Category Archives: Health Relevant Experience

Why Diversity Matters in Health Care

As a health professions student, you need to be aware of the complex issues that shape the health care field in the United States. Some of the most urgent topics today revolve around our nation’s need to eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of health care for ethnic, racial and economic minorities. Closely connected to this is the need to increase both the diversity and the cultural competence of our health care workforce.

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BRUSH Summer Research Program at Michigan State University

The Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH) program at Michigan State University is a Summer Research Program for students from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. The BRUSH Program is suitable for students interested in biomedical research, and it is also valuable for students interested in human medicine or veterinary medicine.


During the 12-week BRUSH Program students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and also participate in ancillary activities to help them explore research as a career and succeed in the conduct and presentation of their research. The program is best suited for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate studies, although applicants with less college credit will be considered.


Students in this program are paid $4,800 for the summer, and additional funds are available to cover the cost of program related expenses (housing and conference travel).

For BRUSH Program details see



Seven Ways to Spend Your Winter Break (from AAMC)

Seven Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

The end of the semester is just around the corner, and you’re only a few weeks away from some very well-deserved time off. Not sure what to do over your winter break? We’ve got seven suggestions.

You’re in the home stretch! With the end of the semester just around the corner, you’re a few weeks away from enjoying some well-deserved time off. If you’re still wondering what you will do during your break, here are seven things to consider:

1. Make summer plans. Gaining valuable experiences and exposure to the field of medicine is important for showing admissions committees why this is the right career for you. It’s not too early to start researching and applying for summer positions or programs. One option is the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a free, six-week academic enrichment program held at 13 program sites across the country. The application for summer 2017 is open until March 1. You can search for more opportunities here.

2. Read for fun. You probably read a lot for your classes all semester, so break is a great time to read something just for you. And it doesn’t have to be related to medicine. But if you’re looking for book recommendations for aspiring physicians, check out our list. Look up other recommendations and share what you’re reading on social media with #premedreads.

3. Learn about the application process. If you’re applying to medical school in 2017, now is a good time to start thinking about your application timeline, personal statement, and letters of evaluation. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) for information, resources, and tutorials specific to the application process. For a more comprehensive overview, we recommend The Official Guide to Medical School Admissions.

4. Reflect on why you’re pursuing medicine. One question that will be essential to answer when writing your personal statement and interviewing at medical schools is “why medicine?” It’s important to have an answer that’s specific and personal. If your answer is something general that could apply to many pre-meds (“I like to help people” or “I like science”), look closer at your experiences and the deeper reasons that keep you motivated to pursue this path. This will help differentiate you from the thousands of other applicants when it comes time to apply.

5. Make a MCAT study plan. If you’re taking your MCAT exam in January 2017, you’re probably already planning to study over your break. Even if you’re taking the exam later in the year, you can start making a study plan now. Here are some tips to get you started with developing your own plan based on your study habits, schedule, and learning style.

6. Volunteer. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in your community, especially around the holidays, such as volunteering at a food bank or sorting toy donations. Remember, you don’t just have to look for medically related opportunities for it to be to be valuable and meaningful experience. Here are some tips for finding volunteer experiences.

7. Relax and recharge. Feel like you need a break? Taking a step back and not doing anything pre-med related is okay, too. Sleep in, spend time with family and friends, catch up on a TV show, or whatever else is going to help you start the New Year and new semester strong and motivated. Learning how to find balance is an essential skill that will help you be successful now, in medical school, and as a future doctor.

No matter what you choose to do during your winter break, the AAMC wishes you happy holidays and a safe and healthy New Year!


Ohio State SUCCESS Summer Research Program

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

SUCCESS Summer Undergraduate Course

Creating Excellence in Scientific Study

May 22, 2017 – July 29, 2017

10 Weeks


  • Laboratory Research
  • Professional Development/Ethics Training
  • Includes Housing, Travel Allowance and a generous stipend!


  • Increase Diversity in BioMedical Sciences
  • Prepare students to be more competitive in MD/PhD programs


  • Expected College Graduation date in 2018 or 2019
  • Enrolled in a U.S. 4-year


  • Available online October 2016
  • Application deadline January 7, 2017


Stony Brook Online Pre-Shadowing Course

Winter session and spring semester (2017!) are approaching!  Registration for both begins on 10/31. For students coming from outside of Stony Brook (quite common) to enroll, you must first apply for an ID # followed about a week later by actual course registration.  First go online at, click the “Admissions” tab near the top of the screen and then follow the instructions that appear.

As we’re sure you’re aware, physician shadowing is an extremely important (some might even argue, required) component of successful application to medical school.  Indeed it is a significant asset for student entrance into any of the health care professions (, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and physician’s assistant training).  We at Stony Brook medical school have developed a program/course uniting pre- or nonclinical education (largely restricted to undergraduate campuses as well as nonclinical graduate programs) with that of the health care professional. To date, our initial course has already been offered several times. The course faculty teach extensively in undergraduate offerings on our University campus and graduate programs at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels. As evidence of our long experience in this area and in the high quality of our teaching, our Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology PhD Program (nonclinical) has been supported continuously by the NIH for more than 38 years. Our interprofessional course faculty are also extremely active in teaching in the Stony Brook Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Health Technology & Management.

For undergraduates, our online course, BCP 405, provides an opportunity to earn advanced credits, as well as prepare for immediate and in our experience, highly productive clinical exposure (e. g., physician shadowing). They also receive outstanding preparation for careers in multiple health-care-related disciplines, either at Stony Brook or elsewhere. Finally there are also opportunities for nonclinical graduate students (both PhD level and Master’s).

For further information, consult the Stony Brook undergraduate course catalog ( [see BCP 405]).  Please do not hesitate to call or email Ms. J. Kito, our course administrator, if you have specific questions.

Stony Brook Discover Dental School Summer Scholars Program

The Discover Dental School (DDS) Summer Scholars Program

The SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine would like to announce that they are hosting the Discover Dental School (DDS) Summer Scholars Program for students interested in the field of Dentistry. This is a weeklong program, from July 30th– August 4th, 2017, where students are exposed to every aspect of dentistry including all specialties so that students truly understand what dental school is like.

They have begun accepting applications to the program. Please see the link below which further explains the program and also contains the application. Thank you for your interest in Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine DDS Summer Scholars Program.


Call for Volunteers – 2nd Grade Microbiome Workshop

UB’s Genomics, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence (GEM) is sponsoring “Mind your Microbiome Week” from November 14-18.  This is a week filled with events and activities for people of all ages, including visits to area second grade classrooms to educate the students about microbes and microbiomes.  GEM is seeking volunteers to participate in two classrooms visits, one week apart, of approximately 1 hour each and attend a 1 hour training session.

Time Commitments and Workshop Layout:

  • 2 Tuesdays, November 8th and 15th
  • 2 Wednesdays, November 9th and 16th
  • 2 Thursdays, November 10th and 17th

It is preferable if you are able to participate in both weekly visits, but you are certainly welcome to volunteer for only one visit.

  • Training session – 1 hour, during the week of October 31.
    • Locations:  1 session on North Campus or 1 on South campus
  • Classroom Visit #1 – approximately 1 hour on November  8, 9, or 10
    • Locations: Buffalo Public Schools #67 (Discovery) and #89 (Lydia T Wright), and Sweet Home Central Schools
    • Read the book, “Tiny:  The Invisible World of Microbes”
    • Show pictures of microbes under the microscope
    • Introduce the concept that there are microscopic communities on our bodies, called microbiomes and that these microbes are helpful to our health.  Discuss that different parts of our body have different microbial communities (microbiomes).  So, what is on our head differs from the microbes in our armpit or arm.
    • Lead the students through taking swabs of their head and forearm and streaking those swabs on a petri dish.  The students are then able to choose two more places they would like to investigate.  These may be other body parts, or locations in the classroom.
    • Collect all of the plates to be brought back to UB for incubation over the next week.
  • Classroom Visit #2 – approximately 1 hour on November 15, 16, or 17
    • Location:  Same as above
    • Review the concepts of microbes and microbiome
    • Discuss that microbes are all different shapes, sizes and textures
    • Return the plates to the student
    • Aid the students in completing a simple lab report of their observations.
    • Lead the students in using various craft supplies to create a model of their own, custom microbe

If you are interested in participating, or would like to learn more, please contact Dr. Sandra Small at or 888-4851.


Summer Health Professions Education Program

From the AAMC Pre-Med Navigator:

A New Career Opportunity in the Summer Health Professions Education Program

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), is a unique free summer opportunity for college freshmen and sophomores to experience first-hand what medical school is all about. SHPEP is expanding to accept students interested in a variety of health professions, in addition to medicine and dentistry, and is an experience that can create a lasting impression. Learn more about the program and the benefits of participating.
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University of Colorado Emergency and Wilderness Medicine Classes During Winter

The University of Colorado School of Medicine announces an early bird discount for its winter pre-med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine classes.

Two great choices: Learn in Colorado (hospital/med school and Rocky Mountain camp based) or in Costa Rica at a rustic eco-lodge with its own Pacific Ocean beach.

Learn from hands-on labs (ultrasound, cardiac dissections, suturing, splinting, etc.)

  • Experience outdoor adventures including whitewater rafting, jungle treks, treetop canopy tours, surfing lessons, night hikes, snowshoeing, snow caves, or winter survival.
  • Shadow physicians in the ED and ride with paramedics on EMS ambulances/trucks (Colorado course only)
  • Earn national Wilderness First Responder certifications
  • Enjoy medical school faculty lectures and in-depth personal conversations
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from fellow pre-med and health students from all over the country.

Register by September 30th and save $300!

To learn more go to

In addition to the early bird discount, they will be offering three need-based scholarships for the Colorado classes.  These scholarships cover 100% of the University tuition and fees.  To apply for the scholarship, go to