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 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
January 24, 2015 – April 25, 2015
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
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.
Credentials – 2015
2015 Applicants should fill this out as part of their composite profile. Any questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
First Year UNIV/Special Program in Medicine students took a class trip on November 9 to the Bodies exhibit currently open at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.