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5 Things To Consider For a Productive Pre-Health Thanksgiving Break

1. Update Your Resume.

When applying for opportunities, your resume, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression. These documents will help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.

While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are guidelines you should follow to convey a positive, meaningful message. Additionally, for each position you apply for, you should write a new cover letter that is geared toward that specific job and company/organization.

To get started:

  • Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide for all majors and industries. This guide outlines suggestions for formatting, organization, and content and can walk you through the process of creating either document. Included is also a list of action verbs.

  • Utilize the list of Core Professional Competencies to highlight the skills you have gained during your experiences

  • View resume samples here

2. Start a First Draft of Your Personal Statement.

It is never too early to work on your personal statement. Starting early can relieve a lot of stress when it comes down to the application cycle. Starting early allows you to have family, friends, and your advisors read it over. Expect there will be many drafts over time. Learn from the experts:

3. Volunteer.

Use your break to dip your toe into a service opportunity. Or research where you’d like to volunteer when you return to campus. Service of some kind is fully integrated into the health care professional’s undergraduate experience. Most applicants have a strong sense of service, of wanting to help others feel better, making health care work better, and, in many cases, giving back to their communities. There are many ways for you to engage in the community and you can design your own service path. Admissions boards value engagement in community service as a way to demonstrate respect toward others with very different life circumstances, empathy, and cultural sensitivity. They want students to demonstrate a desire to help others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings. Ideal applicants demonstrate a desire to alleviate others’ distress; recognize and act on his/her responsibilities to society, locally, nationally, and globally. The average medical school applicant has 100 hours of community service when they apply.

4. Shadow.

Again, consider using this time to research clinical shadowing experiences. A strong emphasis is placed on your clinical exposure to medicine and patient care, including time spent shadowing, working in clinics, and other patient-care settings. Clinical experience is defined as direct interaction with patients and hands-on involvement in the care of conscious patients in a health care related environment, attending to their health maintenance, progression, or end of life needs. The average applicant has 45-50 hours of patient contact.

5. Take a break, have fun, be yourself.

Spend time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. After giving your all these last few months, you deserve it!

WT Internship for Pre-Medical Students with Dr. Rick Hodes in Ethiopia

This is an incredible opportunity for pre-medical students to shadow a world-renown Middlebury alum.

For 30 years, Dr. Rick Hodes ’75, has worked out of the basement of a crowded public hospital, treating patients with spinal deformities and heart disease, as well as a variety of other rare medical issues. The majority of these patients are impoverished children.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Hodes has forged strong partnerships to bring care to those in need. In 2006, he launched a spine program with Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei of Ghana and his FOCOS organization. The program has grown from 20 patients to over 400 new cases every year, and performs over 100 surgeries annually in Ethiopia, Ghana, and the United States. As the senior consultant at a Catholica medical mission, Dr. Hodes has worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, and Albania. He also works with the cardiac center at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Cochin, India to serve cardiac patients.

Dr. Hodes is a CNN Hero, holds 5 honorary doctorates, and was awarded Mastership by the American College of Physicians. To learn more about his inspiring work, you can watch one of the four documentary films about him, such as HBO’s “Making the Crooked Straight” or “Zemene,” or read Marilyn Berger’s book, “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”

Students can learn more at https://rickhodes.org/ and https://www.ethiopianfamilyfund.org/medical-needs-dr-rick-hodes/.

Check out the trailer from the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight“:

Dr. Hodes has hosted over a dozen Middlebury students over the past years, and the majority are now doctors! He is interested in welcoming a students for a month during Winter-Term.

Interested? Contact Pam Berenbaum and she will get you in contact with Dr. Hodes.


Health Professions Committee Process for 2019

Pre-Health students and alumni – the 2018-2019 Health Professions Committee (HPC) process begins in September!

If you are not 100% sure this is the year to apply, then we highly recommend doing a quick self-assessment to see if there are areas where your candidacy might be improved. Ask yourself if you are applying when you are the strongest possible candidate?

  1. Review the committee interview rubric and give yourself a score based on where you are now.
  2. The MSAR is an online database that enables you to browse, search, sort, and compare information about U.S. and Canadian medical schools. You will use it extensively as you build your school list, and since a membership lasts for one year, it might make sense to purchase permission at this point to get a sense for the sorts of metrics and experiences that medical schools value.
  3. If you are still not sure, we’d be happy to schedule a phone or in-person appointment with you.

The HPC Timeline has been updated online (available here) and you may begin the HPC process at any time.

Please make sure to thoroughly review the online timeline (a visual timeline is available here.)

Below are the NEXT STEPS in the HPC Process.

September 11, 2018 :: Applicant Information Meeting

October 2, 2018 :: Personal Statement Workshop

October, 2018 :: Testing

  •  Review the MCAT/DAT/GRE schedules to plan your testing date.


  1. Make sure you connect with your letter writers sooner rather than later and your letter requests have been sent via Interfolio. Please note: you will need to know at least TWO of your letter writers by November 15, 2018 and will need to declare them in the Committee Selection Form. At least ONE letter writer must be a science faculty who taught you in a BCPM course. Click here for the What’s Science and What’s Not classification. Your letter writers will need to have their letters uploaded to Interfolio by January 15, 2019. Please send this link to all of your letter writers. It explains what is required in their letters of recommendation.
  2. Middlebury HPC reviews all application material via Interfolio. Open your account with this link to connect your account to the HPC. At this point in the committee process, you do NOT need to pay anything for Interfolio. If you do not wish to pay $48 for the Dossier Deliver service , simply open up a free account.
  3. Begin requesting unofficial transcripts from any colleges outside Middlebury where you have taken four or more courses. They will need to be uploaded to Interfolio by January 15, 2019.


November 15, 2018 :: DEADLINE to join the Health Professions Committee process this year

All applicants will need to have informed our office by November 15, 2018 that they plan to go through the Health Professions Committee process this year. Anyone wishing to join after November 15, 2018 will need special permission from one of the advisors. Please complete the following items in order to be considered in the Matric 19 cohort.

  1. Submit your Committee Selection Form – this form notifies us of your official interest in joining the Health Professions Committee year.
  2. Have an active Interfolio account. Open your account with this link to connect your account to the HPC. At this point in the committee process, you do NOT need to pay anything for Interfolio. If you do not wish to pay $48 for the Dossier Deliver service , simply open up a free account.
  3. Submit a head shot (does not need to be a professional photographer, it is for internal use only) by uploading it to your Interfolio dossier by clicking on “Add document” and upload the image as a PDF. Please don’t upload it to your Interfolio profile as we don’t have access to see that.

Your next deadline isn’t until January 15th.

Save the Date for Fall Heath Professions Events!

Come meet the Health Professions Advisors at our fall Health Professions events!

Mary Lothrop and Hannah Benz

Can’t make an event but still want to meet the Health Professions (HP) Team? The HP Team serves both students and alumni who are considering careers in the health professions. We work with students at every point in the pre-health process, from academic advising, to securing research and clinical opportunities, and throughout the entire professional school application process.

Make an appointment.

UNE COM Live – Med School Interviews: How to prepare and what to expect!

Wednesday, September 5th from 12:15-1:15pm (EST), UNE COM is hosting a special edition of UNE COM Live: UNE COM Interviews!  How to prepare and what to expect. They will have current First and Second-Year students available to discuss their interview experience and how they prepared. Graduate Admissions will also be joining the discussion to review the interview timeline, decisions, and anything else admissions related!

How to connect: You will need to be logged into Facebook to view the event.  Once logged in, visit their Facebook page: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The Facebook Live will appear on their site’s homepage as soon as they start streaming.  Make sure to scroll down past their top posts to view the feed.  If you have any questions, you can post a comment on the video.

Link to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/University-of-New-England-College-of-Osteopathic-Medicine-230525707539/

A Rude Awakening

You’ve probably heard about the importance of being professional, whether it’s an in-person interview, a phone call, or a simple email. But surprisingly, medical schools are often faced with a lack of professionalism from some students. From chronic absences to nasty emails, unprofessional behavior can derail even the most promising medical student’s career. The chair of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s conduct committee discusses the problem and suggests a solution.

“Only about 1% of our 400 students exhibit poor professionalism. But our committee . . . spends a great deal of effort managing that small group.”

Read the full AAMC article by Julie Kim, MD PhD here.

Five Emerging Medical Specialties

As medicine evolves, so do the types of doctors most needed. Demand for some of these physicians is already high.

Right when her colleagues at Boston Children’s Hospital are leaving at the end of the day, pediatrician Sarah Henry, MD, is just arriving at work. As a nocturnist, Henry has made a career of working the night shift, clocking 10 overnights a month, sleeping mostly during the day, and avoiding typical workday stresses like long commutes.

But the job’s real attractions are less practical. “The hospital at night is a different place than during the day,” Henry says. “There aren’t the meetings and conferences and people coming and going. It’s a leaner, more simplified environment where I can focus on patient care and spend more time with families. That’s something I really value.”

Nocturnists are one of several medical career paths to emerge in recent years, partly in response to medical advances but also to new ways in which health care is delivered. Here are five new specialties, what they entail, and the training needed to pursue them.

Read the full AAMC article by Beth Howard.