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PHMO PreHealth Holistic Reviews at Oxford

The Emory PreHealth Mentoring Team will be at Oxford for the below times to host a limited number of PHHR sessions (for more information on the PHHR sessions, please see above). Oxford Sophomores are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity as waiting until your junior or senior year is not as helpful as completing it during your sophomore yea.

To register, just add your name here:

February 11th:

February 26th:

RSVP ASAP for spaces are limited and there may not be any other times offered this Spring Semester 2016

2017 ADEA AADSAS Application Instructions

ADEA is pleased to announce that the 2017 ADEA AADSAS® application instructions are now available on the ADEA GoDental website. The instructions are available early this year in preparation for the opening of the application on June 1, 2016.

On ADEA GoDental, applicants will find detailed information on applying to dental schools. Along with the instructions, it is critical that they review the following sections of the website:

· Preparing for dental school

· The admissions process

· The application to dental school: ADEA AADSAS

Here is an overview of what is new with ADEA AADSAS this year:

1. ADEA AADSAS revised the Release Statement and Code of Conduct.

2. ADEA AADSAS updated questions related to felony and misdemeanor charges.

3. ADEA AADSAS added a question to identify DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) applicants.

4. ADEA AADSAS will be limited payment options to credit card only.

5. ADEA AADSAS has updated the application fees to $245 for the first designation and $98 for additional designations.

In addition to these ADEA AADSAS updates, the dental school admissions process will now allow dental schools to view copies of each verified transcript, and will move the process for letters of evaluation to a paperless process.

VMSAR 2016-2017

The submission forms for student profiles for the 2016/2017 edition of Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR) publication are now open!! They are seeking profile submissions from the following students:

· Pre-Veterinary Students

· First-Year Veterinary Students

· Fourth-Year Veterinary Students

To access the profile submission form, please go to the following link:

The deadline for submissions is: Friday, January 22nd at 5pm Eastern Time.

AAMC Pre-Med Navigator

The AAMC is excited to announce that they have just launched an e-newsletter for pre-med students. The AAMC Pre-med Navigator is a monthly email that includes relevant information, resources, tools, tips, and important dates for pre-med students at every stage of their journey to medical school.

All of the articles will be posted on the AAMC Student Hub.

To see the articles from this inaugural issue or to subscribe, please visit

MCAT Practice test at Emory!

MCAT practice test on March 26th. Please send this out to the pre-med community at Emory University.

Kaplan MCAT practice test registration link

Attention all pre-health students! Big changes to pre-health advising at Emory!

All prehealth advising will now be facilitated through the PreHealth Mentoring Office.

If you have questions or concerns about the following topics, please visit the PHMO:

  • Applications to healthcare graduate school programs – medical and dental school, PT and PA programs, Public Health programs, etc.
  • Interviewing skills and mock interviews for healthcare graduate school programs
  • Course prerequisites
  • Volunteering and shadowing in clinical settings
  • Composite Letters
  • Standardized tests – i.e. MCAT, DAT, etc.
  • Asking professors for letters of recommendation
  • Gap year and summer opportunities directly related to healthcare

The Career Center will continue to:

  • Assist all students in determining how their skills and interests best align with career options
  • Accept personal statement reviews through the document critique service for pre-health students.
  • Work with students who are still exploring healthcare career options, but are currently unsure of that decision
  • Critique resumes and cover letters of all students
  • Gap year and summer opportunities related to career exploration beyond healthcare

Students interested in making an appointment with the PHMO, please visit ASST to schedule. Current Oxford Campus students and alumni must call 404-727-6040 to schedule. For more information on Peer Mentor Walk-In hours, please visit the PHMO website here

Credentials File Information:

You have questions, We have answers!

The PHMO has four goals. They are to:

  • Introduce students to holistic development and guide them to grow into well-rounded candidates for the health professions.

  • Encourage students to self-assess: to reflect on their experiences, and their interest and readiness to pursue a career in the health professions.

  • Connect students to resources and opportunities on campus and in the community.

  • Introduce students to the skills and competencies they will need to become successful healthcare professionals.

We work with Emory undergraduates once they show interest in healthcare professions until they are ready to apply to healthcare professional schools.

Interdisciplinary Studies and Medical Humanities in Italy - Information Session!

An information session for the Interdisciplinary Studies and Medical Humanities in Italy program will be held February 18, at Calloway S103 at 7pm.

The Italian Studies Program offers students a unique and very intensive authentic, evidence- based immersion into Italian culture, literature, art, history, religion, and current events. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students of any accredited university or college, offering a very thorough overview of Italy as a country, and of Italy as the cradle of the Western civilization and of the Humanities with the special participation of faculty Sent from my iPhone

All courses are in ENGLISH intended for any regularly enrolled college student, pursuing ALL majors, especially for students who have never been to Italy and who wish to have a liberal arts overview of what this country represents today and in the past.

For more information: Youtube | Facebook | IVC Website

Check out Dr. Batisky's first person account of his adventures in Italy below!

AMWHO Emory to Host Georgia Regional Conference

AMWHO Emory is hosting a Georgia Regional Conference here at Emory University this March 18th -20th. AMWHO is the nation's first simulation of the World Health Assembly, and seeks to educate undergraduate/graduate students from across the nation on the proceedings of global health affairs. This goal is achieved through fostering dialogue about compelling global health issues in the annual national conference and regional conferences.

AMWHO Emory invites all students at Emory interested in Global Health, to our 2016 AMWHO Georgia Regional Conference. The theme of the GRC is “Improving Health Literacy through a Sustainable Workforce”

Students participating in the conference will have the opportunity to chose from representing delegates in various regional blocks, to representing NGOs or even Media correspondents such as the New York Times.

The registration link for the conference is:

Please note: This conference is open to students from all divisions Undergraduates as well as Graduate students from schools in the state of Georgia.

Pre Pharmacy Club's first GBM this semester

It is a late start to our semester, but we are very excited about what we have planned!

Our first GBM will be held Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm in Candler 122 (refreshments provided of course!). We will talk about PharmCas, the PCAT and its recent changes, and the upcoming events for the semester! Get excited because we have a lot planned! If you are particularly interested in our spring elections and positions for next year, some important information will be shared as well.

If you are interested in attending our event, please RSVP here:

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Diversity in Medicine Conference

The Campbell University Jerry M Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting their first Diversity in Medicine Conference on Saturday February 27th. The day is designed for students to meet some of our faculty, hear about their programs, network with admissions staff, and spend time with their current medical students. In addition to all of these activities, students will be able to participate in some hands-on lab demos and discuss issues and challenges specifically faced by students from diverse backgrounds.

Please see the attached flyer and RSVP link below:

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Drop-In Academic Coaching! (Emory)

EPASS Peer Programs will have "drop-in" academic coaching hours every Friday from 1;15pm - 4:15pm on the 2nd floor of Woodruff Library!

Emory College Summer Global Internship Program (Emory)

Emory CIPA is launching a new study abroad program: Emory College Summer Global Internship Program. Students complete an online course with a 7-week internship abroad to Toronto, Hong Kong or Singapore).

More information is online here:

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MedServe 2-Year Medical Service-Learning Fellowship

MedServe is recruiting its pilot class of Fellows

MedServe has worked with North Carolina physician leaders to develop a program that places future physicians in clinics with “rock star” primary care physicians across rural and underserved communities in the state. As Fellows, students will work in both a clinical role (e.g. a medical assistant) and community role (e.g. quality improvement projects).

Find more details on our website:

Community Outreach programs in Kenya, Peru and Guatemala

Azma International invites applications to participate in our Community outreach program . Every year we organize Health camps, food drives and soup kitchens, building and construction in orphanages, schools and other community centres. Volunteers in the outreach program have the opportunity to assist in donating food, education materials and clothing, cooking and serving children in orphanages and schools, building and construction and assist the staff in Medical camps, Dental health camps and HIV testing and awareness camps. In 2016, we have community outreach programs in Kenya and Peru in Spring, Summer and Winter 2016.

Volunteering is a great way to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience using your skills to help others while building close relationships with your fellow students. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity while spots are still available. We look forward to working with you! Come make a difference, gain technical and intercultural skills, and get a glimpse of different career paths open to you. We invite you to explore, experience and discover the world with Azma International! Check us out at

Free Virtual Medical School Fair on February 4

The event is passed and registration is no longer available! However, for a month-long duration after the date of the event, you can read the transcripts from the virtual fair. Maybe some of your pressing questions were answered!


The AAMC will be hosting the first Medical School Virtual Fair on February 4, 2016, from noon to 8:00pm (EST). The Medical School Virtual Fair will offer students an opportunity to interact with admissions representatives from 25 of the nation's medical schools, as well as current medical students. AAMC staff will also be available to provide a comprehensive review of the various components of the application process, services, and resources available.

Stetson Powell Orthopedics - PreMed Internship

Pre-Med Student Intern position at Stetson Powell Orthopedics

  • The Pre-Med Student Intern will interview patients and record their medical history into the office’s Electronic Health Record system. They will then review the history with the attending physician and record the physical exam, MRI/X-ray findings and treatment plan in the EHR. The intern will also help the doctors with other research opportunities and projects.
  • Interest in Orthopedics is preferred, but not required as this experience will help all aspiring doctors.
  • The student must have graduated university and planning on attending medical school.
  • Please email a cover letter and resume to

Serve, Travel & Learn in 2016

ISL is now currently accepting volunteer registrations for Spring Break 2016 through Winter Break 2016-2017. They encourage students and professionals alike to join them in one of 12 locations to provide essential services in developing communities and experience another culture! Visit their website for more information!

Pathway to Medical School Programs

Foothills AHEC will be hosting their second annual Pathway to Med School Program this summer in Gainesville, Georgia from June 1-30, 2016 in collaboration with several community partners. Our program is designed for undergraduate college students from north Georgia enrolled in an approved pre-med curriculum who plan to attend medical school and complete broad training in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or women’s health to become primary care physicians in the state of Georgia.

There is also a similar program offered for students from south Georgia by the Southwest Georgia AHEC. Students may only apply to one of the two programs.

Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda - Summer 2016

Accepting Applications for Public Health & International Development Internship in Uganda - Summer 2016

About Uganda Village Project

The Uganda Village Project (UVP) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization specializing in international public health, working with the people of Iganga to promote public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of Iganga, in southeast Uganda.

Summer 2016 Internship Opportunity

They are currently accepting applications for their Summer 2015 internship program. Interns spend 8-9 weeks living and working in a village in rural Iganga District, Uganda, gaining experience in public health, community education, and international development. Interns work in diverse teams composed of Ugandan and non-Ugandan team members. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities in several focus areas, including water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, malaria, and reproductive health.

Learn more about our internship program here:

2016 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Fair

Registration is now open for the 2016 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Fair taking place on Saturday, March 12, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO.

More than 350 high school and college students are expected to attend this event, which promises to offer students an engaging and interactive program.

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry

Are you looking to fill your GAP Year before continuing into medical school, physical assistant programs or graduate school? Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry is a post-graduate volunteer opportunity that focuses in healthcare, education and social services. They provide the opportunity to directly serve patients within the Bon Secours Hospital. Some placements available are listed below:

• Emergency Room

• Renal Department

• St. Martins Hall, Inpatient Unit

• Public Health Outreach/Nutrition Worker - Tele-heart Program

Now Accepting Applications: AACOM 2016 Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program

AACOM’s 2016 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program application cycle is now open. The program, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes incoming and continuing underrepresented minority students at AACOM’s member colleges. Help AACOM spread the word by forwarding this email to eligible students.

Fall & Summer Early Action Deadline | Columbia Postbac Premed Program

The Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program admissions staff holds information sessions for prospective students and their guests that cover curriculum details, program requirements and information about the application process. An hour and a half prior to all on-campus information sessions, prospective students and their guest are also invited to attend a student-led campus tour, which provides an overview of the Morningside Campus, campus history and a perspective about what it’s like to be a Columbia student.

Summer Opportunities related to Speech-Language-Hearing

· 2016 Summer Research Initiative (SRI) at the University of Maryland, College Park


o Application due February 10, 2016

· The Language Sciences Research lab at The Ohio State University


o Application due February 29, 2016

· NICHD R25 Summer Research Program at the University of Oregon


o Offers of admission made beginning February 29, but will continue until slots are filled

· Linguistics Field School, an NSF REU site hosted by Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges


o Application due February 15, 2016

Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop - April 1-3, 2016

This workshop is a multi-day experience for pre-health Native American students who plan to apply to medical school within the next two years. Students will meet various faculty and staff to learn about application tips as well as research, funding, and career development opportunities available to Native students.

To apply, please visit:

Wright State University Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies will put you on the path for admission into medical schools and other health professions graduate programs.

Wright State’s Pre-Health Program offers highly motivated, mature, and service-oriented individuals like you the opportunity to study the sciences, preparing you to be a competitive applicant.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UAB: SIBS and PARAdiGM

Deadline to Apply: February 15

Applications must be submitted online:

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS) Undergraduate Research Program

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education (PARAdiGM)

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Reflections on an Italian journey – Don Batisky, MD

Being given an opportunity to go to Italy on a study abroad trip seemed like an offer too good to be true. I'd heard about this trip and the people leading this trip for years. I'd talked to a few students who had done the trip, and I'd read the description of the journey online. And yet as I spoke to Dr. Judy Raggi-Moore and then Dr. Ruth Parker separately about the possibility of coming along this past summer, I knew that it was an experience that I wanted to have. Little did I know that the journey would surpass any expectations that I could ever have. I'd been to Italy twice - once for a transplant meeting in Venice in the summer of 2000 that gave me the chance to step foot on Italian soil (and water) and the second time was a cold winter visit to Rome and Florence to begin the year 2015. All of these cities were very enchanting, and I learned firsthand exactly why Rome is called "The Eternal City", but the city that I have found most captivating was Matera.

Every aspect of the trip was memorable. The journey to Rome was filled with anticipation, and the entry into the city was exciting. Having just been there six months before, there was an interesting familiarity. Getting to assist someone with directions for buying a train ticket, getting the train into Termini station and being able to directly head to my hotel were all comforting. That first day in Rome was also hot & humid, and yet I was filled with determination to see a couple new sights like the Pyramid and Circus Maximus, and to retrace some steps. I covered a lot of territory with a one day subway pass and the benefit of determination. Yet, there was a sense of wishing that I had someone along with me to share the experience. The next day, I met up with the rest of the group, and we boarded a motor coach to head south to Matera. While a 6 hour trip on a bus does not sound very inviting, it was the beginning of a very memorable and exciting journey. It seemed that at every turn, there was a postcard view to enjoy. Along the way, new acquaintances were made and a few friendships were forged. A quick stop for lunch along the way also afforded a view of Italian life, and by early evening we reached our destination: Matera.

The rugged beauty of the Sassi di Matera is difficult to really appreciate without being there. Wandering the streets early in the morning, watching the sunrise, listening to the city awaken were the experiences that I will forever cherish. Experiencing the sights and sounds with the students and the other members of the faculty helped to create wonderful memories. The Sassi (literally the "stones") surround you as you wander through. The metaphor that came to mind for me was that of a set of embracing arms that surrounded me. It was easy to wander, to explore, to get lost, and then to come upon a familiar place. Without a doubt, I became more aware and grateful for my senses. The views were amazing – the ancient city, the vistas, the people. The sounds of tower bells, the language and the banjo. The flavors of the trip were amazing – everything from espresso and cappuccino to fresh pasta, basil, cheese and of course gelato. From a tactile perspective, the rugged streets and byways of the city and the need to often ‘hold on’ to the walls. The aromas of fresh bread, wildflowers and steaming cappuccino added to the experience. The agro tourismo with views of an organic farm and freshly made pasta were some of the highlights.

From Matera, we journeyed as a larger group to Caserta, with magnificent gardens and a palace built to rival Versailles. And then onto Paestum and the Mediterranean Sea. In Paestum, there was a different feel overall, and yet it was a comfortable and friendly place. It was a smaller town, and actually a beachside resort. We got to visit ancient Romanized Greek temples and a buffalo farm. The fresh mozzarella cheese was most memorable, and the daily meals in community were always filled with great conversation and laughter. As the journey was winding down, it was becoming clear how powerful and transformative these experiences had been. One particularly powerful personal experience occurred at the hotel in the dining room. Dr. Raggi-Moore asked me to read aloud Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Masque of the Red Death’. While reading this short story, I became aware of the phenomenon called ‘the hidden curriculum’ in medical education. The ‘hidden curriculum’ is that curriculum of less-than-professional behavior that is often modeled to our learners in the context of patient care. And it is powerful, insidious and overtaking in many aspects, much like the red death. As a medical educator, I may tell my students to ‘be professional’, to treat patients and colleagues with respect, and yet if I do not follow my own advice, my actions speak louder than any words I might have, and the message becomes clearer to students that being professional is more theoretical than actual.

The trip back to Rome from Paestum was just as enchanting and filled with beautiful vistas, friendly conversation and wistful reflection. Headed back north to have one more night in the Eternal City before heading home was also exciting. The greatest feeling that I can have to summarize this journey was the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude for the opportunity to do this, for having the means to be able to participate, for the insights to reflect on the experiences, and for having the chance to meet everyone else who was along for this magnificent ride.

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Don Batisky, MD will conduct all of this years Composite Letter Interviews.

Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology
Small Group Advisor, Osler Society, Emory University School of Medicine

Executive Director, Pre-Health Mentoring Office, Emory College of Arts & Sciences

Director, Pediatric Hypertension Program, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


Applicants who are preparing for your CL interview, remember to open your Credentials File with the Emory Career Center if you have not done so already. This is an important step in the application process for it is where your letter writers will submit their letters of recommendation. For more information on your Credentials File, please see above!

Interviews will completed by late April, and letters of recommendation are due to your CF by Friday, April 1st, 2016

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