Volunteer Camp Counselors for Kids With Muscular Dystrophy at MDA Summer Camp

MDA is looking for summer camp volunteers! Volunteering at MDA Summer Camp will enrich your life and inspire you in ways you never dreamed possible. You will help kids, who live with life limiting muscle diseases, discover new interests, build self-confidence and experience the independence of being away from home in a safe environment where barriers don’t exist. The comprehensive training by long time caregivers and medical staff specialized in neurodevelopment is a great enhancement for your résumé when applying for scholarships, college, graduate school, employment, etc. You will develop important leadership skills while simultaneously giving back to your community. Camp also provides a remarkable opportunity for volunteers to meet new people, build lifelong friendships with fellow counselors and create lasting memories for children living with muscle-debilitating diseases.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has been building bridges and knocking down barriers for youngsters with neuromuscular disease since 1955 by providing an unforgettable weeklong summer camp at no cost to their family and no cost to our volunteers (food and lodging is taken care of for the week). Camp is a very magical place where year-round skills are developed and where a child with a disability can just be a kid and we are excited you want to be a part of MDA camp!

You would be applying to attend camp as a volunteer for the entire week of June 24th- July 1st 2017. Please note that we’ll be holding the counselor training at camp on the afternoon/evening of June 24th, and it is mandatory for all counselors and volunteers.

The Western Washington MDA summer camp is held at YMCA Camp Seymourlocated at 9725 Cramer Road KPN, Gig Harbor, WA 98329.

The MDA summer camp volunteer process includes a completed camp application, an interview with an MDA staff member, a reference check, a criminal background check, a completed physical by your medical professional (within the past 12 months), immunization records and a copy (front and back) of your medical insurance card.

For more information and to access the link to the online application please inquire by emailing RBurris. Early applications are encouraged as acceptance is on a rolling basis. Or go straight to the camp volunteer online application: http://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessiondetail.aspx?idCamp=521&campCode=md4&idSession=133207


* MDA has summer camps all over the country for kids 6 – 17 with muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. Interested in volunteering at an MDA Summer Camp outside of Western Washington or want more information on MDA summer camps in general? See what MDA Summer Camp is all about summer camp page on mda.org and find the local MDA office to contact – https://www.mda.org/services/mda-summer-camp.

Quotes from camp volunteers:

As a 19-year old college sophomore at UW I went into MDA Camp thinking I wanted to be a doctor and was hopeful to gain some hands-on experience. Through the direct care and relationships I had, I became a home caregiver for the next few years after and changed my focus to nursing because of the connection gained through being "at the bedside." As I applied for my first job, having my years at MDA Camp stood out in my resume, bringing up much discussion in my interview for my dream job! I now have been working as a nurse for almost 4 years in the PCU, and this will be my 10th year at camp this June, my 4th year as one of the volunteer nurses. Camp is something hard to explain to those who have never been, but through it I have learned so much and met some of the most incredible campers and volunteers. I can’t imagine my summer without it!

– Caitlin Duhamel, Camp Nurse

The most amazing part about volunteering at MDA Summer Camp is being a part of something that means so much to the kids. The first day of camp, kids show up so unbelievably excited. The second camp ends, they’re already counting down the days until next summer. This is one week where their disability takes a back seat and they can just be a kid, making friends, having fun and just feeling good. As a volunteer, you get to be a part of stories they’ll tell for years and help build memories they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives. It’s an incredible gift and lesson to witness the strength and joy of campers despite the daily obstacles and grim realities they face.

– Justin Campbell, Unit Leader

Join UW’s Pre-PT club on 3/8 to hear from Eastern Washington University’s PT Admissions representative!

(RSVP by 3/3)

Are you interested in a career as a doctor of physical therapy? The University of Washington Pre Physical Therapy club is hosting a meeting open to all students from the greater Seattle area on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:30 PM in Thomson Hall, Room 202. Guest speaker Debra Dickerson, an admissions representative from Eastern Washington University’s physical therapy program, will be joining us to share her insights on the application process and how to be successful. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

If you would like to attend, please send an RSVP to preptclub by Friday, March 3rd. You may direct any questions about the meeting here as well. A map of the University of Washington campus can be found at http://www.washington.edu/maps/.

Personal Essay Prompt Changes – VMCAS18

As promised, below are the important changes you need to know about the VMCAS 2018 Personal Essay Prompts:

1. The existing personal statement for veterinary medicine has been retired

2. Three new questions will be implemented for this cycle, each requiring 1,000 characters each.

3. The prompts are as follows:

a. There are many career choices within the veterinary profession. What are your future career goals and why?

b. In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?

c. Considering the breadth of society we serve as veterinarians today; what attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?

Please feel free to share as needed and feel free to ask any questions.

Tony Wynne

Director of Admissions & Recruitment Affairs

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

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Volunteer with Camp Promise-West this summer!

Volunteer with Camp Promise-West to gain experience working with people with special health care needs this summer!

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Cheri Kau

Do you still need something fun to do this summer? Are you energetic, creative, and enthusiastic? Do you like working with youth and being a part of a FUN team? Are you looking to gain experience in the health care field or working with people with special health care needs?

If YES, then Camp Promise-West is looking for YOU!

We are currently recruiting volunteers who are mature and responsible individuals, who like working hard and who are willing to learn. Camp Promise-West (www.camppromise.org) is a one-week overnight camp for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy and select neuromuscular diseases. We believe all kids should get to experience the magic of camp, regardless of their medical needs or physical abilities. Our schedule is jam packed with theme days, pranks, costumes, summer fun, and activities that are 100% wheelchair accessible. We provide camp and medical care free of charge to our campers and highly value our volunteers who help make this happen.

Available positions include:

§ One-on-one counselors to provide personal care and assist with daily activities.

§ Program staff (photographers, yearbook editors, camp newspaper, computers, science, sports, drama, music, etc.)

§ Medical staff (licensed nurses, doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, etc.)

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals who are dedicated to giving back to their community, or those who are interested in a career in the healthcare field and who are looking for experience working one-on-one with individuals with special health care needs. Many (but not ALL!) of our volunteers are pre-health students (medicine, nursing, physician assistants, PT/OT, etc.) or interested in social work or counseling, or graduate students/professionals in these fields.

While, helpful, experience is not required as we provide all necessary training at our orientation session prior to camper arrival.

Our volunteers are 16+, come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the country, so whatever your skills may be, if you are committed to making camp the best week of our campers’ year, we’d love to hear from you!

The Details:

§ Dates: August 21-August 26, 2017 (Volunteers arrive August 20th)

§ Location: Vaughn, WA

§ Requirements: Be at least 16 years old, submit an application, complete an interview, and pass background and reference checks.

§ Application deadline: April 3, 2017

§ Website: www.camppromise.org

How to Apply:

Learn more about our application process and visit www.camppromise.org/apply to apply today.


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Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers

The 11th Annual I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) program will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University from July 10 – 12, 2017. We welcome applications from your students through our April 1 deadline. I-DOC is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry. Thirty spots are available for the program this summer with financial assistance covering all meals, on-campus housing, activities, and airfare for those travelling to Columbus up to $500.

Application information, eligibility, and more information can be found at www.optometry.osu.edu/idoc

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Register now for ASDA’s upcoming predental webinars

The ASDA Season Pass is a great way to access online education addressing every major component of the predental timeline. With panelists that include school admissions officers and advisors, dental school faculty and dental students, you have a wealth of knowledge available to you. Take part in at least ten webinars throughout the year, including:

  • Your personal statement is your big opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm, potential and suitability for dental school. The more competitive the school is, the more likely your personal statement could be the deciding factor. Learn from a group of panelists on how to craft a memorable statement that is personal to you.
  • Dissecting the DAT – April 20 – Register now!
  • Apply yourself: Mastering the AADSAS – May
  • What to expect in your first year of dental school – June
  • Interviewing for dental school – August
  • Non-traditional paths to dental school – October

All of the webinars on the list above are free to ASDA members. Not a member yet? Join ASDA now to access these webinars and a wealth of additional member benefits, including DAT study materials, ASDA publications, and discounts on school supplies and car insurance. At just $63 a year, it’s a worthwhile investment in your future. Your membership dues pay for the Season Pass – and so much more!


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Scribes work closely with physicians and health care providers to supply real time charting of physician and patient encounters during medical exams. Scribes are responsible for a variety of clerical tasks that include retrieving medical records, documenting the results of diagnostic tests, and preparing discharge instructions, while maintaining the flow of the clinic.

CEP America is the largest in-house provider of scribes in the country with over 1500 scribe employees in over 50 Emergency Departments, Hospitalist Departments, Psychiatric Inpatient, and outside clinics. Our scribes successfully facilitate lasting partnerships between physicians, local communities and universities, patients and hospital staff. Our Scribe Alumni Program is designed for those interested in pursuing these connections throughout their career.
Please click this link to see the details of the job, and to fill out the application. We are interviewing this upcoming week so if you are interested please fill this application out ASAP. Thank you. https://careers.cepamerica.com/job/CEAMUS381/Swedish-Edmonds-Hospital-Scribe?jobsource=indeed&utm_source=indeed&utm_medium=indeed&utm_campaign=indeed-feed&biD=1702

AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair on Feb 16: Register Today

2017 AAMC Virtual Medical Fair to connect with admissions officers from 48 medical schools.

2017 AAMC Virtual Medical School Career Fair
Registration Reminder
Register now for 2017 AAMC Virtual Medical Fair to connect with admissions officers from 48 medical schools. Registration is free.
Why you should attend:
  • Last year, a northeast medical school reported inviting two attendees to interview during the fair after chatting with them and learning additional information.
  • Many attendees noted that they were considering applying to additional schools based on their interactions at last year’s fair.
This Thursday, stop by the fair for a few hours or a few minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair?
It is a virtual event organized by the AAMC to connect interested students with 48 medical schools across the country. At the fair, students can learn about participating schools and chat with admissions professionals.
How can I attend?
To attend, register prior to the event by visiting: aamcvirtualevents.org. Once the fair opens at 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, stop by the fair and use your registered email address to log in. You can stop by any time, visit multiple time and stay for as long or as little as you wish.
How does a virtual fair work?
Virtual fairs are modeled on traditional, in-person fairs but are designed to eliminate the expense and hassle of travel. Each participating medical institution has a customized booth with information for attendees. Attendees can browse the booth and decide whether to speak with a representative of the school (via chat).
How much does registration cost? What is the registration deadline?
Registration is free and attendance is free for students. You can register at any time before or during the fair by visiting: aamcvirtualevents.org.
If registration is free and open, why should I register in advance?
Advance registration enables participating institutions can schedule the correct number of admissions staff at their booths. Last year, thousands of students registered at the last minute which created support challenges.
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How To Become a Naturopathic Doctor

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