April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Spotlight on Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners are some of the most highly educated people in the nursing profession. They are often responsible for the primary care of patients and have the medical authority to administer drugs and fluids. Nurse practitioners often specialize in areas of obstetrics or pediatrics. Because of the in-depth training required to become a nurse practitioner and the educational requirements to become licensed, many years of formal education are required beyond high school, usually 6 to 8 years. To become a nurse practitioner, a student must complete a 4-year degree program in a nursing-related field.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Dr. Todd Gregory’s Suture Clinic and Talk

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It’s that time of year again for the Pre-Medical Society’s annual suture clinic and talk by Middlebury alumn 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.

A suture clinic, for those who may not know, is an opportunity to practice closing lacerations with stitches. We will practice on pig’s feet. If you’re a person who feels uncomfortable with gore, this may not be the event for you, but for those who want first-hand (quite literally) experience in sutures, by all means please come. As for his talk, we will have time to ask questions about medical school and the application process, so jump on this rare opportunity to ask a doctor about medical school, and come with questions!

This special event will be held on Monday, April 27th–please note that the suture clinic and talk will be held in two different rooms.

Suture clinic in MBH 235: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Lecture in MBH 219: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Feel free to come to one, or both events! However, there is limited space for the suture clinic for obvious reasons, so please RSVP early to get a spot. There will be 10 spaces for the suture clinic. Reply to premedsoc@middlebury.edu to RSVP.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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2015 T. Ragan Ryan Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Will Daly for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the T. Ragan Ryan Award for Excellence. The award was established in 1990 by Emily and Thomas C. Ryan in memory of their son, T. Ragan Ryan ’91. The award is bestowed upon a junior or senior who “best exemplifies the spirit of humanism and excellence in premedical studies exemplified by Ragan Ryan” The recipient is chosen by the Ryan family and Dr. Phil Johnson after reviewing nominees provided by the Health Professions Program at Middlebury College. Will join a distinguished group of former recipients who have gone on to make significant contributions to the field of medicine.

To learn more about the T. Ragan Ryan Award for Excellence, here is a link to an article from the University of Texas Health Center at Houston magazine entitled  “Ryans honor son’s love of medicine after tragic loss” (https://www.uth.edu/distinctions/article.htm?id=639cb556-6b05-491b-9991-ff35d98d28b2).

On behalf of the Ryan Family and the Health Professions Program at Middlebury College, please accept our congratulations on this well deserved honor.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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How to Prepare for Phone or Skype Interviews

Article by Aja Frost of The Muse.

“A colleague of mine once compared phone and Skype interviews to take-home tests.

“You still need to study,” she explained. “But you can also have everything you need in front of you.”

If you’re wondering what exactly is “everything you need” and how you should you prepare your materials so it’s not totally obvious you’re shuffling through papers or reading over your notes, good news—we’ve got all the answers to help you properly prepare for your next remote interview.” Read more.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Still Haven’t Heard About that Job You Interviewed For? Why There’s No Such Thing as a “Sign” You Did or Didn’t Get the Job

Article By Sara McCord of The Muse.

“Job searching can be an enigmatic process. For weeks leading up to your interview, you’re basically a private investigator. You research a company before you submit your application. You scope out your potential boss before the big day. You pay close attention to how the interviewer receives your answers—assessing whether or not you should change gears. Then you go home and reflect on the interview as you write a fabulous thank you note.

And then, you’re supposed to do absolutely nothing.

That’s right—the next step is patiently awaiting the hiring manager’s decision. And if you try to put your newly sharpened sleuthing skills to good use, well-meaning friends will advise you to “stop obsessing.” But that’s easier said than done.

Before you start (re)analyzing every potential omen, remember it’s easy to mistake even the most obvious signs.” Read more.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Research Technician Openings at Boston Children’s Hospital

Full-time Research Assistant Positions are available Summer 2015 with Dr. Leonard Zon, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, HHMI Investigator, HSCI Faculty Member, and Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The lab utilizes zebrafish as a genetic model to study the role of gene expression in hematopoiesis, cancer and stem cell development. Under supervision, you will perform a variety of routine and specialized laboratory tests and techniques as well as work with zebrafish. The positions will be required to perform standard molecular biology techniques, microinjections, microscopy of zebrafish morphology, and animal husbandry. It is a wonderful opportunity for those interested in graduate school, medical school, dentistry, nursing, and other health related programs/professions. If you are interested, email your cover letter and CV to the Lab Manager Dr. Bruce Barut: barut@enders.tch.harvard.edu. Positions are competitive and we ask for a two-year commitment.

April 13, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Neuroscience Research Technician Position with NYU School of Medicine

Positions Available: Neuroscience Research Technicians
At the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Medical Center, you will be a member of an intellectually stimulating and collegial community, equipped with state-of-the-art resources in the heart of Manhattan. Our research technicians conduct cutting-edge research with leading scientists, gaining valuable preparation for future graduate training.

Areas of research include:

  • physiology
  • genetics
  • cognition & behavior
  • molecular biology
  • developmental biology
  • systems neuroscience

Candidates should send a single PDF including a one page statement of interest, a CV, and an academic transcript, plus two reference letters sent separately on their behalf to: NYURESEARCH@NYUMC.ORG
Applications received by April 20, 2015 will be given priority for the Fall cycle. For more information, visit http://neuroscience.med.nyu.edu/

March 31, 2015
by Nicole Veilleux
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Pre-Medical Society Tufts Medical School Tour

A reminder from Ashley Fink:

Hey Guys!

Reminder that if you want to go on the Tufts medical school tour, let us know! It is on 4/10 which is a no class day! We will leave around 5:30/6 am and return in the evening. This is a great opportunity to get some medical school research done so that you can know what you are looking for in a medical school experience! Not to mention, connecting with medical schools can’t hurt your admissions prospects. :)

Let premedsoc@middlebury.edu know if you want to join! We would appreciate any additional drivers for the trip as well.

 

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