Author: Prehealth Advisor

Tips from Admissions on Maintaining Professionalism Throughout Your Interview

Being invited to interview is an indication that a medical school is interested in understanding more about the person behind the application. An interview is a chance for medical schools to look at the intangible qualities not captured on paper. Professionalism is one of those important qualities and can easily make or break an otherwise outstanding interview. To help you put your most professional foot forward and avoid any missteps, we asked admissions officers to reveal their best tips for before, during, and after an interview.

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While this was written for medical applicants, it is applicable to all of the professional health schools.

 

2017-18 AACPMAS Application is now open

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 AACPMAS APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN to new and re-applicants! Customer service is available to answer applicant questions at (617) 612–2900 or by email AACPMASinfo@liaisoncas.com.  When contacting via email, students need to include their full name and AACPMAS ID number.  Customer Service hours are from Monday – Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time).

Students are able to submit one application via the AACPMAS application to our any of our nine member colleges:

  • Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University
  • Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University
  • Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
  • Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
  • Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine

Need Resources?  We’ve got several for you:

  • The College Information Book for 2017-18 has been updated with current career information and is in the digital format for the current cycle.  Download your copy by clicking this link:  http://www.aacpm.org/becoming-a-podiatric-physician/career-center/
  • #IChosePodiatry – Follow AACPM and our member schools between August and October for inspiring stories that capture the heart of podiatric medicine:  why our students choose careers in podiatric medicine.  We’re posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #IChosePodiatry and #DiscoverPodiatricMedicine.  It’s fun to follow along!
  • Save the Date:  AACPM and the nine member colleges are hosting the First Annual Podiatric Medicine Virtual Fair on February 7, 2018.  Meet admissions representatives, current students, current residents and faculty.  They’re ready to share with you why they chose podiatric medicine!
  • The Traffic Rules are the AACPM policy statements that have been approved by the AACPM Board of Directors and represent the rules under which the podiatric medical schools and colleges have agreed to operate. These rules are being distributed for the information of prospective DPM students, their advisors, and personnel at the podiatric medical schools and colleges to which they have applied.
  • AACPM Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of Schools and Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
  • Student Responsibilities

Click here to read more:  http://www.aacpm.org/wp-content/uploads/aacpmas-traffic-rules.pdf

ADEA AADSAS Live

To assist applicants in successfully submitting and completing their ADEA AADSAS® application, the ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs will open as “ADEA AADSAS Live” for one additional day on Monday, August 7.

All current dental school applicants are invited to join ADEA AADSAS Live—a free, online event for current applicants to chat live directly with customer service representatives regarding the application.

In addition to ADEA AADSAS customer service staff, dedicated experts will be available during the event to offer tips and answer questions about specific topics, including:

  • Fee Assistance Program (FAP) | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Personal Statement | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Letters of Evaluation | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Financing a Dental Education | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Those applicants who registered for or attended the ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 21 or June 15 do not need to register again, and will automatically receive information about logging in on August 7, 2017.

Applicants who did not participate in the 2017 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs will need register to access the event.

Top Tips for Completing the ADEA AADSAS Application

The American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS®) is now open on a redesigned platform.

Here are five tips to help you successfully complete the application to dental school.

  1. Don’t wait on transcripts, DAT or letters of evaluation to submit. While transcripts are a required part of the application, they are not necessary in order to submit the application. Applicants can submit and continue to monitor the receipt of all post-secondary transcripts.
  2. Complete the program materials section. The program materials section is new this year. Many schools ask applicants to respond to questions specific to their institutions and to indicate which of their courses fulfill the school’s prerequisites. This section is required and must be completed before the application is submitted.
  3. Check messages in the application. ADEA AADSAS posts messages in the application. If there is an error with the application or the applicant status has changed, the applicant will receive a note. Applicants should check in regularly to ensure they haven’t missed any critical information.
  4. Use an updated resume to complete the experiences and achievements sections. While applicants typically work on the experiences and achievements sections last, there’s no need to wait. Updated resumes are a great roadmap to complete these sections.
  5. Have the personal statement edited by an advisor or peer. The personal statement will be sent to each dental school where an applicant applies. In order to ensure it is a good reflection of character and that there are no grammatical errors, applicants should have the personal statement reviewed by an advisor or other trusted individual who will be able to provide helpful feedback.

Note: Applicants who submit by August 1, 2017 will be invited to “Interviews With Five U.S. Dental Schools,” an exclusive, live webinar to gain first-hand interview tips from dental school admissions staff.

If you have questions or concerns about the application, contact ADEA AADSAS customer service at aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org or 617-612-2045.

 

MD-PHD Interactive Q&A Session (July 27th)

The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is proud to invite all prospective applicants and interested parties to an interactive Q&A session about 2017 MSTP and MD-PhD applications.  Our featured experts are Dr. Robin Lorenz from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Skip Brass from the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Kerry O’Banion from the University of Rochester.

The session will be hosted via GoToMeeting (www.gotomeeting.com) on Thursday, July 27 at 6pm EST. GoToMeeting may be accessed via phone or computer and a meeting specific call-in number will be made available before the session.

There will be a follow-up discussion forum on Medstro (https://medstro.com/groups/american-physician-scientists-association) the following week for further discussion and questions.

 

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2017-2018 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN:  OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2017-2018!  As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application.  The application is available at www.optomcas.org  and also directly at http://optomcas.liaisoncas.com.

MORE INFORMATION:  General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website.  The Applicants and Advisors page is a useful resource for applicants.