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					            PreHealth Announcements
                    May 2011
                      I.   Volunteer Opportunities
(See also Volunteer Opportunities Link on PreHealth Advising Website.)
Title: Guidelines for Premed Students Volunteering Abroad (4/15/11)
Description: This set of guidelines was developed by the AAMC Group on
         Students Affairs (GSA) for Pre-Medical and Medical Students planning
         to provide patient care abroad. The Guidelines are final and have been
         posted to the AAMC website at the following site:
         dingpatientcare.pdf .

Title: Volunteer Opportunities in Boulder County (3/24/11)
Description: Both one-time and on-going local volunteer opportunities are listed.
         Many ways to get involved in the community. Some are health-related.

Title: Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps (3/4/11)
Description: Unite For Sight's Global Impact Corps is a high-impact immersive
         global health experience for students and for professionals. Unite For
         Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our
         Global Impact Fellows, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare
         delivery programs with our local clinic partners. Global Impact Fellows
         support and learn from the partner clinics' talented medical
         professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact
         Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in
         global health and social entrepreneurship. Global Impact Fellows gain
         skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they
         receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery. Global Impact
         Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested
         in public health, medicine, international development, social
         entrepreneurship, and the social sciences. Global Impact Fellows
         participate daily with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care
         and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in
         extreme poverty. They assist with patient education, visual acuity
         screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication
         prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.
        They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the
        local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the
        Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing
        global health research.
Volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or
        more. Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Accra and
        Kumasi Regions, Ghana; Northern and Ashanti Regions, Ghana;
        Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Patna, India; Dhenkanal, India.

Title: Volunteer with International Students (2/11/11)
Description: The International English Center at CU Boulder seeks native
         English speakers to volunteer with our Conversation Partner Program.
         Meet with an IEC student for one hour per week and talk about different
         topics ranging from school, travel, etc. Currently, we have students from
         over 20 countries. This program is a great opportunity to learn about
         another culture and share your own.
Contact: Camille at or 303-492-5547 with questions or
         for an application.

Title: Patient and Family Volunteers Needed (12/31/10)
Description: Visit with patients while providing respite care for a caregiver, read
         to a patient, or assist with errands and household chores. Volunteers
         also needed at an in-patient, 10-bed Hospice Care Center to assist
         patients and staff and to support family members. Training provided by
         HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
Contact: Sarah Varick, 303-604-5206,

Title: Child Health Family International Volunteer Opportunities (12/10/10)
Description: Child Health Family International (CFHI) offers 1-3 month clinical
         rotations that provide socially responsible global health immersion
         experiences in sites throughout Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, and
         South Africa. Participants are placed with physicians in developing
         countries working in underserved communities. The goal of each
         rotation is exposure to different health care delivery systems, increased
         cultural competency, and acquisition of public health knowledge.
Contact:, 415-957-9000
Contact Alumni:

Title: PT Volunteer Opportunity (10/29/10)
Description: Volunteer openings at North Boulder PT, 3000 Center Green Drive,
         Boulder, CO 80301.
To Apply: Email, with PT volunteer in the subject

Title: CareConnect Volunteer Opportunities (9/3/10)
Description: CareConnect is a volunteer organization that provides services to
         seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Boulder County. For one
         of their programs, Medical Mobility, volunteers provide rides to medical
         appointments. This is a great opportunity for one-on-one interaction and
         to provide an important service. For another, volunteers are needed to
         shovel snow from sidewalks by noon the day after a snow to help people
         avoid a $50 fine.
Contact: 303-772-2262 or

Title: Global International Dental Relief Volunteer Opportunities
Description: Colorado-based Global Dental Relief provides free dental care for
         children in Nepal, India, Vietnam, and Guatemala.
Contact: Kim Troggio,, 303-858-8857

Title: Remote Area Medical Volunteer Opportunities
Description: RAM offers volunteer opportunities similar to Doctors Without
         Borders, but within the U.S., as well as abroad. See their website: Besides doctors, nurses,
         dentists, and veterinarians, EMTs, optical lab technicians, and vet techs
         can volunteer. The most frequent sort of expedition consists of vision,
         dental, and women's health services in Appalachia. Each month, our
         volunteers spend a weekend providing these services to communities
         which have invited us to help. While the expedition may only last for two
         or three days, literally months of work go into each one. A RAM service
         that may surprise some is our veterinary team. It consists of
         veterinarians and veterinary technicians; our team provides free spay
         and neuter services, along with other treatments as needed. While our
         most common veterinary patients are dogs and cats, we also treat large
         animals in rural communities.

Title: Volunteer Connection Database

Title: Reach Out and Read (ROAR) at Clinica Family Services
Description: ROAR is a great, evidence-based, national project to promote
       literacy in health care settings. There are openings with ROAR at all clinic
       locations (Boulder, Lafayette, Pecos, Thornton).
Contact: Pamela Tims Bauduit, Volunteer Coordinator, phone:
       (303) 665-3036 ext. 182; email:
Title: American Academy of Family Physicians Volunteer Opportunities in
Primary Care
Description: This is a listing of volunteer opportunities in the health care field that
       are primary care based.
Contact: Ashley DeVilbiss 913-906-6000 x6722

                         II.   Research Programs

        III.    Courses / Academic Programs / Schools
Title: Statistics Prereq for Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (4/29/11)
Description: For 2012 admission, the University of North Texas Health Science
         Center-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM) will
         require 3 semester credit hours of statistics for admission into the Doctor
         of Osteopathic Medicine program. We will no longer accept calculus to
         meet our mathematics requirement. Below is the specific language for
         this requirement:
Required: The statistics requirement may be met with a 3 semester credit (or
         equivalent quarter hours of credit) course from a regionally-accredited
         college or university in any academic discipline. The course content
         should include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, sampling
         techniques, measures of relationship, regression models, and other
         tests for significance. This course must be completed prior to
Applicants may be required to provide documentation to verify course content.
Please note: Applicants may go through the admissions process and receive an
         offer of admission without having fulfilled this requirement. However,
         they will be required to complete all prerequisites prior to matriculation in
         July, 2012.

Title: Chemistry Course Prerequisites (4/8/11)
Description: The Chemistry department will no longer link the lecture and labs of
         chemistry courses as co-requisites. However, the department strongly
         recommends that students take the general chemistry and organic
         chemistry lecture courses along with the corresponding lab. There are
         several reasons for this:
         1) Lecture and lab complement and reinforce one another and were
                  designed to be taken together.
         2) The chemistry and biochemistry department will continue to strictly
                  enforce prerequisites (no exceptions). Students who do not
                  complete both the lecture and the lab with a C- or better will not
                  be allowed to enroll in the next course. For example, students
                  need to have a C- or better in both CHEM 1113 and 1114 to
                  continue in CHEM 1133 and 1134. Therefore, not taking the
                  lecture and lab together could add additional time to a student's
                academic career and postpone his/her graduation.
The department has also decided that students will not be allowed to take the
       lab before the lecture in a given course. For example, students
       cannot take CHEM 3321 before taking CHEM 3311. A student could
       however take CHEM 3311 before taking CHEM 3321, with the above
       warnings. The lab course descriptions have therefore been rewritten to
       include the corresponding lecture as a pre or co-requisite. These lab
       prerequisites will be strictly enforced (no exceptions).

Title: Two New Business Options: Business of Sports and Entrepreneurship
         The Business of Sports Certificate is a two-month intensive, six-credit
         course for undergraduates and recent graduates interested in pursuing
         careers in sports and recreation. In the morning, students learn basic
         business concepts including: Economics of Sports, Leadership and
         Ethics, Sports Law, Sports Marketing, and Sports Management. In the
         afternoon, students work in groups on experiential, research-based
         projects designed by contributing partners, such as Kroenke Sports
         Enterprises or Vail Resorts Management. BOS runs June 1-July 22,
         Contact: Frances Mahoney
         This program has been developed by the Deming Center for
         Entrepreneurship in the Leeds School of Business for upper-division,
         non-business majors. Courses provide the problem-solving skills and
         knowledge needed to shape and manage an entrepreneurial venture,
         including for-profit and not-for-profit. The program emphasizes new
         approaches in unexpected fields, such as education, healthcare,
         performing and visual arts, and social mission ventures. Topics included
         in Fall 2011: Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Business Principles for
         Entrepreneurs, and Writing a Venture.
 Website: Visit "Cross Campus
         Entrepreneurship Education."

Title: Applied Clinical Research Course (IPHY 3500) for Fall 2011 (3/11/11)
Description: IPHY 3500 is a 2-credit Applied Clinical Research course offered
         through CU Boulder, but which will be taught at Denver Health. It is a
         Controlled Enrollment course, so you cannot sign up without permission.
***Please read information below carefully before replying.***
         1) Have reliable transportation to Denver
         2) Be available for lectures, which will be held at Denver Health on
                  Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (don't forget to plan for travel time).
                 Lab portions (one 4-hour block per week) can be more flexibly
                 scheduled, including weekends or evenings.
       3) Have completed the prerequisite courses: A year of general biology
                 (MCDB 1150-2150, or EBIO 1210-1220, or the equivalent) and
                 one semester of organic chemistry (CHEM 3311)
       4) Pass criminal background check covering the last 7 years
       5) Provide proof of current medical insurance coverage
       6) Supply evidence that you have had these relevant immunizations:
                 evidence that you have immune status for: a) Measles, b)
                 Rubella, c) Chicken Pox, and d) have completed immunization
                 for Hepatitis B; e) date of last tetanus shot, f) evidence that you
                 have had a PPD test in the last year. If you have a past history
                 of a positive TB skin test, you will have to provide evidence that
                 an annual assessment to rule out active tuberculosis has been
                 done. g) You must also certify that you have not had a
                 smallpox vaccination within 21 days of starting the lab portion of
                 the course.
B. RECOMMENDED: (to be used if there are more applicants than spaces):
       1) Premedical focus and/or previous research experience
       2) GPA of 3.5 or better
       3) Senior undergraduate standing
       Introducing fundamental concepts of clinical research to those interested
       in pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. In addition to
       lectures introducing students to research design, errors in research, and
       basic biostatistics, there will be significant emphasis on participation in
       on-going medical research at Denver Health Medical Center, University
       of Colorado Hospital, and The Children's Hospital. This unique
       experience will provide students with first-hand exposure to all aspects
       of clinical research.
       If you meet the requirements and are interested in registering for this
       course, please email In the email, please
       confirm that you meet requirements A.1, 2, and 3. State your CU
       Student ID number. Please also include your year (SR, JR, ALUM, etc.),
       your overall GPA, and a brief description of any research/honors thesis
       in which you have been involved (if any). If you are invited to apply for
       the course, you will be asked to provide more information to meet A. 4,
       5, and 6. I will let you know whether you can start the registration
       process right after spring break.
       This course is typically offered every fall and spring semester.

Title: Florida Atlantic University – New Medical School (2/25/11)
Description: The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic
         University has recently been accredited. This is a new, public medical
        school, in Boca Raton, FL. (Note state residency information on
        website.) They are recruiting their charter class to begin in the fall of
        2011. Applications will be accepted beginning in Late February through
        AMCAS. Interviews will be conducted between March and May, and
        decisions will be made on a rolling basis between March and July. To
        receive an email letting you know when you can apply, send your
        contact information to

Title: Visit National University of Health Sciences (12/31/10)
Description: National University of Health Sciences offers degrees in:
         Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.)
         Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.)
         Master of Science in Acupuncture (M.S.Ac.)
         Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (M.S.O.M.)
         Whether you live nearby Chicago or St. Petersburg, FL, are traveling in
         our area, or making a special trip, we'd like to help you plan a visit to
         NUHS. Interested students and families should contact the Visit
         Coordinator (see below).
Contact: Paula Voigt, our Visit Coordinator, 1-630-889-6205 or

Title: Colorado PostBacc Programs (12/10/10)
Description: Are you planning to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, PT, or
         other health professions programs, but either 1) need to take the
         undergraduate science prerequisites (Career Changer) or want to take
         graduate level science courses to improve your preparation (Academic
         Enhancement)? The existing formal postbaccalaureate program at CSU
         is being joined by several others later this year:
Academic Enhancement programs:
         - CSU WEBSITE:,
         - Regis WEBSITE:,
         Contact: or
         - UNC: Master's in Biomedical Sciences, website should be ready by
Career Changer Program:
         - CU Boulder: planned to start summer 2011. Details will be sent out in
                  early 2011.
Informal PostBacc Programs (not a comprehensive list):
         - CU Boulder: IPHY coursework MS program for academic
         - CU Denver: Biology coursework MS program for academic
         - CU Boulder: ACCESS or second degree enrollment for career

Title: Summer Optometry Enrichment Programs for Undergrads (12/10/10)
Description: The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is
         pleased to share the following dates for Summer 2011 pre-optometry
         enrichment programs, which will be offered at four colleges of optometry.
         Prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer
         programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual's participation between
         or among any of the four programs described below. We thank the
         Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for providing
         financial support for these programs.
                   Illinois College of Optometry
                   Focus on Your Future
                   July 11-15, 2011
                   Open to all undergrads interested in optometry. There is no
                   cost to participate in this program, but participants are
                   responsible for their travel expenses. For more information,
                   please visit:
                   Program Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407,
                   The Ohio State University
                   August 1-3, 2011
                   Intended for people from an underrepresented ethnicity. There
                   is no cost to attend the program; all meals and activities will be
                   free of charge. There are also several scholarships for airfare
                   and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants. For
                   more information, please visit the I-DOC webpage:
                   Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.8825,
                   Pacific University
                   July 6-8, 2011
                   Pacific University's InSight 2011 is Intended for
                   underrepresented minority students. Program materials, food,
                   and accommodations will be provided by Pacific University. For
                   more information, please visit:
                   Program Contact: Janelle Holmboe, 503.352.3145,
                   University of California, Berkeley
                  Session I, June 20-21
                  Session II, July 18-20
                  Intended for underrepresented and first generation pre-health
                  science majors. Program specifics and the application will be
                  available as of February 15, 2011 at:
                  Cost: $125 program fee; limited number of scholarships to
                  waive program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial
                  Program Contact: Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537,

Title: Study Abroad 101 (11/21/10)
Description: Any prospective study abroad students should first attend Study
         Abroad 101. At Study Abroad 101 students learn about reasons for
         studying abroad, differences between CU and Non-CU programs,
         program types, housing options, major/minor and A&S core
         requirements, credits, grades, and graduation information. There will
         also be an overview on the financial aspects of study abroad, including
         program costs and financial aid. Lastly, we also cover eligibility
         requirements, the application process, and deadlines. Study Abroad
         101 lasts just 30 minutes and is offered several times per week.
Students can find current dates/times at:

Title: SEMS CPR, First Aid, and Basic Life Support Classes (10/8/10)
Description: SEMS offers free and low cost CPR, First Aid, and Basic Life
         Support classes to the CU and Boulder communities. SEMS has a
         variety of class dates and times to fit a variety of schedules (each
         semester). Please email SEMS CPR officer Mark Brooks for more
         information and to sign up for classes.

Title: Tracks at CU School of Medicine (9/17/10)
Description: Applicants to the CU School of Medicine can elect to participate in a
         track. The available tracks include Rural or Urban, which you sign up for
         as part of the secondary application. An essay is required for each.
         Also available are Women's Health, Research, or LEAP (Advocacy)
         Tracks, for which sign up takes place after you matriculate. Note that
         signing up for a track does not influence your chances of being
         accepted. The Global Track at CU SOM is not available this year
         though there are plans to reinstate it in the future. However, you can
         choose to do your Mentored Scholarly Activity in international health
Website: Information on the tracks can be found at

Title: PSYC Statistics Now Acceptable to CU SOM (9/3/10)
Description: After several years of not accepting PSYC 3101 for the Math
         requirement at CU School of Medicine, I have an agreement from the
         Dean that they will be accepting it from now on. Most other medical
         schools already accept it. CU SOM will also continue to accept IPHY
         2800 and MATH 2510 for the math prerequisite.

Title: Podiatrist Career Profiles (7/23/10)
Description: Have you ever wondered about a career in podiatric medicine?
         Interested in surgery, but not sure you want the lifestyle of an orthopedic
         surgeon? Here are some career profiles to give you real life examples:

Title: Physical Therapy Resources
Description: APTA no longer publishes a printed Directory of Accredited Physical
         Therapist programs, as the information is quickly outdated with new
         Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs being added and with
         changes in degree status still occurring for the 9 (of 212) remaining
         programs that are at the masters degree level. We do, however, offer
         excellent resources on the APTA website ( where you can
         access information about accredited professional physical therapist (and
         physical therapist assistant) programs, as well as information about the
         PTCAS and a Career in Physical Therapy. In addition, please check out
         our new Consumer Website that provides information and resources
         directly to the public under our brand "Move Forward – Physical Therapy
         Brings Motion to Life."
 Directory of Accredited Programs (includes required prerequisites for each
Career in Physical Therapy:
Consumer Website:
Main Website:

Title: Tulane Pharmacology PostBacc
Description: Tulane offers a one-year Master of Science in Pharmacology. This
         program was initiated in the 1999-2000 academic year. It is designed
         for students interested in improving their credentials for admission to a
         medical school, as well as for those with other professional goals. Over
         the past 10 years, about 80% of the graduates of the program have
         gone to more than 50 United States medical schools.
Contact: Director of Graduate Admissions, tel. (504) 988.5444; toll free. 1 (800)
Information on other postbacc programs at Tulane and other schools can be
         found on the Prehealth Advising website:
         ( See Applying to Medical
         School, section on Postbaccalaureate programs.

Title: VMD/PhD Program at Penn Vet School
Description: Rabbits help lower cholesterol. Cats may lead to a breakthrough in
         the AIDS epidemic. And dogs have taught doctors new heart surgery
         techniques. Even lobsters help scientists understand Parkinson's
         disease. Since the turn of the century, animal research has helped wipe
         out such diseases as smallpox and polio while increasing the human
         lifespan by 28 years. Whether it's fighting epilepsy, finding a cure for
         Alzheimer's, or making progress in brain and spinal cord trauma, the link
         between human health and animal health is absolutely crucial.
         The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine provides
         an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists
         through our combined VMD-PhD program. It's an excellent way for you
         to continue your education while impacting the future of medicine for
         humans and all species. Who knows what today's research could do for
         future generations?
Find out more by visiting:

Title: Drexel PostBacc Program in California
Description: Drexel University College of Medicine will be offering 15 to 25
         additional seats in our Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) special
         masters program at a second site, in addition to our primary program
         site at our Center City Campus in Philadelphia. Our secondary location
         will be in Sacramento, CA, and further information about the IMS
         program in CA can be found on the web site (see below). The IMS
         program has been successfully helping students improve their
         credentials for application to all US allopathic and osteopathic medical
         schools since 1981. We would welcome questions related to any of our
         programs at any time.
Contact: Gerald Soslau, Ph.D., tel: (215) 762-7831, email:

Title: Financial Literacy 101 for Medical School Applicants
Description: The AAMC's FIRST for Medical Education program announces the
       launch of Financial Literacy 101. This online resource, comprised of
       seven self-paced modules, is designed for the busy schedules of
       medical students and applicants. With an average duration of four
       minutes, the modules cover the following topics: Understanding Identity
       Theft, Banking and Managing Accounts, Budgeting for Medical
       Students, Debit versus Credit Cards, Credit Reports and Credit Scores,
       Students and Credit Cards, and Dealing with Credit Card Debt.
Access Financial Literacy 101 at: (Choose 'Other' if you
       are not yet in medical school)

Title: Tufts School of Medicine’s Rural Track
Description: Tufts University School of Medicine has partnered with Maine
         Medical Center in Portland, Maine, for a new medical school program:
         the "Maine Track." The Maine Track is designed for applicants who are
         interested in a clinical training experience in Maine and Boston, and to
         expose medical students to the unique aspects of rural practice, as well
         as training in a major tertiary medical center. Besides legal residents of
         Maine and those with strong ties to Maine, those with an interest in the
         practice of rural medicine are encouraged to apply. Applicants apply
         through the AMCAS and then complete a secondary application through
         the Tufts website.
Websites: and

Title: Columbia-Bassett New Rural Physician Program
Description: Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons has
       established a rural campus in upstate New York, at Bassett Healthcare, a
       nationally recognized health system based in Cooperstown, New York.
       Columbia and Bassett have joined forces to launch a new model of
       medical training designed to address the severe shortage of rural
       physicians. Significant scholarship support will be available to those
       students who are accepted.

Title: UK Medical/Dental/Vet Schools
Description: In response to several students who have recently asked about UK
       medical, dental, and veterinary schools, here is some useful information.
       For an overall picture, try reading the Wikipedia entry before doing
       anything else, e.g., for UK medical schools: To start looking
       for specific programs, try It is the British Council's
       website for non-UK students interested in studying in the UK. For medical,
       dental, and veterinary training in the Republic of Ireland (vs. Northern
       Ireland, which is part of the UK), North Americans apply through the
       Atlantic Bridge program
                                   IV.    Jobs

Title: Medical Assistant Position Dermatology, Full-time (4/29/11)
Description: Have you considered working in a medical environment while
         awaiting admission to a graduate program in the applied health
         sciences? Why not get real-world, "hands on" experience in an exciting
         medical environment while finishing your prerequisites, tests, and
         applications? Cherry Creek Dermatology, PC in Denver, is currently
         seeking applicants for a Medical Assistant position. Successful
         applicants will work closely with Dr. J. Michael Maloney MD, board
         certified dermatologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at CU Medical
         School. You will be seeing patients with Dr. Maloney and his staff as
         well as assisting in office-based treatments including skin cancer
Qualifications: Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in biology or a related
         field and be planning to pursue graduate training as a physician, nurse,
         or physician assistant. Candidates should be eager to learn and be
         available to work full-time for one year.
Additional Information: Position includes competitive salary, health insurance
         benefits, vacation, holidays, and a retirement plan. Target time to fill the
         position is June 1, 2011.
Applications: Fax your cover letter and resume to: Lizzie Mara, Office Manager,
         Cherry Creek Dermatology, PC, 303-321-7586.

Title: Job Opportunity in an Optometry Clinic (4/8/11)
Description: Boulder Valley Vision Therapy is hiring! Part-time position
         available. Vision Therapy provides a chance to work one-on-one with
         individuals to improve their visual skills. This specialized field helps
         patients with delays in vision development (tracking, focusing, and eye
         alignment issues) or who have experienced trauma (injury/stroke) to
         gain comfortable vision and an improved quality of life. A three-month
         training period is provided, and a three-year certification process is
         available. This position has been held by a CU-Boulder pre-optometry
         student who says that it has been a wonderful experience. She has
         been accepted into optometry school, so Boulder Valley Vision Therapy
         is now looking for her replacement.
Must have afternoon availability: 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Part-time position: 3-5 days per week
Must have computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel)
Previous experience with children, in teaching/tutoring, or pre-optometry is a
Please email a cover letter, resume, and references if you are interested to
Qualified applicants will be invited to an information meeting followed by an
Title: Pre-Collegiate Science Teaching, Summer 2011 (12/10/10)
Description: The University of Colorado at Boulder's Pre-Collegiate Development
         Programs will need to hire additional teachers for the 2011 CU Boulder
         Pre-Collegiate Summer Residential Program. We may need at least
         one teacher for each of the following courses: Calculus,
         Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, College Algebra II, Anatomy (two sections),
         Introduction to Engineering
Pay: The program will pay $34.00/per teaching hour, $15.00/per training hour,
         and $15.00/per prep hour (2 hours each week).
Timing: The Program will start classes on Monday, June 6, 2011, and end on
         Friday, July 8, 2011. Teachers will work Monday, Wednesday, and
         Friday afternoons at least two hours per day, and will have one full day
         of training the week before classes start.
Application: If you want to teach for PCDP this summer, please e-mail your
         resume, or call Theresa Manchengo (see contact information below) to
         set up a meeting time.
Contact: Theresa Manchego, 303-492-0540,

                   V.    Scholarships / Internships
Title: Top Scholarships
Description: The Top Scholarships office is looking for CU's exceptional students
         to compete for prestigious scholarships like the Rhodes, Marshall,
         Churchill, and Mitchell. Students who have excellent academic
         credentials, motivation, leadership potential, and a desire to make a
         difference in her/his field or community should contact the Top
         Scholarships office.
Contact: Deborah Viles,

Title: Financial Aid / Scholarships Sources for Health Professions
Description: (look below list of professions and click on
         funding link) Medicine:
Websites for specific schools: (e.g. UCLA School of Medicine has an extensive
         list of scholarships: )
Foundations: (charge for online search)

Title: Navy Medicine Contact
Description: Lt. Brent Lacey is a Navy doctor who has offered to provide
         information on the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program and
         on Navy medicine to CU students interested in considering that route.
         He recently graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio and is
         currently an Internal Medicine intern at the Naval Medical Center San
Here are some resources Lt. Lacey provided: The official Navy HPSP website
         (great info. here):
This is a link to a Navy HPSP guide Lt. Lacey created during my last year of
         medical school:
Navy HPSP Wiki Site: created by HPSP students around the country:
If you have any questions of Lt. Lacey: He offers to answer them, or help you
         start walking through the process. He can set you up with a recruiter,
         help you with your application, and guide you through the interview
         process. Also, if you're interested in seeing one of the Navy hospitals
         firsthand, the recruiters can offer a chance to do that as well.

Title: PPREP Internship
Description: PreMed Prescription Drug Rating and Experience Program
         (PPREP).'s PreMed Prescription Drug Rating and
         Experience Program (PPREP) is designed for students in pre-medical or
         health related fields. Selected students will receive valuable hands-on
         patient evaluation experience while participating in large scale multi-year
         studies on side effects and efficacy of medications and supplements.
Website:, click on PreMed PPREP

Title: Army Health Profession Scholarship Program
Description: Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Optometry, and Clinical Psychology
         working on their PhD.
Contact: Sergeant Greg Kraft

Title: New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program
Description: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American
       Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) have announced the creation
       of the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program, designed to
       alleviate the nation's nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the
       pipeline of students in accelerated nursing programs.
                    VI.    Application Information
Title: Updated VMCAS Resources for 2011 Vet School Applicants (4/15/11)
Description: The VMCAS website has recently updated several useful
         references for students who plan to apply to vet school this year, for
         matriculation in 2012. Go to
         Pages/Documents-and-Forms.aspx to access the following resources
         and other useful information:
         1. College Test Deadlines Chart: I recently sent out a healthlist email
                  explaining that GREs taken in August and September of 2011
                  will experience delays in official score reporting. Accordingly,
                  many (but not all) vet schools have changed their GRE deadline
                  dates for 2011 applications. This chart shows each school's
                  deadline for receiving official GRE scores and the associated
                  last day to take the test in order to meet the deadline.
         2. College General Information Chart: This chart allows you to compare
                  the number of available seats for in-state and out-of-state
                  students (but remember to check the VMSAR book to see how
                  many people in each category are applying for those seats),
                  tuition costs, and application deadlines, among other things.
         3. College Prerequisite Comparison Chart: A handy reference that
                  allows you to quickly compare the differing prerequisites for
                  different vet schools.

Title: Information Sessions for CU SOM (4/15/11)
Description: There are three more information sessions scheduled at CU School
         of Medicine this summer. Note that these sessions are designed for
         those who have applied and not been accepted, as well as those who
         have not yet applied. While you may not get specific information tailored
         to your particular situation, attending a session indicates your interest,
         and you may learn information that is useful to you.
Registration Site:

Title: New 2012 MSAR – Online and Guidebook (4/8/11)
Description: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) today
         launched a new online version of the Medical School Admission
         Requirements (MSAR®) guide, which offers students access to more
         comprehensive information and data.
This year, the MSAR is available two ways:
         At $25, the price of MSAR printed guidebook remains the same this
         year. The school detail pages have been condensed to a single page,
         with most tabular data available only online. Again, access codes are
         printed in each book, giving users one year of unlimited use of MSAR
        Online information, data and functionality.

        MSAR® Online can be purchased for $15. Users are given one year of
        unlimited access to MSAR Online and can perform advanced searches,
        sort search results by a variety of criteria, save favorites, and compare
        schools side-by-side.
Website: See to purchase either the guidebook or online
        version of MSAR® and for full details on product features, applicant
        worksheets, motivational stories, and the terms and conditions for using
        the site.

Title: Waitlisted for a Medical School? (4/1/11)
Description: If you are waitlisted for a medical school you want to attend, and
         would like some ideas on how to proceed, be sure to let me know.
         There are very different approaches that are appropriate for different
In order for me to help you, please email me with:
         a) where you are 'on hold' (i.e., where you were interviewed and have
                  not yet been rejected or waitlisted)
         b) where have you been told you are on the waitlist or alternate list (and
                  any information on your position on the list),
         c) where you have been accepted, if any
         d) order of preference, from most to least preferred
Note: Some medical schools have not finished interviewing, so if you have
         neither interviewed nor been rejected at your top choice, you can let me
         know that as well.

Title: 2012 AMCAS Changes (3/24/11)
Description: For those of you who will be re-applying, below is a heads up on
AMCAS changes for the 2012 cycle. For those of you applying for the first time,
as well as re-applicants, we will have two AMCAS Application Workshops, one in
late May and one in mid June, to go over the whole application, including
Summary of changes:
1. Dates (tentative) – May 5, AMCAS opens, begins accepting transcripts; June
          1, AMCAS can be submitted
2. Biography – new required section on childhood; section on parents/guardians
          will be required
3. Work/Activities – contact information will be required; 15 experience
          descriptions, each 700 characters max; choose three as "most
          meaningful experiences," additional 1325 characters max.
4. Letters – many med schools now require that letters are on official letterhead
          and bear author's signature.
5. Certification statement – will be broken down into individual statements, which
         you must certify separately; includes one new certification stating that all
         written passages (essay, work/activities descriptions, etc.) are your own
         and "have not been written in part or whole, by a third party."
6. Information from 2011 AMCAS will not roll over into 2012 AMCAS.

Title: CU SOM Accept, Waitlist, and Deny Decisions (3/11/11)
Description: This week CU School of Medicine will be sending out the remainder
         of their accept, waitlist, and deny decisions. In years past, waitlisted
         applicants have been notified of a specific rank on this list; this is not the
         case this year. This year the Admissions Committee has compiled a
         general waitlist with no ranking. In an effort to continue the holistic
         review process that they have committed to, it is important for them to be
         able to review all candidates multiple times before offering acceptance.
         Historically, they have accepted about 60-70 candidates from the
         waitlist. They will be offering several information sessions where they
         will review the current and future application seasons with attendees
         allowing you to do a self assessment of your candidacy should you
         consider reapplying. Applicants can register at
         Admissions/Pages/Admissions.aspx for these sessions.

Title: Accepted to More Than One Osteopathic School? (3/4/11)
Description: If you have been accepted to more than one osteopathic medical
         school, and know that there is one or more that you will not attend,
         please remember to let those schools know as soon as possible so that
         they can accept other students. If you are still awaiting financial aid or
         other information in order to make a decision, then do not feel pressured
         to decline an offer before you are sure. For osteopathic medical
         schools, the Information for Applicants states that "applicants who have
         made a final decision regarding the medical school they plan to attend
         have an obligation to promptly withdraw their applications from all other
         schools," and the sooner you release a space, the sooner someone else
         can get happy news.

Title: Accepted to More Than One Medical School? (2/25/11)
Description: If you have been accepted to more than one medical school, and
         know that there is one or more that you will not attend, please remember
         to let those schools know as soon as possible so that they can accept
         other students. If you are still awaiting financial aid or other information
         in order to make a decision, then do not feel pressured to decline an
         offer before you are sure. For allopathic (MD) medical schools, you will
         be required to reduce your acceptances to one by May 15th, but the
         sooner you release a space, the sooner someone else can get happy
Title: Dean’s Letter/Statement/Certification (11/12/10)
Description: If you need to submit a letter from the Dean (Dean's Letter of
         Evaluation*, Dean's Certification, or Dean's Statement) for your
         application to medical school, you can find information on how to
         request one on the Prehealth Advising website. See main menu for
         “Dean's Statement of Good Standing.” If you still have questions about
         the procedures after reading the information carefully, please contact
         Leslie at
*Note: A few medical schools that normally require a committee letter or a letter
         from an advisor (e.g., PCOM) note on their websites that they will accept
         a Dean's letter in place of this. Be sure to check exactly what each
         school requires.

Title: Calculus-based Physics Requirement for UC-Berkeley School of
Optometry (10/22/10)
Description: Great news! As announced at the October 2010 SAPP Pre-
         Optometry meeting with Dr. Richard Van Sluyters, of UC-Berkeley's
         School of Optometry, Berkeley has decided to change their policy
         regarding the physics prerequisite. They will now accept EITHER
         algebra-based physics (PHYS 2010 and 2020) or calculus-based
         physics [PHYS 1110 and 1120, plus 1140 (lab)]. Those of you who
         have already completed a year of algebra-based physics can breathe a
         sigh of relief, and those of you who are about to register for physics can
         choose the option that is most appropriate for your math/physics

Title: Guidelines for PreHealth and PreDental International Clinical
Experiences (9/3/10)
Description: Many medical, dental, and other health professions admissions
         deans have expressed concern about the types of clinical experience
         prehealth students are getting outside of the U.S. Below are the
         guidelines recently developed by the American Dental Education
         Association to help predental students be aware of what to look for when
         considering an international clinical experience. Other prehealth
         students may want to consider these same issues.
Web Link:
Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical
         Experiences Abroad
1. Acquiring exposure to a variety of health-related clinical settings is a vital part
         of predental student preparation for careers in dentistry and other health
         professions. Many students are now taking advantage of opportunities
         to gain experience in foreign countries where regulations restricting the
         procedures that predental students can perform on patients are less
         stringent and often less well defined than in the United States and
         Canada, or existing local regulations are not fully enforced. While some
predental students have had beneficial experiences through involvement
in patient care activities abroad and services have been provided to
people in need, the potential for harm and abuse in these situations
cannot be ignored. Participation of inadequately educated and trained
predental students in these situations can have negative consequences
- Harm done to the patient. Everyone's goal is to always help those in
          need; the first step in that direction must be to avoid causing
          harm. As a predental student, it may be difficult to know what
          might cause harm so you must carefully avoid situations where
          there is any possibility that you might injure or cause other harm
          to someone.
- Physical harm to yourself. Engaging in the practice of dentistry without
          sufficient training and protection can result in direct harm to you,
          as well as to the patient. Further, sponsoring organizations may
          not have in place plans to assist you if you contract an illness or
          are injured.
- Legal issues with local authorities. Even if a local dentist is supervising
          your interactions with patients or says that it is acceptable for
          you to perform a procedure, violation of local laws may still be a
          punishable offense.
- Putting your acceptance to professional schools at risk. Many students
          believe that the more in-depth clinical experience they have, the
          stronger their applications will be. However, taking on tasks
          that are beyond your training could make you look unethical,
          unknowledgeable about the dental profession, irresponsible to
          admission committees, and may diminish or eliminate your
          chance for acceptance into dental school.
- The potential for being involved with a fraudulent company. There are
          companies that will, for a fee, help place you in a foreign clinic.
          Be aware that some of these companies are in the business of
          making money first, and where money is to be made there will
          be some who do so dishonestly. Check out these companies
          very carefully before signing any contracts. If an agency is
          pushing the idea that you will actually get to practice dentistry
          while abroad, rather than simply observe and learn, you should
          have serious reservations about its ethical practices. Predental
          students considering participating in an international dental
          service experience should review the following:
          a. The primary purpose of a predental student clinical
                    experience is observation, not hands-on treatment.
                    You are there to learn, not to treat.
          b. It is appropriate for predental students to provide preventive
                    oral health education and to support the health care
                    team by assisting in the provision of dental treatment
                    after receiving adequate instruction. However,
                         predental students should never engage in any activity
                         that is considered the practice of dentistry including,
                         but not limited to: diagnosing diseases, administering
                         anesthesia, performing extractions or other surgical
                         procedures, restoring teeth, placing sealants,
                         performing prophylaxis, and making impressions.
                c. There will always be disparities in what individual predental
                         students are prepared to do. Some predental students
                         will be better prepared to take on more advanced
                         patient care (from previous EMT training, for example)
                         than others. Therefore, just because one of your peers
                         has been able to successfully perform a particular task
                         does not mean that you are also ready to undertake it
                         as well. Be aware of your limitations and do not try to
                         exceed them.
                d. Always keep the welfare of the patient foremost in your
                         mind, not the perceived opportunity for proving yourself
                         to an admissions committee. Ask yourself how you
                         would feel if you were in the place of a patient and a
                         person with no significant healthcare education was
                         about to perform a procedure on you. If this thought
                         makes you feel uncomfortable, it is probably not an
                         appropriate task for you to be doing.
       - Predental students should also be aware that it is not necessary to
                travel abroad to serve those in need. There are many
                opportunities to help the disadvantaged and other underserved
                groups in the U.S. There are likely many worthwhile volunteer
                opportunities in your community, with many more around the
                country. Dental schools may be more impressed with what you
                can do to help close to home rather than while abroad.
Adapted with permission from policies developed at Hendrix College, Conway,
       Arkansas, by Mark Sutherland, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
Approved by ADEA Board of Directors, June 2010

Title: Applying to Vet School This Year or Next? Become a Fan of
Facebook (8/27/10)
Description: The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
         is excited to announce the new VMCAS Fan Page on Facebook!
         VMCAS will post updates and reminders, (such as that the deadline is
         only six weeks away!) on this page during the application season.
         Remember, this page is a way to enhance and expand our
         communication media. It is not a substitute for the VMCAS or veterinary
         college websites.
Applicants should continue to direct questions to: VMCAS customer service via
         the Hotline (877-862-2740) or email
To become of Fan of VMCAS: You will need an active Facebook account. Go to
       our page via this link:

Title: Information for AADSAS Application – Letters (6/11/10)
1. According to the 2011 AADSAS application instructions, you may ask your
         evaluators to send their letters electronically or by "print.” Please try to
         use electronic submission as much as possible. If you have someone
         (an individual) who prefers to send his/her letter by mail, you need to fill
         out and provide the recommender with a LOE Matching Form. For
         electronic submissions, AADSAS handles the correspondence over
         email and no Matching Form is required.
2. Here are the various options for filling out your Evaluators section of AADSAS:
         A. Committee Letter: (from Prepro Advising Office at CU)
                  Primary Author or Contact: Leslie McGrew
                  Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of
                           Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0273
                  Phone: 303-735-3000
                  Additional Authors: NONE
         B. Letter Packet (multiple letters from your credentials file)
                  Primary Author or Contact: Leslie McGrew
                  Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of
                           Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0273
                  Phone: 303-735-3000
                  Additional Authors: NONE
         C. Individual Letter (sent from credentials file)
                  Primary Author or Contact: name of recommender (e.g., Dr.
                           Thomas Jones)
                  Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of
                           Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0273
                  Phone: 303-735-3000
                  Organization: Therecommender’s institution or organization
         D. Individual Letter (not from credentials file)
                  Primary Author or Contact: name of recommender
                  Address: Recommender's business address
                  Phone: Recommender's business phone
                  Email: Recommender’s email address (Important to know)
                  Organization: Recommender's organization

Title: AADSAS Hints (6/11/10)
Description: After you have entered all of the necessary information into your
         AADSAS application, you will be asked to electronically "sign" several
        release statements. The first one is critical for your application to be
        processed. The second one asks if you are willing to allow your school's
        predental advisor to monitor your AADSAS application. Please consider
        agreeing to the second statement. Without complete data on applicants,
        where they interview, and where they are offered admission, our office
        cannot offer the best possible assistance to future predental students.
        Thanks for your help,
Predental Advisors: Penny Bennett and Elisa Cripps

Title: AADSAS Tidbits (6/11/10)
Description: For those of you who did not do a committee letter this year, but
         have letters of recommendation in a credentials file in the
         Preprofessional Advising Office, you should follow the directions in a
         previous email regarding a "Letter Packet." Use Leslie McGrew as the
         sender and her email, "," as the required email.
         She then receives the electronic notice from AADSAS that you want her
         to send your letters. But there is ONE MORE STEP! You must email
         Leslie and 1) ask her to send your letters to AADSAS, and 2) tell her
         exactly which 3 or 4 letters you would like her to send. Without that
         email, she does not have permission to send your letters, so please do
         not forget this last step.

Title: Professionalism in the Application Process (6/4/10)
Please remember that as you apply to professional schools, every
         communication you have with them can be considered as information
         about what kind of professional you will be. A few suggestions:
1) Email address - consider whether your email address is suitable. Also keep in
         mind that one that includes your last name is least likely to get misfiled.
2) Voicemail message - consider how it might sound to others.
3) Letters, emails - remember that these will all be placed in your file. "Hey" is
         not an appropriate way to begin. Use titles, not first names - when in
         doubt use "Dean" or "Dr." Although email can be casual among friends,
         these are not casual communications. Use proper punctuation,
         complete sentences, and capitalize appropriately. Be sure to use the
         right medical school name! Proofread - don't just spell-check. Check
         your grammar.
4) Courtesy - be respectful to all who spend their time to help you, from front
         office staff to interviewers to deans of admissions. Answer inquiries and
         invitations promptly. Do not be a no-show. When you meet someone,
         introduce yourself with first and last name. Send thank you notes,
         handwritten on a note card, to interviewers. They can be brief, but SAY
         something in them.
5) Facebook/MySpace/ - Do not have anything in a public place
         that you would not want a medical school admission committee to see.
         Google yourself and see what you find.
Title: Entering Committee Letters on AMCAS (6/4/10)
Description: Committee Letters sent to AMCAS Letters Program Schools (all but
          6 medical schools, see list of schools on AMCAS) [see other emails for
          Letter Packets or Individual Letters].
Enter the following information on AMCAS for any of the participating schools:
          Remember that you do not need to enter letter information before you
          submit AMCAS, you can enter it later.
**However, once you enter letter information and submit it you cannot change it.**
          Therefore, wait until you are absolutely sure you will request a
          committee letter this year before entering the information. If you are
          unsure, consult with your premed advisor.
Letter Title: Committee Letter packet
Author: Dr. Anne Bekoff
Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder,
          CO 80309-0273
Phone: 303-735-3000
Additional Authors: Do not enter the names for the individual letters
          of recommendation that are part of your committee letter packet.
AMCAS Letters ID#. You must send or bring a copy of your Letter Request Form
          to the Prepro Office in University Club 111. That way we will have the
          ID# necessary for sending your letters to the Letters Pilot schools. If you
          have questions, contact Leslie at
One final note: Although there are spaces for up to 10 letters and your
          committee letter packet counts as one of the 10, be aware of what your
          specific schools want. For most schools, submitting a committee letter
          packet exempts you from the specific requirements that applicants
          submitting individual letters must follow. You can find this information for
          the schools in the AMCAS Letters Program by clicking on each specific
          school in the Letters of Evaluation section of AMCAS or the LOE button
          in the Medical Schools section. Most schools want a total of 3-5 letters
          and that **does** include the letters that are part of a packet.

Title: Entering a Letter Packet on AMCAS (6/4/10)
Description: Letter Packets sent to AMCAS Letters Program Schools (all except
         6 medical schools, see list of schools on AMCAS) [see other emails for
         Committee Letters or Individual Letters].
Enter the following information on AMCAS if you DO NOT have a Committee
         Letter, but wish to send a group of letters to each school: Remember
         that you do not need to enter letter information before you submit
         AMCAS, you can enter it later.
**However, once you enter letter information and submit it you cannot change it.**
Letter Packet = a core group of letters
         If you have a core group of letters that will go to all, or most, of your
         schools, this will make things easier for you, the Prepro office and the
         medical schools. This core group will be sent electronically.
Type of Letter: Letter Packet
Letter Title: Letter Packet
Author or Contact: Leslie McGrew
Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder,
          CO 80309-0273
Phone: 303-735-3000
Additional Authors: Do not enter the names of the letter writers in your packet.
AMCAS Letters ID#. Download one copy of the AMCAS Letter Request form for
          your Letter Packet and send or bring it to the Preprofessional Advising
          Office in University Club 111. That way we will have the ID# necessary
          for sending your letter packet to the AMCAS Letters schools.
Questions? Contact Leslie at

Title: Entering Individual Letters on AMCAS (6/4/10)
Description: Individual Letters sent to AMCAS Letters Program schools (all
         except 6 medical schools (see list of schools on AMCAS) [see previous
         emails on Committee Letters or Letter Packets].
Most of your letters should either be part of a Committee Letter packet or a Letter
         Packet. If you want our office to send one or more additional letters to
         specific schools, enter them separately. We will use the best
         mechanism to send these letters, whether electronically or by regular
Type of Letter: Individual letter
Primary Author or Contact: Name of Recommender (e.g., Dr. Thomas Jones)
Address: Preprofessional Advising, 273 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder,
         CO 80309-0273
Phone: 303-735-3000
Organization: the recommender’s organization

Title: AAMC “Traffic Rules” for Students Accepted to Medical School
Description: "In fairness to other applicants, when an applicant has made a
         decision, prior to May 15, not to attend a medical school that has made
         an offer of acceptance, the applicant must promptly withdraw his or her
         application from that (those) other school(s) by written correspondence
         delivered by regular or electronic methods. By May 15 of the
         matriculation year (April 15 for schools whose first day of class is on or
         before July 30), each applicant who has received an offer of acceptance
         from more than one school, the student should choose the specific
         school at which the applicant prefers to enroll and withdraw his or her
         application, by written correspondence delivered by regular or electronic
         methods, from all other schools from which acceptance offers have been
Additional information: If you are still on wait lists on May 15, you can maintain
         your position on any that you would accept over the school at which you
        are currently accepted. You should withdraw from wait lists at any
        schools that you know you would not attend. If you receive an
        acceptance from a more preferred school at which you have been
        waitlisted, you should immediately notify the less preferred school that
        you are withdrawing your acceptance. Both the allopathic medical
        schools and your fellow applicants appreciate your promptness in
        following these “traffic rules.” Thank you!

Title: Podiatric Medical Application
Description: AACPMAS applicants can complete and e-submit the podiatric
         medical application as soon as it becomes available on August 2, 2010.
Application Website:
Main Website:

Title: AACOMAS Important Tips and Advice for the 2011 Cycle
1) 2011 AACOMAS will launch in the afternoon of May 3, 2010 - Eastern Time.
        URL: or
 2) New for 2011: Applicants may work on their AACOMAS application
        throughout the month of May. They will only be able to submit their
        2011 AACOMAS application on/after June 1, 2010.
3) New for 2011: All applicants applying in the 2011 cycle must submit their
        most current Spring coursework transcript with posted grades. We will
        not begin to process applications until Spring grades are posted.
4) New for 2011: Applicants will be able to access a comprehensive 2011
        AACOMAS Instructions Booklet that will aid them in successfully
        completing their application. Advisors will also find this instruction
        publication useful when assisting applicants.
 5) New for 2011: AACOMAS has changed the address to which applicants
        should send transcripts. Please have transcripts sent to:
        1900 L Street, NW, Suite 603
        Washington, DC 20036
        Note that processing of transcripts sent to AACOMAS at its Chevy
        Chase, MD address will not be delayed; however, sending transcripts to
        the above address is preferred.
6) Roll-over feature: For past applicants who are re-applying in 2011, the roll-
        over feature will be available for their use.
 7) For applicant students applying for Fall 2011 admission, we strongly
        recommend that they review the 2011 Osteopathic Medical College
        Information Book that includes descriptions of all of the osteopathic
        medical colleges, admissions criteria, minimum entrance requirements,
        supplementary application materials required, class size, application
        deadlines, and tuition. URL link:
8)    Deadlines vary amongst the Osteopathic Medical Colleges. AACOMAS
         recommends applicants submit their completed, paid application by
         December 1, 2010 for best consideration. The majority of the medical
         colleges have a February 1, 2011 deadline. Normal processing time is
         3-6 weeks.
9)    The on-line AACOMAS Application Support Center is an integrated part of
         the application system which we encourage applicants to use when they
         have questions or need to make updates on their application. Dedicated
         staff respond to applicants through this system and a written log is
10)   MCAT scores must be released to AACOMAS through the THx system.
         Applicants must provide their MCAT/AAMC number (8-digits beginning
         with 1) in their AACOMAS application. Their AACOMAS application is
         then electronically matched to their score(s).
11)   Applicants may submit their AACOMAS application without a set of MCAT
         scores. Simply indicate "Planned" in the MCAT section of your
12)   Personal Statement: 4,500 characters (this includes spaces).
13)   GPA Calculations: Math courses are included as a "Non-Science" in
         AACOMAS GPA calculations.
14)   Repeated Coursework: The most recent repeated course grade is included
         in AACOMAS calculated GPAs – repeated courses are not averaged.
15)   Prerequisite Coursework: Only grades of C or better are included in
         prerequisite verification. (i.e., no C-)
16)   Lastly, AACOMAS staff processed over 100,000 applications for more than
         13,000 applicants in the 2010 cycle. Please read the instructions, be
         accurate, complete, and early. Review your materials before you
         submit, and make sure that you "authorize release to your Advisor."

Title: TMDSAS Application Dates
Description: TMDSAS will launch our new application at 8:00 a.m. CDT on
         May 3, 2010. The submission date is the same, but students enrolled in
         the Spring semester should not submit their application until they can
         enter official grades from the Spring semester.

Title: AACOMAS Application Dates
Description: AACOMAS will be available for entering data shortly after May 1,
         2010. It is not a good move to open the application on a weekend when
         our offices are closed and May 1 falls on a weekend this year. However
         the opening date for application submission will be June 1, 2010.
         Additionally - and this is important for applicants to know. We will not
         verify transcripts with the Spring Term in progress. Since AACOMAS
         verifies updated transcripts as they are sent, if we start verifying
         transcripts with in-progress Spring Terms, we have to re-verify when
         Spring is completed, for many students when they send us summer
         transcripts, and again when we receive Fall transcripts. Because of
         AACOMAS grade replacement policy, this means completely re-
         verifying. So – please advise your students to send transcripts only after
         the spring term is complete. This will be explained fully in the
         instructions to the application, but our experience is that many
         applicants don't bother to read the instructions.

Title: Curriculum Information for Medical Schools (AAMC)
Description: General information at
         From the menu, choose School Curricula to see the curriculum at
         individual schools.

Title: AACOMAS Grades
Description: At the instruction of the osteopathic medical schools, AACOMAS
         does not include C- grades in prerequisite satisfaction. Some of the
         colleges do accept C- grades on an individual basis. AACOMAS
         processes grades of applicants who have repeated a course by using
         the repeated course grade in the GPA calculation. AACOMAS does not
         average these grades. This is our holistic approach to not penalize the
         applicant twice by having the repeated coursework averaged. All
         coursework will appear on the AACOMAS application, so nothing is
         hidden to the admission committees. (Note: Math is considered a non-
         science in the Science GPA on AACOMAS.)

Title: Submitting Secondary (Supplemental) Essays
Description: If you are in the midst of applying this year, remember that, even if
         you submitted your primary application early, your application is not
         complete until you have submitted your secondaries to each school. If
         the school does not give you a priority deadline, a good goal is within 2-
         3 weeks of receiving the secondary. Just because the final deadline for
         secondaries is in December or January (or whenever it is) does not
         mean that waiting until then is a good strategy.

Title: AMCAS Work/Activities Section
Description: Each entry should provide a brief description of what you did, as
         well as information on what you learned, gained, and/or contributed to
         the activity. In general, 5-6 sentences is about right – more for an
         activity that was very significant/complex, less for less
         significant/straightforward activities. (AMCAS max 1325 characters/
         AACOMAS 750 characters.) More details below:
Notes from a Medical School Admissions Dean:
   * Think carefully about which kind of experiences were really meaningful to
you – don't try to fill out space. We are very good at recognizing BS.
   * High school activities are important only to underline continuity during college
at increased levels of participation, leadership, or responsibility (e.g., you've
played a musical instrument, participated in the high school orchestra, and are
now in the college orchestra, etc.).
    * Don't repeat what's obvious from answers to things like experience type, title
description, contact name and title, or organization name (e.g., don't repeat in the
description that you worked on research with Dr. So and So – that information is
above the description of your experience).
    * If the organization in which you participated is not well known, give a brief
description, followed by the role you played there, specially if it involved any type
of responsibility.
    * If you made Dean's List (or any type of honor like that) for more than one
semester, use the description area to list the other semesters.
    * If you received any scholarship, fellowship, or other honor that is not
nationally recognizable, describe it briefly. Don't waste paper on scholarships
that are awarded to half the population at the school.
    * If you were just a member of an organization, let us know how many
meetings/week you attended and why you joined.
    * If you list a publication, make sure it's been accepted for publication and cite
it properly. If the paper is just being "prepared for submission" or "submitted,"
include this fact as part of the research description in the part where you listed
the research activity.
    * If listing a research experience that extends through the academic year as
well as summer, use the description area to let us know the time invested during
each of those periods (e.g., full-time during the summer, 10 hrs/week in the
fall/spring, etc.).
    * Remember that each experience you list is "up for grabs" if you are invited to
interview – you might be asked anything about it and it can make you or break
you. Do not put something that sounds good on paper, but in which your
participation was so minimal or superficial as to make the experience worthless.
Admissions committees value brevity AND meaningful content.
Remember that you need to use complete sentences, grammatically correct
English, and should have no typos in this section. Proofread it as carefully as
you do your essay.

Title: AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS Prehealth Advisor Release
Be sure to click YES to the Advisor Release question when you enter University
        of Colorado Boulder as a School Attended. You must do this BEFORE
        you submit your application. We cannot provide you with feedback if we
        cannot see your application information. Your individual information is
        kept private.
Advisor Release *
Do you authorize AMCAS to release information about your application, including
        MCAT scores, to school-designated advisors, provided this institution is
        eligible to receive such information based on the criteria set forth by
        Yes No
              VII.     Standardized Test Information
Title: Expect Time Delays in GRE Score Reporting If You Take the Revised
GRE This Fall 2011 (4/8/11)
Description: Planning to take the GRE in 2011? Be aware of expected delays in
         score reporting for GRE test dates in August and September of 2011.
         If you are planning to apply this year to professional schools that require
         the GRE, and you haven't taken the GRE yet, you should check the
         websites for each of the schools on your list to find its deadline for
         official GRE scores this year. Why? As you may know, the format for
         the GRE is going to change on August 1, 2011. What you may not know
         is that those who take the new version of the GRE in either August or
         September this year, will not receive official scores until mid-November.
         Therefore, if any of the schools on your list require official GRE scores
         before mid-November, you MUST take the current GRE test, which will
         be offered until July 31, 2011. You should register for the GRE early to
         ensure that you get a seat for your preferred date and location.
For more information about the current and revised versions of the GRE, and for
         detailed score reporting timelines, please visit the GRE website:

Title: Tips for Pre-Dental Students Taking the DAT in 2011 (3/4/11)
         1. Examinees scheduled to test in 2011 should check the DAT Guide for
                 updates. During the process of applying for and taking the test,
                 you will have to indicate in two places that you have read the
                 Guide (once when completing the application and again at the
                 testing center just before starting the test). The 2011 DAT
                 Examination Guide is available on-line at:
        2. Remember to apply for a DENTPIN only once and to save your
                password in a safe place. Creating multiple DENTPINs
                increases the chance that you will experience difficulty obtaining
                or retrieving a DENTPIN.
        3. Prometric Testing Centers are now offering "Test Drives" so that you
                can become familiar with the real DAT testing environment
                before the actual test day, which can help reduce your level of
                anxiety on test day. ("Can I find the test center? How long will
                it take to check in? Where are the rest rooms?") The Test
                Drive is a scheduled 30-minute appointment at a Prometric test
                center that will take you through a mini version of the testing
                experience. The cost is $30; more information is available on
                the Prometric website at:

Title: MCAT Jun-September Registration is Now Open (2/18/11)
Description: MCAT registration opened on February 11, 2011, for the June
         through September 2011 exams. Throughout the day, and perhaps for
         a few days, the MCAT Resource Center will experience a high volume of
         phone calls. We highly encourage examinees to be patient as the
         system is likely to be very busy throughout the day.

Title: WikiPremed MCAT Course (12/10/10)
Description: Just came across this new open access resource: If anyone tries it out, I would be interested
         to hear what you think (

Title: MCAT Practice Test 11 Now Available (11/24/10)
Description: Practice Test 11 is a full-length, online exam containing newly
         released MCAT items that previously appeared on the actual exam.
         While nothing can compare to real test conditions, taking an online
         practice exam under timed conditions can give students a good idea of
         how she or he might perform on test day. Students can use one
         practice test to get a baseline, create a study plan, then come back to
         take another test to check progress.
         Practice Test 11 will provide all the same features of the current practice
         tests, including:
                   - same look and functionality of the actual MCAT exam
                   - timed and untimed practice options
                   - detailed score reports with feedback on content, skill tested,
                            and item difficulty
                   - detailed solutions for all correct answers
         MCAT Practice Test 11 is available for $35 at
Note: Practice Test 3 is free and available by entering your e-mail address under
         the "Join Today for Free!" section of

Title: MCAT Verbal Reasoning Tutor
Description: If you have found that you are not making progress on the MCAT
       because of low VR scores, there is a tutor in Boulder who specializes in
       Reading for Speed and Comprehension, Sylvia Keepers. She does not
       charge for the first session so you can see whether her program suits you.

                    VIII.      General Information
Title: Making PreHealth Appointments (3/11/11)
Description: Please note that even though the calendar shows a full month, only
         the next 2 weeks of appointments will appear. If no appointments
         appear, this means that the next 2 weeks are already full, but new
         appointments should open up within a couple of days. Keep checking
Note: To make a preheatlh advising appointment, Login to the NEW ADVISING
       WEBSITE, and click on
       Preprofessional, then your health field of interest. We look forward to
       meeting with you!.

Title: 2011 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is Now Available (2/18/11)
Description: The 2011 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools has just been
         released, and is intended for students applying to dental schools in
         2011, for matriculation in 2012. Updated annually by all U.S. and
         Canadian dental schools, the ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is
         the authoritative reference manual for pre-dental students. You can
         purchase a copy for $35 at the ADEA website:
         The PreProfessional Advising Office will also be receiving copies of the
         new guide soon; you are welcome to use our copies while visiting our
         office (that is, we don't let you check them out/walk away with them, but
         you can stop by any time during business hours to use them in our
Questions: Contact Elisa Cripps, Pre-Dental Advisor:

Title: Global Medical Resources (9/24/10)
1) Global Family Medicine (video)
          This is a free resource on global family medicine.
          Video on the role of family medicine in global health (and building
          sustainable health solutions). Also, includes podcasts, and audio of Q/A
          session with Dr. Cindy Haq, Global Health Director at the University of
          Wisconsin SOM. I would encourage pre-med clubs to use these
          resources anytime for your meetings, and then ask a local family doc
          who participates in global health activities to come in and talk to
          undergrad students. If you need information on a family physician in
          your area to contact, don't hesitate to contact me!
Contact:, Ashley DeVilbiss Bieck, Student Interest Manager,
          American Academy of Family Physicians
2) International Osteopathic Medicine
          This website introduces the Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical
          Education and Affairs (BIOMEA) and includes information on the
          upcoming conference on "Global Health & Osteopathic Challenges," the
          COM International Activities Survey, and the International Practice
          Rights map.

          (see survey results in the middle and map at the bottom)

Title: PreHealth Events Calendar, PreHealth Announcements (9/17/10)
Description: If you missed or misplaced a Healthlist email, you can find events
         posted on the Prehealth Advising Events Calendar
         ( Announcements
         are posted on our website under Prehealth Announcements
         ( a few days after the
         announcement is sent out.

Title: PreHealth Advisors – Health Fields Covered Update (6/25/10)
Description: The changes we have made in health fields covered by each
         advisor are listed below. When you schedule an appointment through
         the online system, these are the advisors whose schedules you will see.
         If you need to see a different advisor for some reason, click one of their
         other fields, or call Leslie (303-735-3000).
Dr. Anne Bekoff, PhD
         PreMed (allopathic & osteopathic, JR and above, Last Name N-Z);
         PreMD/PhD or DO/PhD
Penny Bennett, CNM, MSN, PhD(c)
         PreMed (allopathic & osteopathic, JR and above, Last Name A-M);
         PrePublic Health
Dr. Anne Brooks, PhD
         PreHealth (General/Undecided)
         PrePT and OT
Dr. Elisa Cripps, PhD
         PreMed (allopathic & osteopathic, FR/SO)
Prehealth Advising Email List:
         To sign up, choose Email List on Main Menu of Prehealth Advising
                   website and go to 'New Users.'
         To Unsubscribe, go to 'Existing Users' to unsubscribe or update your

Title: Raising a Family and Attending Medical School Forum
Description: This 'Ask the Expert Forum' on AspiringDocs.Org discusses what
         you wanted to know about raising a family and applying to medical
Podcasts also available on many other topics on AspiringDocs.Org website.

Title: Financing Medical School – FAFSA, FAP, and FIRST
FAFSA: If you are in the application process now, for matriculation in 2012,
         remember to fill out your financial aid form (FAFSA) and submit as soon
         as possible after January 1, 2011 at
FAP: If you are planning to apply for the 2012 cycle and wish to apply for the
         Fee Assistance Program (FAP) for MCAT and/or AMCAS, fill out an
         application at as
         soon as it becomes available, about January 3, 2011. You must apply
         for FAP before you register for the MCAT.
FIRST: Created by the AAMC in collaboration with the medical school financial
         aid community and the Organization of Student Representatives, FIRST
         for Medical Education is designed to help members of the academic
         medicine community navigate the complexities of student debt. This site
         offers a full range of Financial Information, Resources, Services, and
         Tools for applicants, medical school students, residents, advisors, and
         financial aid officers. Our goal is to help medical school borrowers
         expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student
         loans, and manage their student debt wisely.
Additional Useful Information:

Title: AVOID DELETION from Healthlist, Keep Your Settings Current
Unsubscribe / Change Selections / Change Email Address/Bounced Emails
Description: You are currently subscribed to the prehealth advising email list,
         Healthlist. If your settings are correct, you can stop here. If you need to
         make changes, log on to Healthlist by going to the Prehealth Advising
         website ( and clicking on
         'Email List' on menu at the left. Sign in as an "Existing User."
1) Unsubscribe by clicking on 'Unsubscribe' in the upper right-hand corner.
2) Change your fields of interest by changing which boxes are checked and
         clicking on 'Update' at the bottom center.
3) Change your email address by simply typing in your new address, then
         clicking 'Update' at bottom center. Remember that many non-CU email
         providers may filter mass mailings from Healthlist.
NOTE: ***Keep your email address (including forwarding address) up to date.
         You will be unsubscribed if emails sent to you bounce back. If you stop
         receiving Healthlist email, you may need to re-subscribe as a 'New User'
         and provide a working email address.***
4) Logout
Title: Changes in Prerequisites for CU School of Dental Medicine
Description: The Preprofessional Advising Office has been made aware of the
         following changes in prerequisites for the CU School of Dental Medicine:
CURRENT Prerequisites -
         General Chemistry/lab – one academic year
         Organic Chemistry/lab – one academic year
         General Biology/lab – one academic year (Note that MCDB majors still
                  need to take Gen Bio II)
         General Physics/lab – one academic year
         English Composition – one semester
NEW Prerequisites:
         Microbiology – one semester without lab
         Biochemistry – one semester without lab
CHANGES in Prerequisites:
         Humanities is no longer a prerequisite.
Further information can be found at the CU School of Dentistry website:

Title: Explore Health Careers
Description: If you have not yet narrowed your choice of health careers, or are
         interested in knowing more about any health career, here is a useful
         This site also has links to some websites for prehealth enrichment
         programs and many other useful websites.

                                                             Updated 4/29/11