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What Should I Do This Summer as a Pre-Med?

Check out these helpful tips from Rachel Rizal and Rishi P. Mediratta, MD at Prospective Doctor. Read the full article here.

If you are pre-med or thinking about going to medical school, use your summer wisely to strengthen your application. Here are a few activities that you can explore to make your summer fruitful and beneficial for your future career as a physician!

Clinical Experiences:

  • Apply to be a medical scribe.
  • Shadow a doctor. Ask your own doctor to see if you can shadow them. Ask anyone you know who is a doctor to see if you can spend time shadowing them. If you do not know anyone, you could also e-mail physicians in your area or who are affiliated with a medical school. Ask to spend one day with them so you can learn about their field and what it’s like to care for patients.
  • Volunteer with children. Some hospitals have schools where you can teach children or read to them. Some hospitals have hospital BINGO programs or other activities that students can pursue with children.
  • Volunteer with the elderly. Veterans Affairs Hospitals are the largest integrated health care system in America. VA Hospitals have volunteer programs for students. Additionally, nursing homes are places where you can spend time with the geriatric population. Lastly, if you are interested in fields of medicine like oncology or hematology, then volunteer with a local hospice. Hospices are programs for people who are terminally ill, and volunteers are needed to spend time individuals who are dying.

Non-Clinical Opportunities:

  • Get involved with research. Research experience is helpful in a medical school application because it shows your academic curiosity and ability to delve deeply into problems. Research can range from basic sciences to public health research. The best way to get involved with research activities during a summer is to contact Principal Investigators and ask them about short-term research opportunities. Search departments in medicine that interest you and look for the faculty members and their research experiences.
  • Volunteer with children. Even outside the hospital or clinics, there are numerous opportunities to work with children. For example, you can be a camp counselor. You will learn how to motivate children and work in a team. Additionally, you can work with organizations that support children with special needs.
  • Summer classes. You can use your summer to tackle some of those pre-med requirements. Many students take physics or organic chemistry over the summer. Remember, these classes can be very demanding since they are 1-2 semesters worth of work compressed into 6-10 weeks. So balance your time wisely among classes, extra-curricular activities, and jobs.

Summer Internship in Seattle with Adaptive Biotechnologies

Application deadline 4/30.

Every immune system has a story to tell— the key is knowing how to listen. Adaptive Biotechnologies‘ goal is to meaningfully improve people’s lives by learning from the wisdom of their adaptive immune systems. It’s a bold objective that we’re uniquely built to achieve

At Adaptive Biotechnologies, you’ll be challenged, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll be part of an innovative organization making a real impact on improving the quality of life globally. No matter what your role is, you’ll find a diverse, team-driven, fun culture where your contributions truly count.

Position Overview: Adaptive Biotechnologies is currently looking for an exceptional Summer Intern to join their Research and Development team. Successful candidates will assist with the development of multiplex PCR- and NGS-based assays. During your time at Adaptive, you will learn various lab techniques, including mammalian cell culture, image cytometry, cell based assays, PCR, sequencing library preparation, and targeted NGS-sequencing under the supervision of experienced laboratory personnel. You will also gain experience in data analysis and become familiar with the product development cycle.

Open to Rising Juniors and Seniors. Learn more about the position in Handshake.

Quality Improvement Research Analyst at Mount Sinai Health System

The Quality Improvement Research Analyst is responsible for overseeing all activities specific to the following programs:

  • Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • Collaborative Endocrine Surgery Quality Improvement Program (CESQIP)
  • Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI)

The chief responsibility is to collect and submit reliable data to the MBSAQIP (American College of Surgeons), CESQIP (Society for Endocrine Surgeons), and VQI programs (Society for Vascular Surgeons). This is accomplished through high-quality clinical screening, data compilation, documentation, and entry of data into the applicable databases for all eligible surgeries at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Analyst also works closely with the members of the Department of Surgery to identify opportunities for clinical quality improvement and other initiatives, as identified.

Learn more about the position in Handshake. Deadline 4/29.

How to Prepare for Phone or Virtual 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.

Pre-Health Society Update

The Pre-Health Society’s latest update:

There will be a FALL REGISTRATION INFORMATION SESSION hosted by the Pre-Health Board on April, 25th at 8:00 P.M. in MBH 338.


Jennifer Mailey, Director of Admissions

Fetal pig dissection – Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 pm in BiHall 305. Dr. Spritzer will be leading this event. Spots are limited, so sign up if you’re interested! https://forms.gle/qxibp6h1CcXTcf7C6


Please, join the Pre-Health Society and the CCI in welcoming Jennifer Mailey, Director of Admissions at the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine, to Middlebury!  Ms. Mailey will be visiting via Skype on Tuesday, May 7th at 12:30 P.M. in the Adirondack House. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and network. This event is open to all students. We highly suggest that students interested in veterinary medicine attend!  Please, RSVP with the link provided here.

Start Your Dental School Application Early!

ADEA AADSAS Cycle Soft Opens on May 14!

Get ready to apply to dental school! The 2019-2020 ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application opens on May 14! Be proactive and start planning for the upcoming cycle now.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Reach out to your professors, health professions advisor and/or mentor to formally request a letter of recommendation.
  • Document professional experiences and academic achievements to include on your application.
  • Research participating dental schools through the newly released 2019-2020 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools or by subscribing to the ADEA Dental School Explorer—an online resource with information about the 76 dental schools.

ADEA AADSAS opens on May 14, but you can’t officially submit your application until June 4. Use these extra three weeks to review your application, collect materials and ensure you’re submitting a strong application.

Don’t wait, start planning today! Need help? Contact ADEA AADSAS Customer Service or read the ADEA AADSAS application instructions.

2019 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs May 22 and 23!


You’re invited to the 2019 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 22 and 23!

Did you miss #GoDental19 in Chicago? Do you need more information about applying to dental school? Spring into action with #GDVF19! Take advantage of this two-day event where you can visit multiple virtual dental school booths and receive answers about the ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application—no travel or registration fees required!

Here’s what you can expect during #GDVF19:

ADEA AADSAS Prep Day Live, Wednesday, May 22, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Information about completing an ADEA AADSAS application.
  • Tips to overcome common obstacles related to the application.
  • Keynote presentation featuring two dental students from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
  • Opportunities to chat live with ADEA AADSAS customer service representatives.

Dental School Chat Day Live, Thursday, May 23, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

  • Chat with dental school admissions officers from over 50 U.S. and Canadian dental schools in live, virtual booth spaces.
  • Access video presentations on financial planning, interviewing and much more!

If you are applying to dental school, you don’t want to miss this informative event. Register today and spread the word!