Financing Medical School – Twitter Chat

Please encourage your advisees to join the AAMC’s student aid and loan repayment program, FIRST for Medical Education, on October 1, from 3-4pm ET for a live Twitter chat. FIRST staff will be tweeting from @AAMCFIRST, and answering questions about paying for medical school, managing a student loan portfolio, and repaying student loans.

We look forward to answering any and all questions about financing medical school. Join the conversation by searching #MedEdFinance on Twitter and adding that tag to your tweets.

For more information on FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) for Medical Education, please visit jgilbert.

We hope to talk to you and your advisees on October 1!


FIRST for Medical Education Staff

Association of American Medical Colleges
655 K Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20001
Tomorrow’s Doctors, Tomorrow’s Cures®

nformation about AAMC’s Financial Assistance Program

The AAMC strongly believes that the cost of applying to medical school should not be a financial barrier to individuals who are interested in becoming physicians. We want to ensure that the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) offers support to those who need it most, and that the benefits truly ease the financial burden of applying to medical school.

After completing a thorough evaluation of FAP in 2012, the AAMC is making updates to better assist those awarded fee assistance, to make the application easier to understand, and to continue to improve the integrity of the program. In January 2015, the AAMC will debut an updated Fee Assistance Program.

Starting in 2015, FAP awardees will be able to use their award for up to two years. This change will, for example, allow an awardee to make use of the MCAT benefits the first year, and apply to medical school through AMCAS during the second year—without having to reapply to FAP. Benefits will expire on December 31, the year after they are awarded.

If an application is approved Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2016

If an application is approved Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2017

If an application is approved Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, benefits expire Dec. 31, 2018

Note: FAP 2015 Awardees who exhaust their AMCAS or MCAT benefits prior to the end of 2016 may apply for FAP again in 2016 in order to retake the exam or reapply with AMCAS. An individual is still eligible for up to five FAP awards.

2015 AAMC Fee Assistance Program Benefits:

[Exact details on MCAT registration fees and the number of medical school designations to be waived by AMCAS will be available at in December
2014. At this time the AAMC does not anticipate that the benefits package will change from the 2014 FAP cycle.]

· Reduction in the MCAT registration and rescheduling fees

· AMCAS application fee waiver

· Free MCAT test preparation materials

o The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam (MCAT2015), fourth edition (e-book) and Online Practice Questions

o Official MCAT2015 Sample Test (online access)

o Official MCAT Practice Questions (online access, available spring 2015)

· Complimentary access to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) database

· Eligibility to apply for fee assistance for an updated psychoeducational or medical evaluation required to apply for accommodations during MCAT testing

· Reduced subscription fee to the Pivio electronic portfolio service

Some eligibility requirements will change as well. Beginning in 2015, applicants will need to include financial information for all living parents. The Fee Assistance Program, unlike some federally funded programs, does not draw distinction based on the applicant’s dependent or independent status for tax purposes, and therefore, parent financial information and supporting tax documentation are required. Applicants who are unable to provide financial information for a living parent should contact AAMC Services at fap for assistance with their FAP application.

Details regarding the new program will be made available on AAMC’s FAP website ( in December 2014. We wanted to make sure you have the information in advance.

If you have questions, please contact our Advisor Relations staff at advisors or 202-828-0950. If your students have questions about FAP, please direct them to AAMC Services at fap or 202-828-0600.

Kind regards,

-Becky Rice

Rebecca A. Rice, MSB
Director, Services Outreach (MCAT/AMCAS)

Association of

American Medical Colleges
655 K Street N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20001-2399
T (202) 478-9940

F (202) 828-4799
E rrice

Tomorrow’s Doctors, Tomorrow’s Cures®

UC Berkeley School of Optometry – Annual Fall Conference

The Annual Berkeley Optometry Fall Conference

Saturday, October 4th 9:00am – 4:00pm

Berkeley Optometry and UC Berkeley’s Foresight Pre-Optometry Club would like to welcome prospective students, advisors, alumni and friends to our annual Fall Conference in Berkeley, CA! Our full-day event will showcase tours and activities led by current optometry students as well as talks by our Admissions staff and teaching faculty. The event is a great opportunity for you to meet other pre-optometry students from all over the country as well as learn more about the profession, from the admissions process to student life!

More information about our Fall Conference can be found here: Fall Conference 2014. Registration closes on September 27th.


We hope to see you and your fellow students at our Fall Conference!

Best wishes,

AAMC web pages: Aspiring Docs update

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added a new fact sheet to the Aspiring Docs website: What’s It Like to… Be a Medical Scribe?

We’ve also added five new Inspiring Stories to our collection:

  • Jessica Means: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2017
    Jessica shares how she balances going to medical school and being a professional pianist.
  • Alex Gannon: University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, 2018
    As a gay and transgender med student, Alex tells applicants it’s okay to be themselves when applying and selecting a medical school.
  • Navin Kesari: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 2014
    Navin is inspired by his parents who immigrated to the U.S. and made sacrifices so that he and his brother could pursue the American dream.
  • Allison Lyle: University of Louisville School of Medicine, 2017
    Allison got accepted on her fourth application to medical school. She shares mistakes from her first three applications and how she stayed motivated.
  • Julio Mendoza: Howard University College of Medicine, 2017
    Chronic pain and hospitalizations exposed Julio to medicine at a young age, now he wants to use his experiences to help others.

Lastly, we also have several new posts by medical student bloggers on Aspiring Docs Diaries.

As always, if you are interested in partnering with us on any new fact sheets or resources, or would like to suggest a student to participate in the blog or aspiringdocs.

Warmest regards,
Tami Levin

Janelle Peters

Janelle Korzeniowski Peters
Aspiring Docs & Social Media Specialist II

Association of

American Medical Colleges
655 K Street, N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20001
T (202) 828-0569 F (202) 828-0659 E jpeters

Tomorrow’s Doctors, Tomorrow’s Cures®

Get the Inside Scoop on PA School, virtual chat sessions

Talk with CASPA reps, current students, and admissions staff during this month’s FREE virtual chat sessions. The September schedule is out and posted on the virtual fair website.

Register now and then join any session, anytime. Questions? Contact Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle.

Student Peer Navigator postion, campus job

Center for Equity and Engagement (CEE)- Peer Navigator
Rate: $11.11/hour Part time: Up to 17 hrs/week Applications Available now in PUB 9301 – Due October 6th, 2014

About the CEE Peer Navigator:

The Peer Navigator will work with CEE staff to support the retention and academic achievement of underrepresented students at Shoreline Community College. The Peer Navigator will provide direct support and will be knowledgeable of campus services that offer learning assistance and financial resources. The Peer Navigator will also help to coordinate activities that engage students in learning (e.g., study groups, tutoring, basic skill development and fun, social events).

Essential Functions and Duties:

The following is a general representation of the key duties and responsibilities of this position. Other duties may be assigned.

* Organize and actively promote Center for Equity and Engagement sponsored events including, study groups, workshops, Clothesline-Domestic Violence Project, MLK Celebration, Women’s History Month, Multicultural Week, Campus Navigation Tools and Center alumni program

* Outreach and refer students to the Center for Equity and Engagement and other resources.

* Evaluate and debrief after each Center for Equity and Engagement sponsored activity

* Make follow-up contact with students by phone, email or through one-on-one meetings.

* Provide on-going peer support for new and current students.

* Organize quarterly retention activities and events for under-represented students.

* Increase women and multicultural student participation and representation in the campus community by organizing activities for students collaboratively with multicultural student organizations, Arts & Entertainment Board, Student Government, and campus committees.
Assist staff to promote and advertise events sponsored by the Center for Equity and Engagement.
* Provide clerical assistance to Multicultural Center, Women’s Center; prepare materials and set-up for Center for Equity and Engagement events and activities.
* Liaison and attend as needed; Recognized Student Organizations, Student Body Association, Arts & Entertainment Board meetings.

If you have questions, need additional information, or would like a poster/applications, please contact:

Lynette Peters, Program Manager: Women’s Center – 206-546-4715
Jamie Arde?a, Program Manager: Multicultural Center – 206-533-6618

James Lawrence Arde?a
Multicultural Center &
MSSDC Secretary 2013-2015
p. 206.533.6618
Student Union Building – PUB 9301
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline WA, 98133

Do your Bach at a renowned school on the East Coast: Smith and Mount Holyoke Admissions Visit, 10/28/2014

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A message to Pam Francisco from Lynette Peters:
Hi Folks! Just letting you know that reps from Smith and Mount Holyoke will be here in late October. They will be available to meet with students about their respective schools. I have recently received literature from Smith and am expecting brochures, etc., from Mount Holyoke. I’ve spoken to a few individual students who are planning to attend. I will get you some brochures and hope we can get a few more students interested! Thanks!
Smith and Mount Holyoke Admissions Visit Click to add this event to your calendar
Date Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PDT
Where PUB 9201
Cost Free
Contact Name Lynette Peters
Contact Phone 206-546-4715
Notes Admissions representatives from Smith and Mount Holyoke, two Massachusetts women’s colleges, want to meet women transfer students interested in obtaining a liberal arts degree. Both schools have supportive programs for women veterans and non-traditional students, age 25+. Please RSVP by emailing Lynette Peters at lpeters. You can also check out each school’s website:

Schools Of Public Health Virtual Fair Sept. 10th & 11th- Register Today!

Please join us for a FREE Virtual Fair for prospective students of public health, or public health joint degree programs!

This is an unique opportunity for your students to meet Admission Representatives from more than 50 of the nation’s leading CEPH-accredited public health schools and programs.

Registered Schools/Programs Listed Here:

Attend the fair online from anywhere!
Register Here:

What students have said about prior events:

· "The Virtual Fair was extremely convenient and useful. I was able to communicate with multiple schools of my interest and ask questions. This Virtual Fair also saved me time and traveling fees if I were to visit the schools’ campuses instead.”

· “I thought the virtual fair was extremely helpful. Chatting with the school representatives helped give me some direction for what I’d like to pursue, as well as some helpful tips/expectations for the application process.”

· “It was perfect. I loved the fact that school representatives gave out their e-mail addresses and encouraged us to contact them.”

Tucker K. O’Donnell, MPH | Program Manager for Student Recruitment

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) |

1900 M Street NW, Suite 710 | Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202-296-1099, ext. 130 | Fax: 202-296-1252 | Email: todonnell

Public Health is Your Health

Introducing the new

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Physical Therapy Virtual Fair: Sept 16-17

Physical Therapy Virtual Fair: September 16-17

It’s not too late to register for the free Physical Therapy Virtual Fair scheduled on September 16 and 17. More than 1200 applicants and 40 programs have registered to date. The fair, hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and administered by CareerEco, offers advisors and students a unique opportunity to chat live with faculty and staff at DPT programs from across the country. Use the fair to learn more about the programs, ask questions about prerequisites, and get tips on how to improve your students’ chances for admission.

Learn more about and register for the free virtual fair today at!

Questions? Please contact apta.

Thank you!

Seattle AWIS: September Event – Pediatric Immune Response and Improving Vaccines

Seattle Association for Women in Science’s September Event
Pediatric Immune Response and Improving Vaccines

September 17, 2014 • 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Over 7 million infants die each year due to infections, many of which are vaccine-preventable. The causes
of reduced immunity in infants are ill defined. The immunosuppressive in utero environment needed for
maternal-fetal tolerance may influence subsequent immune responses in newborns. We have identified
myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) as a plausible mechanism for reduced immunity in infants.
MDSC frequencies are elevated in cord blood, decline in infants with age and are potent inhibitors of
T cell proliferation. Understanding the role MDSC play in infant immunity could improve vaccine responsiveness
in newborns and reduce mortality due to early-life infections.

Dr. Ana Gervassi, PhD
Staff Scientist, Seattle Biomed Research Institute
Specialized Immunity Subcore Director, Center for AIDS Research, UW
Talk Title: “Understanding the role of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) in infant immunity”

Event Schedule:
6:00pm – Networking and Refreshments
6:30pm – Panel Discussion
7:30pm – Networking
Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED for this event

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Pelton Auditorium, Weintraub Building
1100 Fairview Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
*Please enter through Thomas Building
*Free Visitor Parking

All AWIS meetings are FREE and open to both members and non-members, both men and women!

Please Help Advertise by Printing and Posting our Seattle AWIS Event Flyer.