GW Emergency Medicine Summer Research Internship

The Summer Research Internship program provides college students with the opportunity to participate in the Department’s clinical research projects.  Students are exposed to various research methods and fundamental elements of clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and enrolling eligible patients into the studies.  We are seeking outstanding undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, health sciences, clinical research, or other health- related fields.  The summer research interns will work on studies that will provide them with exposure to the spectrum of clinical research including data collection and entry, patient interaction, and utilization of innovative research methods employed in the Emergency Department.  In addition to collecting data, summer research interns will be exposed to the process of designing research studies including issues of human subject protection, data analysis, and publication.

Program Overview:

  • Three day training and 10 week program (no exceptions on start and end date)
  • Start date: May 21, 2018 (MFA HR orientation), training the week of May 21
  • End date: August 10, 2018
  • Pay: Hourly compensation will be provided
  • Mandatory 20-24 hours per week working in the Emergency Department
  • Students are expected to keep Monday-Friday throughout the 10 weeks available for shifts. Students will also be expected to work rotating weekend shifts throughout the course of the 10 week program
  • Attend mandatory educational curriculum (bi-weekly throughout the 10 weeks, journal club, guest speakers, etc…)

More information can be found here

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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program

Applications for the 2018 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) internship are now being accepted! The program runs from June 4 to August 10, 2018.

Twenty-five positions are available. All participants will have multiple opportunities for clinical shadowing and broad exposure to biomedical research careers. Students receive a $4,000 stipend and free housing in the University of Pennsylvania dorms. The application deadline is January 31, 2018.

Check out their updated website for complete program information including new participating faculty profiles here  

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“How to Have a Great Interview” free webinar from AAMC

December 5, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, register here

This webinar will help participants to develop the critical skills necessary to excel at an interview and provide a complete overview of the interview process, from preparation to execution, including often-used questions and answers. Speakers will discuss factors which contribute to a successful interview and will help participants to understand interviewer’s expectations. Typical interview questions will be presented and appropriate and inappropriate answers will be discussed. Participants will learn about critical skills of effective communication, including logical thinking, body language, and interpersonal relations. This workshop will help participants to analyze the interview process, define what they need to do to prepare for specific interviews, develop the confidence to answer interview questions, and demonstrate their scientific knowledge and readiness for graduate school.

Webinar Details

Date: December 5, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST)


Victoria Freedman, PhD, Cynthia Wright, PhD, Sherilynn Black, PhD

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I Want to Participate in the Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) Process This Spring. What Do I Need to Know?

Health Professions Advising (HPA) has added the page Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) Process which steps you though a timeline from October 2017 through the due-date of the HPEC application materials (Jan. 31, 2018 at 5 pm). This page is available on HPA’s course on Canvas – the HPA Hub. If you are planning to participate in the HPEC process and haven’t joined the HPA Hub, please complete the request.

Please read the page in its entirety as there are multiple steps to the process. I’d like to highlight a few things you could/should be doing now to prepare. Let’s work backward from Jan. 31 so that you can determine what you’ll need to get done (note: this is not a complete list).

January 31, 2018, 5 pm – Last day to deliver your completed hard-copy (paper) HPEC Application packet to the HPA office in the Smith Career Center. You will also complete the online Canvas assignment by uploading a duplicate digital version of what you’ll deliver to us:

  • completed HPEC Application form (available Dec. 4 on the HPA Hub)
  • up-to-date resume
  • unofficial VT transcript showing grades through fall 2017
  • unofficial transcripts from all institutions from which you received post-secondary credit (ex. D.E. credits)
  • ALSO: in order to qualify you must also have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 completed assessments (see documentation for the HPEC Assessment Portal)

Early-mid January 2018 – HPA will start accepting your completed HPEC materials (see above). You don’t need to wait until Jan. 31, 2018, to submit – but take your time so that you present your best self. Your interviewers will review all of your submitted materials prior to your interview.

December 4, 2017 – The HPEC Application Form will be made available. You’ll have almost two months to complete this so take your time! It is a PDF document that you’ll need to download then edit and save in Adobe each time you access it.  If you’ve done an advising packet then you’ve gotten a hint of the types of questions we’ll ask (experiences in clinical, volunteering, leadership, employment, etc.) AND your personal statement

Now – what should be you doing and where can you get assistance?

  1. Register your assessors using the HPEC Assessment Portal. You’ll need a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 completed assessments by the Jan. 31 deadline. Remember the courtesy of a four-week turn-around for your assessor to complete your assessment (they’ve got busy lives too) so consider this lead time!
  2. Work on your personal statement (it’s a part of the completed HPEC application packet). Consider reviews at Career and Professional Development during daily walk-in hours (M-F, 12 – 3) or during a one-on-one appointment or visit the Writing Center.
  3. Your resume is another integral part of the completed HPEC application packet. Start now – and request a review at Career and Professional Development during daily walk-in hours (M-F, 12-3) or during a one-on-one appointment. Remember that a health professions resume can be longer than one page. Need to get started? Check out the examples in the Career Planning Guide online or stop by Career and Professional Development for a paper copy.
  4. Transcripts – if you attended any other post-secondary institutions and took credit, even D.E. credits from high school, you will need an unofficial copy of the transcript for your completed packet (hint: you’ll need to do this, but with official copies, when you apply to your health professions graduate program). Think about winter/holiday breaks  – if you wait too long then the institutions may be closed.
  5. (Optional) Review your self-evaluation . with an HPA advisor during regular HPA walk-in hours (Tues. 11-2, Wed., 1-3:30) to talk about your readiness for participation in the HPEC process

So, lots of things you can be working on now – the self-evaluation review will help you decide if this is your year to participate in the HPEC process but it is just one of the steps. There are a number of additional advising/review/workshops available from now through January 24, 2018. To view all of the opportunities available to you, visit the HPEC link on the HPA website.

If, after you’ve read details from all of the linked pages, you have additional questions, please contact HPA at the office (540-231-7287) or Each step is a building block, preparing you for the your eventual application to your graduate program, and is worth your best effort.


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Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) Assessment Portal Now Open

For those students who are interested in participating in the Health Professions Evaluation Committee (HPEC) process for Spring 2018:

The HPEC Assessment Portal, which you will use to register your assessors for the HPEC process, opens today at 9:00 am.

To view the HPEC timeline with milestones, please visit us on our website or on the HPA Hub (our course on Canvas).

To view details about registering in the HPEC Assessment Portal please view the HPA Hub page Instructions for Registering Your Assessors using the HPEC Assessment Portal.

Please know that HPEC participants must join the HPA Hub (join link) in order register for the HPEC Assessment Portal and to later upload your documents for the HPEC process.


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