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Finding Success in Your First 90 Days on the Job

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I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion on the ways to ensure success in the first weeks of a new job.   The panelists were members of F&M’s Leadership Council who provided a wealth of insightful advice and wisdom for graduates (and others) who may be in the midst of transitioning to a new professional role. 


Alumni Who Care

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I can blather on as a pre-health advisor until I’m blue in the face, encouraging and cajoling and policing the every move of our students as they prepare for lives after college as doctors, PAs, dentists, vets, PTs, nurses, and the like, but no advice is more powerful than the advice coming from someone who has traveled down the path just ahead of you.  Alumni have a potent impact on how pre-health students view the professions they are intending to enter.  As a College and as Health Professions Advising at OSPGD, we have made some real strides this year to engage the alumni in healthcare . . .


Write, Revise, Revise Some More

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. . . If you don’t worry about uttering perfect sentences but rather dive into a draft bravely, knowing that you will go through many drafts before you’re done; if you actually do revise many times (and allow enough time to do this); and if you have someone you trust read your work for tone, typos, and grammar, you will maximize the impression you make on this crucial part of your application to health professional school.  Remember, the overall objectives for the personal statement are to tell them something in-depth that they do not learn from another part of your application, and ultimately to make them want to invite you for an interview.  Reveal something meaningful and unique about yourself, and leave them wanting to know more . . .


How to Ace a Networking Event and Build a Great Network

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Networking is a word that can strike fear in the hearts of many; others are energized by the thought of meeting new people.  At the end of the day, that’s all that networking is: building a network of new people.  The hope, of course, is that the individuals in your network will – at some point – be able to help you: with a job opportunity, by introducing you to another helpful connection, with a service they provide, or by hiring you to represent them.  As the old adage goes, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Why, then, are so many people intimidated by the idea of networking? 


Read, Write, Vote!

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For those of you preparing to apply to health professional school this summer, the time has come to draft your application essay, the document typically referred to as the “personal statement.”  The rest of you are not off the hook, however—those of you who aren't applicants just yet should still write down reflections about your health-related experiences, since keeping a loose “journal” of your volunteering, shadowing (even your extracurricular activities and your research) will help you in several ways along the pre-health path, most practically by building a reserve of material to draw from when application time arrives.  


Hitting a Brick Wall?

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“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

We have all been there…


SouthEast Lancaster Health Services

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SouthEast’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to Lancastrians who have no insurance, and little or no income.  They see a whopping 16,000+ medical patients annually who make approximately 90,000 visits (not including about 18,000 annual dental visits).  And all on a shoestring budget.  “We make dresses out of drapes,” Kedren has told me.  “Dresses out of drapes . . . it’s an informal motto around here.”  Like Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, SouthEast is short on resources, long on resourcefulness.  Out of necessity, they get creative . . .


Decisions, Decisions: How to Negotiate a Better Financial Aid Offer

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It’s that time of year again: the flowers and trees are budding, the birds are chirping …. well, not so much this year.  BUT, the law school acceptances are starting to roll in.  Congratulations to those of you who have received law school acceptances – your hard work in school, on the LSAT, and in crafting a perfect law school application has paid off!  For many of you, however, the most difficult part of the process is just beginning: decision-making...


Public Health: Vast & Various

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“What I'm not clear on is what I'd actually do with a degree in public health”. . .  This is a sentiment I hear pretty frequently in my line of work.  A Masters in Public Health leads to a wide variety of career options, so wide that students often have a hard time imagining their future professional lives . . .


The LSAT: Fiction, Facts, and Advice

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If you’re planning to apply to law school next year – or at any time in the future – one looming hurdle likely stands in between you and that all-star application: the LSAT.  The LSAT is one of the most important pieces of your law school application, if not THE most important piece.  Why is that, you might ask?