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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
OhanaHealth is designed to connect the best and brightest entrepreneurial students from all over the country, with high-growth start-ups that are solving some of the biggest problems in healthcare.
It’s their belief that, in order to build a great company, you need great people. At Ohana, they connect incredible students who are passionate about moving healthcare innovation forward, with companies that are doing just that.
Healthcare Innovation Full-Time Position
OhanaHealth’s Full-Time Fellows program is a “one of a kind” experience designed for recent grads to build a career in healthcare innovation. With OhanaHealth, students with a passion to see positive change in healthcare through entrepreneurship are connected to leading health / healthcare organizations that are currently researching, designing, and implementing healthcare innovation initiatives. Fellows receive an immersive, hands-on experience, as they work with a startup to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Learn more in Handshake.
Healthcare Innovation Internship
OhanaHealth’s Internship Program is a “one of a kind” internship experience designed for students with a passion to see positive change in healthcare through entrepreneurship. Ohana works with exciting health / healthcare organizations that are currently researching, designing, and implementing healthcare innovation initiatives. Fellows receive an immersive, hands-on experience, as they work with a startup to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Learn more in Handshake.
“After my summer as an OhanaHealth intern, I have such a better understanding about what non-clinical work in the healthcare field looks like. I’m excited about the direction healthcare innovation is headed, and I’m glad I had the chance to do real, meaningful work while also learning and growing.” ~Jordan Moody, Vanderbilt University
A self-professed science geek, Anand Chukka arrived at Washington University in St. Louis eager to prepare for a career in medicine. As a December degree candidate, he has accomplished just that. He majored in biochemistry in Arts & Sciences; conducted medical research in labs in St. Louis, Boston and San Francisco; and serves as co-president of GlobeMed, a student-run nonprofit that addresses health inequities.
But he also majored in American culture studies in Arts & Sciences, a decision that reaffirmed his passion for medicine and positions him to be a better doctor.
“I have learned that health is not just CRISPR and gene editing,” Chukka said. “It is economic policy and the criminal justice system. It’s housing ordinances and racial policies. My courses in American culture studies taught me to take a more holistic view. I understand now that culture shapes policy and policy shapes health outcomes.”
Kaplan has winter break goodies for everyone: 6 days of free, live MCAT help for students!
Free MCAT Prep Study Break, December 21-30
You can make the most of their winter break and get a jump on your MCAT prep. Kaplan’s top-rated experts will review high-yield science topics, offer a practice test, and teach time-saving strategies in livestreamed sessions.
At Boston Children’s Hospital, success is measured in patients treated, parents comforted and teams taught. It’s in discoveries made, processes perfected, and technology advanced. In major medical breakthroughs and small acts of kindness. And in colleagues who have your back and patients who have your heart. As the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, their reach is global and their impact is profound. Join their acclaimed Division of GI/Nutrition and discover how your talents can change lives. Yours included.
They are looking for a talented and motivated Clinical Research Assistant I to join Dr. Scott Snapper’s Lab in the IBD Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. You will be working with a research team that is focused on better understanding the genetic, environmental, and microbial factors that lead to the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To advance their understanding of this complex disease, they leverage expertise in gastroenterology, mucosal immunology, genomics/bioinformatics, and translational medicine. They are looking for a person who is motivated, eager to learn and will work well in a quickly adaptive environment.
This Clinical Research Assistant I will be responsible for:
Coordinating various clinical and translational research studies.
Recruiting and enrolling study participants in an inpatient and outpatient clinical setting.
Collecting and processing of biological specimens.
Completing data entry for active studies.
Assisting with the analysis of clinical metadata compiled through various databases.
Performing a variety of innovative translational and clinical research studies.
Opportunities that exist, depending on interest and need, for involvement in studies related to analysis of human sequencing data, as well as translational research techniques.
Interested in Health Professions? Check out our Winter-Term Seminar Series:
Tuesday, January 8
Medical School Applicant Panel 7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge We are excited to welcome a panel of current UVM medical school students back to campus. Come hear about the application process from students who just went through the cycle.
MCAT Peer Advice Panel
8:15 p.m. ion Coltrane Lounge Following the alumni panel, the Pre-Health Society will host their yearly MCAT panel discussion featuring students who took the MCATS this past summer. We’ll learn their study schedules, what prep materials they found useful, any tricks and tips that were helpful and test-day strategies. We’ll also feature an alum who took the MCATS post-graduation while working full time.
Pizza will be served between panels.
Tuesday, January 15
Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner Panel 7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge Come hear a robust conversation about two popular allied health professions. We’ll hear from recent alumni who are currently in PA and NP schools as well as from local practitioners in both fields.
Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Tuesday, January 22
LGBTQ in the U.S. Army 6:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge Join Col. Joshua S. Hawley-Molloy, program director of the International Medicine Residency for the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, for a discussion of LGBTQ issues as they relate to the military.
U.S. Army Suture Clinic 7:00 p.m. in Coltrane Lounge The U.S. Army will be hosting a hands-on Suture Clinic. This workshop will be a great learning experience for those who are considering medicine as a career path, or for those who just want to gain a new skill!
Application opens December 14th! Deadline January 31.
The Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a 10 week undergraduate summer fellowship program to support undergraduate students who are interested in cardiovascular research. Each student will be matched, based on his or her interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.
This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology, and heart failure.