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March 2014, Issue 5

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national pre-health honor society for distinguished students who wish to pursue a career in one of the healthcare fields.

VA Volunteering opportunities By: Elizabeth Durante It can be a daunting task to find a volunteer opportunity that gives you great clinical experience and fits into your busy schedule. Volunteering at a VA hospital is a great way to gain valuable clinical experience hours. It is very easy to get involved at a VA hospital. As a government institution, a VA hospital relies heavily on volunteers and how they can fill the needs of the hospital rather than an excess of paid employees. Thus, the only requirement to volunteer is filling out an interest form and attending some form of orientation. I thoroughly enjoyed the hours I spent at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital in Charleston, SC where I not only

gained volunteer hours, but also the majority of my shadowing hours. As a volunteer, I was able to greet patients and their families, run samples to the lab, and escort patients. Wile escorting patients, I was able to see many different wards and testing areas in the hospital. The most beneficial part of my experience was that I was able to become close to the emergency room physicians while volunteering. This provided easy connections for shadowing. I learned so much more from shadowing the physicians at the VA than any other physicians I shadowed. They treated me as part of the team, guiding me through patient consults, the electronic medical record database, ordering

tests, and allowing me to accompany them on rounds of the admitted ward. While I rounded with them I was among medical residents and the attending. They also included me and asked me to contribute to the discussions on patient treatment. I watched numerous non-sterile procedures and even assisted in taking x-rays. There is also no set time obligation since many of the volunteers also have student requirements. Because I was at the VA attached to MUSC, I was paired with an M3 who took me to his noon seminar classes in between rounds. If you are looking for ways to gain clinical experience this summer, see if there is a VA hospital near your hometown.

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During the month of March: Lorem Ipsum

On March 16th, a physician assistant came and spoke to AED members about the differences in MD and PA programs. She provided valuable information about the choices that led her to the particular field and how students who are still unsure about the path they would like to take can learn more about the program and its many advantages.

Finals Week Anxiety? By: Cole Mumpower


On March 30 , AED held its annual induction ceremony in which new inductees were formally welcomed into the organization. Directly after, members were given the opportunity to participate in a discussion panel with current AED members who have been through the medical school application process.

As finals approach, it is natural for students, especially pre-med students, to become overwhelmed and stressed. As classes get harder, many students find that their methods of studying need to be refined. No matter the class, it is vital to be aware of various study tactics and tips, as they may be very beneficial. As a pre-med student, I too, have found that many of the study methods I used as a freshman, and even as a sophomore, do very little for me when preparing for upper-level Biology and Chemistry exams. I have spent a lot of time researching ways to incorporate my previous study methods into newer and more intricate techniques. John’s Hopkins University has a wonderful article on its website that provides students with a list of such tips, many of them being common knowledge to the typical pre-med student. However, it can be very easy to run off course and overlook how important each step really is. Here is a brief list of

some of the suggestions I found on the website and those that, from personal experience, seem to be extremely beneficial: • •

Take the most detailed notes possible in class. Review these notes the same day that you write them, rather than waiting until the night before the exam. Re-write the notes to ensure that you understand them entirely. Read the corresponding page numbers in the text, as this can tie up loose ends in lecture notes. Practice solving problems. If practice problems are not provided, search for them. Make flashcards whenever possible, as they allow you to quiz yourself in an independent setting. (Continued on Page 3)

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Form study groups. Studying with other students can be beneficial, as they may understand and be able to explain the information in a more simplistic manner than the professor can. ALWAYS ask for help! Most professors love what they do and enjoy spending time with students during their office hours. This is the perfect time for one-on-one help. If your professor doesn’t seem to want to help, there are others that are just an email away.

Seeking advice? By: Allie Stugart Some of the most influential people I have talked to who have helped me finalize my decision to pursue medical school are those who have most recently gone through it themselves. My advice for anyone who is on the fence regarding the decision is to talk to someone who is in medical school or in the process of completing his/her residency. While shadowing doctors who have been in the field for many years and who are experts at what they do can give you insight, talking to someone who is just starting out is just as important. I had two different experiences with future doctors who each gave me great advice. The first conversation I had was with a fourth year medical student who was attending Wake Forest School of Medicine. I had asked for any advice she might have on the medical school application process and how she was enjoying her time there. She applied to medical school because she had the grades to get in and everyone told her that she would make an excellent doctor. Her advice was to make sure that medical school is 100% the path you want to take, because looking back, if she had known what it involved, she probably wouldn’t have chosen medical school. Having never really been exposed to the medical field before starting these four years, the long hours and challenging experiences were beginning to make her question her decision. Talking to her didn’t make me feel encouraged about my future; it only made me worry. The second conversation I had was with a graduate of UNC School of Medicine who was about to move to Nashville, Tennessee to begin her residency in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt. Her point of view on medical school and becoming a doctor was completely different than that of the first girl I spoke with. She loved her medical school experience and offered encouragement to me to pursue my dreams. She had a heart for people who needed help, loved to learn about medicine, and enjoyed traveling around the world to provide healthcare to those who were without it. The difference between these two students showed me what a successful medical student looks like: one who is confident in her decision to pursue a medical career, one with a passion for helping those in need, and one who is motivated to work through the challenges. I would encourage anyone who is planning on applying to medical school to talk to students who have been through because their views can really g you perspectives and assurance that other’s cannot.

Upcoming Events: April 13th Kaplan speaker and executive elections for the upcoming 2014/2015 academic year (6:30 pm in PSC 002)

March 2013, issue 5


Elizabeth Durante

Cole Mumpower

Allie Stugart

Senior double major: dance performance/choreography and biology

Junior biology major chemistry minor

Sophomore biology major

Aed contact info Faculty Advisor: Dr. Handy ( President: Andy Lin ( Vice President: Adam Richardson ( Secretary: Shalini Tailor ( Treasurer: Zach Buchanan ( Historian: Humna Fayyaz ( Reporter: Katie Lucas ( Service Co-Chair: Milan Shah ( Service Co-Chair: Amy Hartman ( Social Co-Chair: Kelsey Williams ( Social Co-Chair: Paige Schroder ( Fundraiser Chair: Jennifer Grimm ( Induction Co-Chair: Tyler Goodwin ( Induction Co-Chair: Dan Robertson ( Newsletter Chair: Cole Mumpower ( For more information about Alpha Epsilon Delta and how you can get involved, visit our website

AED Newsletter Issue 5  
AED Newsletter Issue 5