Kristin McJunkins

Director, Health Professions Advising & STEM Connect

Kristin McJunkins

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers

Kristin McJunkins oversees advising and counseling for undergraduates and alumni in Yale College and students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences interested in pursuing further education in the health and medical fields, and is also a general advisor for STEM fields. A longtime higher education professional, Kristin began her career handling event planning and facilities management at Widener University, where she obtained a B.S. in Business Administration and M.Ed. in Education. Transitioning to advising services at the University of Pennsylvania, she coordinated the peer/faculty advising program for 1,600 first year undergraduates as well as managed special services for first-year students and sophomores, in the College of Arts & Sciences. In 2004, Kristin joined Johns Hopkins University as a Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advisor, and since 2006 has worked at Yale University, serving as Director since 2009. Kristin is an active member of the National and Northeast Associations for Advisors in the Health Professions, NACADA (The Global Community for Academic Advising), and the National and Eastern Associations of Colleges and Employers.

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Gap Year and Short-Term Opportunities Before Entering a Health Professions Program

The gap year (s) refers to a period of time – typically one to three years – that may be used to pursue work, travel, service or volunteering in just about any area of interest, before one starts their health professions education.

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Mean, Green Recycling Machines: Undergraduate Scholarship Competition

Mean, Green Recycling Machines: Undergraduate Scholarship Competition

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is hosting a research-based challenge for undergraduate students! The challenge is for students to develop a website on plastic recycling. Students will research their …

By Kristin McJunkins
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Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona

The head of the neurosurgical department at Mayo Arizona, Dr. Bernard Bendok, holds weekly meetings aimed towards individuals interested in neurosurgery in all levels of premedical and medical education called the Circle of Willis.

Meetings are held on Wednesdays at …

By Kristin McJunkins
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Glassdoor Resource for Summer 2022 Internships

Glassdoor has millions of jobs plus salary information, company reviews, and interview questions from people on the inside making it easy to find a job that’s right for you.

Here are some examples of the many internship listings available for …

By Kristin McJunkins
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Altus Assessments (CASPer, Snapshot, Duet)

Altus Suite is a multi-part standardized assessment that evaluates applicants for people skills in a fair and reliable way, while giving applicants multiple opportunities to showcase their unique personal and professional strengths.

For Yale applicants to health professions programs, you …

By Kristin McJunkins
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Inequity and Racism in Health Care

In June 2020, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), with endorsement of other health associations, published a Statement on Police Brutality and Racism in America and Their Impact on Health.  The statement begins by saying:

“For too long, racism …

By Kristin McJunkins
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Health Professions Applicant Preparation Process

2022 – 2023 Application Cycle (more details will be added to this page by the end of October 2021)

Applicant preparation meetings will be held virtually later in the Fall 2021 semester.  Check the event calendar in late-October for information.

The

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Yale School of Medicine Summer Research Opportunities

Yale Summer Undergraduate Medical Research (SUMR) (NIH-NIDDK/KUH)

Yale University School of Medicine invites submission of applications from undergraduate students who are

interested in working in a state of the art research environment under the supervision of established

investigators studying novel …

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Beyond the White Coat Podcast

Beyond the White Coat

At the heart of academic medicine are the individuals—medical students, residents, faculty, practicing physicians, and leaders—who provide unparalleled care to patients & communities across the country and are at the cutting edge of medical research advances. …

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LinkedIn Top Startups 2020

The 50 U.S. companies on the rise.

The 2020 LinkedIn Top Startups list reveals the 50 young, resilient companies where America wants to work now.

2020 has been a year of upheaval as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, …

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