News and Events

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August 28th, 2016:

The annual Southeastern Medical Scientist Symposium (SEMSS) sponsored by UAB, Emory, and Vanderbilt will be November 5-6, 2016 at UAB this year. This meeting is a great way for your students to meet directors of MD/PhD programs from the three schools and to network with current MD and MD/PhD students. It is also a great opportunity for your students to share their research with their peers. Additionally, we are partnering with the Physician Scientists Symposium this year to bring in residents, fellows, and faculty who are training as physician scientists.

Registration and abstract submission are now open. We are also offering travel awards for undergraduates.

  • The deadline for abstract submission/travel award is September 15, 2016.
  • The deadline for online registration is October 15, 2016.

More information can be found in the attached flyers and at

SEMSS Flyers

SEMSS Flyer 2







August 15th, 2016:

Dear all,

I am a medical anthropology professor working with two psychologists on intervention research with Head Start preschool children and their families in West and Central Alabama. The focus of the intervention is school readiness, stress management, social-emotional skills, and mental health. For the past few years, we’ve been regularly involving pre-med students in data collection at the schools, and in lab-based data analysis.

We are once again gearing up for data collection and analysis for the fall semester, and still have openings for additional undergraduate research assistants, especially on the team that I lead which is responsible for physiological assessments. An important part of the project involves measuring objective physiological markers of children’s stress responses.

We offer course credit for those students who can fit additional hours into their schedule, and I’ve written a lot of strong pre-health letters of reference over the past 3 years.


Jason DeCaro | Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

If you are interested, please contact Dr. DeCaro at

August 3rd, 2016:

Greetings! I would love to share a service opportunity that might be of interest to your group! We are working with the university to start a Camp Kesem chapter at University of Alabama in Fall 2016. 

Camp Kesem is a nationwide nonprofit with over 70 college chapters across the United States. Our students work to plan, raise funds for, and execute a free weeklong summer camp for children touched by a parent’s cancer. 

We were hoping you would be able to share this opportunity with any students who you think might be interested. It’s a truly unique service opportunity for students, and we would love to have the opportunity to meet great students there! Feel free to also have them fill out this interest form ( to get more information about Camp Kesem. If you have any questions, you can reach me by email at

August 3rd, 2016:

The Washington Post recently reported that as of 2010 only 27% of college graduates had a job relating to their major.

In industries like healthcare, where job openings are projected to grow by 19% over the next decade, it’s more important than ever to show students the career options available to them and the steps needed to attain their career goals.

In order to address these issues, our team at created a career guide for healthcare which highlights several paths of study, specializations, and medical job positions at all degree levels.

August 3rd, 2016:

Are you passionate about education and helping others succeed? Always on top of the latest social media trends and maybe even dabbling in blog writing? Are you looking for a way to take your resume or grad school application to the next level? Then check this out! The Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador role is perfect for the well-connected student who loves social media and wants to have their creative voice heard!

Join our team and gain valuable experience:

  • Enhanced leadership, marketing, and presentation experience
  • Access to exclusive professional development workshops
  • Exposure to national marketing campaigns
  • $15/hour with flexible hours

Get the inside scoop on the Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador role by checking out this blog from the University of Michigan Kaplan Student Brand Ambassador, Danielle Purtell. To learn more about the role and apply, visit

Please go to the Pre-Health Calendar for a full list of the university’s pre-health related events.

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