Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Doctor is In: Volume 1

PHA is thrilled to introduce our new blog series, “The Doctor is In”, featuring monthly articles and photographs from Dr. Don Batisky.

For those who don't know, Dr. Batisky is PHA's Executive Director. In addition to his work with PHA, Dr. Batisky is a practicing pediatric nephrologist and a professor in the Emory School of Medicine.

The Doctor is In, Volume I 

Reflections on the summer come to mind as we start a new semester and a new academic year.  It’s that time of year when the biggest question that you might be asked is ‘how was your summer?’  I’m not sure about you, but I had a very busy summer and it’s not really over yet.  The current calendar is a challenge.  We finish the academic year in May, which really is still spring time, and we return now at the end of August, so there is still a bit more summer to go.  My summer was busy.  Busy with all the usual things…travel for both work and vacation, catching up on projects that don’t get done during the school year, enjoying time with family and friends, spending time in the hospital and the clinic seeing patients, and of course, waiting for students to return. 

I’m going to use this opportunity to tie together a couple of my interests.  I am an amateur iPhone photographer, and I enjoy traveling.  In addition, as I work my way through the day to day goings on of my life, I reflect and try to pull together elements of life that might seem a bit disconnected.  So, I plan to use this space to share a pic or two that I took, and then I will try to add some insight into that pic. Maybe an idea of why I took it, and what struck me about that view.

Here’s the first one:
One of the trips that I took this year was to participate in TRACE, The Renaissance Academy at the Center for Ethics, which allowed me to spend a week in Italy. During one of the sessions while in Matera, one of the other participants was discussing his experience and posed a question to our group: “Is art a window or a mirror?’ In other words, can we see ourselves in art or is art a look at the world from another perspective. As I thought more about that, it struck me that art can actually be both -- a window and a mirror. And then a couple of days later, while wandering through an old castle, I stumbled upon this view. A room of art that had an actual mirror in it! And it became even more apparent to me that art can serve this dual purpose.

The other metaphor that seems appropriate about this pic is that one must take time to reflect. To stop, to notice, to observe and to participate. As the academic year kicks off, I encourage you to also take that time to reflect on all that is happening around you. Here’s hoping that we cross paths and share stories. I encourage you to stop by the Pre-Health Advising office to meet all of us, to share some stories, to tell us about your summer. And to take time to reflect on what you’re doing…and why you do it as well.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Apply to Join Emory Undergraduate Medical Review

The Emory Undergraduate Medical Review (EUMR) publishes student and faculty-authored research and commentary on cutting-edge medical issues. They also host a variety of medically-related events on campus. 

Interested in getting published and working with medical and academic professionals from Emory, Yale, and the Mayo Clinic? Apply to join the editorial board today! Applications are due at midnight on September 6, 2019.
 Questions? Email

Friday, August 9, 2019

Winship Cancer Institute Fall Volunteer Applications

Apply to volunteer at Winship Cancer Institute! Applications for the Fall semester are now open and will close on August 16, 2019.

Winship provides college student volunteers with the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience that makes a difference in the lives of patients, families, visitors, and staff everyday. They have a variety of opportunities that will help fuel your genuine desire to serve others and explore the careers available in health care. All student volunteers are required to serve for 10 weeks and commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Association of Academic Physiatrists Survey

Interested in learning more about a rapidly growing medical specialty? Take this survey from the medical student council of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP). 

AAP is a national organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). They are interested in helping pre-medical students at the undergraduate level learn more about the field of physiatry (PM&R). To do this, they are conducting a national survey to determine what pre-medical students know about PM&R, and what they can do to intervene and support students who may be interested in pursuing this field. 

For completing this survey, and a short follow-up survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon gift card up to $50. There will be six total winners (two $50 winners and four $25 winners)! 6 total winners! Each winner will also have an opportunity to speak with members of the national AAP Medical Student Council via video chat or phone call, and will have a chance to ask questions about finding mentors, career choices, leadership opportunities, and more. 

Complete the survey here: Undergraduate PM&R Survey.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Examkracker's MCAT Marathon

Join Examkrackers for a full day of online MCAT prep. Instructors will provide two-hour reviews on each section of the test. This session is ideal for those taking the MCAT in August or September, or if you are doing self prep and just need some verification of what you're doing. Benefits of this review day include:
  • Mini lecture review for clarity
  • Passage Practice Exam to work on time management and understanding right from wrong answer choices
  • Held in live time - ask your questions on the spot through the interactive format
  • Recordings available for up to two weeks after the event, so you can continue your review
  • Condensed and concise
Examkracker's MCAT Marathon takes place on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 10:00am-10:00pm. The cost is $149. Register here:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Choose DO: Medical School Online Fair

Don't miss your chance to meet with representatives from 35 of the nation’s osteopathic medical schools at the Choose DO Medical School Online Fair. Get answers to your most pressing questions with zero travel required! Free for all prospective students to attend. 
  • Watch live presentations and meet with medical school admissions representatives, faculty, and current students in online chat sessions
  • Learn more about the profession, the application process, and life as a med student
  • Conveniently explore which medical school is right for you
  • Connect with multiple schools at once
Log in anytime from 10:00am-8:00pm EST on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 to participate.  Register at the link above.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Apply to Volunteer at CHOA for the Fall 2019 Semester

The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) College Volunteer Program is now accepting applications for the Fall semester! Applications are only accepted through August 7th, 2019, so make sure to apply now so you don't miss this excellent opportunity to gain valuable clinical community service experience!
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • More Info:

Friday, July 26, 2019

St. George's University School of Medicine Info Session

St. George’s University School of Medicine will be hosting an information session in Atlanta on Monday, August 5. Enjoy coffee, tea, and snacks while chatting with graduates of the program.  There is a short presentation during this meet and greet which will present the program and the campus. 

If you are interested in learning more about the SGU School of Medicine, see the details below: 

Monday, August 5, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Thursday, July 25, 2019

AADSAS Fee Assistance Program

AADSAS is still accepting Fee Assistance Program (FAP) requests for the current application cycle. FAP covers the application fee for up to three dental school designations in AADSAS (valued at $467). Applicants who have not yet submitted their applications are eligible to apply for the program. For more information, please visit the ADEA AADSAS Help Center.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Apply to be on an Emory Synapse Committee

Emory Synapse, a student-led organization that helps provide support for individuals with brain injury and increases brain injury awareness, is currently accepting applications for Committee positions for the 2019-2020 school year. They have open positions on the following committees:
  • Buddy Program
  • Outreach
  • Event
  • Peer Support
  • Publicity
  • Quality Improvement
For descriptions of the different roles as well as the application for each Committee, please review the following document: Synapse Committee Roles and Application. Students are encouraged to apply for as many roles as they'd like. Applications are due Friday, August 9th.