An informational meeting for the 2020 Chronic Illness Case Competition, presented by the Office of Career Development and the Dr. Kiran. C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. During this competition, teams will work on building a strategy to treat a patient’s chronic illness as well as to promote patient wellness.
According to Olivia Fogel, an ExEL and career advisor at the Office of Career Development, “We are encouraging students in the pre-medicine, pre-health and nutrition departments to solve a case that we provide to them. This [case] happens to be a scenario about a young woman who is suffering from type two diabetes, and the teams will have to conduct research and write a synopsis on that research. If they are selected, the top three [teams] will get to present to nutrition faculty, who will then choose first, second and third place.” Competitors, in teams of up to two students, will conduct research in order to present a treatment plan for the patient. Students who compete are able to take either allopathic or osteopathic approaches to solve the problem. The proposal based on the student’s research should be approximately six pages, according to the Office of Career Development. Every competitor will receive one ExEL credit, as well as the top three teams receiving monetary prizes. The prize for first place is $150.
“With this case competition, if students are interested in pursuing a [career in a] pre-health area, whether that is in nutrition or public health or medicine, it is not enough to just get some grades and get good MCAT scores to go to medical school. You need to show that you can actually apply your knowledge and I think this is an interesting way of doing it.”
Team proposals are due by 11 p.m. on March 22. Students that are interested in competing in the 2020 Chronic Illness Case Competition should attend the meeting on Jan. 23 or contact the Office of Career Development for more information. As of now, the meeting will be held in the Career Office in the Carl DeSantis Building in room 1042. The location may change due to availability and student interest. For further updates, please visit the Office of Career Development’s Handshake page. Students who are unable to make the meeting will have the opportunity to watch the meeting virtually after it has finished. To sign up for a team for the competition, please email Olivia Fogel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emilio Lorenzo at email@example.com.
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