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Upcoming Events for Pre-Health Students with the Health Careers Center

UMP Looking for Volunteers - Spring 2013
Once again, the University of Minnesota Physicians is accepting volunteers for their Children’s Reading program in clinics. UMP is looking for students to volunteer once a week from 1-4 PM in one of the following clinics:

  • Broadway Clinic in North Minneapolis
  • Bethesda Clinic in St. Paul near the capital
  • Phalen Clinic on the E side of St. Paul
  • Smiley's Clinic on Hiawatha in Minneapolis
  • Pediatric Dental Clinic
  • Pediatric Dental School Clinic

For students who do not have transportation or a bus pass, a bus pass will be provided. These clinics are all on bus lines! Students interested in taking part in the program should be able to commit one afternoon a week for spring semester (or beyond). Students who cannot give a full afternoon will not be considered at this time. Participation in this program requires you to participate fully and professionally. Cancellations, aside from illness or family emergency, are not appreciated because it is nearly impossible to find a replacement. Once a program is posted – it needs to be delivered. So before you apply – make sure you are willing to commit the time necessary.

Once accepted, students will be required to complete a brief on-line training on patient confidentiality before volunteers can begin. Each clinic site has a designated point of contact for the volunteer, should issues arise, and Kris Strasburg will be in touch via email with all volunteers on a regular basis looking for feedback and comments on the program.

To apply: send an email to Kris Strasburg at
In the subject line of the email state: volunteer application RP. In the body of the email, tell Ms. Strasburg the following:

  • What day of the week you could work
  • The clinic that you prefer (this is not a guarantee - but will be considered)
  • When you can begin (beginning means - going through the volunteer training)
  • Your name and contact information

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Reading to children is as important to their development and wellbeing as good health care. Advocating for reading to children and modeling the behavior in the ambulatory care setting has the potential to start a lifelong love of reading. The Children's Reading Program at UM Physicians Family Medicine and Pediatric Clinics is a new program that focuses on simply reading to children in the waiting room while they await their visit. We have 100 books for children to chose from at each site and also have a supply of free books, so that a child can choose one to take home after being read to.

This program is an extension of a larger program that provides free books to children who come to the clinic for well child checkups, so parents and children are hearing the message about the importance of reading at multiple points along the healthcare continuum.

Other Volunteer Resources
The HCC website has a whole section on volunteering. Why do it? What options are out there? 

Colleges Against Cancer to Paint the Campus Purple
Feb 11 thru Feb 15
Colleges Against Cancer will host on-campus events from February 11th-15th to promote the upcoming Relay For Life! On Monday 2/11, Colleges Against Cancer will host a night-out at the Stadium Village Noodles & Company from 4pm-8pm. Please say "Relay For Life" when ordering to donate to the cause. Additionally, the official kick-off will take place on Thursday 2/14 from 11am-3pm on the Coffman Front Plaza as the group encourages the University community to "do it for someone they love" and sign up for Relay For Life.

The 10th annual Relay For Life at the University of Minnesota will be held on April 5th at 6pm in TCF Bank Stadium! To sign up, please visit For additional information, contact

Boynton Health Services - Health Advocate Program
Boynton Health Service is looking for passionate, enthusiastic students to become Health Advocates.
APPLY TODAY! Deadline is March 8, 2013.

What is a Health Advocate?
A Health Advocate (HA) is a student appointed as a health resource in his or her residence hall or apartment community, fraternity, or sorority. Health Advocates attend class every Tuesday from 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Boynton Health Service, where they are trained to respond to common health-related issues. HAs share information and prevention strategies with other students in their residence. HAs also refer students to other health resources on campus. More details and application can be found on the website:

In related news:Move Your Body! The Health Advocates Physical Activity Challenge (Feb 2013)
& SHADE - Safer Sex Week 2013

Information Session - Epic Careers
Epic Careers Info Session
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
518/520 Science Teaching and Student Services Building (STSS)

As a worldwide leader in the development of software for healthcare organizations, Epic Careers is driving change for an entire industry. Epic's team works with some of the nation's most respected healthcare organizations and collaborates with the best minds in medicine.

Epic Careers is searching for smart, passionate people who want to achieve great things. Full-time and internship opportunities are available for U of M undergraduate students from diverse academic disciplines and experiences. Students with strong problem-solving, communication, and analytical skills are encouraged to apply. Professional casual attire strongly recommended. Refreshments provided. Learn more and register:

Des Moines University - Health P.A.S.S. Program
June 10-28, 2013
Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program – the DMU Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way for promising college sophomores and juniors to prepare for and enhance their chances of getting into medical school and other health professions programs. The three-week program is high-quality, hands-on and FREE.

Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Preference will be given to qualified applicants from populations under-represented in medicine and health care, including under-represented minority, low-income and/or first-generation college students. Students must have a minimum cumulative college grade point average of 3.0. The application deadline for the DMU Health P.A.S.S. program is March 1, 2013. More info and application found here:

Summer Medical and Dental Education Programs
SMDEP is a FREE six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who are interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. SMDEP is implemented at 12 sites across the nation and participants engage in stimulating courses in the basic sciences and quantitative topics, shadow dentists and physicians to observe patient care, learn about the application process, and participate in financial planning and health policy workshops.

The program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Dental Education Association. The application cycle for the 2013 summer program is open and the deadline is March 1, 2013. More info and application: