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ΑΕΔ Gap Year Info and Opportunities AED General Body Meeting #2 November 10, 2011
ΑΕΔ General Information Majority of applicants take gap year(s) now Many schools like non-traditional applicants Planned or unplanned (aka didnt get in) –42,742 total applicants in US about 12,000 of those are re-applicants Just make sure to do something productive during gap year!
ΑΕΔ Pros Do something that youve always wanted to do More breathing room for academics Opportunity to have a life (travel, pursue interests) Recharge and recover from feeling burnt out Make money, make money, money, money! Address weaknesses in your application Improve GPA (senior grades count) More life experience Might feel more ready for med school
ΑΕΔ Cons Student loans may need to start being repaid MCAT scores might expire –Usually in two or three years, depends on school Real world concerns (income, health insurance) Some think its hard to start studying again after a prolonged break, lose momentum Might be older than peers in class
ΑΕΔ Some Opportunities to Consider… Teach for America AmeriCorps WorldTeach Peace Corps International fellowships Non-profits – domestic and abroad Research (USC, NIH) Hospital scribes EMT Masters, Progressive Degree Programs YOUR PASSION!
ΑΕΔ Brief Overview of a Few Programs WorldTeach –teach in developing countries –Year long, semester, or just summer Peace Corp –programs focus on education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment –27 month commitment Research Hospital Scribes EMT
ΑΕΔ Teach in low-income communities – a challenging environment – to help close theachievement gap 2 year commitment with salary & benefits Selective: 12-14% acceptance rate basics
ΑΕΔ application time-intensive but exploratory you have the opportunity to preference regions, subjects, and student ages evaluators look for 7 qualities: demonstrated past leadership, perseverance, critical thinking skills, organization, respect for diversity, great interpersonal & leadership skills, understanding and passionate about TfAs mission local support & mild stalking teachforamerica.org August 19, 2011 September 16, 2011 October 26, 2011 January 6, 2012 February 10, deadlines: 1. Online app - letter of intent (1b. Phone interview) 2. Online activities 3. Submit official transcripts, grades, 2 letters of recc 4. Final Interview 5. 2 weeks to commit
ΑΕΔ thoughts This is a challenging path to take – emotionally and physically. You will probably cry. You may fail for the time in your life. You might quit. It is not something to take on because youre not sure what else to do. You will undoubtedly learn priceless skill sets – how to persevere, interact with diverse populations, work with people very different from you. Invaluable skills for a physician. Is it for you? Does it fit with your past experiences and current skills? Does it mesh with your narrative of why you are pursuing medicine? Ultimately a personal choice. There is a ton of press about Teach for America, both positive and negative. There are also many SC alumni who pursue it. Be sure to do your own research!
ΑΕΔ other options work towards any number of causes, from public education to the environment to healthcare, disaster relief with the Red Cross, etc often 1 year commitments examples of health-related jobs in California Coaches for a Healthy California (quarter-time) – work with kids in underserved neighborhoods, develop leadership skills and have fun while introducing and promoting sports California Safe Corps - Los Angeles – join statewide team to increase disaster preparedness in Californias communities; coordinate with education programs, work with Red Cross, provide disaster relief FIRST 5 Nutrition & Fitness Advocate - help parents and caregivers increase their nutrition and fitness knowledge AmeriCorps VISTA – fight poverty (1 year); AmeriCorps NCCC – strengthen communities (10 months); State & National Programs
ΑΕΔ International Fellowships Interested in going abroad during time off Many different types: –Academic – earning a graduate degree, exchange programs –Research -- conduct your own project –Service -- teaching English, cultural exchange Most pay for room & board, tuition (if applicable), living allowance Many are very prestigious, very competitive –Can strengthen application Some apply on your own, some through USC –Office of Academic and International Fellowships
ΑΕΔ Two different fellowships: –Research -- conduct your own project Need to conduct research through professor and his/her affiliated institution –English Teaching-Assistantship Provides living stipend, other benefits Must apply through USC – USC deadline in mid-Sep, campus interview at beginning of Oct, final deadline in mid-Oct National screening in Nov/Dec Host country review Personal Statement, Statement of Grant Purpose, 3 Letters of Recommendations, Transcripts, Language Evaluation
ΑΕΔ Some things to think about… –Think about and decide if you want to apply early applications are due at the beginning of senior year –Need to have specific (and convincing) ties to country –Need to have appropriate skill set and concrete experiences –Language proficiency is required for some countries, others have a language intensive program before actual program –Can only apply for one program in one country –A lot of support from OAIF – worksheets, workshops, meetings –Long selection process
ΑΕΔ Working in Non-Profits Pros –Make a meaningful difference –Hands-on experience in that field –Exposure to the world outside of academia –Gain life experience –Salary + benefits Cons –Have to apply just like applying to a normal job –Very challenging environment –Cant always accomplish what you hope to accomplish –Not for everyone Many are 9-5 job, 40+ hours a week Real world work experience See if you want to continue working in this sector
ΑΕΔ Non-Profits Abroad Global Brigades, Liz Sophy
ΑΕΔ Masters Programs Benefits Letters of Recommendation Research, Thesis, Publications Age/ Life Experience Drawbacks Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Lots of work (Thesis, Publications) Funding A Graduate Education Can be more than one year
ΑΕΔ USC Masters Programs Public Health (MPH) Health Administration (MA) Executive Master of Health Adminsitration (EMHA) Craniofacial Biology (MS) Biomedical Engineering (MS) Gerontology (MA) Biology (MS) Neuroscience (MS) Kinesiology (MA, MS) Human Behavior (MS) Psychology (MA) Molecular Epidemiology (MS) Biostatistics (MS)
ΑΕΔ #1 Johns Hopkins University (49.8%) #2 University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill (40.5% ) #3 Harvard University (36.6%) #4 University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (61.0%) #5 Columbia University (60.7%) #6 Emory University (51.4%) #6 University of Washington (33.9%) #8 University of CaliforniaBerkeley (39.4%) #8 University of Minnesota--Twin Cities(54.6%) #10 University of California--Los Angeles (41.3%)Johns Hopkins UniversityUniversity of North Carolina--Chapel HillHarvard UniversityUniversity of Michigan--Ann ArborColumbia UniversityEmory UniversityUniversity of WashingtonUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUniversity of Minnesota--Twin CitiesUniversity of California--Los Angeles Masters in Public Health
ΑΕΔ Global Medicine (M.S.) A 1-year (32 units) program offered through the Keck School of Medicine –Also offered as a progressive degree Originally designed to help prospective professional school applicants become more competitive Science and Management Tracks depending on interests
ΑΕΔ MSGM Core Requirements –Core Principles I and II (taken with first year med students) –Concepts related to global healthcritical issues, epidemiology, etc. Electives –Malaria –TB –HIV/AIDS –Tropical Medicine –Cultural Competence –Infectious Disease –Maternal and Child Health
ΑΕΔ Bachelors and Masters Degree conferred simultaneously Requires a good amount of planning and foresight For example, MA in Psychological Sciences requires: 4 courses in PSYC 500 or 600 levels 1 semester of independent research credits (2 units) 2 semesters of Masters Thesis credit (2 units each semester of last year) Defend Masters Thesis to committee USC Progressive Degree Programs