Volunteers Around the World (VAW) VT Medical Outreach Chapter

Volunteers Around the World is a national organization that organizes overseas dental and medical outreach trips to South America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. This year, Virginia Tech’s Volunteers Around the World Medical Outreach Chapter will be sending two trips to Cambodia and the Dominican Republic!

If you are interested in learning more about the chapter or their medical outreach trips, feel free to come to their interest meeting on September 26th in Derring 3083 at 6:00pm, or email VirginiaTechVAW@gmail.com for more information!

Anyone is welcome! Interested in the medical field? Love to volunteer and help people? Hungry to travel? Want to immerse yourself in another culture? Looking to make yourself stand out when applying to grad schools? If any of the above describe you, come and learn more about what the program has to offer!

 

Also feel free to like their Facebook page for more updates and information!

https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaTechVAW

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U of SC College of Pharmacy Fall 2018 Application Cycle Now Open!

The 2017-2018 Admissions Cycle for the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy is now open!

For students applying for Fall 2018 admission into the PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) program, both the PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications are available to complete and submit.  There are instructions on the College of Pharmacy website at http://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/pharmacy/documents/2017-2018_admission_cycle_applicant_instructions.pdf.  Any additional information regarding admissions or the College can be found on our website www.sc.edu/pharmacy.

A couple of reminders when applying for Fall 2018 admission into the PharmD program:

  • All 66 hours of pharmacy prerequisite courses must be complete by Fall 2018, if accepted
  • The majority of applicants will submit their applications and accompanying materials while completing these courses
  • The PCAT must be taken no later than January 2018; however, we recommend taking it in October/November 2017 at the latest
  • Both the PharmCAS and USC College of Pharmacy Supplemental Applications must be submitted in order for your application to progress through the admission cycle
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VT Pre-SOMA Admissions Guest Speaker

An admissions officer for Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine is coming to talk to students regarding their mission, curriculum, admissions requirements, and osteopathic medical school programs in general. This will be an amazing opportunity for  students both currently in the application process or looking to start the process in the upcoming year to talk to an admissions officer one-on-one. The Pre-SOMA Club would love to open the event up to all Virginia Tech pre-health students, as the information in this event can apply to students seeking admission to both allopathic and osteopathic programs.

Please RSVP here

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2018 MCAT Testing Year Announced

The 2018 MCAT calendar and testing locations are now available online. Registration for the first half of the 2018 testing year (January – June) will open late October; AAMC will announce the date in the coming weeks. Follow them on Twitter @AAMC_MCAT for regular updates and announcements.

In the AAMC’s continuing efforts to improve the MCAT exam and the testing experience for students, they recently reviewed their test administration services. The review was part of the AAMC’s due diligence for students, the pre-health community, and medical school admissions officers. After a competitive proposal process and comprehensive review of the companies that bid, the AAMC selected Pearson VUE to administer the MCAT exam in its Pearson-owned Professional Centers beginning in 2018.

This transition in test administration providers will, of course, bring changes in testing locations. The full list of 2018 centers can be found here. For the vast majority of students, these centers are in convenient locations. But, unfortunately, a small number of students will need to travel farther to test in 2018 than they did last year.

Many of these gaps are in remote locations that were previously served by university-based centers. Newer technical capabilities being used to administer the MCAT exam in Pearson-owned centers are not available at other sites. To ensure a smooth transition in 2018 and to provide a consistent testing experience for students, AAMC will not be administering the MCAT exam at university-based or other third-party sites next year.

The AAMC is deeply committed to the needs of students with disadvantages. Though it doesn’t cover travel costs, the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program covers the cost of MCAT practice materials, the Medical School Admission Requirements, and up to 16 medical school applications. Additionally, it significantly reduces registration fees for the exam. Information about the Fee Assistance Program is available on the AAMC’s website.

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