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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

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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November & December...Time to Register for Spring 2012

Registration for Spring 2012 is here and underway! Consider taking courses offered by the Health Careers Center, which will help you explore a health career and more:

AHS 1101: Orientation to Health Careers, in-person
AHS 1102: Orientation to Health Careers, online
AHS 2707: Global Health Challenges for Future Health Professionals
AHS 1601: The Future Physician II: Life and Work of a Physician
AHS 1104: Experiences in Health

Note: Some courses have prerequisites and require permission numbers for registration. See posted details for additional course information or email the Health Careers Center at HCC@umn.edu.

Bioethics Week

Biological Sciences Research Club (BSRC), AMSA, Minnesota Medical Leaders (MML), and Future Leaders Aspiring in Science and Healthcare are organizing a collaborative effort to create a week-long events geared toward Bioethics.

The first event starts on Monday, October 31st through Friday, November 4th. We will be serving free food through the week along with speakers from around the University.

Monday, October 31st
World-renowned ethicist Dr. Steven Miles will be talking about the infamous trial of Dr. Wouter Bosson. His presentation is entitled "Personal Reflections on Testifying Against a Doctor for War Crimes." Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM in STSS, Room 230. Food: Mesa Pizza.

Tuesday, November 1st
BSRC will be hosting Tricia Todd to talk about the ethical nature of students' behavior on international medical mission trips. Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Location: Smith 231. Food: Erbs and Gerbs.

Wednesday, November 2nd
4:00-5:30PM
Ethics Committee Meeting (Optional: Anyone who wants to attend, must RSVP to Matt Palm palmx122@umn.edu).

6:00PM
Pre-Med AMSA has invited Dr. Mary Faith Marshall, Dr. Marshall will be presenting information on ghostwriting and Vioxx (Rofecoxib) Lawsuit with Merck. Location: STSS 230. Food: Noodles and Company.

Thursday, November 3rd
MML has invited Dr. Kirk Allison, Director of the Program in Human Rights and Health, to speak on "Bioethics, Health, and Human Rights". The program will consist of a 40 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute discussion. It will take place at STSS 131B beginning at 6:15 pm. Food: D'Amico

Friday, November 4th
FLASH (Future Leaders Aspiring in Science & Healthcare) will be having Dr. Prasad lead the interactive and engaging event "Making the Tough Decisions" in which multiple case studies will be presented and discussed. Time: 3-4pm Location: STSS 131B. Food: Chipotle.

Health Careers Fair 2011 is here!

Are you thinking about a health career one day? Wondering what the options are in the field of health careers? Need a starting point? Then this is the event for you!

This annual event pulls together an amazing array of different health professional programs and educational opportunities geared to train you to become the professional you want to be one day. Some of the programs are at the graduate level, others are undergraduate majors, and others are professional programs. Admissions people, students, and recruiters will be there to talk to you, answer your questions, and give you the information you seek on checking out what your options are.

And this year, there will also be programs from outside of the University of Minnesota, as well as some major health care institutions which typically need volunteers! So you will really get a great opportunity to connect with different organizations, programs, and more...starting now!

Event details:
Health Careers Fair 2011
Wednesday, September 28
12:30 - 3:30pm
Coffman Memorial Union - Great Hall
FREE admission

Here's a list of all of the different programs which will be there:

Programs Represented
• Addiction Studies Certificate
• Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• Dental Hygiene
• Dental Therapy
• Dentistry
• Food Science
• Health Informatics
• Joint Degree: Law, Health, Life Sciences
• Kinesiology
• Medicine - Twin Cities
• Medicine - Duluth
• Mortuary Science
• Nursing
• Nutrition
• Occupational Therapy
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Public Health
• Scientific & Technical Communication
• Social Work
• Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
• Spirituality & Healing
• Veterinary Medicine

Student Groups
• Alternative & Integrative Medicine
• Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED): Pre-Med
• Minnesota Medical Leaders
• Peace Corps
• Pre-Dental Club
• Pre-Med Amer. Medical Student Assoc.
• Pre-OT Student Group
• Pre-Optometry Club
• Pre-Pharmacy Club
• Pre-Veterinary Club
• Public Health Association

Centers, Colleges & More
• Career Services-Twin Cities Campus
• Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE)
• Center for Allied Health Programs
• College of Biological Sciences (CBS)
• College of Continuing Education (CCE)
• College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
• Health and Natural Sciences
• Health Careers Center
• Institute for Health Informatics
• Learning Abroad Center
• Minnesota Area Health Education Ctr.
• U of M Rochester

Also Featuring...
• AIOIC
• American Red Cross
• Augsburg College
• Des Moines University
• HCMC Volunteer Program
• Illinois College of Optometry
• North Memorial Hospital
• Northwestern Health Sciences University
• U of M Office of Admissions
• Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program