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June 2014

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

Initially this June issue was intended to offer a variety of articles with no particular theme. But then I was inspired.

2. The Birth of LANs in the Northeast

Stephanie Ripley, MA

In the mid 1990’s, an NEAAHP-NEGSA liaison group composed of four medical school admissions deans and four advisors (three of whom were the NEAAHP Executive Committee) was exploring various ways to foster communication and strengthen partnerships.

3. The Philadelphia LAN – Connecting Advisors Since 1997

Connie O'Hara

In technology terms, a LAN is a Local Area Network of computers that are interconnected within a limited geographic area. For advisors in the NEAAHP region, a LAN refers to a network of advisors within a concentrated area of our region...

4. History of the Health Professions Advisors of North Carolina, Inc.

Jeremiah Putnam, PhD

The Health Professions Advisors of North Carolina had its origin at a meeting at East Carolina University School of Medicine on March 12-13, 1993. The meeting, organized by Associate Dean of Admissions, Dr. Dean Hayek,...

5. Collaborations between Health Professions Advisors and Admissions Representatives in Illinois

Bernadette G. So, PhD
andice Eisenhauer, MEd

Illinois has a long standing tradition of bringing together health professions advisors, admissions representatives, and pre-medical students to discuss what it means to be a competitive applicant and share deeper insights to the process of applying to medical school.

6. The Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP)

Tyra Hessel, PhD
Karen de Olivares, PhD

As stated on the website, The Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP) is “a state network of health professions advisors and staff of health professions schools working to promote excellence in health professions advising.”

7. NAAHP 2.0: Pre-Health Advising and Collaboration in the Social Media Age

Kate Fukawa-Connelly, MS

When I learned that small group collaboration was the topic of this issue of the Advisor, my mind immediately went to the ways that I connect with others via social media and technology.

8. Healthcare: Millions of jobs now and in the future

Elka Torpey

In career news, healthcare is everywhere. That’s because the healthcare industry is projected to add more jobs—over 4 million—than any other industry...

9. A Postbac Primer or, A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, except when it is a Daffodil

Carol Baffi-Dugan, MA

One particularly noteworthy phenomenon in the medical school applicant pool beginning in the 90’s is the growth in the “non-traditional” population- those applicants over 23 years of age.

10. Enrichment, Mentoring and Support Help Minority Students

Gustavo Stern, MD, FACS
Cherie Gallardo

Admission to medical school and other health related professions requires high GPAs, competitive admissions tests scores and a portfolio of extracurricular activities that demonstrates the students is well rounded.

11. "What's in a Name?"

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

It is no longer accurate to use the following pairs of terms interchangeably: osteopathy and osteopathic medicine; osteopath and osteopathic physician; college of osteopathy and college of osteopathic medicine.


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