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Student Reflections on India 2012

Sidebar-images.jpgShailey Prasad, MD, MPH and Tricia Todd, MPH led a group of 25 undergraduate students to Mysore, India for three weeks to help them understand the challenges and opportunities they will have as global future physicians.

Five teams of students will present what they learned during their global seminar:

A Day in the Life of...How Environmental and Social Surroundings Impact the Health of Indian Citizens

Chakras of the Indian Healthcare System:
Development from the Ground Up

How SVYM Works for Development in India:
Lessons for Future Physicians

Gender Roles and Healthcare in India

The Road to Care:
Global Rural Health Disparities

DETAILS
Monday, Feb 27
5:30 - 8:30pm
1-450 Moos Tower
No registration needed.
Refreshments will be served.
All are welcome!

This trip was sponsored by the U of M Health Careers Center and supported in part by the U of M Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Clinical Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Campus
by Mera Kachgal, PhD, LP

This article was written by Dr. Mera Kachgal, who works with students interested in clinical research.

Why conduct undergraduate research?
As a pre-health student, you may be wondering, "Why should I get involved in undergraduate research? I already have enough to do with my classes, labs, volunteering, work commitments and exam preparation."

My response to that question is that there are many reasons to get involved with undergraduate research - and not only to prepare for a PhD or research-focused career.

1) The University's status as a major research institution means that there are opportunities to learn about and observe how health research improves patient outcomes or leads to new interventions/treatments. Further, by participating in undergraduate research, you are able to network with faculty and you may even find a research assistant (RA) job. For an overview of the health research at the University, visit: http://www.ahc.umn.edu/research/

2) Conducting research demonstrates to others your initiative, ability to stay on task, and persistence in dealing with setbacks. You can also develop these types of skills: analytical thinking, creativity, communication, writing, and presentation.

3) Evidence-based practice (EBP - http://hsl.lib.umn.edu/learn/ebp/) is becoming the norm. By actively participating in an undergraduate research project, you can move along to more advanced projects in graduate/professional school and develop your skills eventually in EBP.

4) You may develop a passion for research - either in the general process or in a specialized area - and decide to pursue a research-oriented degree (i.e. M.S. or Ph.D.) or become involved in clinical research (described below) while you are in a health professional program.

What types of research projects are there?
Health sciences research can be classified as basic, clinical, or translational in nature. Basic research is conducted via laboratory experiments and studies. In contrast, clinical and translational research includes humans. Clinical research involves the use of clinical trials to assess the safety of new drugs and devices. Translational research encompasses the translation of laboratory results to clinical trials or to new treatments.

Many students conduct basic research through their lab courses or directed research; due to the strict regulations and protocols involved in research with humans, it is much more challenging for students to become involved in clinical/translational research. If you are interested in learning more about clinical research, the Health Careers Center offers a fall semester course called AHS 2300: Orientation to Clinical Research. This is a small seminar course that includes a short-term field placement at a clinical research center. Students also write a UROP proposal as part of the class.

Another course is PubH 3315: Clinical Research: From Lab to Bedside to Populations.

Do I need any training to conduct or participate in research?
Statistics and research methods courses are beneficial but you can still participate in many projects even if you have not yet taken these courses. Any project involving human subjects requires approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). If you are designing an independent project, consult with your faculty mentor or supervisor to find out if you can be added to his/her IRB application or if you need to submit your own proposal directly to the IRB. Research with animals must be approved by the IACUC. If you are involved in a clinical research study, you must receive HIPAA and CITI research training before starting your work.

Does my research experience have to be related to health?
Research experiences in other disciplines such as the social sciences or humanities are certainly valuable, and they will add to your overall record. However, as a pre-health student, you should try to become involved in research that involves a health care component. This research does not necessarily need to be in the lab; you could be conducting a focus group or interviewing individuals in the community to examine health care disparities, for example.

How do I get started?
A good first step is to think about health care topics you find interesting. You should also review the departments within the Academic Health Center to learn about faculty research interests. If you have already met a researcher and found their work to be of interest, request a time to meet and ask if there are any volunteer opportunities or jobs available. Talk to your professors and teaching assistants and also consult with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) coordinator, Vicky Munro, PhD.

Can I receive funding for my research?
UROP awards grants twice a year to full- time, undergraduate students. Applications are due typically in early October and March.

GoldPass lists many paid research assistant positions in lab or other settings.

RESOURCES

Programs at the University:
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Health Research at the University:
Clinical and Translational Science Institute Profiles
U of M Research in the Colleges

General:
http://clinicaltrials.gov/

Researching the Literature:
Research Quick Start

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

Welcome to Fall Semester!

Whether you are a new freshman on campus or a returning student, the Health Careers Center has much to offer you if you are preparing or even considering a health profession. Here's a list of what we have upcoming this fall in the Health Careers Center. Check it out!

Information Sessions

Learn about a health program through an information session:
Dental Hygiene
Dental Therapy
Dentistry (DDS)
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Nursing (BSN)
Occupational Therapy
Pharmacy

Writing Your Personal Statement?

Application deadlines come up quickly in the fall for some programs. Need help? Sign up for the Personal Statements for a Health Program online workshop. After completing the workshop, you can sit down with a Health Careers Center staff member who will review your statement with you.

Planning for Medical School?

Thinking about applying to medical school? Wondering what it entails? Sign up for the online workshop called Planning for Medical School and get started towards your dream today.

Classes

Sign up for a class! Wondering which health career is for you? Take an Orientation to Health Careers class either in-person or online. If your schedule is already planned for fall, consider what you might take for spring! Look here for a list of courses which are geared to help you decide about a health profession.

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