Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Dean of Studies Office!

We know how hard you have all worked this past semester. You deserve a festive and restful winter break. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. 

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Best Wishes,
Dean Cohen and Melisa 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Announcement: Dean Cohen's Walk In Hours this week

Dean Cohen will be holding walk in hours this week:
Tuesday December 20th 11:30-12:30
Wednesday December 21st 10:00-11:00

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Announcement: New course for Spring 2017: Human Anatomy

Opportunity: St. Luke's Hospital Needs Volunteers!

Amy Bush is the new Director of Volunteer Services at Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital and expressed a huge need for volunteers to offer time in their inpatient units.
Below is an example of one of the service descriptions 

Contact and Application information:

Mount Sinai St. Luke’s
1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 114th Street
New York, NY 10025
Tel: (212) 523-2188

To apply, please submit the following documents:
  • A completed Application Form
  • One letter of recommendation or completed reference form (not a relative)
  • A resume (recommended but not required)
Please submit the materials by fax, email, or in person. We will consider your application once we have all materials. 

Announcement: Study Rooms Available for Reading Day and Exam Week

Looking for a place to study?

The Dean of Studies Office has you covered!

Study Rooms Available this week and next week:

December 15 8am-11pm - Barnard 117 and Barnard 118 (in Lefrak Library)

December 16-22 8am-11pm - Barnard 404 and Barnard 405.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Announcement: Dean Cohen's Walk Ins Cancelled Today

Good morning students,

Due to a current illness, Dean Cohen is out today and will be cancelling all appointments and her walk in hours. She sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks you for your understanding.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Opportunity: Spring 2017 GET-UP Program at CPS

*Please email for an application*

The GET-UP Program is a free, year-long pre-medical mentorship program that is designed to supplement students’ academic trajectory as they pursue medical school admission. GET-UP Program participants will engage with a network of professionals in medical education and healthcare through mentorship sessions and shadowing experiences. In addition, students will be afforded opportunities to participate in a workshop series constructed to bolster their academic and professional skillset throughout college and medical school. Interactions with medical students and faculty as well as academic counseling sessions will also be incorporated in students’ program experience.

The GET-UP Program will serve up to 50 pre-medical students from Columbia College, Barnard College, and undergraduate programs at the City Universities of New York. Eligible students are US citizens or permanent residents, who have an over-all GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students must be able to attend program sessions on weekday evenings. For the spring 2017 semester the program will run from February until the end of May at Columbia University Medical Center. Participating students will receive free access to program resources.

The GET-UP Program application deadline is January 23, 2017

Opportunity: CUMC Summer Public Health Scholars Program

Visit for more information

Opportunity: Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Scholars Program

Event: 2017 Medical School Winter Workshop

Due to limited capacity, students are encouraged to register early if this wish to be considered for the event. RSVP here:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Opportunity: CU Strive Recruiting Students!

CU STRIVE is a club at Columbia that mentors and tutors youth with sickle cell disease on campus. We recently received funding from the Alternative Break Program to run an advocacy and awareness program related to absenteeism tied to chronic conditions in inner-city public schools. We are looking to recruit students who would be interested in participating in planning and executing our project over Spring break.

If interested, please email Ayesha Firdous at

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Opportunity: Barnard Summer Research Institute

An information session for students interested in doing scientific research with Barnard faculty members this summer will be held on Friday, December 9, from 12-1pm in the James Room.

This is a great opportunity for students to learn about:
  • faculty research 
  • the upcoming 2017 Summer Research Institute
  • how to locate a mentor and secure a summer position
Representatives from each department will speak briefly about their selection procedures. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Event: Application Kick-Off Webinar for 2018 Entry UQ-Ochsner Medical School

The University of Queensland School of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School is now accepting applications for the 2018 entering class. 

To learn more about the program, the application requirements and process, please join the upcoming live UQ Ochsner webinar:
2018 Application Kick-Off Webinar
Wednesday, December 7 7:00 PM (EST)6:00 PM (CST)4:00 PM (PST)

The 2018 application form is available to download at
For complete information about the UQ Ochsner program, upcoming events and admissions requirements, please visit or contact The UQ School of Medicine’s US representatives at MedEdPath:
Whitney Bennett, MA
Director, Enrollment Management
Cell: 646.476.0616
Thea Volpe, Ph.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Cell: 646.648.0213

Event: TONIGHT Medical School Deans' Panel sponsored by Charles Drew Pre-Medical Society

Medical School  Deans' Panel

When: Thurs Dec 1, 2016 at 8 pm
Where: Hamilton 717

Facebook event 
Interested in medical schools in New York City but don't know which ones? 
Please join us THIS Thursday (12/1) at 8 pm in Hamilton 717 at our Deans' Panel. There will be Deans and Directors from THREE of the best medical schools in New York City. They will talk about the curriculum at their various institutions, answer any burning questions you may have about their schools, admissions, the new MCAT, and more! 
Medical Schools Represented:
1. Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
2. Weill Cornell Medical College
3. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Opportunity: CU Institute of Human Nutrition one-year MS in Nutrition Science

Are your students looking for a gap or glide year for Fall 2017?
Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition one-year MS degree in Nutrition Science combines a rigorous curriculum, a thesis research project and professional and leadership development. 

Students can click here to APPLY NOW.
SHADOWING and MOCK INTERVIEWING opportunities include a workshop on personal statements and resumes and a medical school interview information session.

NARRATIVE MEDICINE INTERPROFESSIONAL SEMINAR series integrates students and faculty from across the Columbia University Medical Center.
A RIGOROUS CURRICULUM, including the biochemistry and physiology of macro and micronutrients, nutrition through the lifecycle, clinical and public health nutrition.

AN INTENSIVE RESEARCH PROJECT that can be completed in basic science, clinical nutrition or public health nutrition, with a mentor chosen from more than 100 experts in their fields.

ACCESSIBLE FACULTY and small advisory groups that ensure that students are supported throughout the program.

NEW YORK CITY provides a learning lab for community projects on food security, the built environment, and sustainable food systems.

CAREER PLANNING with a dedicated career services officer to assist students who are applying to jobs or to health professional programs.

Students can view a video of our information session, given by MS Program Director Sharon Akabas, PhD, by Clicking Here.
Contact Us
Contact our Education Coordinator, Kendall Singleton, MPA, or MS Program Director Sharon R. Akabas, PhD at

Opportunity: Apply to be a peer tutor!

Peer-to-Peer learning is an excellent leadership opportunity for students applying to health professional schools, it is also a great addition to a resume and a fantastic way to study for the MCAT! 


Apply to be a Peer Tutor

The Barnard Dean of Studies (DOS) Office and the Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP) are seeking Barnard sophomores, juniors, or seniors to serve as tutors in our Peer-to-Peer Learning programs.  DOS and ASEP Peer Tutors are paid $15/hour, for an average of two to four hours per week, to meet individually or in small groups (no more than three students) with fellow students who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class.  Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include:  Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, and Foreign Language, but other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.

- Successful completion of the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) for which you are applying to tutor
- Empathy, patience, clarity, and kindness
- Commitment to academic integrity
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status
- Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor:
1.  Apply at NACElink ID#34997
2.  Fill out this form.
3.  Make an appointment for an interview.  You may meet with either Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance or Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Associate Director of Collegiate Programs.

Questions? Email  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Announcement: Cycle 2017 Applicants: Tomorrow 12/1 Committee Letter Part II- CL Portfolio Opens

Cycle 2017 Applicants,

Committee Letter Part II- CL Portfolio opens tomorrow December 1st, 2016

To begin Part II, please visit AdviseStream. Under the Apply widget, navigate to your Committee Letter Planner

First time applicants: Committee Letter Part II- CL Portfolio is DUE February 1st, 2017

Re-applicantsCommittee Letter Part II- CL Portfolio is DUE 1 week before your CL interview or by April 1st, 2017. We encourage you to submit as early as possible.

If you have not done so already, please view our Cycle 2017 Application Year Overview Webinar located in the Advising Resource Library in AdviseStream

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Summer Opportunity: Application Open for Project Healthcare Volunteer Program 2017

The Project Healthcare 2017 application is now open! To apply, please click here. Please know, the application will close Sunday, February 5 at 11:59pm. We will offer no extensions.
Annually, the program offers interviews to 130 applicants and accepts 50 to participate in the summer. Interviews will be held two weekends in March 2017. We invite applications from mature, committed, and motivated students who fully accept the demands of Project Healthcare and have a willingness to participate enthusiastically in all aspects of the program. We encourage applications not only from students with a strong interest in healthcare (aspiring doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners, physician assistants, clinical psychologists/psychiatrists, clinical social workers), but also from students who are uncertain about pursuing a career in healthcare. Recent college graduates are also invited to apply. Housing is not provided as part of this program.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Anthony Orneta at
Anthony Orneta 
Program Coordinator
Volunteer Programs
PAVERS, Project Healthcare
Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
NYU School of Medicine

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Event: Elephant in the Womb: The Future of Women's Health in America

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Please join us for a panel discussion this Wednesday, November 30th from 7:30-9:00pm in the 616 lounge on how the election results will affect the status of women worldwide and the future of women's health. 

The panel will include diverse advocates and activists in the field, including a Crime Victims Treatment Center staff member, a THINX student ambassador, Well Women Peer-Educator, and a Barnard SVR advocate to help us start conversations on women's health, clarify questions, and support the fight for women's rights.

Light refreshments from Hungarian Pastry shop will be served. Additionally, we will be handing out $10 vouchers to THINX and raffling off merchandise from the brand. 

The event is sponsored by the 620 RAs, Columbia Pre-Law Society, and THINX. 

We hope to see you there! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Event: NYMC and Touro Dental Presentation at CCNY

Please join the Program in Pre-Medical Studies at The City College of New York as we host representatives of New York Medical College and the NEW Touro College of Dental Medicine:

Edward Farkas, DDS
Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
Touro College of Dental Medicine

Edward C. Halperin, MD
Chancellor and CEO
New York Medical College

Date:          Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time:          12:00 – 2:00 PM
Location:    NAC (North Academic Center) Building
                   Room 0/201

Interested students must RSVP for this event at the following link:

Questions?  Please call us at 212-650-6622 or email us at

Reminder: Columbia Masters in Public Health Luncheon on Wed 11/30

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Event: Bioethics Master of Science Online Information Session 11/30

Please join us for an information session to learn more about Columbia's graduate programs in Bioethics.
Please join us for an information session to learn more about Columbia's graduate programs in Bioethics.
Wednesday, November 30 | 12:00 PM EST | Online
Program director Dr. Robert Klitzman will present along with admissions representatives to provide curriculum, application, and enrollment information. Audience questions are answered during the online forum.
Columbia University's Bioethics programs address critical issues concerning the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in biotechnology and biomedicine, enabling students to study with faculty from across the University, and to draw on the extraordinary resources of its top schools.
Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
Columbia University
Robert Klitzman, Program Director
Klitzman is the director of the M.S. in Bioethics program, and is a professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Columbia University Center for Bioethics, and is the director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center.
We are currently accepting applications.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Barnard College Dean of Studies Facebook's Friday Feature: Dean Cohen!

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Today's feature is Dean Melinda Cohen, our Dean for Health Professions Advising!
FROM: The best state in the country, California!
COLLEGE MAJOR: A DANCE major. Bet you didn't guess that one?!? And an English minor. I jokingly refer to my time as a dancer as my past life, because I don't think I could ever get through a dance class now! I tried a few years ago and couldn't remember the steps to make it through the routine. It was so embarrassing! So now I just enjoy yoga and barre classes.
IF I WEREN'T A DEAN I'D BE A: I honestly LOVE my job (and I'm not just saying that!), but if I weren't in this position and could easily change careers with a snap of my finger, I would love to be a Nurse Practitioner and focus on Women's Health.
LEAST FAVORITE CLASS AS AN UNDERGRAD: Hmmm....I think I've blocked out my worst class. HA! While I tried to enjoy history classes, I was terrible at them (I could never remember all the dates and names). So inevitably those were my least favorite classes despite the interesting content.
FAVORITE CLASS AS AN UNDERGRAD Kinesiology. I also loved my Cultural Anthropology and 20th Century African American Literature class (yay for liberal arts education)
FAVORITE BOOK/AUTHOR: Its so hard to pick! I loved reading this past year All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It was such an interesting and moving story that was beautifully written.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE MY 20-YR-OLD SELF: Study abroad and go travel as much as possible! You don't often have the opportunity or money when you work full time and have young children.
GO-TO-SONGS WHEN SINGING IN THE SHOWER: I'm banned from singing too much in my household because my voice is so terrible (at least according to my husband). Lately, I constantly have nursery rhymes in my head (Old McDonald had a farm...) which I can thank my 2-year-old daughter for.
WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT WORKING AT BARNARD: I absolutely love supporting and empowering young women to pursue health careers and getting to be a part of their journey. It gives me so much pleasure to see students succeed and pursue their passion(s).
UNIQUE FUN FACTS: I grew up in a community with horses and rode horses for a few years when I was younger. I absolutely love animals and wish I could live on a farm.
IF I COULD BE A DISNEY PRINCESS, I WOULD BE... I just watched the Little Mermaid this past weekend with my daughter. I wish I could sing like Ariel.
STRANGEST THING EVER EATEN: I'm not daring enough to have eaten anything that falls into the "strange" category- at least that I know of! I would have to say Liver Pate probably falls closest to this category: I liked the taste of it, but can't bare to think about where it came from or the process to make it.
FAVORITE THING TO SPEND MONEY ON: A night out for dinner and a Broadway show with my husband
THREE THINGS THAT MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY: There are so many things, but if I had to boil it down: my 2 year old daughter, my husband and really great dessert
IF I COULD LEARN ONE RANDOM SKILL, IT WOULD BE: Cake Decorating. I think I'm a good baker, but I can never design my baked goods to look as good as they taste. I also would love to learn flower arrangement. I love flowers and really enjoy working with the different colors, textures and designs.

Opportunity: 2017 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD Students

Applications for the 2017 Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program for Pre-MD-PhD students are now being accepted.
Find out more about the Gateways to the Laboratory Program and its unique blended learning format by clicking here.


Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program in New York City for Pre-MD/PhD Students
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree (this program is run by the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program).
  • 10 weeks of independent research at either Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or The Rockefeller University (all in NYC).
  • Present & participate in weekly journal clubs
  • Scrub into surgeries at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family (who are flown in for the event), friends and colleagues.
  • Receive on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student), as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.
  • Receive a stipend of $4,300 (minus the cost of housing).
  • Gateways alumni are accepted and matriculate in the top MD-PhD Programs in the country!      
For further information (including eligibility) and an on-line application, please visit our website:

Please note, our application deadline is February 1st.

·         Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;
·         Underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds or have a disability;
·         US Citizens/Permanent Residents;
·         Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.