’s Suture Clinic & Lecture TONIGHT!

Email from Jenny Do of the Pre-Med Society:

This is a reminder that tonight we’ll be having Midd alum Dr. Todd Gregory coming to Middlebury to give his suture clinic and lecture! For those of you who made the RSVP list, you already have a confirmation email. I apologize to those who couldn’t make the list, but I strongly encourage you to take advantage of being able to talk to a doctor about medical school, and come to his talk anyways.

Additionally, there’s going to be pizza, and that’s always a great incentive to come!


  • Suture clinic: MBH 235, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Lecture: MBH 219, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

I hope to see everyone attend tonight!

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

Read more.

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

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.


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

April 27, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux

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

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.

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