STAN EISEN, Director
Updated August 29, 2016
Table of Contents:
· Who I am
Who I am:
Now (We are the Buccaneers, right?)
Sources of information about health-related careers:
· Health Careers - A guide to health-related professional school programs and prerequisites, web sites, e-mail and physical addresses
· Caduceus Newsletter – A weekly newsletter on current events, opportunities, and announcements pertaining to the health professions
· Financial aid and resources for students in health-related graduate programs – The average indebtedness of a person graduating from medical school is $200,000. Other clinical healthcare-related professional schools are similar. Here are some options for paying for this.
· Advice to pre-meds, from people who have “been there, done that.”
· Campus Events pertaining to Preprofessional Health Programs
· Entering Medical Student Expectations – excerpted from a joint report from Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, a joint publication of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – 2009.
· http://www.explorehealthcareers.org is an excellent source of information for students interested in any type of health-related career.
· World Wide Web Sites Related to the Health Professions
Test descriptions and dates –
Do MCAT Preparation Courses Really Help?: A Discussion which came up in May 2002 on the HLTHPROF listserv.
Comparison of Kaplan and
Princeton Review MCAT Prep Courses:
The application process
on the application process:
AAMC Timeline for Application/Admission. (This timeline is equally appropriate for other clinical health-related graduate programs.)
Having an interview?
· Interview suggestions: Do’s and Don’ts, From the Osteopathic Medical College Information Book: Entering Class 2003, published by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
edition of the Caduceus Newsletter pertaining to interviews:
help writing your personal statement?
you’re applying to a health-related program, then you need a Plan B in case
you are turned down:
1) LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center: http://www.lebonheur.org/beavolunteer
2) Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital: http://www.stjude.org/volunteers
3) Baptist Memorial Hospital: http://www.baptistonline.org/services/community/volunteer/
4) Methodist Healthcare: http://www.methodisthealth.org/methodist/About+Us/Volunteering
5) Church Health Center: http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/volunteer
Internships and gap year alternatives
· PhysAssist Scribes – www.iamscribe.com
· Church Health Center Internship Program: http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/interns
· Church Health Center Scholars Program: http://www.churchhealthcenter.org/chscholars
· Research Associates Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center: http://raprogram.org/
· Health Leads Advocates: https://healthleadsusa.org/get-involved/volunteer/
International medical missions
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has a useful database of international programs at http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/EducationCareerDevelopment/IntlHealthOpps.aspx.
· Children Family Health International -- http://www.cfhi.org/web/index.php
· AMA's A Practical Guide to Health Service by Edward O'Neil -- https://commerce.ama-assn.org/store/search/indexing/product.jsp?skuId=sku1240145&productId=prod1240087
· The nation’s Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine have their International Clinical Rotations posted on our website at: http://www.aacom.org/InfoFor/students/icr/Pages/default.aspx . In addition, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has the International Practice Rights Map posted on their website.
· One resource available for naturopathic physicians and allied health practitioners interested in doing volunteer/humanitarian work or study abroad is: http://NDglobalnetwork.com/topic/index.html . There is also Natural Doctors International. More info at: http://www.ndimed.org/
2003, with the debut of KISS…My Tuchas
Campus Events: Fall 2016
· Wednesday, September 7, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. in AH122: First in this year’s “So you want to be a <fill-in-the-blank>” series of presentations, Marcus Norris, CBU alum, will discuss his career as a nurse practitioner. Refreshments (read: Mama D’s Italian Ices) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and she will begin his presentation at 6:45 p.m.
· Monday, September 12, 2016, starting a 6:30 p.m. in AH122: Ms. Angela Dessables, Admissions Counselor for Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine (KSUCPM), will be talking about their podiatric program. Refreshments (read: Mama D’s Italian Ices) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and she will begin her presentation at 6:45 p.m.
· Wednesday, October 5, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. in AH122: Second in this year’s “So you want to be a <fill-in-the-blank> series of presentations, Lorrell White will discuss Genetic Counseling. Refreshments (read: Mama D’s Italian Ices) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and she will begin her presentation at 6:45 p.m.
· Wednesday, November 2, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. in AH122: Third in this year’s “So you want to be a <fill-in-the-blank> series of presentations, Dr. Scott Adelman, MD, CBU alum, will discuss his career as an emergency room physician. Refreshments (read: Mama D’s Italian Ices) will be served at 6:30 p.m., and she will begin his presentation at 6:45 p.m.
Important Test Dates
Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT's):
Visit the PCAT web site (http://pearsonassess.com/haiweb/Cultures/en-US/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/pcat/pcathome.htm ) for additional information:
2015-2016 test dates:
· September 7-9, 2016
· October 24-31, 2016
· November 1-4, 2016
· January 4-5, 2017
Some points to consider:
· Make sure to register for the PCAT in advance (2 months!);
· Allow 5-7 weeks for scores to be reported to PharmCAS;
· The PCAT must be taken during the calendar year of the application through the end of the testing cycle. (For admission Fall 2017, students apply Fall 2016. Tests valid January 2016-January 2017);
· Students are encouraged to take the MCAT early. Practice materials are available from many sources, including Kaplan and on the PCAT website;
· Students are limited to taking the PCAT 5 times. This is limited by the testing agency; contact the testing agency with any questions or to receive information about extenuating circumstances.
PCAT CONTACT INFORMATION:
The Psychological Corporation
M-F, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Central Time.
PCAT Registration and Information: http://tpc-etesting.com/pcat/
The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) was launched is early May 2003. If a student is planning to apply to a participating PharmCAS school for fall 2004 enrollment - AND - at least one of the PharmCAS schools requires the PCAT, the student must request The Psychological Corporation to release the test scores directly to PharmCAS at CODE 104.
Students who has taken the PCAT more than once must arrange for PharmCAS to receive a score report for every test completed. Failure to submit all scores may jeopardize a student's eligibility for admission to pharmacy school. PharmCAS will forward PCAT scores to all of the designated colleges and schools, regardless of institutional requirements.
PCAT and NON-PharmCAS SCHOOLS:
Students applying to a pharmacy schools that do not participate in PharmCAS should arrange for PCAT test scores to be sent directly to the institution, if the PCAT is required for admission.
PharmCAS provides the following:
For more information, visit http://www.PharmCAS.org .
MCAT2015 will incorporate BIG changes in the content and format.
Schedule of MCAT administrations in 2015:
Description of the Fee Assistance Program:
You can access the “Full Monty” of information at https://www.aamc.org/students/download/266006/data/2015previewguide.pdf , but here’s a summary:
1) The new MCAT will consist of 4 sections:
a) Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems;
b) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems;
c) Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior;
d) Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
2) The emphasis of the exam will be on competencies rather than course content;
3) The writing sample will be deleted;
4) The exam will last ~7.5 hours.
Regarding mapping the Scientific Foundation for Future Physicians competencies to the CBU curriculum, this e-mail was from the AAMC:
If your faculty have already mapped the Scientific Foundation for Future Physicians (SFFP) competencies onto your curriculum, the translation into foundational concepts for MCAT2015 is—
· Foundational concept 1 mirrors SFFP entering medical school competency 5. It also includes the ideas from competency 8.
· Foundational concept 2 mirrors SFFP competency 6.
· Foundational concept 3 mirrors SFFP competency 7.
· Foundational concept 4 mirrors SFFP competency 3.
· Foundational concept 5 mirrors SFFP competency 4.
· Scientific inquiry and reasoning skill 3 mirrors SFFP competency 2.
· Scientific inquiry and reasoning skill 4 mirrors SFFP competency 1.
We’re about to post the translation on the faq’s page for MCAT2015 (https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/admins/faqs-admins/), and it’ll be included in the next version of the Preview Guide for MCAT2015.
Take care, Karen
The 2013 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Schedule and Registration Tips.
“Essential Essentials”, i.e. what you NEED to know about registering for the MCAT, reporting on test day, and releasing your test scores.
For more information, go to http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/mcatschedule.htm
On the wish list for far future is a way to assess communication beyond writing sample.
AAMC now has the Fee Reduction application form and instructions on its World Wide Web site, http://www.aamc.org . This form will no longer be included as a registration packet insert and is only accessible through the AAMC World Wide Web site. Candidates considering applying for a fee reduction should be advised that the program is intended for use by only those candidates with extreme financial limitations.
For more information, visit http://www.aamc.org
The Optometry Admission Test (OAT) is now available year round:
The Optometry Admission Test is offered in a computerized format. Testing is available year round – you select the date, time, and place that is most convenient for you to test. You receive your scores immediately after the completion of the test. Schools receive official score reports within two weeks.
Information about the OAT can be obtained online at http://www.opted.org . This site contains information about the test, application process, fees, test content, and a sample test. Use this site to register online for the test and to request additional score reports. A credit card is required for online registration or two request additional score reports.
Information is also available by calling the Optometry Admission Testing program at 1-800-232-2159. Automated information lines provide select information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Representatives are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Print application materials are available for those special situations where applying online is not possible. This material can be requested by calling the 800 number.
For information about the OAT, visit http://www.opted.org .
Additional information and application forms
are available from :
Optometry Admission and Testing Program (OAT)
FAX: (312) 587-4105
Toll-free number for students' inquiries: 1-800-232-2157.
Revision to the Score Scale for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
Effective May 1, 2009
When an examinee takes the OAT, a raw score is produced for each area of the test that equals the number of correct answers. This raw score is converted to a standard score so that examinees’ performance on the test can be compared to other examinees’ performance. In the OAT, the mean is assigned a standard score of 300. The range of scores for the OAT is 200 to 400.
Recently, the mean may has exceeded 300 in all sections, and has exceeded 330 in certain instances. As part of the ongoing validation process for the OAT, a request was made by ASCO to recalibrate the score scale so that the score scale mean is again close to 300 and the standard deviation is 40. The data for this rescaling study were responses from 2,520 examinees taking the OAT for the first time in 2008. The rescaling for each of the OAT sub-tests was accomplished through the use of logits from the Rasch model, which takes both examinee’s ability and item difficulty into account. As a result, the average mean of each of the OAT sub-test is as close as possible to a mean of 300 and standard deviation of 40.
Interpretation of the New Score Scale
This new score scale will take effect May 1, 2009 and has several major implications for anyone involved in interpreting OAT scores. Please pay particular attention to the bulleted items:
· The new score scale and the old score scale are not comparable. Scores from the new scale cannot be compared to the old scale.
o A 300 on the old scale is not the same as a 300 on the new scale.
o If an examinee tested in January 2009 and then retested in July 2009, the two sets of scores cannot be compared to each other.
· The OAT is not a harder or more difficult test but overall the scores will appear to be lower than they have been in recent years because the mean has been set back as close as possible to 300.
· Going forward scores will be able to be compared as they have been in the past. For example, an examinee that tests in May 2009 and December 2009 will be scored on the same score scale and those sets of scores can be compared to each other.
o When reviewing an examinee’s score, it will be important to note the date the test was taken to compare the scores to the correct scale.
Director, Student and Professional Affairs
Association of Schools & Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 420
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-5944, x3019
(301) 770-1828 Fax
For the Graduate Record Examinations
*General Test - Year-round computer based testing at centers worldwide. Convenient scheduling - Call 1-800-GRE-CALL
*Subject Tests - Register Online
*Introducing Writing Assessment - Year-round computer based testing at centers worldwide. Convenient scheduling - Call - 1-800-GRE-CALL.
For more information, visit http://www.gre.org
For the Dental Admission Test (DAT)
Applicants may be scheduled
for the DAT on virtually any date. There
is no application deadline. Once a DAT
application is received in the Department of Testing Services, a notice will be
sent to the applicant that he or she can call the
Please note that for applicants taking the DAT, the basic application fee is $170.00. “Walk-in” registration for the examination is not available. The fee for additional score reports (beyond the five requested on the application is $15.00 per copy.
Applicants may submit their DAT applications and/or their DAT score report requests online. Information about the DAT testing program, online application, and online score report request is available on the American Dental Association’s website, http://www.ada.org . Fees are payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
Online DAT applications and
printed DAT applications are processed weekly.
Applications received by 5 p.m. (Central Time) on a Monday are processed
on Tuesday and if the applicant is eligible, an eligibility file is sent to Prometric. Then
letters are sent to the eligible applicant on Thursday, telling them that they
may now call Prometric’s
Currently, Dental Admission test preparation material is available online and in the printed registration booklet. Applicants who submitted an online application can obtain a copy of the printed preparation material by requesting the printed registration booklet from the DAT office or a dental school.
American Student Dental Association
Fax: (312) 440-2820
Most professional schools either require, or at least prefer a composite evaluation form to be filed in support of your application. It is to your advantage to begin asking people to write evaluations on your behalf as soon as you start sending applications to the professional schools of your choice. That way, the composites will be ready to be sent if and when you receive secondary requests. Here is the procedure:
Hobbies, OR, An aging rocker is NOT a pretty sight
Sometime in 1954, just a little tyke and already giving people the finger
New Rochelle High School Marching Band, circa 1967. (I’m second from left.)
Spring 1971, bass player for Complex, at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
1975, bass player for Barnacle Gonzo and the Chianti Brothers, (and singing
lead on “Red Necks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer”) playing at a
community concert at the
Spring 1980 (solo performance at Serendipity talent show on CBU campus)
October 2001 (Keyboard player for KISS…MyTuchas)
June 2002, at the Rio Hotel in Vegas!
“Death Warmed Over”, playing a Halloween Day Lunchtime Benefit Concert in the CBU Alfonso Dining Hall, October 2003
(L-R: Dr. Beetlejuice, Dr. Janet McCord, Garrett Smithson, Whitney Appling, BJ, Jennifer Paxson Saputra, Eon Mostert, Christy Harwell Mostert)
Question: What was your songlist?
As a matter of fact, I did have fun at my son’s wedding!!
Day Lunchtime Benefit Concert for Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center
Halloween Lunchtime Benefit Concert for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center
(L-R): Steve Ritter, myself, Screamin’ Matt Vincent, Kathleen “Grace O’Malley” Nelson, Rex Browning, Larry “Werewolf” Anderson
Tuesday, October 26, 2010: Death Warmed Over Returns!
This is why I have the best job on the planet:
Music. Plain and simple.