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March 2014

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

As I look out my window at yet another snow storm, it is hard to imagine that it will be spring when this issue reaches your offices.

2. 10th Anniversary Update of International Medical Schools for U.S. Citizens: Considerations for Advisors and Prospective Students

Paul J. Crosby, M.A.
Robert E. Cannon, PhD

When a student comes to us and says, “I’m considering going to a medical school in another country,” and that student is clearly looking for our help in making a decision, we often are uncomfortable about how to respond...

3. International Students and Medical Education: Options and Obstacles

Joni Krapec, M.A.

As institutions of higher education in the United States increasingly seek to attract a geographically diverse student population, the number of international students has begun to increase not only at the historically research-oriented universities, but also at small, liberal arts colleges nationwide.

4. Voluntourism and Global Health: Preparing Dental Students for Responsible Engagement in International Programs

Brittany Seymour, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Habib Benzian, D.D.S., M.Sc.D.P.D.
Elsbeth Kalenderian, D.D.S., M.P.H.

Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) estimates that nearly 25 percent of its predoctoral dental students have expressed an interest in global health, including traveling abroad to conduct research or to volunteer in a project.

5. Undergraduate Preparation in Research Design and Statistical Reasoning: How Preparation Relates to Research Perceptions of Medical Students

Carol L. Elam, EdD
Linda J. Dunatov, Ed.D
Craig H. Ziegler, M.A.
Karen H. Miller, PhD
Susan M. McDowell, M.D.
Michael L. Rowland, PhD

Many medical school admissions committees require undergraduate research exposure and experiences for applicants to their medical schools.

6. Preparing for the Creation of Online Advising Tutorials for Pre-Health Students

Monica L. Kempland, PhD
David Cluphf, EdD

An action research approach was utilized to begin the process of creating an online tutorial for students applying to health professions programs. Insights and information obtained through survey data and interviews were obtained and analyzed to ascertain the “gaps” in students’ knowledge about the application process.

7. Medical School Interview Attire - Common Knowledge or Urban Legend?

Jan Reichard-Brown, PhD
Paul Dion, PhD
Brenda Fabian, MA

Applicants offered an interview for medical school experience a significant amount of stress shopping for and selecting the appropriate clothing for interview day.

8. Genetic Counseling Revisited

Robert Cannon, PhD
Nancy Callanan, MS, CGC
Randi Stewart, MS, CGC
Melanie Hardy, MS, CGC

In 2008, The Advisor published an article titled “Genetic Counseling as a Career Option: The Role of Health Professions Advisors” as a means of informing health professions advisors about the profession.

9. Book Review "Knocking on Heaven’s Door"

Barbara Huntington

Ostensibly, I was eager to read Katy Butler’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door because I wanted to find a book for my students.

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