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Don't Sit in Silence: Raising Awareness About Mental Health Issues

One thousand, 100 empty chairs will dot Coffman's Front Plaza serving as a stark reminder of how many college students in the United States die from suicide every year.

The "Don't Sit in Silence" display aims to draw attention to mental health issues college students face as part of the university's student-organized Mental Health Awareness Day (MHAD) 2012. Student organizers will have information to share about mental health resources available on campus.

What: Don't Sit in Silence: a Mental Health Awareness Day display
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a program from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 25
Where: Front Plaza, Coffman Union 300 Washington Ave., S.E. Minneapolis

To learn more, read the full press release here.

Global Healthcare...Three Weeks in India

University of Minnesota students who have completed the Future Physician course series (AHS 1600/1601/1602) are getting a rare opportunity to learn about health care in a rapidly developing economy by traveling to India for a 3 week intensive study opportunity in the form of a global seminar.

Instructors from that course series, Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH and Tricia Todd, MPH, will be leading the first-time trip for University of Minnesota undergraduates.

Dr. Prasad was a founding member of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in India, which is one of the destinations for this group of 25 students.

Read more about this exciting adventure here:
Health Careers Center embarks on first-ever trip to India

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...
• 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

Beyond the MCAT and Grades...Character Counts Too

Getting great grades and a high MCAT score are important when applying to medical school. However, they are not the only winning contributing factors. What you do in your spare time counts too.

Probably more than you think.

Read this story to find out what these successful medical school applicants did, as they prepared for application to medical school.

Wondering about how you can obtain that valuable volunteering and/or work experience, that will help you prepare for medical school? Look here for some ideas and links to get you started.

Caring for Underserved Communities

Ever wonder how the University of Minnesota impacts local communities?

Read this story to learn about how the U of M's Academic Health Center schools and colleges reach out and provide crucial healthcare delivery to local communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and around the State of Minnesota.

Read: Caring for Underserved Communities