Author: Korner, Kathryn

“How Do I get into Medical School?” Facebook Group!

UConn alumn and current medical student at University of Colorardo School of Medicine Ryan D’souza has created a Facebook group where he and his friends share stories of their trials getting into medical school, and are offering advice to current UConn students trying to prepare themselves as applicants.

Any pre-medical students with facebook are strongly encouraged to join!

http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/121708167981608/

New MCAT 2015

The Next Version of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) New MCAT 2015 is scheduled to be introduced in 2015 and is likely to be in place through 203. The Preview Guide for MCAT2015 has been released and is available for download. The new version of the test contains sections on Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems, Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, Psychological, Social, & Biological Foundations of Behavior, and Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills.

Undergraduate schools and the Professional schools are engaged in an ongoing dialogue regarding prerequisite course requirements that will prepare students for the examination. Competencies versus specific course prerequisites Colleges and universities and the medical schools remain engaged in the discussion of whether to advance toward a statement of Required Competencies rather than to continue with a formal listing of specific course prerequisites.

The following documents reveal the trail and progress of this effort.

  • Dienstag, J., “Becoming a Physician – Relevance and Rigor in Premedical Education,”   The New England Journal of Medicine, July 17, 2008.
  • Report of the AAMC-HHMI Committee, 2009. “AAMC-HHMI Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians” BIO2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, The National Academies Press.
  • MR5 – Summary of Work, Progress, and Timeline for the MCAT 2015 Project – available o AAMC website.
  • MCAT2015 – A Better Test for Tomorrow’s Doctors – Preview Guide for MCAT 2015, November 2011. Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for Future Physicians, AAMC, 2011

Combined Program in Dental Medicine and Combined Program in Medicine Class of 2012

We are looking forward to welcoming the new class of Combined Program in Dental Medicine and Combined Program in Medicine students matriculating with the entering class of 2012 at the main campus.  The combined programs in medicine and dental medicine were established in 2000-2001 as a joint enterprise involving the Office of Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Admissions, the Honors Program, and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine in Farmington.

The program attracts some of the most gifted, talented, and health professions oriented students in the State and nation. Students accepted and matriculated in the program as undergraduates are provided an assurance of admission to the respective professional school provided that all requirements and expectations are met during the student undergraduate experience. Students typically complete a full four year undergraduate degree and then move directly into their professional degree program.

The vast majority of students admitted in the first several cohorts (2001-2008) have now completed and moved on to professional school training. Some of the early cohort students have completed their professional school degree programs, have completed their residency programs, and are now in either fellowship or clinical practice positions. The typical student that entered as a CPiM undergraduate in 2001 completed the undergraduate degree in 2005, completed the medical degree in 2009, and will complete residency in 2013.

The typical student that entered as a CPiDM undergraduate in 2002 completed the undergraduate degree in 2006, completed dental school in 2010, completed a one-year dental residency in 2011, and is now in practice or further residency or fellowship training.  One of the core goals of the program has been to recruit some of the best and brightest to attend our flagship State University and to secure their enrollment in our State Professional School Programs. The vast majority of students have indeed gone on to enroll at our Flagship Professional Schools, yielding a win-win for the undergraduate and professional school linkage we envisioned from the start.

We offer this new group of Combined Program students a warm welcome. We are delighted that these students have selected the University of Connecticut, and we look forward to helping you meet your goals and ambitions. Congratulations to each of you!

We look forward to your involvement and leadership in our University family.

Entering 2012 Class of CPiM and CPiDM students

CPiDM students

Henry Chen                  Norwich,CT               Norwich Free Academy        Biological Sciences

Brian Greco                 Trumbull CT              Trumbull High School           Finance & Biological Sciences

Daniel Fitzgerald         Glastonbury,CT       Glastonbury High School       Actuarial Science

CPiM students

Nnamdi Amilo             New Fairfield,CT       Avon Old Farms                      Molecular & Cell Biology

Eric Chen                       Cheshire,CT              Cheshire High School             Chemistry

Quynh-Lan Dao           Trumbull,CT              Trumbull High School            Physiology & Neurobiology

Farah Gazi                     Naugatuck,CT            American School Kuwait       Neurosciences

Varun Khattar               South Windsor,CT    Kingswood Oxford                  Biological Sciences

Sindhu Mannava          Morganville,NJ         Academy of Allied H&S          Biomedical Engineering

Denisee Manzueta       Waterbury,CT            John F Kennedy HS                Chemistry

Aayushi Mehta              Sharon,MA                Sharon HS                                Physiology & Neurobiology

Sonal Muzumdar          East Hartford,CT     Connecticut IB Academy       Biomedical Engineering

Oghenefejiro Okifo      Naugatuck,CT           Naugatuck HS                          Biological Sciences

Michael Powell             South Windsor,CT   South Windsor HS                  Biological Sciences

Sarah Reid                     Lynbrook,NY            East Rockaway HS                  Biological Sciences

Jahnea Williams           Waterbury,CT          John F Kennedy HS               Biological Sciences

Raza Zaidi                      Closter,NJ                 Northern Valley Reg              Biological Sciences

Diane Zhao                   Avon,CT                      Avon HS                                   Physiology & Neurobiology

Profiles of Success: Dr. Gregory Veillette

Spotlight on Graduate Dr. Gregory Veillette

One of the joys and thrills of University life is to witness and contribute to the success of young men and women as they begin and then shape their personal and professional futures right before your eyes. In our Spotlight Feature news stories, we attempt to capture just a handful of these wonderful personal futures we can share as members of the University of Connecticut family.

Gregory Veillette came to the University in 1994 from Naugatuck, Connecticut. A swimmer and trumpet player as a high school student at Naugatuck High School, he achieved All-State Music Festival and All-American Swimming Team honors. Once engaged in his studies, he was so thoroughly excited by a vision of service through science that he decided to pursue a major in Physiology and Neurobiology which eventually led to the decision to pursue medicine. As an undergraduate scholar-athlete and musician, he received numerous awards for scholarship and athletics. These honors included being named as a New England Scholar, named to the All-Big East Academic Swim Team, the McDevit Inspiration Award, the Don Kinsman Award for Holistic Growth and Achievement, the Dr. John Mele Scholarship, and the University of Connecticut Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award.

During his final year as an undergraduate and before starting his medical school training, Greg utilized his EMT-Intermediate training working with the Naugatuck Ambulance Corporation and worked as a Laboratory and Research Assistant at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Greg worked with Drs. MacGillivary and Whalen on a hernia repair protocol which he presented at the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons meeting and then later published that work in Connecticut Medicine.  Greg then truly sailed through medical school receiving numerous acknowledgements and awards. Scholarship awards included a School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship and the Clark Memorial Scholarship. Making exceptional progress in medical studies, he received Honors in five of the six required specialty rotations in the third year.

As a graduating senior, he was awarded the James Foster Teaching Award and the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Student in Surgery. During medical school, he along with a few other classmates received the American College of Physicians Medical Jeopardy Challenge competition. Based on his superb medical school record, Greg won admission to Harvard’s seven year General Surgical Residency which included five years of General Surgical Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and two years of Transplantation Biology Research at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

During his research fellowship and surgical training, Greg received several acknowledgements and awards. For his clinical teaching excellence, Greg received the Harvard Medical School Teaching Award twice as well as the Tufts School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital Resident Teaching Awards. For his research endeavors, he was awarded the Willard Daggett Scholarship for Cardiothoracic Research and the V.H. Kazanjian Surgical Research Fellowship.

Greg received the American Society of Transplantation Distinguished Fellows Award for the work completed during his fellowship years. A review of Greg’s abstracts shows numerous posters and presentations at various professional meetings of the American College of Surgeons, The New England Surgical Society, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Advances in Organ Transplantation, American Transplant Congress, the American Society of Transplantation Distinguished Fellows Research Forum, and the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

A review of his publications reveals numerous papers in Archives of Surgery, Surgical Clinics North America, Transplantation, and the American Journal of Transplant. On completion of his Post Graduate Residency training at Harvard in 2011, Greg won admission to a two year fellowship as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of California San Francisco.

Greg has now entered his final year of fellowship and has positioned himself through his extraordinary training for a position as a transplant surgeon at one of the country’s premier surgical transplant centers. We look forward to hearing about where Greg will place his professional hands and heart as he moves forward with his surgical transplantation career, a career that began with a searching promise to serve others as a first year student at UConn in 1994.