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June 2015

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

Take a break from reviewing personal statements, looking over lists of schools, advising about MCAT scores and writing letters of recommendation, and enjoy the articles in this summer issue of The Advisor.

2. The Advisor Hits “The Big 50”

Peter S. Van Houten, EdD

Thinking that they might have historical value someday, I saved the first four issues of The Advisor these many years.

3. Preparing (and Sharing) for Change: The AAMC-Pre-Health Collection

Bruce Branan, PhD
Janet Hart, PhD
Patricia Kreke, PhD

In response to a request from health professions advisors, the AAMC developed the Pre-health Collection (AAMC-PHC) as part of the iCollaborative on the MedEdPortal, a space where free learning resources are readily accessible for student and faculty use.

4. Development of a Community-Wide Clinical Shadowing Program

Olivia R. Ware, BA
James E. Russo, PhD
Kenneth HZ Isaacs, MD
Carol C. Teitz, MD

Medical schools expect premedical students to have a strong understanding of medical practice prior to applying. Frequently, students gain this experience through clinical shadowing.

5. Advising the Older Prehealth Student - Challenges and Rewards

Charles A. Ferguson, PhD

Urban university classrooms look very different today than they did thirty years ago. Classes are a very heterogeneous mix of students from multiple cultures, backgrounds, and ages.

6. Validating Use of a Critical Thinking Test for the Dental Admission Test

Tsung-Hsun Tsai, PhD

The purpose of this study was to validate the use of a test to assess dental school applicants’ critical thinking abilities. The intent was to include this test on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) if it was shown to enhance the DAT’s validity.

7. Book Review "Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End"

Reviewed by Robert E. Cannon, PhD

I learned a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn’t one of them. (Being Mortal, page 1)

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