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NEWEST: Guest speaker 4/22; Kastenbaum Recipients; Student Newsletter; Interested in Pre-VET?

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Charles De-Ganga, Biochemistry’14

I am currently interested in general surgery and plastic surgery as specializations are concerned, but I am staying open to all experiences in medical school. I hope to be able to return to my home country of Nigeria to contribute to the betterment of health care system there. Having lived in Nigeria for 18 years of my life, I am well aware of the need for better health care professionals and facilities, and would like to set up a practice there as well.

Benjamin Jung, Biochemistry ‘16

His dream is to become a physician to help people who are suffering from physiological problems.   To learn more about the profession he has travelled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to volunteer.  He also participated in a program in Thailand that allowed him to do clinical rotations . This experience confirmed his interest and desire to continue to medical school.

Thank you, Dr. Kastenbaum for your support!

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Offered by the SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine, August 3rd- 8th, 2014

Students are exposed to every aspect of dentistry including all specialties so that students truly understand what dental school is like.

Applications can be submitted starting December 10, 2013.

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Below is a great summary from the premed advisor at Johns Hopkins on factors to consider if you’re trying to determine whether you should be taking the MCATs soon (ie. In the “old format”) or if you should plan to take the “new” MCATs in 2015.

"Deciding Which Exam To Take"

When is the final administration of the old MCAT?

There are three dates that the (current) MCAT is scheduled for January 2015, January 8, 10, and 13.


Which exam will I need to take? 

In general, if you want to start medical school in 2015, you will take the current MCAT exam. If you want to start school in 2016 or 2017, you will probably take the new MCAT2015 exam. Please note that medical schools will likely accept the current MCAT scores for the 2016 and 2017 admission cycle. However, please review MSAR Online for information about individual medical school’s admission requirements.  A great place to start in trying to figure out whether you should be taking the old or the MCAT2015® is on the MCAT site.


CLICK HERE to read the AAMC’s perspective on “Which exam will you take.”

The considerations discussed here include a) when you want to start medical school, and b) when you are going to be ready (prepared) to take the test.  Additional questions addressed on this page are:

  • What’s the same and what’s different about the current MCAT exam and the MCAT2015® exam?
  • How will you know if a medical school accepts current MCAT scores or MCAT2015® scores?

It is important to review the MSAR Online for information about individual medical school’s admission requirements.


If I take the old MCAT and need to retake the MCAT after January 2015, will I have to take the MCAT2015®? 

Yes, and you will need to take steps for the additional preparation for the MCAT2015®.


If I intend to apply to medical school for the 2016 entry year, should I take the old MCAT or the MCAT2015®?  What are some considerations I should take into account in making this decision? 
Many applicants for the 2016 entry year from class year 2015 (who are taking a gap/bridge year) will have taken the old MCAT during the summer 2014. 

  • If you initially take the MCAT during the summer of 2014 and, ultimately, decide to retake the test, it is recommended that you retake the old MCAT in January 2015. 
  • We do not recommend you take the MCAT for the first time in January 2015.  If you do not score well and find yourself having to retake the test, you will be studying for the MCAT2015 and therefore preparing for a new test in a different style and format from which you are already familiar.

If I intend to apply to medical school for the 2017 entry year, should I take the old MCAT or the MCAT2015®?

It has not been determined yet whether all applicants to medical school for 2017 will be required to have taken the MCAT2015®.  Information will be forthcoming.

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Emergency Physician Scribe


Job Highlights:

-Offers paid one-on-one time with emergency physicians. 

-Paid training providing a crash course in emergency medicine.

-Wages are $8/hr initially, raised to $10 per hour after 3 months of work. 

-Flexible shift scheduling

-You get full exposure to the real emergency room.

-It is an excellent resume builder for medical school.


How to Apply:

Visit for the application; email it to



The Emergency Physician group at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY is revitalizing its Emergency Scribe Program for their Emergency Department.  They have contracted with our company ScribeAmerica to hire and train their Emergency Physician Scribes. Accordingly we are recruiting outstanding students interested in careers in medicine to begin staffing their program.  Our company is one of the largest scribe companies in the United States and we staff over 40 emergency department contracts with over 400 scribes.  We are looking to recruit students to become part of our team.   

The job opportunity is called an “Emergency Physician Scribe;” we act as personal assistants to the physician and perform all of their non-patient-care tasks.  These include documentation, patient tracking, organization, and much more.   We are looking for extremely motivated, sharp, and adaptable students who perform well in a fast-paced and high-energy environment.  Because you will work one-on-one with a board certified emergency physician for the entirety of their shift you become intimately familiar with emergency medicine.  It is extremely exciting work; you see everything from CPR, to heart attacks, to strokes, to rapid sequence intubation, to chest tube placement and much more.  Additionally you gain first-hand experience documenting exactly like a physician; a skill that is invaluable later for any career in health.  

There is both theoretical classroom training and applied training live in the emergency department.   Because of the rigors of training, all hours spent training are paid.  Both time in the classroom and time in the Emergency Room are compensated.  After training, shifts last 8-12 hours each, and we ask for a minimum of two shifts per week.  Additionally, since I personally commit over 100 hours of training for each employee, there is verbal commitment of two years of work.  The training starts at $8.00 per hour, and raises to $10.00 per hour after you have proved your ability to work in the emergency department.  Additionally we are looking to hire a chief scribe to run the program at this hospital so career opportunities are available for noteworthy candidates.  

There are few other opportunities that allow for such direct exposure to the emergency room: and this opportunity is paid.   This job is one of a kind; those who have excelled as scribes have consistently progressed to have successful careers in medicine.  If you especially impress a physician they will be happy to provide a strong letter of recommendation for medical school.  Additionally the medical terminology acquired during your time as a scribe will put you leagues above your other classmates later in school. 

To find out more information visit or contact Kristi Hockenberry at  Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to applicants from Ithaca College. 

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Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. Their technology enables our partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds.

“We envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education that has so far been available to a select few. We aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in."

They offer courses from their website and have many science and medical classes offered. At the end, you get a Statement of Completion for your resume or CV. You can even earn "official" statements from the university sponsoring the course, like Princeton, Yale, Duke, or John Hopkins, though for a price.

The Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students course just opened, one of many such classes.
(particularly useful for students looking to shadow or volunteer!!!)

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