The CCPA Virtual Career Lab: Fall 2020

The CCPA Virtual Career Lab: Fall 2020

The CCPA Virtual Career Lab is designed to accomplish the same goals as if we were in person: to help students Explore, Prepare, Experience, and Launch. Follow the links for details, and to register!     Note: the career labs below do not include employer events through our recruiting program, additional alumni programming, or our popular Fords on Friday alumni career chat series. This year, the Fords on Friday Fall 2020: Social Justice Series is focused on alumni who have dedicated their careers to socially-just causes. Visit Handshake to see all CCPA programming and opportunities.    Weekday Date Time Career Lab / Registration Link Monday August 31 5:00 PM Mapping Out Your Senior Year Wednesday September 2 7:00 PM Watson Fellowship Info Session Wednesday September 9 7:00 PM Employer Perspectives on the Interview Monday September 14 5:00 PM Pre-Health: Haverford-Jefferson Scholars Information Session Monday September 21 5:00 PM Fellowships in Public Service and Policy Wednesday September 23 5:00 PM Pre-Health: MCAT Information Session – co-sponsored with the OAR Wednesday September 23 6:30 PM Pre-Health: Medical School Application Information Session for Applicants Who Plan to Apply in 2021 Wednesday September 30 7:00 PM Grad School 101 – Tips on the Admissions Process . Presented by Donald C. Martin, Ph.D. Monday October 5 5:00 PM Virtual Interviewing Preparation, presented by Vault Wednesday October 7 7:00 PM What’s Your Story? Writing the Personal Statement Monday October 12 5:00 PM LGBTQ+ Job Search 101 Wednesday October 14 7:00 PM Thinking about Law School? Monday October 19 5:00 PM Law School Mock Admissions Panel Wednesday October 21 7:00 PM Creating a Professional Online Presence Monday October 26 5:00 PM...
CCPA Summer Series 2020: Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System

CCPA Summer Series 2020: Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System

By Eliza Brody ’21 Funding Source: Jaharis Primary Care Fellowship This summer, I am interning with Dr. John Russel, the Chair and Residency Director of Family Medicine at Abington-Jefferson Health System through the Jaharis Primary Care Fellowship. I applied for this fellowship because I hope to study medicine, and over the past year, I have become most passionate about patient advocacy. My father spent the better part of 7 months in a hospital before he passed away. Listening to his experience, along with what I learned through the Health Studies courses I have taken at Haverford, where I learned about health disparities and inequities, have opened my eyes to many issues that must be addressed to improve the medical field. I believe this internship will allow me to examine these shortcomings firsthand and learn what doctors and nurses are doing to rectify the poor showings for patient advocacy. I was expecting to work in the office, but in light of the pandemic, I will instead be conducting my internship virtually. This change does limit the extent to which I can truly understand the experience of working in a family medicine office because I will not be interacting with the doctors and patients in person. In fact, working remotely has already presented some challenges. I have had many issues with my login and password to get onto the servers remotely, which I need to access patient records. Additionally, I have to call patients from an email, so I am not using my personal phone. Despite these early obstacles, I am very grateful that Dr. Russel has found a way to accommodate...
Weekly Events: February 24 – March 1

Weekly Events: February 24 – March 1

Walk-in Advising Schedule (15 min drop-in appointments, 2:30-4:30 p.m) Mon- Jennifer Barr Tues- Laura Reiter Weds- Amanda Dennis Thurs- Amy Feifer Fri- Jason Chan Events   Monday, Feb 24 Penn State School of Medicine Info Session  12:30-1:00 pm- Swarthmore College 4:30-5:50 pm- Bryn Mawr,  Park Science Room 245   Tuesday, Feb 25   Simulated Hiring Committee | Resume and Cover Letter Workshop 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, BMC, Dalton Hall, 25 Fidelity’s Boundless Seminar for Young Women 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Online, see link above. Wednesday, Feb 26 Overland Information Session 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, DC- Swarthmore Room Friday, Feb 28 Social Justice & Advocacy Meet Up 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, BMC, College Hall, Great...
CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

CCPA 2019 Summer Series: Tufts Medical Center

Good morning! My name is Sarah Curtis (’20, she/her/hers) and I am a rising senior and biology major. This summer I am sponsored by the Jaharis Fellowship to work in primary care at Tufts Medical Center (Boston, MA). I’m going to take you through an average day of work today, so sit down and strap in! 11:30 am: Arrive at Downtown Crossing Train Station. I clip on my Tufts Employee badge and make my way through bustling downtown Boston, to Tufts Medical Center main hospital. On my way I pass through Chinatown to pick up bubble tea. Outside the tea shop, I run into one of the Mandarin-speaking patients that I see in the primary care office. We do not speak the same language, but we smile at each other in recognition. Tufts serves the diverse immigrant communities in Boston, and through my time at the hospital I have learned a great deal about the demographics of my home city.   12:00 pm: I make my way over to the Outpatient Services building. Sipping on my bubble tea, I climb three flights of stairs and make my way across the indoor “bridge” that separates inpatient and outpatient services. With my badge on, nurses and physicians smile and me, and I feel inducted into the special world of the who have studied the mysteries of the human body. I also make sure to greet every patient I see. I do not know why they wander through the hospital today- maybe to get routine blood work, or have come in for a dose of chemotherapy- but I do know that a smile can really...
CCPA Summer Series: OptumCare

CCPA Summer Series: OptumCare

By Arielle Schultz As a premed Biology major, my Haverford courses have given me ample exposure to the cellular processes at the root of human health. To learn more about the practice of medicine, I knew I wanted to spend this summer engaged in a patient-care centered environment. Thanks to funding from the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Internship, I spent my summer as an intern with a family medicine physician at the OptumCare clinic in Cypress, CA. Family Medicine providers see patients of all ages, which lends to an interesting variety of cases. From children who had incurred sports injuries to senior citizens developing dementia, I observed the full breadth of health care management that falls under the umbrella of Family Medicine. Some patients come in once a year for an annual physical, while others with chronic conditions may need to schedule appointments every 3-4 months. Health care providers have to be able to both manage chronic conditions over several years and quickly diagnose and assess acute illnesses and injuries. The physician I shadowed often said to patients, “Sometimes it’s my job to push you into the medical vortex, and sometimes it’s my job to pull you out.” An advantage of healthcare today is patients’ access to subspecialists who can provide expert care and innovative treatment. But diagnostics can be invasive, treatments have risks, and certain medications have negative interactions. Thus, it is part of the Primary Care provider’s job to distinguish red flags from common symptoms or signs of aging, and to advise the patient and their family on whether to consult further medical care or wait-and-see. I...