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Presentation from September 3, 2009, prehealth convocation to advisees. Includes survey data from 2009-2010 Welcome Week Survey, AAMC admissions directors survey 2009, and competency-based ...

Presentation from September 3, 2009, prehealth convocation to advisees. Includes survey data from 2009-2010 Welcome Week Survey, AAMC admissions directors survey 2009, and competency-based evaluations including ETS PPI. (Sorry, the audio is a bit fuzzy: recorder was in my shirt pocket as I was moving around.)



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  • Image accessed from www.stolaf.edu/people/forrest/ObamaHealthCare.jpg
  • From: http://www.takepart.com/blog/2009/07/15/house-republicans-map-out-the-obama-health-care-plan/ “Johnathan Cohn of The New Republic introduced a map of his own today. Starting with “You,” the average American, the map traces the complexities of the employer-funded system in place today. Without centralized regulation, the industry has grown into a multi-billion dollar behemoth with haphazard bureaucratic channels and squabbles between industry players. Sure, Obama’s plan is complicated, Cohn admits, but with the current system looking like this, how long can America go without it?”
  • Weblink: http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/01/29/prl20129.htm
  • Word cloud: concerns 200 prehealth students have in which they seek help or more information. N=228, 2009-2010 Welcome Week Annual Survey.
  • Accessed August 20, 2009
  • Weblink: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/08/20/depaula
  • Photo of alleged “Craiglist killer” Philip Markoff, who was attending Boston University School of Medicine (http://a11news.com/images/philip-markoff.jpg).
  • Weblink: http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2007/01/29/prl20129.htm
  • Word cloud n=229, 2009-2010 Annual Welcome Week Survey

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  • Great Expectationsfor Great Applications
    George Mason University Prehealth Convocation 2009
    Prehealth Convocation 2009 is supported by a grant from the Office of University Life. Additional support comes from Student Academic Affairs & Advising, College of Science, and the prehealth clubs at George Mason University.
  • Convocation Goals
    Connect advisees with Mason resources
    Educate advisees on “the process”
    Inform advisees of opportunities
    Understand why early advising and planning are critical to success
    Raffle off a free Kaplan class
  • What do you expect in 2020?
  • A different health care system?
  • There’s a class for that.
    HHS 201: Introduction to the Health Professions
    There’s also a seminar series for that.
    Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics
    21 September noon: Will we see health care reform in 2009?
  • A better health care system?
    A Consumer Reports survey found that doctors and patients don't always see eye-to-eye. Here are some of the most common gripes:
    What bugs patients about doctors
    Kept me waiting 30 minutes or longer 24%
    Could not schedule an appointment within a week 19%
    Spent too little time with me 9%
    Didn't get test results promptly 7%
    Didn't respond to my calls promptly 6%
    What bugs doctors about patients
    Don't follow prescribed treatment 59%
    Wait too long before making appointment 41%
    Are reluctant to discuss symptoms 32%
    Request unnecessary tests 31%
    Request unnecessary prescriptions 28%
    Source: Consumer Reports, February 2007
  • What role will you play?
  • 2009-2010 Annual Welcome Week Survey
    265 completed responses
  • What’s important for you?
    What are my chances of getting in?
  • What are you pursuing at Mason?
    Majors (239)
    Minors/Certificates (116)
  • If I Had Only Known…
    That majoring in “Pre-Med” was not mandatory.
    That taking time off before med school should be seriously considered.
    That each undergraduate school has a premed advisor who will write a letter of recommendation.
    That I knew how to interact more effectively with the prehealth advising system.
    That I needed more time to research a career choice.
    How to make a careful decision about what is important in a medical school
    How to better gauge the relative competitiveness of medical schools
    How to consider and understand the financial challenges.
    That rolling admissions doesn’t mean I should send in applications at the deadline (applying early is ideal).
    2007 NEOSR/NEGSA med student forum
  • What’s important to schools?
  • What’s important to schools?
  • Screening applicants(AAMC survey 2009)
    Personal and professional characteristics
    Analysis and communications skills
    Natural science preparationOther factors
  • Calculating GPA
    Your Mason GPA is not the important GPA.
    Mason GPA counts most recent course grades for repeated classes.
    Application GPA’s count ALL grades.
    Only AACOMAS (DO programs) calculates GPA similarly to Mason.
    Admissions committees calculate other GPA’s.
    Prerequisite and science
    Non-major vs. Major
    Undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate
    Last three years
  • Your GPA is important.
    Summer research programs.
    Internship opportunities.
    Awards and Honors.
    All these things provide evidence of how prepared you are to succeed.
    What you do today, during your summers, and throughout your time here will determine how successful you will be.
  • Schools accepting GMU-affiliated applicants for EY 2009
    Howard University (3)
    Virginia Commonwealth (2)
    University of Pittsburgh
    SUNY (2)
    Osteopathic Medicine
    Edward Via VCOM (3)
    Kansas City COM
    Philadelphia COM in Georgia
    Touro CA
    Touro NY (2 refused)
    West Virginia COM (refused)
    VCU (2)
    New York CPM
    University of Pennsylvania
    Virginia Maryland Regional (at Virginia Tech)
    Caribbean MD
    American University of the Caribbean
    Ross University
  • GMU AMCAS 2009 statistics
    18 Mason applicants for 2009 class, ALL with MSAC letter(11 had committee letters from postbac/other programs)
    Case Western Reserve UniversityDrexel University (Special Pathway)
    Eastern Virginia Medical School (8, 4 wd)
    George Washington University (3)
    Howard University (wd)
    Tulane University (wd)
    Virginia Commonwealth University (7, 2wd)
    Uniformed Services University (3)
    University of Vermont (wd)
    University of Wisconsin (2, 1wd)
    West Virginia University (wd)
  • GMU AMCAS 2009 statistics
    • Low Science GPA and MCAT will exclude applicants.
    • High Science GPA and MCAT will NOT guarantee you admission.
  • Scientific foundations
    Demonstrate both knowledge of and ability to use basic principles of mathematics and statistics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology needed for the application of the sciences to human health and disease. Demonstrate observational and analytical skills and the ability to apply those skills and principles to biological situations. (AAMC/HHMI Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, 2009)
    Apply quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematicsto describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
    Demonstrate understanding of the process of scientific inquiry, and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.
    Demonstrate knowledge of basic physical principles and their applicationsto the understanding of living systems.
    Demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of chemistry and some of their applicationsto the understanding of living systems.
    Demonstrate knowledge of how biomolecules contribute to the structure and function of cells.
    Apply understanding of principles of how molecular and cell assemblies, organs, and organisms develop structure and carry out function.
    Explain how organisms sense and control their internal environment and how they respond to external change.
    Demonstrate an understanding of how the organizing principle of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of life on earth.
  • Assessing scientific foundations
  • “I don’t know”
    I don’t know the answer because I never did my homework.
    “Did you read the website?”
    I don’t know the answer because it hasn’t been discovered yet (because I don’t have the perspective to answer).
    “Did you get a consensus opinion from the admissions directors?”
  • Assessing scientific foundations
    Critically reviewing “alternative therapies”
    Presentation by Eugenie Mielczierack (professor emerita, Medical Physics, GMU)
    Friday, September 25
    4:30 to 5:30 pm, JC Room F
    Alpha Epsilon Delta meeting
  • Liberal arts and humanities
    Prof. de Paula invokes the liberal arts tradition, but he mentions only science and math. Meaningful reform of the pre-med curriculum should stress science, of course, but it should also give just as much emphasis to courses in the humanities. Since medical professionals confront all aspects of the human condition in their work—from birth to death and everything in between—it makes sense for them to have a strong background in the humanities, so that they can draw on the collective wisdom of those who have pondered and struggled with what it means to be human.
    Posted by Samuel J. Huskey , Chair, Classics and Letters at University of Oklahoma on August 20, 2009 at 10:00am EDT
  • Academic status of advisees
  • Health professional fields
  • Advantages to early advising
    Find out about all the roles.
    Early interventions to understand the application process.
    Access to early selection programs.
    9 of 10 freshmen claim interest in early selection programs.
    Early involvement in research opportunities.
    Freshman/sophomore-only programs
    MD/PhD candidates should have 2 years of research exposure.
    Early interactions with admissions officials.
  • Advisee Experiences and Actions
  • Postgraduate Fellowships
  • Rhodes Scholarship (class of 2008-09)
    Myron Rolle(FSU 2009)
    The Rhodes is a crowning achievement for the student-athlete who aspires to both the NFL and medical school. Graduating in just two-and-a-half years with a 3.75 grade point average, Rolle completed all the necessary pre-medical requirements and earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Florida State in August. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration. Along the way, Rolle founded Our Way to Health, a fifth-grade curriculum that addresses diabetes and obesity for students at a charter school run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida; conducted research on the metabolic profile of stem and cancer cells; tutored at-risk eighth-graders; studied abroad; and played the position of safety - he's one of the best in the nation - for the Florida State Seminoles football team.
  • Admissions Visit Kickoff
    Dentistry (17 Sep): VCU
    Medicine (21 Sep): Howard University
    Optometry (21 Sep): Salus University
    Pharmacy (21 Sep): University of Maryland
    Optometry (23 Sep): SUNY
    Medicine (23 Sep): UAG
    Medicine (28 Sep): University of Virginia
    Podiatry (30 Sep): NYCPM
  • What’s important to schools?
    It’s more than GPA and test scores.
  • Factors determining offers(AAMC survey 2009)
    Personal and professional characteristics
    Analysis and communications skills
    Natural science preparationOther factors
  • Evaluating applicants… FAIL.
  • GMU has a prehealth committee.
    An evaluation packet from the GMU Prehealth Advisor will be expected by admissions committees.
    Medicine (MD, DO)
    Dentistry (DMD/DDS)
    Veterinary medicine (VMD/DMV)
    Other programs see the institutional committee letter as a benefit to the application.
    Requests for committee letters end Feb 1.
    Committee interviews end April 1.
  • GMU has a prehealth committee.
    Some summer research opportunities want to see a prehealth advisor letter.
    Requests for Dr. Chuck’s recommendation letters must occur between November 1 and January 1 (through Blackboard with requested information).
  • Are you prepared?
    Smart (scientific and culturally aware)
    Up-to-date with treatments and technology
    Collaborates with other professionals
    Emulates professional behavior and trust
    Manages time, people, resources exceptionally
    Observant in diagnosis
    Technically capable
    Communicates impeccably
    Operates fluidly in health care environment
  • GMU Prehealth Applicants
  • 2009-2010 Annual Welcome Week Survey
    337 completed responses
  • 2009-2010 Annual Welcome Week Survey
    FRESHMEN 51 completed responses
  • Success depends on(AAMC survey 2009)
    Self-evaluation and moral character
    Interfacing with others
  • Ethics and Integrity (ETS PPI)
    Is among the most honest persons I know.
    Maintains high ethical standards.
    Is worthy of trust from others.
    Demonstrates sincerity.
  • Teamwork (ETS PPI)
    Supports the efforts of others.
    Behaves in an open and friendly manner.
    Works well in group settings.
    Gives criticism/feedback to others in a helpful way.
  • Emulating professionalism
    How you should behave and believe
    How you think, act, and behave reflects
    Your friends and family
    Your peers, teachers, and work colleagues
    Your school(s)
    Your profession and professional societies
  • When things go right
    Consumer Reports asked readers what they liked about their doctors. Here is the percentage of patients who rated their doctor "excellent" in the following areas:
    Treats me with respect 77%
    Listens to me with patience and understanding 67%
    Seems to care about my emotional well-being 64%
    Has encouraged me to ask questions 57%
    Has made efforts to get to know me as a person 42%
    Source: Consumer Reports, February 2007
  • How to be a success
    Surround yourself with successful friends.
    Develop a strong group of mentors.
    Freshman/sophomore summer programs.
    Research/scholarly experiences.
    Scholarship recommendations and awards.
    Address your weaknesses truthfully.
    Two science professors
    One non-science professor
    One clinical professional
    Volunteer or work supervisor
    Expect to be more than you planned to be
  • 2009-2010 Annual Welcome Week Survey
    265 completed responses
  • Then you have to ask…
    How do you convince someone else that you have successful traits?
  • Success depends on
    Self-evaluation and moral character
    Interfacing with others
  • Finding opportunities for success
  • Finding opportunities for success
  • Finding opportunities for success
    Take the HIV/AIDS class (Bio 301).
    AIDS Walk DC or NY to DC bike ride.
    Help Dr. Yuntao Wu with his charity bike ride.
    HIV/AIDS counseling
    Research with Dr. Yuntao Wu (UAP) or at NIH
    Prehealth Ally Safe Zone Training
    Friday, November 13 (9am to 5pm)
    Listen to HHMI Holliday Lecture on HIV/AIDS.
    Discuss the Angels in America plays.
  • Finding opportunities for success
    09 September: IOM: The Healthcare Imperative conference
    15 September: IOM: H1N1 pandemic
    24 September: NIH Pioneer Award symposium
    24 September: Capital Science lecture
    How the Ear Hears, and Sometimes Doesn’t
    25 September: Dr. Mielczierack talk
    18 October weekend: OneSight in Richmond
    23 October: Visit to GW School of Medicine
    13 November: Ally Safe Zone Training
  • Prehealth Resources
    Success depends on how you use these and other resources.
  • Facebook “fan” page
  • Resources for Success
    GMU Prehealth Website
    Annual Welcome Week Survey
    Prehealth-L listserv
    GMU Prehealth Newsfeeds
    Prehealth Blackboard “class”
    Facebook fan page
    iTunesU channel (CHHS)
    Bookshelf and Library (on reserve)