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Many dentists administer dental sedation, but only 1% receive extensive sedation training. Dr. Jahromi has undergone this training and is highly qualified to provide safe sedation dentistry.

The College Application Magic Number — Does It Exist?

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It’s time to start applying to school, but how many applications should you be preparing? While 6 to 8 is the average number of schools that students end up applying to, experts agree that there is no magic number. The number of college applications that you submit will depend on your specific needs.

So how do you figure out the magic number for you? Take your list of schools of interest and rank them. Consider the opportunities available to you at each institution, how much each program will cost you and how likely you are to get into the school — also known as a school’s acceptance rate — to break your list into three categories:

Reach Schools

These are the schools that you really want to attend but you’re not confident you’ll be offered admission. They’re “reach schools” because they may require just that: a little reach. Perhaps you are a bit short of a test requirement or aren’t as strong in some of the areas their application stresses. Two or three of these type of schools should be on your list as these dream schools can keep you motivated throughout the sometimes stressful application process.

Probable Schools

You know the schools that you’re confident you can get into because you meet the admission requirements? The ones that you would be happy attending if you were offered admission? These are your “probable schools.” They may not be your top choice, but you can picture yourself doing well as you study on their campuses. You should have two to four of these on your list.

Safe Schools

Then there are the schools you know, hands down, that you will be accepted to — these “safe schools” should round out your list. Most students apply to one safety school, but having two on your list is reasonable. Consider an academic safety school and a financially safe school, one you know you can afford.

Once you’re accepted to several of your schools of interest, your next step will be determining which school is the best choice for you. Good luck!

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The Secret to an Affordable Health Professions Education?

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While grants, scholarships and loans are great choices for financing your health care education, there is another option you may want to consider, especially if you are interested in a career in primary care.

Service commitment programs are designed to provide borrowers with financial support in exchange for a service commitment.

While not for everyone, service commitment programs provide a viable option to help pay for a health sciences education.

In addition, they satisfy the need to serve, which many young people today desire to do. For example:

These programs are sometimes referred to collectively as “LRAPs,” which stands for loan repayment assistance programs. Don’t confuse loan forgiveness with loan repayment assistance tied to service. Loan forgiveness means that the federal government forgives a portion of your debt after certain conditions are met. With loan repayment assistance, an organization provides money to help you pay off your student loans. The organization is not forgiving anything, as it did not make you the loan.

Choose Your Approach: Up-Front vs. Back-End

In general, there are two approaches to securing help through service commitment programs:

  • The up-front approach: Make a commitment before you enroll or while you are in school and receive financial support while you are enrolled. This approach results in direct scholarship support, may include a living stipend and can help either eliminate the need to borrow to pay for school or greatly reduce the amount of student loan debt you incur during school.
  • The back-end approach: Hold off on your commitment but borrow responsibly during school, then apply for loan repayment help when you graduate. While this approach does not reduce the amount of student loan debt you have, it helps you retire the debt much faster than you would be able to without these additional resources.

Is Service Commitment Right for You?

There are at least two other important items to think about when considering help through service commitment programs:

  • First, be sure you know the eligibility requirements before you spend valuable time applying. For example, if you are going into dentistry and you do not plan to work as a general dentist (considered as a primary care field), it might not be wise to apply for funding through the National Health Service Corps. Participants must be entering primary care fields in order to receive support.
  • Next, ask yourself how the service commitment may impact your short- and long-term goals, financial and otherwise. For example, your goal of starting or buying into a private practice might receive a financial boost because you reduced your debt through a service commitment program. However, that goal may also be delayed as you work through your service commitment, especially if you commit to more than the minimal term associated with the program.

As students approach graduation, those with minimal debt or service-commitment support can relax or feel confident that they can effectively manage their student loan debt.

Thanks to Paul Garrard is the ADEA Senior Adviser for Student Financial Services, for serving as a source for this article.

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Spotlight on Veteran Affairs Social Workers

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Professional social workers prevent crises and counsel on how to cope with the stresses of everyday life. They have a deep understanding of human development and behavior. Carl Castro is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families at the University of Southern California. He is also a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). He gave us some insight into the specialization of social work for military members, veterans and their families.

ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC): Can you tell me more about the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families?
Carl Castro (CC): 
It’s an academic center where our student veterans may affiliate, and it allows us to provide support while monitoring the support of our veterans. Social workers who aren’t veterans are also allowed to be a part of the Center, as long as they’re pursuing their certificate in military social work. The Center also lets social workers know about job opportunities that come up that are related to military ventures.

EHC: What inspired you to enter the field of social work?
CC: 
I love social work because it provides a holistic view of the individual, which is an approach I find very appealing. The model is made up of the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors embedded in everything we do in social work.

EHC: You also obtained the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. How did your military experience help in your social work career and your role in directing the Center?
CC: 
Being in the military, you get exposed to a wide variety of challenges and problems, from the clinical level to the service level and even policy and programs. I’ve brought that experience to curriculum development; and of course, as a researcher, I have doctoral students getting their Ph.D.s in social work, and I bring that experience with doing research in the military (with veterans) to the various research problems we try to address.

EHC: According to the Center’s website, your expertise centers around those in the military who are transitioning back to civilian life. I feel like this topic has received more recognition in the past decade. Can you confirm this change? What do you think caused it?
CC: It’s a huge problem, and there’s still tremendous interest in helping veterans reintegrate back into civilian society. I think where the focus has been lost is at the federal level. It’s because the major military conflicts have wound down, though it’s still an issue. These conflicts have been going on for so long — over a decade now — so people start losing their energy and start focusing on something new. It’s still a big issue, and local communities know it’s still important and are giving it that focus. We need to remind leaders at the state and federal levels that this isn’t going away.

EHC: What advice do you have for students interested in going into a social work career?
CC:
For anyone going into social work, it’s a great profession. You have to care about people; if you don’t, you’re in the wrong profession. What we do in social work is really about saving lives and preventing unnecessary suffering. If that’s something that gets you excited, it ought to be a profession you consider.

EHC: What about those interested in working with veterans and their families?
CC: Working with military veterans and their families offers a unique challenge of immersing yourself in a different culture and applying the principles of social work to that population. In that sense, it’s very rewarding, and the profession has a lot of job opportunities related to the VA (Veterans Affairs), the department of defense and taking care of veterans — and they’re well-paying, too. The reason to get into military social work is that the work will be plentiful and you’ll be compensated for it.

Interested in applying to a social work program? Apply through SocialWorkCAS today!

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Career Changer: MBA to ND

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Just because your bachelor’s degree wasn’t in biomedical sciences doesn’t mean you can’t eventually work in the health care field. Dr. Jaquel Patterson ND, MBA, is a licensed naturopathic physician and is the current president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). Not only is she an ND, but Dr. Patterson holds a degree in applied economics and management, with a focus on the food industry, as well as an MBA in health care management. She took some time and spoke to ExploreHealthCareers.org to discuss her professional journey.

ExploreHealthCareers.org (EHC): How long had you been in the business profession before you decided to go into naturopathic medicine? What was your position?
Jaquel Patterson (JP):
Let me start from the beginning. I went to Cornell University for undergrad, and I went in as a plant science major, as I had always been interested in alternative medicine as a kid. I was in a feeder program to go straight to medical school after college without having to take the MCAT. But when I went into the program, I was discouraged from pursuing alternative medicine as there wasn’t a clear path carved through the conventional medicine route.

I decided to switch my major to applied economics with a focus in the food industry. I think I was trying to stick to my passion for health through food management.

When I graduated, I worked for a third-party brokerage company. My tasks focused on the marketing and analytics including organic and natural food lines. While I was working in this field, I learned about naturopathic medicine and realized it was exactly what I wanted to do, but I didn’t know it was a career option.
I then went back to school, took all of the pre-medical requirements and applied to get into the University of Bridgeport.

While I was in naturopathic school, I did a lot of volunteer work for community health. I was the health chair for the NAACP chapter in Bridgeport and was involved in the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

When I graduated, I was recruited at Lobby Day in New York and worked in a community health center in the Bronx. I did a lot of work in quality improvement, childhood obesity and hypertension. While working there, I learned I had administrative skills, and I moved up the professional ladder. My track wasn’t initially to enter into the business realm, but because I was already minded that way, through my undergraduate education and work experience, I started to apply my skills in the health care administration field.

EHC: What sparked your interest in naturopathic medicine? Was there a moment that it clicked or was it a career you’d been considering for a long time?

JP: The initial spark happened when I was a kid since my dad had always been into alternative medicine. Also, I’m half black and half Chinese, so on the Chinese side of my family, there were herbal treatments used.
Also, when I was 15 years old, my mom got sick, and we couldn’t figure out a diagnosis for many months. She was later diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I felt that a comprehensive approach wasn’t applied and initiating factors like stress, lifestyle, diet and other approaches to care addressed. Naturopathic medicine looks at the individual holistically which is what attracted me to the philosophy.

EHC: What does it mean when you say that naturopathic medicine helps patients “get back to self”?
JP:
There gets to be a point in medicine where you start prescribing so many medications and supplements, instead of thinking about why the medical issue is happening and when it began. With so many of my patients, they had a significant life experience two to three years before their health started deteriorating and so what I want to do is help them start listening to their bodies. The term “back to self” means helping patients thrive in their health and as themselves. It’s helping them get back to who they are and putting their health back into balance.

EHC: Has the degree factored into your position as president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)?
JP:
I’ve always had a passion for up-leveling and promoting the profession. I came upon the profession in an unorthodox way, and I felt like there needed to be more information about who we are and what we do.  I joined the board because I wanted to support licensing and lobbying so people could use naturopathic physicians as healthcare providers.

EHC: What advice would you give to those considering a major career change from a non-health care career to a health care career?
JP:
The people who are the most successful in this career are those who have a passion for medicine; it should get you excited. You should want people to be empowered in their health since you’re the one coaching them. Another big thing as a provider is having humility and not making it about your ego.

For more on how to become an ND check out the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges www.aanmc.org.

To learn more about naturopathic medicine, check out AANP on Twitter and Facebook.

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7 Tips for Studying Science

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Developing an in-depth understanding of complex scientific principles can take an enormous amount of time and effort. Tackling a difficult text can be daunting, even for the most intelligent student. So daunting, in fact, you may be tempted to put off your assigned reading until the last possible moment. Don’t do it! Late nights and caffeine add up to an incomplete understanding of the concepts you need to know. Instead, use these tips to confidently undertake your science reading assignment.

Do the Assigned Reading Before Class Discussion

This will enable you to ask the teacher/professor to clarify anything you may have found unclear in the text. S/he also can explain any differences between the way a topic is covered in the text and the way the material is presented in the lecture.

Before reading the assigned text, read:

  • The summary at the beginning of the chapter
  • The questions and problems at the end of the chapter

This will give you clues about what the author wants you to gain from the reading.



Read for Understanding

Science textbooks follow an outline format—pay attention to the way the material is laid out on the page: the larger the heading, the broader the topic; the smaller the heading, the more specific the topic.

Scrutinize Each Paragraph

As you ferret out the facts, you need to keep in mind how they can be integrated with the material from your class. It is also helpful to notice what kind of study support the book itself provides: detailed indexes, glossaries, appendices, website links, etc. Pay close attention to details, formulas, charts, graphs and inter-related concepts.

Read Each Chapter More than Once

It may take you several readings to fully grasp and absorb the material. Don’t start taking notes until your second reading—and when you do, follow the same format that the author used, using the chapter’s basic structure as a guide.

Then turn the headings and sub-headings into questions and see if you can answer them through either the class notes or your own knowledge of the topic. If you can’t, go back and review that section of the chapter.

Don’t Skip Sample Problems

Sample problems emphasize important concepts in the chapter. Make sure you can solve each problem without referring to the text. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What principle(s) is the problem demonstrating?
  • What part of the problem suggests that this principle is involved?
  • Why was a particular formula used in this chapter, as opposed to other formulas?
  • Why was each calculation performed?

Try to make associations between the system or process described in the problem and the scientific principles that are being applied. In time, you will begin to see the same principles recurring.

Work with the Formulae

They are an important component of the problem-solving process. They are concise, mathematical statements that describe and make sense of some system or process in the real world. If you have only a superficial understanding of the meaning of a given formula, you will use it inappropriately. To gain a thorough understanding of this relationship, ask yourself:

  • What system or process in the world does the formula describe?
  • What does it say about the system or process?
  • What can it be used to find?

Think of ways to apply a given formula to your own experience. After you have calculated an answer, make sure that your answer has addressed the problem’s underlying question.

Check your Work

Don’t just check for mistakes. Also be sure that you understand the principles, concepts and formulas that are explained in the reading.

Extra Credit

Many students avoid reading science journals, because they are put off by the terminology, tables, graphs and diagrams. Don’t let that deter you! A good journal article can make a complex scientific topic come alive.These journals often have valuable information that can help you better understand your coursework. They also can be a great resource when you’re trying to make a decision about your health career.

Dr. Stefan Bosworth, author of several MCAT preparation books, as well as books and articles on learning skills for the sciences, and Lolita Wood-Hill, Director of Pre-Health Advisement at Yeshiva University, contributed to this article.

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Tips on Finding Your Best-Fit Social Work Internship

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If you’re thinking about going into the social work field, then you should know accredited BSW programs require a minimum of 400 hours of supervised field experience. Want to know what to expect? We met with Katherine Perone, associate professor and director of field education at Western Illinois University. She also is a member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and PRN (Pro Re Nata) at a hospital. She shares what the benefits are for finding the right placement.

EHC: You worked as a social worker for over ten years. What inspired you to get into the field?
KP: 
I actually had no desire to be a social worker. Originally, my goal was to become a high school guidance counselor. For a while, I was working as a switchboard operator at a hospital, although I wanted a career where I could make use of my bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in secondary education. When a social service associate position became open at the hospital, I thought it would be really interesting, so I applied for it and was hired for that position. It was a perfect fit for me.

EHC: Why did you eventually move to higher education?
KP: 
I’ve always loved education and teaching. When I was a social worker in a medical setting, I was still educating patients on certain resources. So you’re always doing education, in my opinion. When I went to get my master’s later in life and was back on the college campus, I found that I enjoyed being part of the campus community. I decided to see how I liked teaching at the college level and was lucky enough to become an adjunct teacher. I enjoyed it and enjoyed teaching college students and so that’s what brought me to higher ed.

EHC: What makes the field education component so important for a social work degree, and can you describe the variety of placements students have access to?
KP: Field education is taking what you’ve learned in the classroom and applying it to the practice arena. Classes prepare you for working with clients by teaching you how to engage the client, how to ask different questions, and how to apply those lessons. Then, when you’re in an agency setting and completing your practicum, you apply what you’ve learned to the field.

There are also a variety of places you can work, and there are different organizations and agencies you can work with. It’s important to try working with different organizations and agencies. The networking and the experience help you to figure out where you’ll ultimately go in your career.

EHC: Could you describe some of the placements students have access to?
KP: Because our students are getting their bachelor’s degrees, they have access to agencies that promote general social work practice. They have opportunities to practice looking at the individuals, looking at groups or families, and looking at community organizations.

EHC: What advice or tips do you have for students interested in pursuing a social work career?
KP: 
Be open to exploring all different avenues of social work. Be self-reflective so you can understand what your own biases are so you can help those you’re looking after.

Interested in learning more about social work education? Check out the Council of Social Work Education website.

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Yes, You Should Attend Graduate School Fairs

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If you’re reading this, you’re likely planning to continue your studies beyond the undergraduate level. Not only are you busy with your current schoolwork, but you spend much of your leftover time trying to plan the steps you should take to continue your education.

Being so busy, is it worth it for you to take the time to attend graduate school fairs? We checked with admissions professionals and most of them concur: Yes! But why?

Why You Should Attend Graduate School Fairs

Graduate school fairs are the best way to meet and talk with students from different schools in one place. You can get a feel from current students about their likes and dislikes, talk about class size, lab space, housing, things to do, etc. You can also ask about the current students’ experiences with internships, research or community service.

Not only will you meet students at the fair, but you’ll also have a chance to meet admissions officers and other personnel from a number of schools. As a bonus, the schools pay for the cross-country trip so you don’t have to!

If you attend a graduate school fair, you’ll come home with all kinds of information you can use to decide which school is right for you. You may also get answers to your questions on the spot or start a relationship with someone you can correspond with throughout your planning process—it’s the perfect networking opportunity!



Prepare Before the Fair

Before attending a fair, spend some time coming up with your hit list. Just like at a career fair, map which tables you’ll want to visit and prepare a few questions in advance to ask each representative who you’ll meet during the fair.

Be sure to present a professional appearance, as this is your first in-person impression. Dress professionally and appropriately for the event. Graciously accept any business cards and perhaps makes some notes on the back before proceeding to the next college—not only will your notes help you to remember what you learned, but it will also show the college representative that you’re engaged and authentically interested in their program.

What Should You Do After the Fair?

Allot yourself enough time to get all the information you need about the schools you are interested in. As soon as possible after the event, spend some time making notes and reviewing the information you received. Send a quick thank you email to each person you talked to, thanking them for their time. Just a few hours can put you ahead when deciding on a graduate school. When it comes to graduate school fairs, the benefits greatly outweigh the time spent.

A special thanks to Carolyn Booker, Ph.D., for her insight on this topic. Booker is the Senior Vice President for Educational Pathways at the American Dental Education Association.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do With Your Teeth

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We all know that unhealthy habits are hard to break, but it is possible to do so. Sometimes just knowing what could go wrong can help you stop your current behaviors. The sooner you put an end to harmful dental habits, the safer and healthier you’ll be. If you continue to do some of the worst […]

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The History of Groundhog Day

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By the time you’re reading this, you may already know that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today, thereby giving hope to residents of Pennsylvania for an early spring. Here in Canada, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie also did not see his shadow, nor did Alberta’s Balzac Billy, giving us some hope that winter’s end is around […]

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Nutrition and Your Oral Health

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Nutrition affects your entire body from the inside out. If you’re not eating and drinking the right things on a regular basis, then you’ll be more susceptible to disease and dental problems. Changing your daily diet and oral hygiene habits will improve your overall health and well-being. Here are a few simple steps you can take […]

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Don’t Have a Sitter This Valentine’s Day? No Problem

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Valentine’s Day can be a wonderfully romantic time that couples spend months planning, looking forward to, and desperately needing. This year, this lovely holiday falls on a Friday — and if you have kids, that means planning around work and school while booking a baby sitter if you want to get out in the evening. […]

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How Did Family Day Get Its Start?

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Family Day is celebrated on the second or third Monday of every February, depending on the province in which you live. Though not an official national holiday, the event is celebrated far and wide across the country, with dozens of family festivals and things to do organized each year in the provinces where it’s observed: […]

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4 Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Kids

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Packing lunches for your kids to take to school can be a fun task, however, it can also be challenging. Constantly trying to think of new and healthy things to pack can be difficult, especially with busy schedules, hectic mornings, and picky eaters. A little planning and inspiration can go a long way toward helping […]

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International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women in Dentistry

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Times have certainly changed since 1898, when Emma Gaudreau Casgrain became the first woman licensed to be a dentist in Canada. Today women are a growing force in the dental industry within Canada and beyond. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of women dentists in Canada rose from 16 percent in 1991 to […]

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The What, Why, and When for Social Distancing

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The Coronavirus strain, also known as COVID-19, has significantly disrupted routine activities in locations across the globe. As more cases are reported, it’s become increasingly important for citizens to take proper measures to slow or prevent the spread of the virus. As of March 13, 2020, this included recommendations to cancel all events of over […]

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How to Stay Happy and Healthy During Social Distancing

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COVID-19 is a form of the Coronavirus that’s easily spread through physical contact with or close proximity to those who have the virus. For this reason, the Government of Canada has recommended social distancing throughout the outbreak. Social distancing means voluntarily staying away from others, particularly in large groups. While this can create a lot […]

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What Can My Family and I Safely Do While Practicing Social Distancing?

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The Coronavirus COVID-19 is impacting communities around the globe, creating the urgent need for mindful measures which can slow the spread of the disease, like social distancing. Social distancing is a new concept and one that many people have questions about. Learn how to practice social distancing and what you should and should not do. […]

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You Just Got Your Bachelor Degree. Now What?

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Earning a bachelor’s degree is a great accomplishment in and of itself, considering 40% of undergraduate students drop out of college and 30% drop out before sophomore year. However, it’s pretty clear that more and more recent grads, especially those in their early 20s, struggle with knowing what the next big step is. If you match that demographic and you’ve recently graduated from an undergrad program, you have definitely asked yourself the following questions in the past 6 months: “Do I look for a job and start my career?” or “Do I go back to school?”

These are all valid options, of course, but which one is the right path for you?  This decision between finding a job or going to graduate school is one that sends so many new graduates into a future-thinking stalemate, and it’s not talked about enough on the platforms that encourage post-undergrads to choose one path over the other.

Unlike medical school or law school, most graduate programs aren’t necessarily a required step when it comes to getting a job, albeit, the likelihood of getting a job with a master’s degree over a bachelor’s degree is much higher. The path to medical school starts as an undergrad, making the decision to continue your education post-undergrad pretty much set in stone. You shouldn’t, however, make the decision on whether to go back to school based on the feeling of obligation. You spent four years pulling all-nighters in the library to earn your first degree; graduate school isn’t going to be easier, so make sure you’re going for the right reasons. 

What are those “right” reasons you ask? That’s really up to you to decide; one person’s “right” could be another’s “never in a million years.” With that being said, there are definitely wrong reasons to go back to school or to not go back to school, whichever way you prefer to look at it. For instance, if your response to someone who has asked you why you decided to go back to school for your masters is, “Eh, I don’t know, I’m not really sure what else to do, plus I get to defer my loans for a few more years!”, then you probably shouldn’t be going back to graduate school right now. The problem is that going to a college or university right after high school has become such an automatic and natural next step for the millennial generation that, once they’ve finished, they have no idea what’s expected of them. So much so, that a campaign by the Ad Council is being developed to highlight alternatives to a bachelor’s degree. Thus, prompting this cavalier mentality that graduate school is another level to their societal obligation, allowing them to put off making any real steps for their future for a little longer. 

Furthermore, if graduate school is a way for you to put your life on hold for a little longer until you “figure it out,” then you should reconsider and look for a job in the meantime to gain some real-life experience. Graduate school can be a great and fruitful investment, but it can also be extremely stressful and cause you to inevitably burn out if you’re not going for the right reasons. The important thing to remember is that no one knows what they’re doing, so you should make your own decisions and trust your own instincts, and everything else will eventually come together. 

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How Medical Students Can Stay Safe on the Frontlines of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), government officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing and staying at home. Colleges and universities have responded by closing or moving their classes online, but medical students and academic labs across the country still have a key role to play in fighting the spread of the virus — while trying to keep themselves safe and healthy at the same time.

With the virus spreading more quickly than hospitals can handle and personal protective equipment (PPE) running dangerously low, medical students are urged to be especially cautious when it comes to their own hygiene and overall health. Rodney Rohde, Ph.D., a medical laboratory professional who specializes in virology, says that “being prepared” is the best way for med students, as well as professionals, to stay safe when treating patients with COVID-19.

Med students should follow the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when it comes to wearing proper PPE inside of a medical facility, but they should also be conscious about what they are doing to stay healthy on their days off. Getting enough sleep, practicing social distancing, eating healthy and getting enough physical exercise, as well as mental rest, is key. There’s so much that we still don’t know about the Coronavirus, including how long it will affect the population, so taking these precautions now will help keep those who are fighting it healthy enough to continue their life-saving work.

If you’re interested in learning what precautions you should take, refer to the CDC’s guidelines to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy.

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Common Questions about Applying to Grad School During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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By now, everyone is aware of, if not affected in some way, by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For current students, instruction has likely moved online for the foreseeable future. If you’re not a student yet, the most important thing to know is that, yes, you can still apply to a graduate program, though it might not be the same process it was pre-pandemic. Check the websites of your schools of interest or Centralized Application Services (CASs) for the most up-to-date information about changes to the process.  

Some common questions that students in your position are asking include:  

  • “Are application deadlines being moved back?” 
  • “What do I do if my school canceled standardized tests?” 
  • “Will schools still be able to access my transcripts?” 

These are all extremely important questions and the answers may vary. For instance, premed students who have not yet taken the MCAT may not be able to apply to medical schools this fall. However, this could change at any time as experts get a better idea of how many Spring tests will be affected. Students who are already in the middle of applying to medical schools and are now reaching the interview phase will most likely be doing interviews online

Harvard Medical School, UNC-Chapel Hill and John Hopkins are all still encouraging prospective grad students to apply, but to do so online. Harvard’s application process is managed through AMCAS®, the American Medical College Application Service® provided by AAMC. AAMC reports that services will operate as usual, and there are no changes in milestones or timelines at this point. UNC-Chapel Hill has posted updates on standardized testing that can be sorted by country and test type. 

These are just a few examples of ways grad schools are altering their admissions processes to comply with social distancing orders; however, be sure to continue to check for updates on your school’s website, as changes are likely to occur. If you plan to use a Liaison-powered CAS to apply to your programs of interest, you can find the most up-to-date information about application status updates on Liaison’s COVID-19 Application Updates for Students page.

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