Author: Susan Ruggiero

Dr. Keat Sanford presented with 2015 Tanaka Award for Innovative Undergraduate Advising

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Dr. Keat Sanford was presented with the 2015 Tanaka Award for Innovative Undergraduate Advising at the Honors Medals Ceremony held on May 2.  Dr. Sanford has been with UConn for forty years, serving in various roles at the UConn Medical School including Director of Financial Assistance, Director of Admissions, and Assistant Dean for Medical Student Affairs and Admissions. In 2010, he assumed the role of Pre-medical/Pre-dental Specialist and advisor at Storrs to help undergraduate students in pursuit of health-related careers. Many Honors Scholars graduates dedicated to health professions have worked closely with him during their time at UConn, guided by his knowledge and support throughout their undergraduate careers. Included in Dr. Sanford’s many accomplishments are a recent collaboration with a team of UConn faculty and staff to create an MCAT/DAT prep course for students, and the formalization of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Medicine and Dental Medicine.

 

Peter (PJ) Larson selected as Honors Medal Ceremony keynote speaker

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Peter Larson, also known as PJ, from New Canaan, Connecticut, is a May 2015 graduate of UConn who double-majored in Pathobiology and Molecular and Cell Biology. He worked at the Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Office for his entire undergraduate career. He was selected as the keynote speaker at the Honors Medal Ceremony by a committee of graduating seniors. Peter’s University Scholar thesis was completed under the guidance of Dr. Paulo Verardi, in which he genetically engineered programmable vaccinia virus vectors for vaccines and anti-cancer therapies. In addition, he is a volunteer firefighter and competitive ballroom dancer. Peter is an aspiring physician-scientist who will begin pursuing his MD/PhD at UConn Health. He ultimately hopes to pursue a career in infectious disease research and vaccine development.

2015 MCAT/DAT Test Review Course – REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 22

  2015 MCAT\DAT Test Review Course

January 24, 2015 – April 25, 2015

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The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is typically weighted as 30 percent of the decision-making process for medical school. Admission committees may count the highest set or most recent set, but all scores will be reviewed.

The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required for applicants seeking entry to dental school. Test scores are one factor that admissions committees consider; a candidate’s collegiate record is also important. The average DAT score is roughly 18 (equivalent to 30/45 on the MCAT).

UConn instructors for these classes are all area experts.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THIS COURSE HAS BEEN EXTENDED. Register by January 22 at the following link:  www.regonline.com\MCAT-DATprepcourse15

 

MCAT® Exam(s) medical schools accepting for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 application cycles

The AAMC report regarding which MCAT® Exam(s) medical schools will accept for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 application cycles is now posted. The report will be linked throughout the AAMC’s pre-medical and applicant websites and promoted on the AAMC’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can view it directly here: https://www.aamc.org/students/download/398586/data/mcatexampolicy.pdf.  AAMC will update and repost the report as appropriate based upon communication with medical schools about changing policies.

Special Program in Medicine hikes up Talcott Mountain to Heublein Tower

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On Sunday, November 3rd the SPiM took a trip to Talcott Mountain State Park to hike up to the Heublein Tower.  It was chilly but we had an awesome time! The group consisted of both undergraduate students as well as medical students in the program and it was a great chance for both groups to catch up as well as make some new connections.  The weather, the views, and the company were all great!