Dimensions is a purposeful academic enrichment program that creates opportunities for students to explore health professions, expand their knowledge of the health fields, and work toward successful careers in a variety of health professions. These enrichment opportunities include workshops, seminars and classroom lectures by distinguished campus visitors.

  • For information on upcoming campus and community events, visit the Master Calendar.
  • Join the Dimensions email group by contacting the Associate Director of Dimensions to stay up to date on internship opportunities and upcoming events brought to you by Dimensions. Event information is also posted in the Campus Newsletter, distributed every Wednesday.  

Current students should register for events on Cornell2Career or by emailing the Associate Director of Dimensions. 

*Event is mandatory for students utilizing the Health Professions Committee for the 2017 application cycle. 

Pre-health workshop series

Pre-Health Luncheon

New students interested in a professional pre-health program at Cornell College will learn about Dimensions, the Health Professions Committee, and how to utilize these services as a Cornell College student. Students will also receive an overview of what is expected when applying for graduate and professional schools in healthcare.

Determining Prerequisites for Healthcare Programs

Students pursuing graduate and professional programs in healthcare are not required to major in a specific field. Even if a student is interested in majoring in a science, not all science degree tracks automatically include all of the prerequisites required of graduate and professional schools in healthcare. This workshop will help students think about how to choose a major when pursuing a healthcare career, how to determine program-specific prerequisites, and the types of grades and MCAT scores (graduate admission exam scores) graduate and professional schools look for in competitive applicants.

The Competitive Edge: Finding the Right Experiences for Healthcare Programs

All graduate and professional healthcare programs look for similar experiences in applicants including service, leadership, research, clinical experience, and shadowing. With hundreds of options on campus alone, how do you choose which activities to pursue? How can you be sure you are involved in what’s best for your future application? How will your experiences set you apart from other applicants? This workshop will help students understand what makes a pre-health experience meaningful and what admission committees look for in application-worthy experiences. This workshop will also teach students how to choose meaningful activities leading up to their graduate and professional school applications and how to reflect upon and make connections between their experiences.

How to Find Internships and Research Opportunities in Healthcare

Internships and opportunities to conduct scientific research outside the classroom are high-caliber experiential learning opportunities desired by all pre-health students. Not only can these opportunities strengthen your understanding of the scientific process; involvement in internships and research can strengthen your application to graduate and professional school. This workshop will teach students how to search for internships and research opportunities provided by Cornell College and how to navigate the competitive application processes both on- and off- campus.

The Reality of Healthcare Today*

Healthcare is constantly evolving as a result of changes in insurance coverage, the economy, access to healthcare, and technological advancements. Are you aware of today’s healthcare environment and how it will impact your future healthcare role? This workshop will give students an idea of how the role of the healthcare provider has changed in the last 20 years and how it will continue to change in the coming years. This workshop will also help students think critically about their intended role in healthcare and the role it plays in the greater healthcare picture.

Personal Statement Writing for the Health Professions*

The personal statement is one of the hardest parts of any application. Knowing how to write a personal statement for the medical community is just as important as knowing what motivates you to pursue the health profession. This workshop breaks down how to write a competitive personal statement for graduate and professional programs in the health professions. Students will learn tips and tricks for applying their experiences and thoughts to paper and the types of questions to answer when writing their personal statement for healthcare programs.

Understanding the Application Process for Healthcare Programs*

Applying to graduate and professional programs in healthcare is an extensive, time consuming process. Every detail matters when it comes to giving admissions committees a reason to keep you in the applicant pool rather than eliminate you. This workshop will review the medical school application process as well as the processes for other health professions. This workshop will also inform students how to prepare for and what to expect from the Health Professions Committee (HPC). This workshop must be attended in order to utilize the HPC.

Reading group

The Dimensions reading group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of Blocks 1-4. The group provides a break from academic literature and the opportunity to interact outside of class with others who share similar interests. Students help select books addressing an aspect of healthcare and/or medicine. Students are challenged to think about medicine from numerous perspectives through lively discussions. Reading groups are limited in size to foster meaningful discussion. Books are purchased by Dimensions.

Past events

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    Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer

    Dimensions, Colleges Against Cancer, and the Health Professions Society invite Cornell students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to join their Cornell College team for the 25th Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk, 5K Run, or 1-Mile Family Fun Walk. This event benefits the Especially for You Fund; a fund helping individuals in the Linn County and Cedar Rapids area access breast-care services. Cornell College team members will receive a free race shirt with the Cornell College logo on the back. Contact the Associate Director of Dimensions or join our Facebook group to learn about the registration process and more: Cornell College: Especially for You.

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    Mayo Clinic Visit

    Day trip to the Mayo Clinic facility in Rochester, MN

    Dimensions brought 19 students enrolled in an Anatomy & Physiology course to Mayo Clinic thanks to a partnership established with alumnus Tom Shives, MD ('70). Thanks to the coordinating efforts of of Dr. Shives and other Cornell alumni at Mayo Clinic, students were treated to tours of the clinic, anatomy lab, microsurgery lab, and sports medicine center to learn more about how their coursework applies to roles in the healthcare field.

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    "And there's the humor of it" Shakespeare and the Four Humors

    National Library of Medicine poster exhibition

    Dimensions, in collaboration with Cole Library, hosted this exhibition. Disciplines from English and creative writing to the natural sciences utilized the poster exhibition to connect the study of early medicine to Shakespearean literature.

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    Sam Kean: The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

    Author visit, presentation, and book signing

    Sam Kean is the author of popular books including The Disappearing Spoon, The Violinist's Thumb, and The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, Psychology Today, and The New Scientist, among other places. Kean's work has been featured on “Radiolab” and NPR’s “All Things Considered,” among other shows. The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5″ science books of the year. Kean visited courses, delivered a public presentation on The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, and participated in a book signing for attendees.

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    Dimensions Reading Group

    A History of Present Illness by Louise Aronson and The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean.

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    Dimensions Reading Group

    This semester's books are 5 Days at Memorial Hospital by Sheri Fink and Gulp by Mary Roach.

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    Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine Meet the Dean

    College/campus visit

    Dimensions coordinated transportation and registration for 3 students to attend the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine Meet the Dean event. Students were able to explore DMU's medical training facilities, meet with the Dean, faculty, and students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and learn more about what it takes to be accepted into medical school straight from the professionals and students at Des Moines University.