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The Pre-Health e-Newsletter from Pre-Professional Programs and Advising

*Best viewed in HTML*

Vol. 4, No. 4
Monday, October 26, 2009 - Sunday, November 8, 2009

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1. MESSAGE FROM THE ADVISORS
2. UPCOMING MEDICAL SCHOOL VISITS, PROGRAMS AND PANELS, AND CLASS MEETINGS
3. POST-BACCALAUREATE AND MASTERS PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE YOUR CREDENTIALS
4. THREE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS WHEN APPLYING TO MD/PhD PROGRAMS
5. FEATURED STUDENT ORGANIZATION: ASEPP
6. MEDICAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT INCHES UP
7. OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL STUDENT PROFILES
8. MEET THE MEN WHO DARE TO CARE
9. RECENT ARTICLES OF INTEREST
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1. MESSAGE FROM THE ADVISORS

Thanks to our student worker, Grace Yoo, the Office of Pre-Professional Programs & Advising is now on Facebook! Stay connected in the most convenient way, without missing important information. Click the link below and add us as a friend to receive the latest news and events from the office!
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If you are available, you will not want to miss the visits of medical school representatives this week including Dr. Brenda Armstrong from Duke University, Ms. Joni Krapec from University of Chicago, and Dr. Eyleen Goh from the Duke-NUS program in Singapore. Also, there are important meetings coming up for sophomores, current applicants, and those of you planning to apply for the fall of 2011. See below and mark your calendars!

Dr. Verrier, Ms. Kirby, and Ms. Snydman

2. UPCOMING MEDICAL SCHOOL VISITS, PROGRAMS AND PANELS, AND CLASS MEETINGS

MEDICAL SCHOOL VISITS

Duke University School of Medicine (in North Carolina!)
Brenda E. Armstrong, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Education and Dean of Medical School Admissions
Monday, October 26, 5:00-6:00 pm, Mason Auditorium, Mason Hall

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Joni Krapec, Director of Admissions and Outreach
Tuesday, October 27, 5:00-6:00 pm, Mason Auditorium, Mason Hall

Duke School of Medicine's partnership in Asia - Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore
Dr. Eyleen Goh, Assistant Professor
Wednesday, October 28, 5:00-6:00pm, Levering Hall, Conference Room A

Drexel University School of Medicine
Susan Coffey-Zern, MD, Director of the Program for Integrated Learning
Tuesday, November 3, 5:00-6:00 pm, Maryland 110

OTHER PROGRAMS AND PANELS

Problem-Based Learning in Medical School: Is it for you?
Susan Coffey-Zern, MD, Director of the Program for Integrated Learning
Drexel University School of Medicine
Tuesday, November 3, 5:00-6:00 pm, Maryland 110
What is Problem-Based Learning (PBL)? PBL has been used extensively in medical education since the early
1970’s. PBL teaches students the process of solving genuine real-world problems by collaboratively analyzing and framing a problem, engaging in self-directed learning, brainstorming possible solutions, testing hypotheses, and converging on an optimal solution. The benefits of PBL in medical education are that it improves students’ understanding and retention of knowledge, promotes a “deep approach” to learning, improves critical thinking and problem solving skills, improves motivation for learning, and improves students’ ability to transfer skills and knowledge to new situations. Dr. Coffey-Zern will be accompanied by a number of Drexel medical students.

Army Medical Department's Speaker Series
Dr. Stephen Rouse, Director, 3D Medical Applications Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Thursday, November 5th, 5:00-7:00pm, Charles Commons Auditorium
Dr. Rouse will present a selection of cases resulting from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom highlighting the 3D Medical Applications Center's involvement in more than 1,350 surgical cases, ranging from severe cranio-facial trauma to pediatric orthopedic patients. Officers from the Army Medical Department including physicians, dentists, nurses and administrators will be present and available to students and civilian providers interested in Army Medicine.

IS A PH.D. RIGHT FOR ME?
David Ginty, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Steve Hsaio, Ph.D., Professor, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 pm, Ames 234
You're considering getting a Ph.D. and becoming a professor or researcher? For the right type of person, getting a Ph.D. is a great idea. Come and hear the perspectives of two prominent researchers in neuroscience.
Check out Dr. Ginty and Dr. Hsaio’s websites:
http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/DavidGinty.php
http://neuroscience.jhu.edu/StevenHsiao.php

Philadelphia Area Health Professions Conference
Sponsored by the AED Chapters of La Salle University and Saint Joseph’s University
Held at Temple University School of Medicine
Saturday, November 21, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Meet with representatives from 13 different health professions schools! The day includes workshops on "Health Care Reform" from both a political and medical perspective, "Developing a Strong Application," as well as an opportunity to meet with admissions directors/deans from three different professional schools in half-hour sessions and an open arena "Health Information Fair.&rdquo There will also be current students from the various health professional schools in the Philadelphia area available to answer questions at the fair. Tours of Temple's Medical and Dental school facilities will be available for those who are interested. Open to all pre-health students. Details were in a separate email from this Office. Questions can be directed to Dr. Verrier.

CLASS MEETINGS

Sophomore Class Meeting (Premeds in the Class of 2012)
Monday, November 9, 5:00-6:00 pm, Hodson 110
Join the premedical advisors as we discuss topics including what steps to be taking this year, summer ideas and opportunities, and more. There will be ample time for your questions as well.

Current Medical School Applicants (2010 Entering Class)
Tuesday, November 10, 5:00-6:00 pm, LOCATION TBA
Students currently in the application cycle for 2010 should plan to attend this session, which will cover interviewing tips and advice, the acceptance timeline and procedures, and your questions.

Future Medical School Applicants (2011 Entering Class)
Monday, November 9, 7:00-8:15 pm, Hodson 110 (go to one, either Nov 9 or 10)
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00-8: 15 pm, Hodson 110 (go to one, either Nov 9 or 10)
These sessions will officially kick off the 2011 application cycle. The premedical advisors will provide a timeline of the internal and external application process, discuss the Committee process, and more. Bring your questions!

3. POST-BACCALAUREATE AND MASTERS PROGRAMS TO ENHANCE YOUR CREDENTIALS

Post-baccalaureate work consists of being enrolled in coursework after earning a bachelor's degree; it can be toward a specific advanced degree, another bachelor's degree, and certification in some specialty, or coursework that does not result in a certificate or a degree. Pre-Professional Programs website on post-baccalaureate programs focuses on students who have completed the premedical sciences but need to “enhance” science courses to strengthen their science GPAs. The basic idea is to give students the opportunity prove themselves by taking demanding science courses. Our updated website can be viewed at:
http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/post_baccalaureate.html

4. THREE CRUCIAL QUESTIONS WHEN APPLYING TO MD/PhD PROGRAMS

According to Dr. Lawrence Brass, Associate Dean and Director of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs, “The experience of applying to MD/PhD programs is very different from applying to college. The issues are different, the stakes are higher, and the long-term career implications are much greater.” This is a wonderful article for all students considering pursuing and MD/PhD to read. Dr. Brass draws upon his experiences as an MD/PhD student, an MD/PhD program director, a physician-scientist, and a mentor, as well as conversations with other program directors and administrators who in their outreach efforts get asked the same questions. Check it out at:
http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2009_10_16/caredit.a0900124#

In addition, the MD-PhD Section of the AAMC website has very complete with many resources.
Visit the following website:
http://www.aamc.org/students/considering/research/mdphd/start.htm

5. FEATURED STUDENT ORGANIZATION: ASEPP

The Aspiring Scientists, Engineers, and Physicians Partnership (ASEEP) was formed to promote interest in science among urban youth in Baltimore. With the beginning of difficult science and math classes, young students often lose interest and quickly decide that they will never pursue a professional career in the sciences. These careers are often never considered a possibility by urban youth, in part due to a lack of exposure to successful role models who they can both identify with and aspire to be. A new student organization, Aspiring Scientists, Engineers, and Physicians Partnership, or ASEPP, will help to combat this issue in two local after-school programs at The Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center and Tench Tilghman Middle School. Volunteers will encourage the pursuit of science through fun and interactive experiment-based learning sessions. Only limited time commitment necessary with the potential for great impact. Interested students should contact Aubrey Jordan and Aaron Chance at asepp.jhu@gmail.com!

6. MEDICAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT INCHES UP

First-year medical enrollments are up 2 percent over last year, the Association of American Medical Colleges announced Tuesday. Half of that increase comes from the start of operations of four new medical schools, and half from increased enrollments at older institutions. Twelve medical schools -- responding to projections of a doctor shortage -- increased their class size by 7 percent or more for those entering this fall. Data released by the AAMC also show that:
•Male applicants (22,014) outnumbered female applicants (20,252) in 2009.
•The percentage of male enrollees also topped female enrollees in the 2009 entering class, 52 to 48 percent.
•The number of black applicants increased to 3,482 (up 4 percent over 2008), and this year's entering class had the largest number of black students (1,312, an increase of 7 percent).
•Latino applicant numbers dropped to 3,061, a 1 percent decrease from 2008; the enrollees in this group also declined slightly to 1,412 from 1,416 last year.

7. OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL STUDENT PROFILES

In their Own Words: A Snapshot of the Osteopathic Medical Student
The students profiled here have all made journeys similar to yours. They have completed all their pre-medical coursework, taken the MCAT, volunteered, shadowed a DO, and worked with their pre-health advisors to ensure a smooth transition to medical school. Now, they either are studying in osteopathic medical schools or have recently graduated and are beginning their careers as osteopathic physicians. Please click on this link to view this wonderful resource:
http://www.aacom.org/InfoFor/applicants/profiles/Pages/default.aspx

8. MEET THE MEN WHO DARE TO CARE

The summer 2009 edition of the Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine notes that at a time when women are flocking to once male-dominated fields like law and medicine, men are slowly discovering the female-dominated field of nursing, with its relatively high pay, job flexibility, and manifold opportunities for advancement. Go to:
http://web.jhu.edu/jhnmagazine/summer2009/features/men_in_nursing.html

9. RECENT ARTICLES OF INTEREST
NY TIMES - OPINION | August 15, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist: Hard to Believe!
By BOB HERBERT
With a focus on primary care and preventive services, nonprofit federally financed health centers are succeeding in Vermont and around the country.

NY TIMES - SCIENCE DESK | June 24, 2008
VITAL SIGNS; PROGNOSIS | Diabetes and Depression Track Each Other
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR
Depressed people may have an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and those with diabetes may be at increased risk for depression..

NY TIMES - HEALTH | October 01, 2009
Doctor and Patient: When the Doctor Is Distressed
By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.
Ignoring the stress of medical training can lead to errors and doctors leaving the profession.

NY TIMES - HEALTH | October 15, 2009
Doctor and Patient: How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors
By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D.
Mindfulness meditation and getting "in the zone" can help doctors to avoid burnout.

NEJM • October 21st, 2009
Reform and the Health Care Workforce — Current Capacity, Future Demand
By J.K. Iglehart; ONLINE ONLY Full Text

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ADVISORS IN PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS AND ADVISING
David Verrier, Ph.D., Director, dverrier@jhu.edu , who advises Pre-Health students.
Ana Droscoski, J.D., Assistant Director, adrosco1@jhu.edu , who advises Pre-Law students & Predental Students
Kirsten Kirby, M.S.Ed., Assistant Director, kkirby12@jhu.edu , who advises Pre-Health students.
Ellen Snydman, M.S., Premedical Advisor, esnydma1@jhu.edu, who advises Pre-Health students.
To Schedule an Appointment with an Advisor, go to http://web.jhu.edu/prepro
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SUPPORT STAFF IN PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS AND ADVISING
Angie Decker, Office Manager, decker@jhu.edu, 410-516-4140
Carolyn Mae Krause, Administrative Coordinator , ckrause@jhu.edu 410-516-6744
LaTonia Sanders, Administrative Coordinator , ladytee@jhu.edu 410-516-4140
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