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Have you heard about bioethics and want to know more? It's BioEthics week from 10/15 - 10/19. Learn more about a topic of interest to you on the topic of BioEthics!

Monday, October 15th
Ways of Thinking about Health and Science, Role of Different World Views
Craig Hassel, Ph.D.
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Akerman 209
Host: Undergraduate Physiology Society

Tuesday, October 16th
Ethical Issues Concerning Genetic Counseling
Bonnie LeRoy, M.S., C.G.C
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: STSS 312
Host: Biology Without Borders

Wednesday, October 17th
Ethics of Healthcare Laws and Patient Treatment
Pre-Med AMSA
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: STSS 320
Host: Pre-Med American Medical Student Association

Thursday, October 18th
Personal Reflections on Testifying Against a Physician for War Crimes
Steven Miles, MD
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: MCB 2-122
Host: Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Healthcare

Friday, October 19th
Ethics Concerning Pharmaceuticals in Medicine
Steven Miles, MD
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: STSS 312
Host: Minnesota Medical Leaders/Pre-Pharmacy Club

Computer Games to Learn Nursing Skills?

More and more, technology is becoming apart of education and entering into the classroom in new ways. Maybe you've noticed it happening for you during the years you've spent being a student.

Health professional schools are also embracing technology to help their students learn.

Check out this story on how the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing is employing the use of computer games when it comes to helping teach their students.

UMNews: The Serious Side of Gaming

Advice: Do's and Don'ts for Letters of Recommendation

If you are applying to a health professional program, you will likely need letters of recommendation from people who know you well.

So what's in a letter? A lot.

An admissions committee can determine a great deal about an applicant by what other people say in a letter. Through letters of recommendation, they can determine if you are the kind of student who can handle the academic rigor of the program or the kind of student what would excel in a chosen health profession. Good letters of recommendation will add depth to your application.

Do not under-estimate the importance of the letter of recommendation (a.k.a. the "letter of evaluation"). Here are some do's and don't for this critical part of your application:

DO:

Identify relevant people to write your letters. This is your opportunity to shine. Obtain letters from people who can attest to your ability in the classroom, work ethic, level of engagement, and more. Ask only those who know you well, understand your motivations, and can speak to your abilities as a professional or as a student.

Your homework. Learn when the deadlines are for the letters to be received, whether they can be sent in through an application system (such as AMCAS when applying to medical school) or hard copy, etc. Make sure you read through ALL of the information provided regarding letters of recommendation.

Understand how letters can be sent/received and inform those who are writing your letters. Frequently, application systems will generate a link to your letter writers, so that they can submit their letters electronically. Be knowledgeable about this process. Inform your letter writers well in advance. When you sit down to do your application, it is a good practice to have the contact information for your letter writers on hand.

Send a thank you note. Even in our busy world, this is still an important element in maintaining a positive relationship. Make sure you take the time to thank the letter writer. Remember, they took a significant amount of time to do YOU a favor!


DON'T:

Get letters from family or friends. Admissions committees are looking for evidence of your capacity to perform well in an academic and professional setting. While family and friends can reflect on your character, they can't objectively reflect on your professional character. So stick to those letter writers who are faculty, supervisors, or other relevant professionals, unless otherwise directed in your application.

Assume that your letter writer knows your deadline. Remember, this is YOUR job to know the deadlines and manage them. Instead, inform your letter writer of the deadline...even giving them a deadline earlier than the actual deadline is a good practice, as it ideally gives you a little extra time.

Ask for a letter last minute. Would you like it if someone asked you to do a favor and then gave you a short window of time in which to do it? Think about your letter writers. They have busy lives too with many demands for their time. Respect that. Give them enough advance notice, so that they can give it the attention you would like them to. Also, remember that faculty sometimes are on leave during the school year, so if you are asking a faculty member now about a letter in the future, be sure to inform them of your time-frame.

Write your own letter of recommendation. This is a bad practice all around, even if your letter writer asks you to do it and approves it. Remember that the members of admissions committees are smart...if they don't already identify it through the writing style, they can contact the letter writer for verification.


Look here for more about letters of recommendation tips and tricks. Download the Health Careers Center's Guide for Students and Letter Writers here.
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Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being

The 21st Annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture Healing Spaces:

The Science and Place of Well-Being
with Esther Sternberg, MD

Monday, April 30, 2012
4:00 pm followed by book-signing and refreshments
McNamara Center, Memorial Hall

The presentation will address how the science of the mind-body connection explains how stress can make one sick, how belief can help healing, how the social world affects health, and how the physical environment can affect the emotions, in turn helping or potentially harming healing. Understanding these concepts will allow healthcare providers to judge how and when to judiciously apply mind-body therapies in conjunction with classical therapeutic approaches to maintain health. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement, and the University of Minnesota s School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development and The Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness.

This lecture goes from 4 - 5:30 pm followed by a book-signing and refreshments at McNamara Center Memorial Hall. Cost $20/FREE for UMN students, 10% discount for UMAA/UMRA members. To register visit www.tickets.umn.edu and click on the logo.

A Community Presentation:
The Science of Well-Being with Esther Sternberg, MD

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
7:00 pm followed by book signing and reception
The Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness in Minnetonka

From the spiritual to the psychosocial, how we feel is affected by everything from our surroundings to our diet to our relationships and stress levels. Drawing upon personal stories, scientific data and innovative research, Dr. Sternberg will deliver an eye-opening presentation about the role of mind-body therapies and lifestyle choices in our personal well-being.To register for this community gathering, please call The Marsh at 952-935-2202 and go to www.themarsh.com for more information.

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Esther Sternberg, MD is internationally recognized for her discoveries of the science of the mind-body interaction in illness and healing, Dr. Esther M. Sternberg is a major force in mind-body-stress-wellness and environment inter-relationships. Author of best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being (2009) and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (2000), creator and host of PBS television's The Science of Healing, Dr. Sternberg is recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 women physicians who changed the face of medicine. In 2011, Trinity College, Dublin awarded her a Doctorate Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate) in Medicine for her contributions to medicine, on the occasion of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Trinity College School of Medicine.


Careers in Aging Week Events

Thinking of a career working with the elderly? The "Careers in Aging" week will include two events. Check these out!
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The first, an informal discussion on the opportunities in nursing focused on the care of older adults, will include practicing nurses, faculty, and graduate student panelists.

April 4, 2012
3 - 5 p.m.
4-180 Weaver-Densford Hall (and via videolink to the School of Nursing's Rochester campus, 419 University Square)
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The second event is an interdisciplinary informational and networking event featuring a panel of professionals working in a diverse range of aging-related fields including policy, advocacy, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, housing and design, social work, and more.

April 5, 2012
5 - 6:45 p.m.
1-425 Moos Tower
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Register by Mar. 30 and Apr. 2, respectively. For more information, see the Center on Aging (http://www.coa.umn.edu/) .