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March 2011 Archives

Meet the Minnesota Commissioner of Health

Join your colleagues to meet Minnesota's Commissioner of Health, Dr. Edward Ehlinger, and learn about his vision and priorities for the State of Minnesota. Following his presentation, there will be time for questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, March 31, 5-7pm

McNamara Alumni Center Memorial Hall
University of Minnesota
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Suggested donation at the door: $10 MPHA members/SPH alumni, $15 non-members, and $5 students.

Register online at
Please RSVP by March 23.

Contact Nichole Axtman at or 612-626-9303.

Collaborative Health Care Event on March 31

Come begin to work with other pre-health professionals and develop strategies to work collaboratively. Dr. Schondelmeyer, a world expert in health care systems, will begin the night speaking about team-based implications of health care reform.

The evening includes:
Dinner (Mesa Pizza)
Special guest, Steve Schondelmeyer, PharmD, PhD
Panel of health professionals
Case study / small group work

Thursday, March 31, 2011
6:00 - 8:00pm
U of M Science Teaching & Student Services Bldg
Room 412
RSVP today!

Dr. Schondelmeyer is a professor and the head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems, as well as the Director of PRIME Institute. He holds the Century Mortar Club Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutical Management & Economics.

Involved Professions:
Physician Assistants
Public Health

Sponsoring Organizations:
Pre-Pharmacy Club
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Pre-Optometry Club
Biology Without Borders
Pre-Dental Club
Pre-Physician Assistant

Vet Med: U of M's Animal Trauma Center

Did you know what the University of Minnesota is home to the nation's first animal trauma center?

Read this news release to learn more: U of M Veterinary Medical Center launches nation's first animal trauma center

Watch a video in this story by Kare11 news.

Mortuary Science: Student Highlight

Learn more about how mortuary science is a field that is really about helping people through difficult times in their lives.

Watch this video and learn about this unique field, offered at the U of M which houses one of the few baccalaureate degree programs in mortuary science in the country.

Video Link

AMCAS: Applying to Medical School

Applying to medical school this summer? If so, you will likely be submitting your applications through a centralized application system, called AMCAS, which is used by most U.S. medical schools.

Attend this information session and learn about the AMCAS application process: from how to categorize your coursework on the form, to establishing the best timetable for yourself and knowing how to plan for secondary (supplemental) application materials. We will review the entire application process and provide you with information on how to plan for a strong application.

Two sessions (each covers the same content):

Thursday, March 24 at 9:00am
Tuesday, April 12 at 12:30pm

Location: Health Careers Center, 2-565 Moos Tower, U of M (Minneapolis campus)

Register here

Interested in Clinical Research? Take a course!

Learn more about clinical research in this exciting course, designed to give you an introduction to the field.

AHS 2300: Orientation to Clinical Research is intended for pre-health students interested in clinical research and careers in the health professions. This seminar introduces pre-health students to the field of clinical research, ethical conduct and professionalism, and clinical research methods pertinent to dentistry, medicine, public health, pharmacy, and nursing. In addition to biweekly lectures, students will participate in a supervised field experience at a University clinical research center.

This course prepares students to begin a University Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant in clinical research.


Enrollment in this course is limited. Prerequisite requirements include:
• Application
• Status as a sophomore or second year student in Fall 2011
• Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5
• Two references, including one from an academic adviser
• Interview

Please complete the brief application by Monday, March 28, 2011. Students who meet application criteria will be invited for interviews beginning in early April and those who are selected for the course will be notified by Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Apply for this course here: Application Link

If you have any questions, please contact Mera Kachgal, Ph.D. ( or 612-624-5188).