Oakland University
Pre-Professional Advising
In this week's edition:
Pre-Professional Advising Information
  • Blogs, Upcoming Live Workshops and Recorded Mini Workshops (listed below)
  • (NEW) Interview Overview Workshop 8/18 at 12:00 PM
  • Email preprofadvising@oakland.edu for assistance
Important Information 
  • Science of Vision Course continues. Awareness. 
  • (UPDATED) Job Opportunies
  • (UPDATED) Volunteer Opportunities
  • (NEW) Save the Date: Dr. Sherket B. Peterson Scholarship for URMs Pursuing Health Careers Application Opens August 15

Pre-Professional Advising Information 

Pre-Professional Advising is currently conducting all in-cycle appointments, weekly general questions and workshops virtually. Please make all requests for advising through email (preprofadvising@oakland.edu). 
Tips for the upcoming Application Cycle or if you are applying next year..


Pre-Professional Advising Upcoming Virtual Workshops (Live)

Mini Workshops (Recordings)

Science of Vision Course continues. Awareness. 

BIO 4224, CRN 44266
FALL 2022, DH 112, 4.0 CREDIT HOURS.

This course was taught by several Eye Research Institute (ERI) faculty since the early 2000s and most recently by ERI Emeritus Professor Barry Winkler, Ph.D. FARVO. Dr. Winkler was also a past director of the Honors College during an important period for its growth at OU. Dr. Winkler is one of the most popular instructors at Oakland University and he taught favorite courses about
the intersections of science and society in the OU Honors College. Dr. Ken Mitton, Ph.D. FARVO, is taking over the Science of Vision course and integrating some guest lectures from other ERI faculty as well as an optometrist and computer scientist. The implications of vision health for different societies will continue in the curriculum, a valuable aspect of the course first introduced by Dr. Winkler. Island of the Color Blind, by Dr. Oliver Sachs will be read by students in addition to the bioscience articles utilized. This course is designed to use authoritative and free online vision science texts to reduce book costs.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to describe eye anatomy and development, visual transduction, retinal circuitry, brain pathways, color vision, principals of physiological optics, blinding ocular diseases (cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, AMD, inherited retinal diseases), ophthalmic medical imaging methods, current treatments, gene therapy, and the use of human genomics. Authentic assessment will be employed to develop critical academic skills:
communication and illustration, evaluation of information sources, evaluation of research papers, and exploring the impact of visual impairment on individuals and human relationships within societies and economies.

Official Prerequisites listed are: BIO 2600 or BIO 3620 or BIO 3220 with a grade of (C) or higher. (Other courses can be considered upon consultation with Dr. Mitton and the Department of Biological Sciences.)
Course format: on-campus meetings

Name: Dr. Kenneth P. Mitton (PhD, FARVO)
Office Location: 412 Dodge Hall (DH), Eye Research Institute
My drop in hours: are on Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment. (Times may change as needed.)

You can reach Dr. Mitton with questions at 248-370-2079 or at mitton@oakland.edu

Oakland's Eye Research Institute began as an institute of Biological Sciences in 1969 and its first director Everett Kinsey, Ph.D. was the recognized father of the National Eye Institute at the NIH. Creation of the NEI was Dr. Kinsey's idea and he gathered support to have the US Congress form the NEI also in 1969. Dr. Mitton holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and completed post-doctoral fellowship training at Virginia Tech, the National Eye Institute / NIH, and the Kellogg Eye Center, Human Genetics, University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Mitton joined the ERI in 2001 and has made fundamental discoveries regarding photoreceptor gene regulation, genetics of retinal diseases, and most recently developed a novel protein therapeutic for repair of the retinal vasculature that is now in commercial development. He is a past elected president of the OU-AAUP, OU's faculty union, and directs the ERI's Summer Undergraduate Program in Eye Research. Dr. Mitton is also an adjunct associate professor in the OUWB School of Medicine and directs the Pediatric Retinal Research Laboratory of the ERI.

Job Opportunities

1. Vascular and Endovascular  Associates 
Vascular and Endovascular Associates in Troy and Southfield is hiring a part-time medical scribe. While no previous scribing experience is needed, you should be able to type about 50 words per minute. Your role will be to type the medical history during patient visits and to help prepare the notes for visit documentation. This is an opportunity to form relationships with physicians and learn in a clinical setting, pay is $15/hour.  Candidates must be available to work at least 2 shifts per week. Shifts are a full day from 7:30am - 4:30pm. The office is looking to hire as soon as possible. If you are a student and your schedule changes each semester, the office will work with you to accommodate the changes. 
If interested and available, please reach out to the scribe trainer, Autumm, at heeterautumm@gmail.com
2. Millennium Cardiology
Dr. Vicky Savas, MD owns a Cardiologist's office in Southfield and is looking to hire a Clinical/Office Assistant, Medical Office Assistant and Wellness Program Assistant.  She is looking to hire right away!
3. Respite Caregiver needed
Here is a job opportunity for anyone interested in being a respite caregiver. I've copied and pasted a description of the job's details/responsabilites. 

Job Details: 
We are seeking a compassionate, upbeat, and patient individual to care for our 16-year-old daughter with significant special needs. She has a rare chromosome disorder and is nonverbal with an autism diagnosis.  She is small for her age.  She is on the Children’s Waiver Program; pay will be approximately $19-20 through MORC.  They do require a background check and several paid training sessions before starting.  She requires help with all daily life skills and supervision for safety.  Her favorite activities are watching YouTube videos, playing with cause-and-effect toys, and being sung to; she’s not picky on ability and will share the best smile!  We are looking for help on the weekend (highest priority, hours/day(s) flexible).  We are also open for hours any time after 2:30 on Wednesday and/or Friday. We are located in the southeast area of Rochester Hills. If interested, please reach out to Melissa Pavloff at 248.895.9511 (call or text) or mjmmonty@yahoo.com for more information. Thank you!
4. PT Tech Opportunity
My name is Andrew Blackwood and I am the lead physical therapy technician at Waterworks Physical Therapy in Dearborn, Michigan. We are contacting our local universities about an opportunity for their allied health students to gain experience in a healthcare setting. We have positions available as a Physical Therapy Technician. This position offers on the job training, as well as flexible scheduling that will work around class schedules. If you know any students who may be interested in this position, have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact me or our clinic’s directors, Karen Mitchell. 
Here is our contact information:
5. Rochester Hills Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Medical Volunteers Needed - Michigan Senior Olympics
The Michigan Senior Olympics are in need of medical volunteers to assist at the upcoming Summer Games in August. Valid CPR, FIRST AID, and AED certification is required. Our event coordinators are all certified as well but we like to have a couple helpers. Most of the events take place in the Rochester/Troy/Waterford areas. The MSO is a non-profit organization that runs sporting events for ages 50+. 
2. Michigan Senior Olympics
The Michigan Senior Olympics need medical volunteers to assist at the upcoming Summer Games in August. Please share this link with any students who might be interested. Valid CPR, FIRST AID, and AED certification is required. Our event coordinators are all certified as well, but we like to have a couple helpers. Most of the events take place in the Rochester/Troy/Waterford areas. The MSO is a non-profit organization that runs sporting events for ages 50+.Here is the contact email if you are interested: becky@michiganseniorolympics.org>

3. Volunteer with FernCare for the 2022 Dream Cruise
Dream Cruise is right around the corner and we're looking for a few volunteers to help us at the Credit Union One parking structure (right near FernCare on Nine Mile) on Saturday, August 20. We manage a parking structure for the event organizers and in turn receive a really nice contribution to FernCare!

Available Shifts - need 2-3 people per shift:

This is an EASY volunteer gig! Dream Cruise organizers will be giving out a limited number of specific parking passes for this structure, so everyone has to show their pass to get into this structure! Here is the contact email if you are interested: adiebolt@ferncare.org.

4. Youth Booth Volunteers

Save the Date: Dr. Sherket B. Peterson Scholarship for URMs Pursuing Health Careers Application Opens August 15

Dr. Sherket B. Peterson, an MMEP alum, is excited to offer a funding opportunity to SHPEP, SMDEP, SMEP, and MMEP scholars! With the support of the ADEAGies Foundation and the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), the Dr. Sherket B. Peterson Scholarship provides financial aid in the form of a $3000 scholarship and mentorship to further the education of underrepresented minority (URM) students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. The scholarship honors program alumni who are interested in pursuing a career in a field that will enhance health research or innovation and have the potential to impact the world.

Award Information
One student will receive a $3000 award and one-year of mentorship. A portion of the award, $2500, will be distributed to the awardee’s US college or university on their behalf for tuition expenses and $500 will be distributed directly to the awardee for other educational expenses such as books and/or laptops, grad school applications, etc.

Eligibility Requirements
An applicant must:
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate studies (rising juniors and above)
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • URM pursuing a career in healthcare
  • Be an alumnus of the program (SHPEP, SMDEP, SMEP, or MMEP) 
  • Demonstrate a drive to succeed in their pursuit of a health career, leadership, a passion to create change in their community
  • Demonstrate a commitment to advancing new ideas, concepts, approaches, policies, programs, technologies, potential treatments, or products, that improve healthcare and health disparities. 
Be sure to follow us on social media for updates regarding this new scholarship! 
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