PRB announces International Programs Fellowship- Deadline Feb. 25, 2013

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.


  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
  • Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
  • Complete administrative duties as assigned.

 Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.


  • B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
  • Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

 In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

 The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.


 Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

 All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Feb. 25, 2013.

 Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.

 Applications should be emailed to:


2013 AACOMAS Application Deadlines!

REMINDER:  The majority of the nation’s 29 Osteopathic Medical Colleges and 4 branch campuses have an AACOMAS deadline of Friday, February 1, 2013.


Time needed for processing and verification.  We strongly encourage all applicants to submit early and not wait for the deadline.  We send out automatic, periodic reminders as each of our AACOMAS 2013 deadlines approaches to our applicants.  Please encourage your applicants not to delay completing and submitting their applications.


Attached is a PDF of the 2013 AACOMAS and Supplemental Deadlines document for your use with applicants.   It is also found on page 17 of the 2013 College Information Book:

A wonderful resource for pre-medical students:  A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

MCAT Preparation from the AAMC – Updates for 2013

The Official MCAT® Self-Assessment Package—Now a FAP benefit!

  • Students receiving benefits under the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) will now receive free access to The Official MCAT® Self-Assessment Package. Recipients will receive an activation code for the bundle of three self-assessments (Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Verbal Reasoning) after registering for the MCAT exam using their FAP benefit.  The package normally costs $104.
  • For more information please visit:“>

e-MCAT Practice Tests—No more Writing Sample!

  • On the e-MCAT Practice Tests, the Writing Sample has been removed to reflect the changes to the actual MCAT exam.  In its place in the actual MCAT exam is an optional Trial Section.  The Trial Section is not included in the e-MCAT Practice Tests.
  • For more information and to check out free Practice Test 3 please visit:“>

 The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam—Third edition now available


  • The third edition of The Official Guide to the MCAT® Exam is now available. Reflecting the changes to the actual exam, the Writing Sample section has been removed and replaced with information about the voluntary Trial Section, as well as 2011 examinee data.
  • For more information please visit:“>

Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs

The Consortium for Optometry Summer Enrichment Programs is pleased to share the upcoming dates and deadlines for our individual programs.  Prospective students may apply to and attend multiple summer programs; we do not restrict or cap an individual’s participation between or among any of the programs described below:

Illinois College of Optometry, Focus on Your Future

July 15-19, 2013

The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a weeklong experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists.  Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO.

For more information, please visit:

Program Contact:  Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, tjohnson@ICO.EDU

 The Ohio State University, I-DOC 

July 17-19, 2013

The Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers program is an intensive three-day program for people from an underrepresented ethnicity (American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; African-American, not of Hispanic origin; or Hispanic) interested in finding out more about an optometric career. The program provides information about optometry through hands-on experiences, and it aims to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minority optometrists.  Thanks to underwriting by the Vision Service Plan (VSP), there is no cost to attend the program and includes all meals and activities. There are also a limited number of scholarships for airfare reimbursement (up to $500) and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants.

 For more information about the program and information regarding the application process, please visit the I-DOC webpage:

Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.8825,

University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2013

Session II, July 15-17, 2013

The goal of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.

Program specifics and the application, available mid-February, 2013, are linked here:

 Cost:  $125 program fee; limited amount of scholarships to waive program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

 Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537,



Spring Career and Internship Fair – Feb 6 from 11-3

Wednesday, February 6 from 11am-3pm
Second floor of the Student Commons
Check-in at the Richmond Salons
We expect and encourage students to:
*Dress professionally (wear a suit if you’ve got one, business casual is the next best thing).
*Bring several updated copies of your resume on nice resume paper (available at Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot, Staples, etc.) with you.
*See which employers are attending and do your homework on them
*Know what to say and how to act.
Need a resume?
*Check out our Resume Writing Guidelines first!
*Get a professional’s opinion on your resume before the Career & Internship Fair at Resume Express.

Resume Express
Monday, February 4: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Quick, 15 minute resume reviews on a first-come, first-serve basis.
2nd floor, Student Commons, Virginia Room B
Be sure to check out our resume writing guide:

Etiquette Tip of the Week: So many forks…

Do not be intimidated by a table full of flatware.  With each course, start with the utensils furthest from the plate and work your way in.
Forks you may recognize:  Fork #2 is a Dinner Fork and Fork #3 is a Salad Fork.  In this map, the main course will come before the salad, so the salad fork is pictured closer to the plate.  That is a European tradition often used in very formal meals.  Most of the time you will see those two forks reversed, with the Dinner Fork closest to the plate.  Sometimes both Dinner and Salad Forks will be exactly the same size, so again, start with the fork on the outside.
Above the plate is the Dessert Fork. (Yay!)  Don’t despair if you don’t see a Dessert Fork when you are seated at the table.  Sometimes the Dessert Fork arrives on the plate with dessert.
What is that funky, curvy fork to the far left? Fork #1 is a Fish Fork. Its shape is instrumental in helping separate the fish on your plate from the bones.  (I know some find it disturbing when your third course is looking back at you, but that’s the way of it.)
Our last fork, tiny little Fork #8 is the first fork in the meal.  It’s a Seafood Fork, also known as a Cocktail Fork. You may see this resting in the bowl of your Soup Spoon when the First Course is a Seafood Course, such as shrimp cocktail or scallops.  Notice this fork has three prongs.  A similar fork with two prongs is an Escargot Fork.
For you fork snobs, there is also a Lobster Fork, Oyster Fork, Fruit Fork, Strawberry Fork, Pastry Fork and Ice Cream Fork (which we have mentioned before looks a lot like its hillbilly cousin, the “Spork.”)  Now that you are in the know, keep it under wraps from anyone about to go crazy with a Bridal Registry.
Culture and Manners Institute at

AMA to invest $10 million for bold initiatives to change medical education

The AMA on Thursday announced it will award $10 million to medical schools to fund bold innovations in medical education.

The announcement by James L. Madara, MD, AMA executive vice president and CEO, came during an event at Rush Medical College of Rush University in Chicago that was simulcast at five other medical schools:

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
  • University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine

More than 450 medical school deans, faculty, AMA leaders and medical students participated in the event, which also was broadcast live by webcast.

“The AMA wants to bring medical schools together to foster and accelerate the kind of bold changes that will help them not only succeed, but thrive in the evolving health care environment,” said Dr. Madara.

The AMA is seeking proposals from allopathic medical schools in the United States for innovative projects that support the significant redesign of undergraduate medical education. These projects will:

  • Develop new methods for teaching and/or assessing key competencies for medical students, including the use of flexible, individualized learning plans.
  • Promote exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement and patient-centered, team-based care.
  • Improve medical students’ understanding of the health care system and health care financing.
  • Optimize the learning environment to support development of professional values and ideals.

To help disseminate innovations among schools, medical students are encouraged to share their ideas on how to change medical education via social media or email.

The AMA is committing $10 million over the next five years to partner with eight to 10 medical schools and support their efforts to accelerate change in medical education. Additionally, the AMA will convene a consortium of grant recipient schools to share ideas, discuss outcomes and plan for wide dissemination of innovative models.

Proposed projects will help define best practices and essential competencies that enable medical students to learn throughout their professional lives to deliver the highest quality of care while optimizing the quality and efficiency of health care.

Medical schools interested in submitting proposals must file a letter of intent by Feb. 15. Full proposals are due May 15. Grant recipients will be announced by July 1, with project implementation set to begin by Sept. 1. View more grant details. Read a press release about the initiative.

In related news, AMA CEO Dr. Madara, in a recent interview with Forbes magazine, described the need for change in medical education and discussed the AMA’s other two strategic focus areas, improving health outcomes and shaping payment and delivery models to enhance physician satisfaction

Intern- Health Physics

Job Summary:

Provide technical support to nuclear stations health physics programs including radiological protection and As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) through analysis and evaluation of programs, procedures and practices. Write technical reports and develop and review procedures for technical content. Perform technical evaluation and provide guidance to station’s ALARA Program, radiological protection staff, and management. Research and report on action items dealing with broad to specific health physics topics assigned by supervisor. Perform other duties as requested or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Qualified candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities.
Ability to use computer software
Must be able to follow instructions and be a team player.


Must be pursuing a Bachelors degree in Health Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Radiological Sciences or a related major.
Must be a Sophomore status or higher.
Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher

Interested – apply through RamsRecruiting today! 

You can find out more by logging into your RamsRecruiting account. Use our One-Click Searches for “New Opportunities Posted by VCU’s RamsRecruiting”. Then, if desired, you can Narrow Your Results feature on the left hand side of your search results.

Make sure that your resume has been approved before you apply for this position. You can do so by contacting your Career Consultant or by utilizing our walk-in hours:

·University Career Center Career Consultants by Major:

·Walk-in hours (Spring and Fall) are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am to 1 pm.


Don’t have a RamsRecruiting account? 

It is easy to get one! Stop by the Career Center in the University Student Commons (across from the Chick-Fil-A) and request an account or email us at

Job Opening: Administrative and Development Assistant

The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (the “Coalition”) seeks a motivated new
team member to serve as the Administrative and Development Assistant to
assist staff with daily office operations and fundraising activities. This
is a part-time position (20 hours/week).

The Coalition is a committed group of individuals and organizations working
to improve oral health by expanding access to dental services and increasing
oral health awareness. In its third year of operation, the Coalition is
expanding its funding model to include individual and corporate donors,
grants and fundraising events. The Coalition’s small staff of three needs a
dedicated and sharp assistant who can assist with daily office operations
and fundraising activities.

To view the full description and job requirements, please visit the
Coalition’s website at or visit
the Coalition’s ConnectVA profile.

Applicants: send your resume, a cover letter with your salary needs and
three references to the Coalition at by Friday,
February 1, 2013. No phone calls, please.