Oakland University
Pre-Professional Advising
In this week's edition:
Pre-Professional Advising Information
  • Blogs, Upcoming Live Workshops and Recorded Mini Workshops (listed below)
  • Getting Started Workshop 8/4 at 12:00 PM
  • Email preprofadvising@oakland.edu for assistance
July Campus Events 
  • DPT Informational Meeting 8/2 at 12:00 PM
  • (NEW) Freshman Resume Workshop (In-Person and Virtual)
    8/4 at 10:30 AM
Important Information 
  • (NEW) Science of Vision Course continues. Awareness. 
  • (UPDATED) Job Opportunies
  • (UPDATED) Volunteer Opportunities
  • E-Board Openings 
Off-Campus Events 
  • (NEW) BIOMED Virtual Grad School Fair
  • (NEW) Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) New Brunswick/Piscataway

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)

DPT Informational Meeting

Tuesday, August 2nd at 12:00 p.m.
The DPT admissions coordinator will be hosting in-person DPT Informational Meetings.
A virtual option will also be offered for those who are unable to attend in person.

If you would like to attend, please email dptadmissions@oakland.edu

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. 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. Youth Booth Volunteers

E-Board Openings

  • Aspiring Surgeons
    The Find Your Specialty Organization (FYSO) at Oakland is looking for e-board members (VP and treasurer). FYSO brings together students to meet and to hear from speakers from different medical specialties about their day-to-day lives and about what motivated them to choose the paths that they chose. If you are interested in serving on the FYSO e-board next year, please reach out to Momin Alam at malam3@oakland.edu.
  • American Chemical Society
    The American Chemical Society's Chapter at OU is looking for dedicated students interested in serving as Officers for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year. If you are interested in being a part of our organization please contact Dr. Hayden at: hayden2@oakland.edu. Please note that we welcome any chemistry enthusiast who would like to gain leadership experience to volunteer, regardless of declared major; so anyone is welcome to join! We are very excited to welcome new team members and kick-start the 2022-2023 school year with our group of chemistry enthusiasts!

BIOMED Virtual Grad School Fair

Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus

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