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GW Pre-Health Advising has a NEW BLOG!

attentionGW Pre-Health Advising has a new blog!!!

Check it out! All the information on this site has been migrated there, so you won’t miss anything. New information will no longer be posted on this site. We hope you’ll visit soon!


Tufts Post-Bacc Still Accepting Applications!

The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program at Tufts University School of Medicine is seeking to recruit students who have an interest in strengthening their academic credentials in pursuit of an advanced degree in medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine or biomedical research. The MBS Program, now in its 6th year, provides the following advantages:

  • Coursework that closely follows Tufts University School of Medicine’s first-year medical curriculum that includes unique courses in computer-based anatomy, basic human pathology, and clinical medicine.
  • Early clinical exposure via a clinical medicine course that gives students a taste of patient care.
  • Individualized attention from an award winning faculty and senior administrators that are notably accessible to students.
  • Academic partners (faculty advisors) that mentor students on all matter of the program and serve as students’ personal pre-med advisors.
  • Innovative technology with our award winning online curriculum database that covers virtually every course in the curriculum and contains a wealth of multimedia resources
  • An allocation of resources geared towards providing help with course and MCAT preparation.

The Tufts MBS program has been designed specifically to provide an outstanding experience and high-quality educational opportunity for students wishing to become stronger applicants to medical school or to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to enter. Admission to medical school is highly competitive and many qualified applicants are turned away despite the national need for more physicians to be trained over the next several decades. The goal of this program is to give students the best possible preparation for successful admittance to the schools of their choice. An average of 87% of Tufts MBS graduates who apply to medical school are accepted, an average of 72% of students that apply to Tufts University School of Medicine’s MD program are invited for an interview, and 35% are accepted.

There are still seats available for the 2013- 2014 academic year. The application deadline is Wednesday, 7/31/13 and we are happy to work with your students to expeditiously complete their admissions file. Additional information about Tufts University School of Medicine’s MBS Program is available on our web site at If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at

The Triple Helix GWU Chapter Positions Available!

TTH logoThe Triple Helix, the undergraduate research publication at GWU, is looking for new writers and editors. The Triple Helix, Inc. is an international non-profit organization (IRS 501c3) with over 20 active chapters involving over 500 students from the world’s most prestigious universities. Together, these students form some of the world’s future leaders in science, business, engineering, ethics, medicine, and law. The Triple Helix’s Science in Society Review offers the highest quality of critical analysis and showcases the undergraduate voices of hundreds of students on some of the most pressing modern issues in science, business, law, politics, and health. As an unprecedented student-run forum for discussion and interdisciplinary thought, The Triple Helix unites students from all over the world with a diversity of intellectual interests and backgrounds. Through a variety of dynamic forums, The Triple Helix offers a unique, challenging, and exciting educational experience for its entire staff while significantly contributing to the local and global community.

You can visit TTH at to get a glimpse of articles produced by students at GWU as well as other universities.If interested, and to apply, please contact Ariana Olshan or Aditi Shenoy at with the editor application or the writer application filled out by Sept. 1, 2013. You may apply for both positions if you wish. Please also submit a writing sample of at least 500 words in length. Thank you for your interest!

Wondering what the Physician Assistant field is all about?

Methodist University
PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association) has launched a new Pre-PA micro site, PA Focus. This site focuses on information for pre-PA applicants, current PA students, and veterans. The new Pre-PA site will help you stay up-to-date on PA program, admissions, and profession information. It will also allow you to access all information related to the centralized application system. You can also connect to the PA world via the Facebook, and Twitter.
Check it out!

Internship Opportunity (Health Outcomes Data and Quality Improvement)

One QI Position Internship in the Washington, D.C., Area for One Highly Motivated Student Wishing to Pursue a Career in Medicine

Annick Hebou, MD, an Infectious Disease physician, and William Campbell, NP, a Family Care practitioner at MetroHealth (formerly known as Carl Vogel Center), a non-profit community health center in Washington, DC, are seeking an individual interested in a medical career for one, year-long internship. 

This position is available immediately. Although some flexibility with the start date is negotiable, particularly with regards to summer break, the position entails a year-long commitment at 10-12 hours per week. Please only apply if you are available for this period of time. Applicants will not be considered if they are currently applying for medical school to begin in the class of Fall 2014. 

The internship will be focused on quality improvement (QI) processes. QI seeks to track various health outcomes, such as the viral suppression of HIV+ clients or medical retention rates and use the data to improve provider awareness and increase quality of care. Our established plan tracks various health outcomes across all of our services (Primary Medical, Nutrition, Food Bank, Medical Case Management, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health). You will learn about QI concepts and work with patients, providers, and the data team to enhance our current program. 

The internship is voluntary and may offer the chance to attend conferences in Washington, DC, provided your schedule allows. 

Interested individuals should email Khalil Hassam at with a copy of their curriculum vitae or resume.

The clinic is located at 1012 14th St NW, near the McPherson Square Metro Station, just two stops from Foggy Bottom Metro Station.

What a Difference an X Makes

The Society for Women’s Health Research Presents:

What a Difference an X Makes:
4th Annual State of Women’s Health Research Conference

You are invited to attend a world-class conference combining basic science, medicine, and policy to transform women’s health.

July 18-19, 2013
The Pew Charitable Trusts I 901 E Street NW I Washington, DC I 20004

Conference Topics Include:
Sex Differences in Musculoskeletal Health Stress: The World on Her Shoulders Chew On This: Sex Differences in Nutrition Sex Differences and Sleep The Brain, Pain, and Staying Sane
Reproductive Health: Beyond Reproduction
Clinical Trials: Current Challenges for Women

Discounted student and government rates available.Visit to register!
Contact: Dr. Erika Davies at or 202-223-8224


CNA/Home-Health Aide/Med-Tech

Our assisted living is looking for someone reliable, trustworthy, hard-working, and caring. Please email or call (240) 876-8429 for immediate consideration.

Must have the following documents for immediate interview:

1. Driver’s license or state ID
2. Social Security card
3. Second valid form of ID
4. ALM license/Home Health Aide License/CNA or GNA license (State of Maryland)
5. PPD or chest x-ray, CPR/first aid
6. Maryland criminal background check (or one can be done in office for $20.00 cash)
7. References

*Only qualified candidates will be invited for an interview

Short term opportunities may be available as well. Referral bonuses available for both staff and residents.
(240) 876-3209

Medical Assistant- Full-time & Part-time!

DC based healthcare company seeks full-time and part-time Medical Assistants to join our team. We are a rapidly growing company with four locations in the DC Metro Area.

– Greet patients professionally and warmly upon their entry to the clinic
– Answer patient phone calls promptly and schedule appointments
– Enter patient’s personal and insurance information and collect co-pay or self-payment
– Maintain an accurate daily log of all payments processed at the front desk
– Respond to phone, email, and fax requests sent by patients and healthcare offices
– Maintain complete and accurate electronic medical record (EMR) for every patient
– Prepare, clean, and maintain supplies in all exam rooms and waiting areas
– Record vital signs and triage patients efficiently
– Collect lab specimens, run in house labs, and generate requisitions for send-out labs
– Ensure that physicians have all necessary equipment and assistance during procedures
– Sterilize procedural tools and properly dispose of biohazard materials
– Present lab results to clinician for approval and record approved results in the EMR
– Generate patient referrals and call in prescriptions
– Complete routine opening and closing checklist items

Required Skills:
– Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
– Familiarity with electronic medical record systems
– Clinical skills including phlebotomy, EKGs, injections, TB placement, CPR, AED, throat cultures, flu test, mononucleosis spot test, urine dips, etc.
– Familiarity with HIPAA guidelines and ability to maintain strict confidentiality
– Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively, orally and in writing
– Basic computer knowledge including word processing, excel spreadsheets, and Gmail

Required Experience:
– Minimum 2 years of college level education
– Minimum Two years of verifiable work experience as a Medical Assistant.

Interested applicants will send resume, cover letter, and availability (full-time or part-time) with “Medical Assistant” in the subject line. Applicants that do not include the requested information will not be reviewed.

Rice University’s Baker Institute Student Forum’s Inaugural Undergraduate Public Policy Competition!

Are you interested in public health policy? Do you want the chance to meet with professionals from the Texas Medical Center, tour some of the world’s finest medical facilities, interact with public policy experts, and meet renowned public figures? Compete in Rice University’s Baker Institute Student Forum’s Inaugural Undergraduate Public Policy Competition! This competition is hosted by Rice University in the Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas.

Either individually or in groups of up to 3, submit a 3,000 to 6,000 word proposal on how to best improve health care in the United States. Address quality, cost, and access but pick any aspect of health care that you want. The top 15 finalists will compete at the Baker Institute on September 21st, 2013. Finalists will give 10 minute presentations to a panel of judges from the Texas medical community and then be honored at an open house gala. Proposals must include an abstract, a cover page (please print the names of the authors on this page only), and be Times New Roman, 12 point font, and double spaced. Papers will be accepted from May 1st to August 15th. Email them to


The top three winners will win cash prizes!

Cash Prizes Are:

            -First Place: $2,500

            -Second Place: $2,000

            -Third Place: $1,500

All finalists will have the abstracts of their papers published in a booklet which will be distributed to medical professionals. Their whole paper will be published in Rice’s undergraduate policy journal, The Cultivator. 

For more information, email and visit the Facebook page

AMST 1050.12: Medicine in American Culture

AMST 1050.12 Medicine in American Culture

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