Friday, June 29, 2012

USF College of Pharmacy Announcement

Please see the following message from Dr. Kevin Sneed, Dean, USF College of Pharmacy:
I have great news to share with all of you!  The USF College of Pharmacy (COP) family is proud to announce that it was awarded candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors in June 2012.  The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period.  ACPE states that graduates of a program with Candidate accreditation status have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program.  This marks a great step in the development of our pharmacy program!

We hope you can share in the enthusiasm that the University of South Florida has for our program.  We are building a progressive and transformative program that will meet the needs of a quickly evolving healthcare landscape.  Our faculty and staff are striving to develop a program that will not only meet but exceed the highest standards and expectations of ACPE.  We are grateful to be a part of a collaborative community of pharmacy practitioners here in Florida, and we are very thankful to everyone that contributed to this important endeavor. This action by ACPE is validation of the important work we all strive to do in accomplishing the College's mission: to develop outstanding pharmacist clinicians that provide educational, preventive, and therapeutic pharmaceutical care services to patients,  communities, and health care providers with foundational principles based upon innovation, leadership, achieving interprofessional collaboration, application of clinical evidence, and  life-long learning values.

The USF COP is the only state-funded, metropolitan, comprehensive college of pharmacy in the State of Florida. The College is part of USF Health, which includes the colleges of medicine, public health, nursing and schools of physical therapy and biomedical sciences. Our students will be trained in an interprofessional environment utilizing state of the art clinical resources such as the Center for Medical Learning Simulation (CAMLS).  The college, which enrolled its inaugural class in August 2011, received over 500 applicants for its second class.  The College is encouraged by the quality of applications received. Applications for the third class are already arriving and the number and quality of applicants is only expected to increase now that the College has candidate accreditation status. 

Students can contact the Office of Admissions by email at and/or by phone at 813-974-5699. Mrs. Jackie Grosser, the Admissions Advisor, is available to assist applicants through the application process.  The website ( is a useful resource which  now includes prerequisite guides by school as well as a general evaluation guide. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Volunteer Opportunity - Medical Interpreters Needed

Judeo Christian is a free Clinic located at  120 ½ N. MacDill Avenue, Tampa FL 33607

Here, USF medical students and physicians provide healthcare to patients that could not afford a visit to the doctor.

Because most of our patients are immigrants, our staff frequently needs help from bilingual interpreters (Spanish, if you speak French/Creole there may be a PRN opportunity for you).

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about JCHC, please contact Daniela Aguirre, Interpreter Coordinator, via e-mail.

This is a great learning opportunity if you plan on going into the healthcare field. Even if you are a non-medical major, this is a fun volunteering experience.

A link to a flyer for their free medical interpreting course is below.   Although it is mandatory to attend the course, you do not need to attend the session on June 9 to become a volunteer.

The times that the clinic is most in need of volunteers is Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-5pm and some Wednesdays from 5-9pm.

Here is the website to the Clinic if you want more information!

A Brief Guide to Osteopathic Medicine, For Students, By Students

AACOM is very proud and excited to share with students a brand new, comprehensive guide, written by current osteopathic medical students, Patrick Wu and Jonathan Siu, from Touro University California, designed to help aspiring physicians understand osteopathic medicine and the path to becoming an osteopathic physician.

The 32-page guide
 • explains what osteopathic medicine is and what a DO does
 • explores the philosophy and history of osteopathic medicine, from its U.S. origins to its worldwide reach today
 • outlines osteopathic manipulative medicine techniques (OMM)
 • presents the growing opportunities available for osteopathic medical students and DOs.

The PDF download available free of charge and is found at:

With all best wishes from AACOM!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Dental Students - ADEA Workshop & Recruitment Fair, March 16!

The American Dental Education Association is hosting the ADEA GoDental Workshop and Recruitment Fair for Predental Students in conjunction with ADEA’s Annual Session and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

Yes, this is during Spring Break, but if you are interested in dental school this is a great event to attend if you can.

ADEA GoDental Workshop and Recruitment Fair for Predental Students and Advisors
Friday, March 16, 2012, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Bonnet Creek

This interactive workshop offers something for everyone—ranging from students who are just beginning to explore careers to those who have already set their sights on dental school.

Participants will learn about careers in dentistry, what dental school is all about, and hear tips from admissions officers about submitting a successful application. This year, students can attend a variety of workshops throughout the day. Current students and recent graduates will talk about their experiences and the challenges they overcame to realize their career goals. Participants can meet and talk with admissions officers from dental schools throughout the U.S., can learn about financing a dental education, and can learn about enrichment programs to better prepare for dental school.

• Registration is online and free. Students and Advisors should be advised to visit to register. (ADEA asks that participants register to ensure that they have enough meals for everyone.)
• Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at no cost to participants.

The agenda and all up-to-date information is available on Questions about the event can be submitted to ADEA staff at

USF Health Careers Expo - March 21

On March 21st, from 11 AM to 2 PM, in the MSC Ballroom, the Undergraduate Health Council (representing all health-related student orgs on campus) is holding their 3rd Annual Health Career Expo. This is a great opportunity for you to meet admissions representatives from in-state pharmacy schools, dental schools, physical therapy schools, medical schools, and even PA schools! Also, there will be a personal statement workshop.

Hope to see you there! If you have any questions please e-mail the UHC at or the President, Janel Hanna, at

LECOM Open House - March 10!

Prepare yourself at LECOM!

•College of Osteopathic Medicine
•School of Pharmacy
•School of Dental Medicine

Come join LECOM on Saturday, March 10, 2012 for their On Campus Day at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Bradenton, FL campus:

5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 756-0690

Schedule of Events

College of Medicine
10:30 a.m.: Registration
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Osteopathic Medicine presentation
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Building tour/Light refreshments

School of Pharmacy
10:30 a.m.: Registration
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Pharmacy presentation
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Building tour/Light refreshments

School of Dental Medicine
10:30 a.m.: Registration
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Dental Medicine presentation
12:45-1:30 p.m.: Building tour/Light refreshments

RSVP to Dolly Longley at (941) 756-0690 or
Professional dress is required

Monday, February 20, 2012

Undergraduate Health Council Newsletter - February

Want to know what all the pre-health organizations on campus are up to? Check out the the Undergraduate Health Council's February newsletter. The newsletter contains meeting times and locations, officer contact info, and other news and events - everything you need to get involved with pre-health on campus!

Click on title of post for link to newsletter.

Monday, September 26, 2011

MCAT Data: How Do Retakers Do?

The AAMC makes available a lot of MCAT exam data, including percentages of test-takers earning scaled scores and how retakers tend to do on each section of the MCAT: