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Pre-SOMA ShaDO Week April 8-12

UNE COM and their Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) chapter along with Pre-SOMA National are teaming up again to host ShaDO Week for prospective medical students.

Are you curious about osteopathic medicine? Then sign up for ShaDO Week! They have a group of first year medical students hosting prospective medical students on April 9th, 10th, and 11th. You will have the opportunity to attend classes, go to lunch, and chat with current medical students.

Interested? Registration closes April 3rd. Register here.

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.

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.

UNE COM Live Events – Spring 2019

Interact with Osteopathic Medical Students!

Visit Maine from your computer. Check out the University of New England Virtual Info Sessions:

Mid-Atlantic Prospective Student Event: Medical Student Panel on Monday, March 4 from 12:15-1:15 pm (EST)

National Osteopathic Medicine (NOM) Week: OMN Demonstration on Tuesday, April 16 from 12:15-1:00 pm (EST)

How to Apply! Q&A with Graduate Admissions on Tuesday, May 8 from 12:15-1:15 pm (EST)

Premedical Students: Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing

Gaining clinical experience is an important part of the medical school application. But to be a competitive medical school applicant, some have questioned if it’s necessary to shadow a doctor. It’s true that shadowing is great experience, as it exposes you to patient care in a clinical setting and gives you an idea of the day-to-day demands of a medical career. But as a pre-med student, you’re often balancing a rigorous academic schedule, along with extracurricular and personal responsibilities, so shadowing may not be a possibility. Click here for the full AAMC article on gaining experience without shadowing.

The need for more native youth to pursue medicine (and pipeline programs that help)

From the AAMC Premed Navigator:

You may have heard about the projected physician shortage of up to 121,000 in the United States by the year 2030. As the need for more doctors grows, so does the need for a more diverse physician workforce, especially for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI-AN) populations. The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the AAMCreleased a joint report called Reshaping the Journey: American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicine that brings attention to this critical issue in health care, and we encourage premeds to take a look.

The report highlights key data on the representation of AI-AN students in medical schools and effective practices to attract, support, and graduate AI-AN physicians. It also speaks to the importance of the integration of AI-AN culture into the curriculum and training to prepare all future physicians to provide culturally-responsive care. For matriculation to MD-granting institutions, there have been small increases in the number of matriculants reporting as American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with another race or ethnic group. Overall, though, the number of AI-AN medical students during the 2017-18 academic year was only 889 out of 91,391 total students, so there is still work to do.

Among the institutions that were highlighted in Reshaping the Journey, there were several notable efforts implemented across the medical education continuum — starting as early as elementary school and going through residency — to advance American Indian and Alaska Native representation in medicine. If you’re a student from the AI-AN community, we encourage you to look into participating in these programs that are making gains in producing AI-AN medical school graduates:

  • The University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus (UMN MSD) is the second largest producer of AI-AN medical school graduates in the nation, and for good reason. UMN MSD sponsors several premed outreach programs for AI-AN communities starting as early as kindergarten and offers community-based STEM and career exploration programs through partnership with area tribal communities.
  • The INMED program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences includes a six-week summer academic enrichment program for AI-AN students in grades 7-12 followed by six-week summer program for students who are graduates of tribally controlled community colleges and a six-week MCAT prep course for AI-AN college juniors and seniors.
  • The Med-Start Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Tucson has a long track record of success for its offerings to K-12 students. Additional collaborations at UA COM—Tucson include the Four Corners Medical Education Alliance, which features AAIP’s Pre-Admissions Workshop for college students primarily in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.
  • University of New Mexico Health Sciences Office for Diversity manages several pipeline programs, including the Health Career Academy, which focuses on assisting high school students with math enrichment and health career exploration, the Dream Makers Health Career Program for middle and high school students, and the Interprofessional Health Outreach Program, which encourages members of the UNM Society of Native American Health Professions Students to assist with several initiatives across campus.

Other efforts include We are Healers, a nonprofit organization focused on encouraging American Indian youth to envision themselves as a health professional, whether that be a nurse, dentist, or physician. Compelling stories featuring Native American health professionals are captured via video.

High school students may consider the National Native American Youth Initiative led by the AAIP for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, ages 16-18. Lastly, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, national summer program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in the health professions.

Take some time to read the report and research these programs to jumpstart your future career in medicine or simply learn about the importance of increasing diversity and inclusion in medicine.

Project Healthcare Volunteer Program 2019

Application  will officially close on Monday, February 4th at 11:59pm

As a member of Project Healthcare students are given the unique opportunity to play an active role in patient care in one of NYU’s active emergency departments. Through hands on experience, in one of New York City’s active emergency departments, volunteers are able to explore a diverse array of interests and are exposed to the reality of a career in medicine.  The volunteers learn to function as patient advocates, and are also exposed to numerous aspects of patient care while working closely with the clinical staff. The 9-week or 10-week intensive summer program is one of the most competitive and attractive programs in the nation offered to collegiate students.

In addition to the Emergency Department, which includes adult and pediatric emergency rooms (including trauma) as well as the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, all participants rotate through the Operating Room and Cardiac Catheterization Lab to observe and help facilitate care.  They ride along with FDNY EMTs, and spend time with the Social Work staff where they learn about the social needs of patients suffering with issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault, substance abuse, and/or homelessness. Add to that, community engagement events, a topical and appropriate NYU medical curriculum and a social medicine course our program is one of the most immersive of its kind.

The main function of volunteers is patient advocacy. This directly translates to providing food and water to patients, providing blankets and clothing and, above all, emotional comfort by way of conversation and interaction. Volunteer participants also engage in concrete tasks such as making up stretchers, transporting patients, providing patient support during procedures, interpreting, assisting with undressing patients, and the stocking and preparation of equipment.  In the clinical area, they are afforded the opportunity to observe procedures, assist with custodial care, and interact with patients of varied cultural, social and economic backgrounds.  While intermingling, at the teaching hospital, with all levels of clinical staff, they may also engage in active networking with RNs, residents, attending physicians, social workers, PCTs and ancillary personnel.  In short, their program offers each participant an opportunity to further develop the skills of flexibility, compassion, and creativity, while addressing the demands of spontaneous situations.

More information and, more specifically, the application for Project Healthcare can be accessed through this link. The application for Project Healthcare 2019 is now open and will officially close on Monday, February 4th at 11:59pm.

You will need:

  • A personal statement
  • Updated resume
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please note that no particular previous experiences are required. Each year, in selecting volunteers, they look for a diverse group of students with equally diverse interests and experiences.

Seven Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

Dear Pre-Med students,

The end of the semester is just around the corner, and you’re only a few days away from some very well-deserved time off. Not sure what to do over your winter break? The AAMC has seven suggestions for you.

  1. Make summer plans. Gaining valuable experiences and exposure to the field of medicine is important for showing admissions committees why this is the right career for you. It’s not too early to start researching and applying for summer positions or programs. One option is the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a free, six-week academic enrichment program held at 13 program sites across the country. The application for summer 2017 is open until March 1. You can search for more opportunities here.
  2. Read for fun. You probably read a lot for your classes all semester, so break is a great time to read something just for you. And it doesn’t have to be related to medicine. But if you’re looking for book recommendations for aspiring physicians, check out our list. Look up other recommendations and share what you’re reading on social media with #premedreads.
  3. Learn about the application process. If you’re applying to medical school in 2017, now is a good time to start thinking about your application timeline, personal statement, and letters of evaluation. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) for information, resources, and tutorials specific to the application process. For a more comprehensive overview, we recommend The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions. (We have ordered a copy and it should be in the CCI to borrow by J-Term.)
  4. Reflect on why you’re pursuing medicine. One question that will be essential to answer when writing your personal statement and interviewing at medical schools is “why medicine?” It’s important to have an answer that’s specific and personal. If your answer is something general that could apply to many pre-meds (“I like to help people” or “I like science”), look closer at your experiences and the deeper reasons that keep you motivated to pursue this path. This will help differentiate you from the thousands of other applicants when it comes time to apply.
  5. Make a MCAT study plan. If you’re taking your MCAT exam in January 2017, you’re probably already planning to study over your break. Even if you’re taking the exam later in the year, you can start making a study plan now. Here are some tips to get you started with developing your own plan based on your study habits, schedule, and learning style.
  6. Volunteer. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your community, especially around the holidays, such as volunteering at a food bank or sorting toy donations. Remember, you don’t just have to look for medically related opportunities for it to be to be valuable and meaningful experience. Here are some tips for finding volunteer experiences.
  7. Relax and recharge. Feel like you need a break? Taking a step back and not doing anything pre-med related is okay, too. Sleep in, spend time with family and friends, catch up on a TV show, or whatever else is going to help you start the New Year and new semester strong and motivated. Learning how to find balance is an essential skill that will help you be successful now, in medical school, and as a future doctor.