Ever Wonder What It’s Like to Be a Medical Scribe?

Check out this Aspiring Docs Diaries blog written by a premed student about her experience scribing in an emergency department and the lessons she learned. She writes:

Becoming a medical scribe for an Emergency Physician has taught me more about medicine, about passion, and most importantly about the patient, than ever before… I had heard that becoming a medical scribe allows you to accumulate clinical experience, gain exposure that helps with medical school interviews, and write a stronger personal statement. This has rung true as many of my coworkers have left to matriculate to medical school, and credit, in part, their experiences as a medical scribe for their acceptance.

To read more click here.

For opportunities to become a scribe yourself, check out GVSU Scribe Academy  or Scribe America.


MSU EAP Application Available Tomorrow

To any students interested in applying to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Early Assurance Program, the application opens tomorrow, Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 AM.

The application may be found here: http://mdadmissions.msu.edu/Programs/EA/EAP.htm.

It will be due Friday, February 10 at Midnight. Please note that this is earlier than the date posted by MSU CHM.

To apply, students will need to create a User Account in order to log-in to the EAP portal.

  • To create a User Account, they will need to click on the “Early Assurance Applicant” at the bottom of the log-in screen.
  • This will give them instructions on how to create a user account.
  • An AAMC ID is required to create a user account, which can be initiated by registering for the MCAT exam.
  • They will not be able to begin creating an account until the application goes live on Dec 15th

Graduating seniors are welcome to apply for EAP, with the two stipulations as follows:

  • You cannot have a current AMCAS or AACOMAS application, or have applied through AMCAS in the past.
  • You cannot have graduated when they submit their application. So –  a senior who graduated this December 2016 would NOT be eligible, but a senior graduating in May 2017 would be eligible.

Scholarship Opportunities for STEM Students

The Office of Fellowships connects students with several national and internationally competitive awards available to those in STEM and related disciplines. The application portals for each award are now open, with campus and/or national deadlines in January.

DAAD RISE Summer Internships in Germany

  • Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Junior or higher standing (also RISE Professional opportunities for graduate students)
  • Provides fully-funded, 12-week summer internships in major German research institutes across STEM and related disciplines

Goldwater Scholarship 

  • Deadline: January 27, 2017
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore or junior (anticipated graduation date April 2018-December 2019)
  • Intend to pursue a research career in Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy or Psychology.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • $7500/year

Hollings Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • U.S. citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore-standing (or at least 2 years left of degree)
  • STEM disciplines, including  (but not limited to): oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences (geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education) that support NOAA’s programs and mission.
  • $9,500 / years, plus a paid summer internship at an NOAA facility with hands-on practical experience

Application Available for Student Summer Scholars (S3)


As of last Tuesday, November, 1, applications for Student Summer Scholars (S3) and Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) are officially available!

The S3 Program provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 Grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.

The MS3 Program is a half-time program similar to S3 reserved for lower division students and first year transfers.

Both programs are administered through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Applications are available online, and will be accepted through January 27, 2017.

For more information, click here.

Recap: Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair


In case you missed this semester’s Nonprofit Volunteer & Internship Fair, here are some of the volunteer opportunities we thought our Pre-Professional students might appreciate.

  1. Bethany Christian Services’ Refugee & Immigrant Services welcomes refugee and immigrant families and helps them adjust to a new life in the United States. Not only are volunteers needed for transport, childcare, tutoring and mentoring, but their medical team is in need of volunteers to be on call for appointments.  To learn more click here.
  2. Camp Casey is a horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families. Horsey House Calls surprise kids with a knock on the door and a horse on the doorstep for an afternoon of grooming, riding, crafting, pizza and fun all in the family’s yard. To learn more click here.
  3. Emmanuel Hospice is an interfaith collaboration of four local organizations with over 200 years of combined experience providing quality health care services in West Michigan. To learn more click here.
  4. The Grand Rapids Red Project is dedicated to improving health, reducing risk and preventing HIV, providing people with access to the knowledge, tools, information  and support that they need to stay healthy and empowering individuals to make any positive change. There is also the opportunity to become a Status Pro certified to provide HIV/HCV testing, counseling and referrals. To learn more click here.
  5. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County partners with low-income families to build, rehabilitate and repair houses. Having an affordable home to call their own is life changing for a family. To learn more click here.
  6. H.U.G.S. Ranch seeks to encourage mental, emotional, physical and social healing to hurting children and donated, unwanted or rescued horses by allowing them to share together in experience Hope, Understanding, Guidance, and Support (HUGS) in a no-cost, safe, Christian environment. To learn more click here.
  7. Senior Neighbors promotes the health and well-being of Kent County’s older adults through support and referral, wellness, senior centers and home maintenance. To learn more click here.
  8. St. Ann’s is an assisted living and nursing care facility that serves the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being of their residents. To learn more click here.

Don’t see anything that interests you or want to learn more about local volunteer opportunities? Be sure to contact the GVSU Community Service Learning Center.

Student Summer Scholars Program


Are you interested in working alongside a faculty member on a research or creative project during the spring/summer semester?

Consider participating in the Student Summer Scholars (S3) Program!

To learn more, attend one of the information sessions being held next week by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Scholarship (OURS) & the Undergraduate Research Council. Topics of discussion will include changes to the applications, as well as general program information.

These sessions will be held on:

Monday, November 9, from 4-5 PM at Devos 302E (Grand Rapids) &
Tuesday, November 10, from 4 -5 PM at Mary Idema Pew Multi-Purpose Room  030 (Allendale)

For more information, check out the S3 Flyer  or visit their website.

Alternative Breaks Application Deadline


For those of you who are unaware, Alternative Breaks coordinates affordable, week-long service learning trips during winter, spring & summer break, which take place throughout the country & focus on different social & environmental issues.

They are open to all GVSU students who are interested & provide great service & leadership opportunities.

Trip applications are available on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page. However, the application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2015 & approaching quickly, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Scholarship & fundraising opportunities are also available on the OrgSync page.

For more specific information regarding travel dates, pricing & possible areas of service, check out this GVAB Info Night Handout or visit their official website.

Any additional questions may be sent to ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com.