Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Undergraduate Program in Global Research and Development - Info Session

The Undergraduate Program in Global Research and Development (UPGRADE) is an unforgettable opportunity to gain practical, hands-on sustainable development training through service in developing countries over the summer. Students who participate in UPGRADE are provided seed money to undertake a project beneficial to the local community. 

Want to learn more? Attend the upcoming info session on Friday, December 1st at 2:30pm in the Candler Library, Room 216. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Health Career Connection (HCC) Summer 2018 Internship Program

Health Career Connection (HCC) is a comprehensive professional development program that provides paid summer internships to undergraduate and recent graduates in the field of public health and health care.

This internship program is a paid full-time 10-week internship placement in a partner organization. The Internship stipend ranges between $3,000 and $4,000. Interns work under the direction of a preceptor and work on meaningful projects that are educational and benefit the organization and its community. Interns can gain exposure, hands-on experience, and mentorship in a variety of settings in health care/public health. Interns will attend workshops on key professional and personal development topics including leadership, advocacy, cultural competence, life and career planning, and graduate education preparation. Partner schools of medicine and public health can be found here:
To learn more about the internship program, tune in to one of the two final webinars for the Summer 2018 program to hear from HCC staff members about what to expect from the internship, the application process and eligibility requirements, and more.

Monday, November 27, 2017

'Explore SUNY' Webinar for Pre-Optometry Students

Learn more about the Doctor of Optometry program, dual OD/MS and OD/PhD programs, MBA certificate program, and an overview of the admissions process at SUNY College of Optometry during the 'Explore SUNY' webinar. Details below:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Clinical Research Opportunity

 Dr. Michelle Lightfoot and Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are seeking an undergraduate student to fill their research assistant position. See details below - please read the description carefully. Only applicants who can fulfill the responsibilities of the position should apply. Please direct any questions to Dr. Lightfoot -

From Dr. Lightfoot:

Assessing Health Literacy and Numeracy in the Spina Bifida Population

Poor health literacy and numeracy (the ability to understand and interpret medical information) is associated with adverse outcomes in pediatric chronic disease including poor medication adherence, emergency room utilization, and increased healthcare costs. Targeted interventions for parents or adult patients with limited health literacy improve outcomes such as asthma management and making informed medical decisions. However, the health literacy of patients and parents of children with spina bifida, a congenital condition requiring ongoing multidisciplinary treatment, has not been described. We aim to characterize health literacy in the spina bifida population seeking urologic care using the Newest Vital Sign, a 6-question validated assessment of health literacy and numeracy. 

To continue this ongoing research project, we are seeking a research assistant to administer the Newest Vital Sign survey to parents of children with spina bifida as well as to spina bifida patients aged 10 and older. The research assistant will attend clinic at the Judson Hawk Children's clinic (located on the Scottish Rite Hospital campus in Sandy Springs) 4 half-days per month. Clinic takes place from 8a-12p on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of the month, as well as the 2nd Mondays. He or she will be responsible for obtaining verbal consent from families, administering the Newest Vital Sign surveys, and recording the responses in REDCap (a secure online server used for medical research). The ideal student will be self-motivated, have good communication skills, be comfortable interacting with families and providers in clinic, and provide their own transportation to and from the clinic. The expected duration of this project is 3-6 months depending on enrollment. There is no monetary compensation for this project; however, the research assistant will be included as a co-author on any presentations or publications that result from this work.

Interested students should contact the principal investigator, Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig, and the study coordinator, Dr. Michelle Lightfoot, with a resume and statement of interest. We are hoping to fill this position ASAP.

Michael Garcia-Roig:
Michelle Lightfoot:

HRSA's Public Health Student Internship Program

Interested in a Public Health Internship? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health & Human Services in Rockville, MD is seeking applicants for the Public Health Student Intern Program (PHSIP).

The HRSA PHSIP provides an unparalleled opportunity for professional growth and development as a public health practitioner. This unpaid internship will prepare the student to become an ambassador for the mission of HRSA in his/her professional discipline, work setting, education, or community. The student will have frequent contact with HRSA's public health experts in one of a wide-range of disciplines including Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Maternal and Child Health, Healthcare Systems, and Program Analysis and Evaluation.

Internship terms are flexible and can start and end throughout the year. There is no application deadline. For more information, including program objectives, description of duties, and how to apply, please visit:

Monday, November 20, 2017

EPASS Academic Coaching - Exam Preparation Workshops

It's not too early to start preparing for final exams! Drop into a free workshop with an Academic Coach to create a 5-day study plan and learn test-taking strategies. Check out the flyer above for times and dates of these sessions.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter Internship at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

TUSPM offers a free four-day winter internship program in January for undergraduate students. Interns attend workshops and seminars on podiatric medicine, as well as shadow and work with podiatric physicians in hospital, private practice, and outpatient clinic settings. A TUSPM student doctor will also work with interns on a case presentation. Topics covered during the program include: gross anatomy of the foot and ankle; introduction to podiatric medicine; biomechanics and pathomechanics of the foot and ankle; foot screening and evaluation; diabetes; sports injuries; geriatric conditions; pediatrics; surgery and wound healing.

This is a great opportunity to gain clinical experience and learn more about the field of podiatric medicine!
To inquire about TUSPM's 2018 Internship Program, please call 215-625-5451.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Genetic Counseling Webinar

Are you interested in a career in genetic counseling? Are you preparing to apply to genetic counseling programs? Curious to learn what different roles a genetic counselor may have day-to-day?
Check out the webinar sponsored by the Student/New Member Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors to learn more about this fast-growing profession! This hour-long webinar will feature two practicing genetic counselors and one genetic counseling student sharing their journey to genetic counseling and current day-to-day roles.
Make sure to check out the Genetic Counseling Camp in December for a more in-depth look at this exciting healthcare field! More info:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Clinical Community Service Opportunity with Emory HOPE

Emory Hospice Outreach, Perspectives and Engagement (HOPE) has a great volunteer opportunity for those looking to participate in meaningful clinical service work.  Emory HOPE's mission is to grant students a greater perspective on palliative care, life, and mortality through unique and rewarding learning experiences from hospice work. Check out these upcoming opportunities to get involved! 

Service Event
Executive Board Applications
First General Body Meeting
  • Date/Time: November 29, 2017 at 6:00pm
  • Location: White Hall 205

Monday, November 13, 2017

Apply for the 2018 Intramural Global Health Case Competition

Applications are now being accepted through November 27 for the 2018 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition!

The Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for Emory graduate and undergraduate students from schools and disciplines across the university to develop innovative solutions to a 21st century global health issue. The case competition features teams of four to six students working through a real-life case scenario with the goal of providing helpful strategies for solving the case problem or challenge. The competition is centered on team presentations to judges, who then score student recommendations and award prizes.

Apply as a team (teams must have at least 4 members representing 3 different Emory schools/departments) OR apply individually to be randomly assigned to a team. Winning teams are awarded cash prizes!
  • Deadline to apply: Nov 27
  • Case Competition Dates: Friday, Feb 2 - Saturday, Feb 3, 2018
  • Learn more and apply:

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Summer Health Professions Education Program Webinar

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, six-week academic enrichment program that includes a rigorous curriculum, mentoring, and networking opportunities. The goal of SHPEP is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

Join the SHPEP kick-off webinar to hear about this educational opportunity directly from past scholars and alumni. You'll  also receive the best tips and tools for a successful 2018 SHPEP application. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the SHPEP admissions process.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

CWRU Medical Humanities and Bioethics Online Info Session

Join Professors Eileen Anderson-Fye and Jonathan Sadowsky on November 13, 2017, at 5pm EST for an online information session about the study of Medical Humanities and Bioethics as it relates to your career path. They will discuss the importance of studying Medical Humanities and Bioethics and provide information about the 1-year Master's in Bioethics program at Case Western Reserve University.

The one-year Master's in Bioethics program encourages international bioethical dialogue through research collaborations, training programs, and institutional partnerships. Highlights of the program include the clinical experience, dual degree option, or even study abroad. This session also features information about the Medicine, Society and Culture concentration.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Health Professions Week Highlight: Dietetics and Nutrition

Registered dietitian nutritionists are the experts on good nutrition and the food choices that can make us healthy, whether it’s a proper diet or eating to manage the symptoms of a disease or chronic condition. Registered dietitian nutritionists design nutrition programs to protect health, prevent allergic reactions and alleviate the symptoms of many types of disease.

There are several specialties within Dietetics and Nutrition, including Community Dietitians and Clinical Dietitians.  Community dietitians develop programs and counsel the public on topics related to food, health, and nutrition. Clinical dietitians provide medical nutrition therapy for patients in institutions such as hospitals and nursing care facilities. They assess patients' nutritional needs, develop and implement nutrition programs, and evaluate and report the results. They confer with doctors and other healthcare professionals in order to coordinate medical and dietary needs.

Want to learn more about this field? Watch this video to learn more about what registered dieticians nutritionists do:

Explore Dietetics and Nutrition:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Health Professions Week Highlight: Genetic Counseling

From the National Society of Genetic Counselors: 
Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. Genetic counselors interpret genetic test results and provide guidance and support to patients about such things as: 
  • How inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families.
  • How family and medical histories may impact the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Which genetic tests may or may not be right for them, and what those tests may or may not tell.
  • How to make the most informed choices about healthcare conditions.
Most genetic counselors work in a clinic or hospital, and often work with obstetricians, oncologists and other doctors. Like doctors, genetic counselors can work in a variety of settings and provide different services. They may provide general care, or specialize in one or more areas.

Additionally, some genetic counselors focus on research, including collecting information such as detailed family histories and pregnancy information, that helps researchers and advances care for people with genetic conditions.

Watch this short video to learn more!

Interested in learning more about Genetic Counseling?  Check out the webinar sponsored by the Student/New Member Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors to learn more about this fast-growing profession! This hour-long webinar will feature two practicing genetic counselors and one genetic counseling student sharing their journey to genetic counseling and current day-to-day roles.
Explore Genetic Counseling:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Health Professions Week - Virtual Fair

Prospective health professionals are invited to join the HPW 2017 Virtual Fair that's happening right now!

Log in anytime before 9:00pm to stop by a virtual booth featuring clinicians and educators from the participating health professions who will chat live with participants. Come prepared with questions to ask what life is like, how they manage patients, and why they chose that profession. Each profession will have a chat room and materials available. The chat is text-only. Individuals, classes, and clubs are welcome to join. Attendees can access the fair via any desktop, tablet or smart phone connected to the internet.

To see a full virtual fair schedule and register, click here:

Check out our post from earlier this week to see more events happening during Health Professions Week 2017.

Health Professions Week Highlight: Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Profession: Audiology & Speech Language Pathology

From the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: 
Hearing and balance disorders can be assessed, treated, and rehabilitated by an audiologist. Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. 

Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life. 

Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear from an audiologist in private practice: 

Speech Language Pathology:

Speech-language pathology is the study and treatment of human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
  • Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently  or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.
  • Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). 
  • Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. 
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.
Want to learn more? Watch this video to hear from a speech language pathologist in a rehabilitation hospital: 

Explore Audiology and Speech Language Pathology:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Health Professions Week Highlight: Occupational Therapy

From the American Occupational Therapy Association:  
Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science. 

Want to learn more? Watch this video to see the breadth of the OT profession:

Explore Occupational Therapy:

Research Opportunity in the Palmer Lab

Want to get started with undergraduate research? Check out this opportunity in the Palmer Lab! More info:

From the NBB Department Facebook Page:


Monday, November 6, 2017

Health Professions Week Highlight: Chiropractic Medicine


Chiropractors are primary care professionals and play a vital, life-changing role. Chiropractic relieves pain, increases mobility and optimizes performance through safe and effective spinal adjustments and manipulation. Doctors of Chiropractic work one-on-one with patients, helping them improve their overall health and find relief from headaches, back, neck and joint pain, without reliance on drugs or surgery.

Explore Chiropractic Medicine:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Summer Clinical and Research Program in Neuroscience

SPIN '18 is an onsite, 8-week intensive program in neuroscience offered by the Departments of Neurosurgery, and Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. SPIN offers classroom instruction in neuroanatomy, hands-on research experience in a neuroscience lab, and clinical exposure in both the neurosurgery clinic and operating room.
  • Dates: June 4 - July 27, 2018 
  • Tuition: $4,000 (room and board not included) 
  • Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2018 

SPIN is open to undergraduate students interested in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, and medicine. Admission is based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
For more information, contact: Lee Farris ( or visit