April 19, 2021
Prehealth Updates and Resources
Professor Matt Vander Heiden, co-chair of the Committee on Prehealth Advising (COPA), is now the Director of the Koch Institute! Congratulate him by signing this e-card!

Prehealth Advising invites you to check out opportunities, events, and resources listed below for health profession exploration, professional development, and medical school applications. Send any questions to prehealth@mit.edu or to me directly at apickett@mit.edu. If you would like to meet virtually with a Prehealth advisor, come to Drop-Ins (Tuesdays from 12pm to 2pm ET) and/or please make an advising appointment in Handshake.

Warm regards,
Amanda Pickett and the Prehealth Advising Team
Upcoming Events
Tuesdays, noon - 2pm E.T. | Now - May 18 | Virtual
Prehealth Drop-Ins take place on Tuesdays from 12pm to 2pm ET. There are no Prehealth Advising Drop-Ins during IAP or summer. Under "Appointments" on the CAPD website
you can find the Zoom information.

Climate Change in Boston: Social Determinants, Equity, and Action
Thursday, April 21 | 3pm E.T. | Virtual
Join for a Climate Interactive Simulation that considers the social determinants of climate change, equity, and action options. Following the simulation, we’ll meet with Climate Ready Boston to consider who is most vulnerable to Climate Change in Boston, as well as learn about local organizations working toward equity and effective community preparation. We’ll also brainstorm personal methods of making a difference and point to efforts across MIT and beyond.

AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair
Wednesday, April 22 | 11 am - 4 pm E.T. | Virtual
Chat with admissions officers, current medical students, and experts from 80+ medical schools, attend information sessions, chat with current students in the new OSR Medical Student Lounge,
get information from AAMC experts, and connect with NAAHP prehealth advisors and speak directly with representatives from the AMCAS® and TMDSAS application services about your application questions.

A Look Back, A Path Forward: A Town Hall Event
Monday, April 26 | 1-2 pm ET | Virtual
Fourteen months into an unprecedented, worldwide pandemic, we now find ourselves on the precipice of hope. Thanks to the miracle of science and increases in production and distribution, the U.S. is now averaging more than 3 million vaccinations a day. Yet many hurdles remain. A race against a fourth wave driven by variants. A fight to overcome vaccine misinformation and resistance. Enduring inequities in both vaccine access and disease treatment. And a new, long-overdue testing strategy that is still in its nascent stages.
Anthony Fauci, who has led the nation since day one of this crisis, will join Karen DeSalvo, chief health officer of Google Health, Garth Graham, director and global head of healthcare and public health at YouTube, and Harvard experts Michael Mina and Mary Bassett for a special town hall program. Moderated by Axios Health Editor Sam Baker.

Career Search Strategy: How to Identify Opportunities and Best Practices for Job Searching
Wednesday, April 28 | 12pm E.T. | Virtual
This seminar provides advice on how to prepare and conduct an effective job search. This presentation includes questions that every job seeker should ask themselves before they begin their search to ensure a focused search on roles and companies aligned to the job seeker’s values, interests, and skills. This event is tailored for undergraduates. Graduate students, postdocs, and alumni are also welcome to attend.

General Overview of Career Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, April 28 | 1:30pm E.T. | Virtual
This comprehensive seminar provides an overview of career opportunities for graduate trained students with emphasis on the various skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in sectors including academia, industry, government and non‐profit. This event is tailored for graduate students and postdocs. Undergraduates and alumni interested in exploring PhD career paths are also welcome to attend.The guest speaker Lauren Celano has experience in the life sciences, biotech, consulting, venture capital, and investment banking. Learn more about Lauren here

AMCAS Credential Service Group Advising
Thursday, May 6 | Noon-1 pm E.T. | Virtual
This group advising session will address questions about the 2021 AMCAS application and other concerns about the application process.

Black Feminist Health Science Studies (BFHSS)
BFHSS aims to highlight the necessity of incorporating social justice into medical science.

BFHSS works to bring historical and contemporary ills to light in an effort to transform medicine, science, and Black people's relationship to both.

View the first BFHSS symposium and also check out podcast episodes at blackfeministhealth.com
Codebasil Pro
Register by August 31, 2021
CAPD is collaborating on a pilot with Codebasil, a coding learning and interview practicing platform. MIT students have access to the Pro Membership for free when you register with your @mit.edu email address until the end of August 2021. Use Codebasil Pro for access to:
•   Curated problem sets designed by engineers to learn pivotal software concepts.
•   Unlimited access to all frequently asked interview questions, solutions, and interview tips.
•   Ability to customize your interview practice by filtering questions by companies and topics.
Codebasil was founded by a group of engineers at Silicon Valley companies to help others understand algorithms and pass software coding interviews at the most prestigious tech companies.

PKG Summer Social Impact Internships
MaineCare Data Analyst Maine Dept of Health and Human Services
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Value-Based Purchasing Analyst Maine Dept of Health and Human Services 
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021

Data Project Manager Maine Dept of Health and Human Services 
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021

Racial Justice Data Analytics Intern NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Data Visualization Intern Bennett College
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
COVID-19 Intern CDC Foundation
Application Deadline: April 30th, 2021
Application Deadline: May 14th, 2021
Data/Research Analyst Massachusetts General Hospital
Application Deadline: May 14th, 2021

The PKG Public Service Center holds Virtual Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4pm (email juva@mit.edu to schedule)
Health Equity in the Context of COVID-19 and Disproportionate Outcomes for Marginalized Groups
Against the backdrop of large-scale demonstrations triggered by the realities of systemic bias and structural racism that give rise to health, economic, and legal inequities and their tragic, often lethal, consequences, the National Academy of Medicine’s Culture of Health Program works in partnership with national and local stakeholders on behalf of the fundamental changes needed to eliminate those inequities for populations across the United States. Resources on health equity in the context of COVID-19 are available on the NAM website now.

COVID-19 Health Equity Resources (CDC)
Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to reaching health equity and building a healthier nation. CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) advances health equity and women’s health issues across the nation through CDC’s science and programs. OMHHE also increases CDC’s capacity to leverage its diverse workforce and engage stakeholders to this end. OMHHE is comprised of three units including Women’s Health, Diversity and Inclusion Management, and Minority Health and Health Equity.

Book Appointments!
Meet with Ariel Ackermann, Prehealth and Career Advisor!
COPA 2022
RDF, Digital signature help, and deadline to submit Credential Service! (May 31 for undergrads!)
Once ALL of your letters of recommendation are uploaded to Credential Service, you will submit your account. Within a few days of submitting your account you will receive a request from us for the Recommender Designation Form (RDF). This form empowers you to list the order in which you wish admissions committees to view your letters. The RDF requires your signature, therefore we will send it to you via DocuSign, a tool that allows you to digitally sign a document. Please complete and send back the form as soon as possible after receiving it.

If your letter writers are having trouble determining how to digitally sign their letters, please invite them to email Amanda Pickett at prehealth@mit.edu.

You will need to have your letters uploaded and your account submitted by May 31 if you are an undergrad. All of your letters of recommendation must be uploaded when you submit your CS account. If you submit your account and it is missing any of your letters we will unsubmit your account. This is a requirement because the writing of your COPA Letter cannot begin unless we have all of your letters of recommendation uploaded to your Credential Service account. Review the COPA Timeline online.
Prehealth Student Concerns and COVID-19
Check the Medical School Admission Requirements for updates on application information and interviews for medical school.
Read the expanded Income Eligibility Requirements FAQs for the Fee Assistance Program.
AAMC Resources
Racism and Health
The AAMC has curated a collection of articles and resources to assist member institutions, constituents, and the public in learning more about and exploring complex issues and strategies to combat racism and make health care more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
COVID-19 Resource Hub
The AAMC continues to monitor guidance from federal, state, and local health agencies as it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Find information and updates from the AAMC on this global health concern.
AAMC Clinical Opportunities without Physical Patient Contact
The AAMC has compiled a list of various ways to gain shadowing experience without being in physical patient contact! Designed by a diverse group of educators, this working collection of learning experiences features clinical learning experiences that can be readily used or easily adapted for specific local settings without the need for physical patient contact.
Health Equity Spotlight
If you have articles or stories about health equity that you would like us to share with the MIT Prehealth community, please email them to us at prehealth@mit.edu.
Connect with us — Our services are available virtually
Meet with a Prehealth Advisor
Schedule a phone or video appointment using your Handshake account
Supporting Students of Diverse Backgrounds
The Diversity Resources Website contains information, job boards, professional groups, conferences, mentorship programs, and other resources designed to provide support for students of diverse backgrounds and needs.

Working Against Racism Within Career Advising and Recruitment
CAPD is committed to ensuring Black and African American students are able to pursue their interests in industry and academia free of bias and discrimination. #BlackLivesMatter
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