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June 2012

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

While some issues have special theme and focus, some reflect the variety of topics we deal with, and the many ways NAAHP supports and connects its members to helpful information and resources. This spring issue is the latter.

2. The AAMC Letters of Evaluation Initiative: An Advisor's Perspective

Glenn N. Cummings, Ph.D.

As advisors, we often write letters of evaluation for the students and alumni at our institutions who are applying to health professional schools.

3. Pros and Cons of Standardized Letters of Evaluation for Health Professional Students

Norma E. Wagoner, Ph.D.

In 2002 medical schools transitioned to a standardized dean's letter (Medical Students Performance Evaluation, or MSPE for short).

4. Rediscovering the Importance of the Advisor Letter

Charles Norman Todd, Ph.D.
Sylvia Robertson

The 2002 application cycle stands as a memorable year in medical school admissions history. During that cycle, as AMCAS progressed towards...

5. Viewpoint: What Happens When a School Doesn't Provide Committee Letters?

Stephanie S. Rollins, M.Ed.

At The University of Arizona (UA), a large research university of over 39,000 students, there is no system in place for producing committee letters of recommendation...

6. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the MSPE: Advice from a former medical school student affairs dean

Susan Rosenthal, M.D., M.S.

I joined the Dean's Office of my medical school as an Assistant Dean for Students Affairs in 1992.

7. Challenges Faced by Community College Pre-health Students and Their Advisors

Daniel de la Torre, M.Ed.
Henry Ritter, M.Ed.
David Thurlow, Ph.D.
Kim Voce, M.Ed.

On Friday, January 13, the Boston Local Area Network (LAN) of Advisors for the Health Professions gathered at Northeastern University to expand their knowledge of and engage in dialogue on advising pre-health students who begin their education at community colleges.

8. Reflective Advising: What the Humanities Can Teach Us

J. Stephen Guffey, P.T., Ed.D.

Advising students concerning studies and careers in health professions is an important faculty responsibility. This essay accepts the challenges of that responsibility and reflectively considers what makes careers in health care so potentially rewarding.

9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Reviewed by Janet Williams, Ph.D.

I cannot think of a more important book for the pre-medical or medical student to read than Rebecca Skloot's landmark The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Skloot's book is written with painful candor about some of the most critical issues that plague the medical and biological research communities.


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