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2013 AAMC Fee Assistance Program Available Now

We’re pleased to announce that the 2013 AAMC Fee Assistance Program has opened and is now accepting applications. Applicants with financial need who will be registering for an MCAT exam or applying through AMCAS during the 2013 calendar year are encouraged to apply. To ensure a timely eligibility decision, please encourage them to apply for fee assistance well before the date they plan to register for a testing date or submit the AMCAS application.

We’ve added another great benefit for award recipients this year: an authorization code for access to The Official MCAT Self-Assessment Package® (valued at $104). All of the MCAT, MSAR, and AMCAS benefits are detailed on the Fee Assistance Program website:

In addition, we’ve deployed a technical enhancement to the application, which now allows applicants to upload required supporting financial documentation directly to their application.

Applicants can begin the application at

If you have questions, please contact an Advisor Relations Specialist at 202-828-0950 or visit

Best wishes for a productive spring semester!

Fee Assistance Program Staff



Upcoming Events at Bastyr University

We would like to invite you and your students to some upcoming admissions events taking place on campus. All three of these events are incredible opportunities to explore the programs that we offer.

Evening at Bastyr

November 15, 2012

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Interested in the field of natural health arts? Come and speak with our faculty, current students, financial aid and admissions representatives and get an insider’s view into Bastyr University.

Learn about our degree programs in:

· Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

· Exercise Science and Wellness

· Health Psychology and Counseling

· Holistic Landscape Design

· Herbal Sciences

· Integrated Human Biology

· Midwifery

· Naturopathic Medicine

· Nutrition

· Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations

Experience Bastyr-Master of Science in Nutrition

November 16, 2012

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come and spend a day exploring Bastyr University and the Master of Science in Nutrition programs that we offer!

At this event you will:

· Become familiar with the nutrition profession

· Learn more about the nutrition curriculum

· Meet students, faculty, staff and administration

· Hear from current students directly through a student panel Q&A session

· Enjoy a complimentary lunch from our award winning Dining Commons with faculty, staff and current students

Experience Bastyr-Naturopathic Medicine

November 16, 2012

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Come and spend a day exploring Bastyr University and the naturopathic medicine program that we offer!

At this event you will learn more about:

· Naturopathic medicine philosophy, modalities, treatment methods and the profession as a whole

· The new integrated ND curriculum

· Our clinical training program

You will also have the opportunity to:

· Meet current faculty, staff and administration

· Speak with current students at a Q&A session

· Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by the Dining Commons

· Tour our campus

All three of these events take place on our Kenmore campus (14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, WA 98208).

We hope to see you and your students there!

You can learn more about these events at

Please contact Mei-Chun Woo at mwoo or (425) 602-3108 with any questions.

Thank You,


Admissions Event Coordinator


14500 Juanita Dr. NE

Kenmore, WA 98028

P 425-602-3108 | F 425-602-3090

Samuel Merritt University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

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Samuel Merritt University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Receives $2.6 Million Federal Grant for Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

Samuel Merritt University is pleased to announce that we received a grant for $2.6 million to support diversity among the students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

The Scholarships Awarded Under the Grant:
The grant of $650,000 per year over four years is from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is for the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. Under this program, the University will award $15,000 per year to each recipient, the maximum amount allowed by the program. New and incoming students are eligible to receive this scholarship. Students who remain in good standing will continue to receive priority for funding in each year they are successfully enrolled in the program. The University will be able to award 43 scholarships per year to new and continuing students under this program. (Please see "Important Information" below.)

Eligibility Requirements
Students must meet the admission requirements for the program.

Students who are eligible for these scholarships will be able to show that he/she either:

  • Comes from an educationally disadvantaged background. Examples include, but are not limited to
  • First generation in family to attend college
  • Graduate of a high school in which a lower percentage of students go on to college
  • Graduate of a high school with a high percentage of students on free or reduced price lunches.


  • Comes from a family with a low income. Because the DPT program is a graduate program students who are at least 24 years old are considered independent and it is their personal income that is the basis for meeting this criteria.

Under this grant program, minority status, in itself, is not a factor in determining if a student is disadvantaged. Students who are from underrepresented minorities will receive stronger consideration for these scholarships because Samuel Merritt University is committed to increasing the number of physical therapists who are from underrepresented minorities in the profession.

Important Information
The University’s continued receipt of these scholarships is contingent on our ability to meet the program requirements and continued federal funding. HRSA makes that determination each year. The University firmly believes we will meet these requirements and the program will continue through the 2015-2016 academic year. However, these awards cannot be guaranteed.

Dr. Terry Nordstrom PT, EdD
Chairperson – Physical Therapy Department

Lizzie Mayo
Assistant Director of Admission

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New Information about the 2012 ADEA GoDental Video Contest – Spread the word!

ADEA has two exciting updates for all students interested in participating in the GoDental Video Contest.

  1. The contest has been extended through November 16th, 2012 to allow students time to compete in this exciting opportunity. Spread the word!
  2. Sunstar Americas is the official sponsor for the contest and will provide prizes for first place winners. Each individual from the winning team will receive a gift bag ($100 value), the 2012 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools, and recognition from ADEA for their contributions to the dental profession.

More details about the contest including how to submit a video can be found at: godental.

About the Contest

The GoDental Video Contest asks students “What are you doing today to become tomorrow’s leaders in dentistry?” Teams of up to five students must conceptualize, shoot, and edit a film that is no longer than four minutes and submit it at Submissions will be accepted until November 16th, 2012 and will then be reviewed by dental school admissions officers and ADEA staff. The top five videos will be posted to GoDental for public voting.

We’re looking for creativity in both the content and concept for the video and, aside from the time limit, there are no limits! Students can use this opportunity to showcase their skills, preparation, and teamwork to the dental education community, including dental school admissions officers.

We look forward to seeing the creativity and potential predental students will bring to the dental profession. Happy filming!

Haven’t yet been on GoDental? Check it out! You can view videos on DenTube, read blogs on Blogistry, and contribute to the discussion on dental school on DentNetworks. College students, advisors, admissions officers, and professors are all encouraged to visit GoDental and join in the discussion. The Pathway to dentistry starts here.

Emily Rhineberger

Senior Director of Application Services

American Dental Education Association

The Voice of Dental Education

1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

Voice 202-289-7201

Fax 202-238.3979


Berkeley Optometry – Informational Webinars

The Admissions and Student Affairs team at Berkeley Optometry would like to invite pre-optometry students to informational webinars about the profession of optometry and admissions to Berkeley Optometry.

Our webinars are scheduled as follows:

October 18, 2012 from 3-4:30pm (PDT) – Berkeley Admissions Overview

October 25, 2012 from 3-4:30pm (PDT) – Essay Writing and Etiquette

November 1, 2012 from 3-4:30pm (PDT) – Interviewing Skills

We encourage all interested students in joining us!

Here is the link for more information and to register:

No special software is needed to join webinar sessions.

Please help us spread the word about our Berkeley Optometry webinar sessions, as they will be very helpful to any student considering optometry school!

Thank you!

Best regards,

Kailin Hu

Kailin Hu
Coordinator of Admissions and Student Affairs
UC Berkeley - School of Optometry
Admissions and Student Affairs Office
397 Minor Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Office: (510) 642-9537
Fax: (510) 643-7111

University of Washington School of Medicine – Focus Group Sessions from Admissions Office

I want to let you know about our upcoming University of Washington School of Medicine Focus Group Sessions, presented by the Associate Dean for Admissions, Dr. Carol Teitz. These sessions are geared towards re-applicants, but they are also helpful and informative for first time applicants as well.

The Focus Group Sessions are on May 29, 30 and 31 from 4:00-5:00PM Pacific Time at the University of Washington Health Sciences Building. All presentations will be simulcast as live webinars for those that are not able to attend in person. Registration is required for these sessions, if attending. Here is a link with more information and to register.

We would appreciate your assistance in passing on this information to your pre-med students and encourage them to attend these sessions.

If you have any questions, please to do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Ellen Stone Program Coordinator, Office of Admissions University of Washington School of Medicine 1959 NE Pacific Street, Suite A-300 Seattle, WA 98195-6340 Ph: (206) 543-7212

MCAT2015: An Open Letter to Pre-Med Students – AAMC Reporter, March 2012

A Word From the President: MCAT2015: An Open Letter to Pre-Med Students

AAMC Reporter: March 2012

Dear future physician,

What will the health system of the future look like? What kind of physicians will it require?

While no one can answer these questions precisely, important shifts under way in health care make our response more relevant than ever. Our profession increasingly recognizes that our current health care model needs to do more to promote prevention and wellness for patients. Our nation is growing, aging, and becoming increasingly diverse, so physicians of the future must be more culturally competent. And patients, especially those with chronic conditions, will need a “medical home†in which their providers work as unified teams to coordinate their care, instead of the current fragmented approach.

In short, the health system of tomorrow will require a different kind of physician. And that is why, in 2015, there will be a new Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®).

For more than 80 years, the MCAT exam has been a valuable predictor of students’ academic success in medical school. The coming changes to the test will make it an even better exam, by helping medical schools identify not only the students who are the most academically prepared to become physicians, but also those who have the potential to become the best doctors.

One of the biggest changes to the test in 2015 that will help medical schools make this assessment is a new section, the “Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior.†Testing students’ understanding of these areas is important, because being a good physician is about more than scientific knowledge. It is about understanding people—how they think, interact, and make decisions. Together with a solid foundation in the natural sciences, an understanding of behavior, perception, culture, poverty, and other concepts from psychology and sociology all contribute to the well-rounded physician. Of course, we want our doctors to understand how chemical compounds interact so our prescriptions do not have adverse interactions. But we also want our doctors to have good bedside manner, communication skills, and an ability to interact with people. After nearly 60 years, I still remember my pediatrician, Dr. Bramley—not for his class rank or MCAT exam score, but for his kindness, compassion, and how much he truly cared.

This change does not mean that the MCAT2015 will take the focus off core concepts from the natural sciences. The new test will still have two natural science sections, but the content will be updated to stay current with the exponential growth of medical knowledge, focusing on the areas medical school educators and students think are most important for medical school. Along with some new topics in biology, chemistry, and physics, concepts that are taught at many colleges in first-semester biochemistry will be tested in two sections: “Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems†and “Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems.â€

Thinking about the rapid increases in medical knowledge brings me to another feature of the 2015 exam: the new “Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills†section, which is designed to help medical schools assess how you think by asking you to analyze passages from a wide range of disciplines, including ethics, philosophy, cultural studies, and even population health. No longer is it humanly possible to memorize every fact relevant to the practice of medicine. What is more important for physicians of the future is an ability to think critically and to have the necessary reasoning skills to know where to seek answers and how to solve problems in the clinical environment.

One of the most pressing questions I am sure you have, is how you can prepare for the MCAT2015. While the revised test is still a few years away, we recognize that it will have an effect on what courses you take as an undergraduate if you are beginning college as early as fall 2012. The MCAT2015 Preview Guide is an excellent place to start your preparation. This resource gives detailed information on each of the test’s four sections and even includes sample questions. The Official Guide to MCAT2015 will be released in 2014, along with a full-length practice exam. Another practice test will be available in 2015. We also are working closely with undergraduate health professions advisors to teach them new ways to help you best plan your studies.

You may be wondering how each of the four sections will be weighted in the admissions process. We intend to leave this decision to the individual medical schools, because some focus on training the next generation of physician-scientists and others seek to strengthen the primary care workforce. Because of this difference in focus, these institutions are likely to weigh the MCAT exam sections differently, according to their core mission. The AAMC’s Medical School Admissions Requirements, an online resource that provides extensive information about each medical school, can help you select a school that fits your goals and aspirations.

Though the MCAT exam is the gateway to a career in medicine and other health professions, we at the AAMC see it as just one resource in what will become a suite of tools that help schools assess applicants like you more holistically. We are thinking in new ways about evaluating letters of recommendation and how to measure the personal attributes vital to medicine, such as empathy, dependability, and integrity. We also are helping schools transform the medical school interview process to get to know who you are, in addition to what you know.

Let me be among the first to congratulate you on considering a career in medicine. Becoming a doctor is one of the most rewarding career paths I can imagine. I wish you success, and I can assure you that the AAMC will serve as a resource on your journey to becoming a physician.

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.
AAMC President and CEO

SAVE THE DATE: 2012 ADEA Dental School Virtual Fair

The American Dental Education Association is pleased to announce the 2012 ADEA Dental School Virtual Fair. This online recruitment fair will bring approximately 50 dental school representatives to one online location for two live days. On June 26th and 27th, attendees to the fair can chat one-on-one with dental school admissions officers, network with other predental students, and listen to presentations on dental school admissions and student life.

Students of all ages, school counselors and advisors, and others interested in dental education are welcome to attend. This event is free to all attendees!! Please distribute this flyer to interested individuals.

Registration is open at

2 days + 50 dental schools + 0 travel time = countless possibilities!

Emily Rhineberger

Senior Director of Application Services

American Dental Education Association

The Voice of Dental Education

1400 K Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

Voice 202-289-7201

Fax 202-238.3979