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March 2017

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

When this arrives in your mailbox, I hope you are starting to see bulbs popping out and smelling the first whiffs of spring in the air. Of course that also means we are in the early stages of yet another application cycle, while also working with those making tough decisions about which school to attend, or even tougher decisions about what to do now that they have not been accepted.

2. Exposing Premedical Students to the Full Continuum and Practice of a Physician for Informed Decisions: Innovative Partnership Between an Undergraduate Program and a Medical School

Leila E. Harrison, MA, MEd
Bobbie Ann A. White, MA
Richard Sanker, PhD

The pathway to medical school can be daunting and overwhelming for premedical students who declare their career intentions with little to no relevant information, experience, or personal insight.

3. Finding “Deep Gladness” in Vocation: A guided writing experience to help pre-health professions students discover vocational fulfillment

Mike Ediger, DHSc

Many undergraduate students pursue health professions, with the hope of finding career satisfaction through helping others. However, students must first identify the values that will motivate them in their daily tasks, before they know how to find fulfillment in any chosen field of work.

4. Popcorn, Anyone? Using Feature Films to Discuss Relevant Topics in Medicine

James Scott Wright, EdD

This article seeks to provide advisors a practical means of communicating topics relevant to pre-med students. By using feature films as the context for discussion, advisors and instructors can highlight social and cultural issues, ethical topics, and historical events that will enlighten students and help them better understand the sometimes complex nature of medicine in modern society.

5. A Summer Intensive Bootcamp: Building the Pharmacy Pipeline in Rural Appalachia

Susan M. Gardner, PhD
Tabitha K. Oliver, PharmD Candidate
Shelby L. Pethel, PharmD Candidate
Rebecca S. Linger, PhD

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) held an ExRx (Experience Pharmacy) Boot Camp in both June 2015 and 2016. The purpose of the camp was to educate and expose undergraduate and high school students to the importance of the profession of pharmacy as it relates to rural healthcare.

6. Exploring Identity to Prepare the Next Generation of Health Professionals

Fred Williams, MA
Dana Lovold, MPH

Intersectionality theory holds that individuals simultaneously occupy multiple social identities that interrelate in complex ways to inform our experiences of oppression and privilege. Social identities, such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender work together to mutually construct a person’s lived experiences.

7. Advising for Pre-Veterinary Students: Deficits, Trends, and Opportunities

Timothy A. Shanahan, MSEd
Lisa M. Greenhill, MPA, EdD

Contact with advisors has been associated with a wide range of factors contributing to an undergraduate’s academic, social, and professional success. In addition to the core functions of course selection and academic planning, advising can contribute to the personal and professional development of undergraduates.

8. Considerations for the Medical School Reapplicant

Glenn Cummings, PhD
Kate Fukawa-Connelly, MS
Seth Ramus, PhD
David Verrier, PhD

The four of us came together to think about how we work with this diverse, challenging group of students, breaking the work down into four stages: “preventative care,” or how we try to intervene from early on to avoid the possibility of reapplication; the year prior to application submission; the year in which the student has applied and is not finding success; and the path forward from there.

9. And the survey says… Now What? A summary of the Best Practices survey results and 2016 NAAHP Leadership Workshop

Elizabeth Brookins, PhD
Marian Denham
Mary Engel, PhD
David Kaiser, EdD, ATC, LAT,
JoAnn Litton, PDMA,
Kathryn Spink

In November 2015, NAAHP members graciously answered the Professional Development and Leadership committee’s survey on Best Practices. This article discusses the results, provides an analytical review of them, and previews how the Professional Development and Leadership Committee will be moving forward to create further tools and resources for advisors.

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