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Pre-Med Students: Don’t Miss the Medical School Applicant Panel and MCAT Peer Advice Panel 1/16

The Health Professions and STEM team is excited to welcome a panel of recent Middlebury College medical school applicants back to campus. Come hear about the application process from students who just went through the cycle. Ask them questions about the interview process (traditional and Multiple Mini Interviews or MMI) and find out what they wish they had known before applying to medical school.

You’ll also hear from a group of your peers who took the MCATs this past summer. We’ll ask them to share their study schedules, what materials they found useful, what tricks and tips they found to be helpful and test-day strategies.

What a great opportunity to hear about the application process from those who have just gone through it!

When: Tuesday, January 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Hillcrest 103

Pizza will be provided!

Medical Assistant for Pre-Medical Gap Year Students

Interested in taking a gap year? The Kuchnir Dermatology Bridge Year Program is an excellent clinical experience perfect for those interested in pursuing an interactive, patient-oriented gap year for 14- or 26-months before medical school matriculation!

Students in the program learn about Dermatology by scribing for physicians, coordinating patient care, and attending educational events. This unique opportunity allows students to develop strong interpersonal skills with patients along with a solid foundation of the healthcare system, especially the intricacies of administrative work that go into achieving high-quality patient care.

They are looking for highly energetic students passionate about patient care with an aspiration to become a well-rounded physician. Applicants must demonstrate excellent communication skills, a strong work ethic, and a passion for the life-long learning that is required once matriculating to medical school. The program offers positions in the Boston area along with a few opportunities out-of-state. Deadline Thursday January 18th 2018. 

Learn more in Handshake!

I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor.

Many thanks to our colleague Susan Burch for sharing this article with us!

“People with disabilities often express fear or dissatisfaction with our health care system because they face poor access and discriminatory attitudes. This must change. Perhaps having more doctors with disabilities is one solution. As with any underrepresented group in medicine, professional diversity should reflect our population’s diversity. That simple change can bring awareness, empathy and a shared experience that ultimately makes all of us better.”

Read the full NYT Opinion piece by .

Juniors! Funded Undergraduate Summer Cancer Research Opportunities at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

If cancer research and a PhD are your career goals, begin this summer at Roswell Park Cancer Institute!

Are you a college junior contemplating a research career choice that includes graduate school? Then consider an internship that gives you a first-hand cancer research experience by working full-time on an independent project.

Your research experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a research laboratory. You will receive mentorship and insight into your desired future career by working alongside a research staff of graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. This core research experience will be forified by a curriculum of educational and career development activities. Through these activities you will engage in informal scientific exchange with faculty and students at an Roswell Park-wide science retreat; learn about current and cutting-edge topics in cancer at weekly seminars; share in your discoveries with intern peers through peer-mentorship cross-training; and explore the possibility of alternative science careers during field trips to life science companies.

You will conclude your research experience by presenting your project in the formal settings of both the program research conference and “Buffalo Research Day.” Here you will hone your scientific communication skills and compete for awarded “Best Talks.” Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to bond with peers who have the same interest in science by attending planned social activities.

Learn more and apply online at https://www.roswellpark.org/education/summer-programs.

Privilege & Poverty National SHECP Internship

Since 2005, Middlebury College has participated in the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) to support students in summer internships with agencies that seek to work alongside vulnerable populations. Internships are available to non-graduating Middlebury students and are located in urban and rural settings throughout the United States with agencies that serve in educational, healthcare, legal, housing, social and economic capacities for the needs of individuals and their communities.

The SHECP integrates rigorous academic study and focused direct service to disadvantaged communities and persons, enriching the education of undergraduate students in all majors and career paths. This national summer internship program is the flagship program of SHECP, providing students with opportunities to blend theory and practice.

At Middlebury, the internship program is part of our Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster. Privilege & Poverty is a curricular initiative that brings together faculty, students, and staff interested in studying economic inequality—its causes, its effects on human communities and the environment, and even the language with which we talk about the “privileged” and the “poor.” P&P engages students in issue-based learning in a dynamic and interdisciplinary format, one that combines the resources from many traditional departments and programs with “real world” internships in agencies working to alleviate poverty. Privilege & Poverty takes your first-rate Middlebury education and applies it directly to one of the world’s most vexing social problems.

Applicants who are selected for this internship will become will become a part of a Privilege & Poverty cohort that will prepare together during spring semester, participate in the summer internship, regroup for reflection upon their return to campus, and have options to engage in additional pursuits throughout the academic year.

Internships offered in: Healthcare, Law, Economic Development, Education, Environmental Justice, Housing, Hunger, Women’s Advocacy, Youth Programs, the Arts, and more.

Sample locations include: Boston; New York; Washington, DC; Phillips County, Arkansas; Navajo Reservation, Arizona; Atlanta, GA; Burlington, Vt; Camden, NJ; Cleveland, OH; Louisville, KY; New York, NY Chester, PA; Austin, TX; Lexington and Richmond, VA; Charleston, WV; and more.

For a complete list of internship offerings and job descriptions visit the Privilege & Poverty website (go/privnpov) and view the internship information. Applicants need to research the internships offered and identify their top three choices as part of the application process. The SHECP program coordinator will then review and finalize placements with each accepted intern.


  1. Demonstrated interest in poverty alleviation;
  2. Academic experience in the study of poverty and/or poverty-related themes. (Some preference will be given to students who have taken INTD/RELI 298 Privilege & Poverty, but the course is not a requirement to apply.)
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with ability and commitment to collaborate across difference;
  4. Self-motivated, reliable, and able to work both independently and with a team;
  5. Well organized with multi-tasking abilities;
  6. Commitment to support participation in cohort-based learning and work;
  7. Willingness and dedication to learn quickly and take direction;
  8. Empathy to engage with people who will likely have experienced trauma.

Students must have insurance that can cross state lines; please contact Tiffany Sargent if any help is needed regarding this. Participants must also be able to start on Thursday, June 7, 2018 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Apply in Handshake!

Alumni Posting: Medical Scribe in Bristol, VT

Roger Winters ’07 will be leaving his position as Medical Scribe for Dr. Bouchard at Mountain Health Center in Bristol, VT and wanted to see if any Middlebury students might be interested. He writes,

“This is an amazing opportunity to work for a truly unique and engaged physician. Dr. Bouchard takes an integrative, holistic approach to medicine and has been in practice in Bristol for 24 years. She has a deep commitment to her patients, and community informs her approach to care. Scribing at a rural community health center has been a fascinating experience, getting to engage with and learn from a wide array of patients. As a Scribe, you are in the patient exam room with Dr. Bouchard, experiencing medicine in action. Dr. Bouchard is a fantastic teacher and mentor, and I am fortunate to be learning the fundamentals of medical care, from diagnosis and treatment, to patient interaction, EMR, and much more. Anyone interested is welcome to reach out to me for more information at rwinters@middlebury.edu

Alumni Posting: Two Open Positions with the Faustman Immunobiology Lab

Dr. Denise Faustman

Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her current research focuses on discovering and developing new treatments for type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, including Crohn’s disease, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. She is currently leading a human clinical trial program testing the efficacy of the BCG vaccine for reversal of long-term type 1 diabetes. Positive results from the Phase I study were reported in 2012.

Thanks to Mike Yang ’17, there are two positions posted in Handshake that they would love to have Middlebury students apply for! Both are two-year positions. Click on the position titles below to learn more and apply in Handshake!

  • Clinical Research CoordinatorSuccessful applicants might have previous experience consenting and enrolling patients in clinical research studies, analyzing research data and designing new studies. Through this position, you will have first-hand experience conducting a clinical trial under FDA supervision, as well as gain an understanding of the importance and challenges of translational research. In addition, you will have extensive patient interaction and gain blood drawing skills. 
  • Research TechnicianSuccessful applicants will have a strong bench science background and a willingness to learn. Previous experience with western blotting, Elisa, flow cytometry or molecular biology is preferred. Through this position, you will have first-hand experience conducting a clinical trial under FDA supervision, as well as gain an understanding of the importance and challenges of translational research.