HMP3 Weekly Email 4.20.14  (unsubscribe from this email at the bottom of the page)

HMP3 HIGHLIGHTS:  

1.     OOPS!  UPDATES NEEDED ON THE HMP3 TEST PREP 50% SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION—MY MISTAKE!  I put the wrong deadline in last week’s email.  It is supposed to be tomorrow, April 21 NOT May 21.   No wonder I have received only 2 applications!  ***A second important update:  both test prep companies have modified their requirements.  Before you could only use the scholarship to take a local, classroom based course.  Now Kaplan will let you use it for any of their courses:  On Site, Classroom Anywhere or On Demand options. The On Site classes do not have to be in San Diego!  The Princeton Review will allow you to take either a local In-Person MCAT Ultimate course in San Diego or a LiveOnline MCAT Ultimate course.  I have 16 scholarships to give away—12 Kaplan and 4 Princeton Review! The scholarship can be used for the MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT or GRE.  Although grades are important, this scholarship is based primarily on need.  Hint:  the essay is VERY IMPORTANT.  The deadline to turn in your complete application (which includes a copy of your transcript—an unofficial one from TritonLink is fine) is now Monday, April 28 at 4:30 pm.  You will be notified on Friday, May 9 if you have been chosen.  Good luck!  Revised Application:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/REVIEW.COURSE.SCHOLARSHIP.application.Spring.2014.updated.doc.

 

2.     UPDATED DATES/TIMES for Project Success Free Tutoring (sponsored by HMP3’s HOPE program)!  Tutors are HMP3 members who have done well in the class and want to help you succeed, too.  Come get the help you need to ace your upcoming midterms!

Organic Chemistry (CHEM 140A-C):  Mon 3-5pm, Tues 9:40am-12:20pm & 2-5pm, Wed 12-2pm & 3-5pm, Thurs 9:40am-12:20pm & 2-5pm, Fri 2-4pm

 

Human Physiology 1 (BIPN 100):  Monday 11:30am-3pm & 6-7pm, Tues 11:30am-3pm &, 5-7pm, Wed 10-11am & 5-6pm, Thurs10am-12pm & 2-3pm & 5-7pm

 

Human Physiology 2 (BIPN 102):  Tues 5-6pm; Wed 10-11am; Thurs 10am-12pm

 

Genetics (BICD 100):  Mon 6-7pm, Tues 9:40am - 12:20pm & 2-7pm, Thurs 9:40am - 12:20pm & 2-7pm

 

BILD 1:  Mon 12:30-1:30pm & 3-4pm, Tues 5-6pm, Wed 10-11am & 3-4pm; Thurs 10am-12pm

 

BILD 2:  Mon 12:30-1:30pm & 6-7pm, Tues 2-3:20pm &, 5-7pm, Thurs 2-3pm & 5-7pm

 

Physics 1A:  Tues 9:40am - 12:20pm & 2-5pm, Wed 4-5pm, Thurs 9:40am - 12:20pm & 2-5pm, 

 

Physics 1B:  Wed 4-5pm

 

Physics 1C:  Tues & Thurs 9:40a - 12:20pm &, 2-5pm

 

Structural Biochem (BIBC 100):  Fri 12:30 -1:30pm

 

Metabolic Biochem (BIBC 102):  Fri 1-2pm

 

Cell Bio (BICD 110):  Mon 6-7pm, Tues 5-7pm, Thursday 2-3pm &, 5-7pm, Fri 12:30 -1:30pm

 

*** Tutoring for all sessions meet downstairs in old Student Center B on the corner of Gilman & Mandeville Lane (directly across from the Mandeville coffee cart).  Enter the door facing Gilman after hours.  Tutoring will be offered through 10th week. 

 

3.     HMP3 is recruiting new board members for next year!  HMP3’s Student Board is an amazing group of individuals who work very hard to serve all of their fellow pre-health professionals.  The board elects the new president and vice-president, but EVERY OTHER POSITION IS FILLED BY INTERVIEW!  We will be having a Prospective Student Board Mixer on Friday afternoon, April 25 so you can come meet the current board and see what positions you might want to apply for.  Time:  3:00-4:00 pm.  Location:  Mandeville Suite (on the 11th floor of Tioga Hall at John Muir College).  Join us for snacks and friendly fun!  Hope to see you there!  (You don’t have to attend in order to apply, but come if you can!) 

 

4.     Practice MCAT tests are still for sale at a big discount—almost half off!  HMP3 buys MCAT Practice Tests in bulk from the AAMC and offers them to students at the reduced rate of $20 each, instead of $35!  Choose which ones you want at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/preparing/85158/orderingpracticetests_mcat.html#.UtHzhjasiSo, bring me cash or a check in the correct amount (during office hours) and I will gladly order them for you.

 

5.     SPRING QUARTER COMING ATTRACTIONS FROM HMP3!

 

Thurs. April 24   Pritzker School of Medicine visit

Mon. April 28    Scholarship deadline

Thurs. April 24   Pritzker School of Medicine visit

Fri. April 25       Prospective HMP3 Student Board Member Mixer

Mon. April 28    Michigan State School of Medicine visit

Wed. April 30    Public Health Forum

Sun. May 4       Major Osteopathic Medicine Event

Mon. May 19     Major UCSD School of Medicine Event

Thurs. May 22   Health Professions Meet & Greet

 

***and even more!  Watch this space!

 

6.     Adele’s office hours for WEEK 4:  Tues 11:00-2:00, Wed 1:00-3:00, Thurs 12:00-2:00

*Office location & website at the bottom of the page

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CALENDAR

Mon. April 21  Careers in the Health Industry, 6pm – 7pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  Loving what you do is great, but knowing your career will be there tomorrow is even better. And when it comes to booming fields, the health care industry is one that's primed for growth. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the health care and social assistance industry should create 28 percent of all new jobs between 2010 and 2020. And when it comes to the industry itself, heath care is expected to increase by 33 percent (that's 5.7 million jobs!) between 2010 and 2020. Want to prepare to take your place in the health care field? Come meet our alumni professionals in the health industry.

Tues. April 22  International Medical Schools:  Know Your Options, 2:00pm – 3:15pm in the Career Services Center, Horizon Room.  Could attending medical school abroad be the right choice for you? Find out what constitutes a strong foreign school, discover options that are good alternatives to U.S. MD programs, and learn how to become qualified to practice in the United States

Tues/Wed April 22 & 23  The Physician Assistant Education Association is hosting a virtual fair for students on April 22 & 23 (hours vary by participating program). Please see PA Focus,http://pafocus.org/ for more information and to register to attend the fair. Speak with admissions reps or to CASPA representatives.

Wed. April 23  Regular weekly meetings of Dr. Georgia Sadler's public health lab, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, in room 3106 of the Cancer Center.   We are looking for interns who are interested in volunteer work or academic credit. Specifically, we are looking for pre-health professions students of Korean, Indian, and Japanese descent who are bilingual and have a car. If you are interested, just come to the meeting or contact John Tat, Doctoral Candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology, john.tat2003@gmail.com or (858) 784-7435.  Note from Adele:  Dr. Sadler is AMAZING! You will learn so much more from her than you could possibly guess, including a high degree of professionalism that will benefit you the rest of your career.

Wed. April 23  AMSA's SECOND GBM, 8:00 pm in Ledden Auditorium.  Join us in a rare opportunity in hosting Dr. Chelsie Byrnes M.D., a pediatrician in San Diego who is also affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. She attended medical school here at UCSD's School of Medicine and has practice for over 11 years. Pediatrics is a highly desirable and competitive field, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to interact with a professional that has over a decade of practice under her belt. And as always, there will be pizza!

Thurs. Apr 24  Pre-Dental Society presents:  2nd Course of the VA Business and Practice Management Lecture series. Topics: This lecture will focus on the practice of dentistry. This series is sponsored by the VA – Dental Division for all dental residents and members of our group.  Where/When: BSB Garren Auditorium/7:30am-3:30pm

 

Thurs. April 24 University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine visit, sponsored by HMP3!  Charles Todd, PhD is the Sr. Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  Dr. Todd is in San Diego for a AAMC convention, and he will be taking the time to come to UCSD just to meet you and encourage you to apply to his medical school!  5:30 – 6:30 pm in the conference room next to Adele’s office in old Student Center B, on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane, directly across from the Mandeville coffee cart.  

 

Thurs. April 24  Pre-Dental Society presents:  GBM & Special Speaker TBA.  Where/When: PSB Rooms 2&3/6:30pm

Fri./Sat. April 25th-26th Pre-Dental Society presents:  NorCal Project.  Details:  Norcal Project is focused on providing care to the underserved in Ensenada, Mexico. Learn about access to care issues outside of the US. Contact Peter Garcia at pgarcia203@gmail.com

 

Fri. April 25  Prospective HMP3 Student Board Member Mixer:  Come meet the current HMP3 Student Board and see what positions you might want to apply for.  Time:  3:00-4:00 pm.  Location:  Mandeville Suite (on the 11th floor of Tioga Hall at John Muir College).  Join us for snacks and friendly fun!  Hope to see you there!  (You don’t have to attend in order to apply, but please come if you can!) 

 

Sat. April 26  AMSA's Health Fair, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in Rosa Parks Field, City Heights.  We are actually NOT looking for any more volunteers for the event itself.  We hope to reach students who may know families in the San Diego area that can benefit from the health fair. Also, we think the health fair would be a good experience for students who have not been to a health fair before, or are planning to do one in the future.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Mon. April 28  Academic Communication: Email and Professional Etiquette4-5 pm in the Writing Center.  How do you write an email to a professor or ask for a letter of recommendation? We’ll give you some pointers!  Writing Center workshops are held in Mandeville 125 and require advance online registration.  Sign up on our website (writingcenter.ucsd.edu): just click on the box that says “Register for Workshops,” select Spring 2014 Workshops from the calendar drop-down menu, and choose the date/time of the workshop you’d like to attend. We also offer one-on-one assistance with any writing task, including application essays and personal statements. Visit our website for more information.  Flyer for more important workshops: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Writing.Center.Workshops.Spring14.pdf.

 

Mon. April 28  Deadline to apply for HMP3 Review Course Scholarship! 4:30 pm in old Student Center B.  Put your application in the wire basket on the reception desk.  Good luck to you!  (details inHMP3 Highlights section above).

 

Mon. April 28  Michigan State School of Medicine visit, sponsored by HMP3!  Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine (the MD granting college) Assistant Dean for Admissions and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Joel Maurer, M.D. wants to recruit you for his school!  Dr. Maurer states:  “Even though we are “out of state”, we do get quite a few applications from UCSD pre-med students, many of whom have career goals and backgrounds that are consistent with the mission of our medical school and who subsequently matriculate.” Presentation at 5:00 pm in the conference room next to Adele’s office in old Student Center B, on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane, directly across from the Mandeville coffee cart. ***You can come earlier to meet Dr. Maurer one-on-one, beginning at 4:00 pm***

 

Tues. April 29  .  The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) free graduate school recruitment fair for prospective students of public health.  This is a great opportunity for both prospective graduate and undergraduate students to learn about the exploding field of public health. The “This Is Public Health Recruitment Fair” allows prospective students to meet admissions staff from 29 CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health at one convenient location- the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego. Several interactive activities, such as a panel session and learning opportunities, are planned for this event. Refreshments will also be served. Though the event is free, attendees must pre-register by Friday, April 18:http://aspph.ennect.com/events/tiphfair2014.  What: “This Is Public Health” Recruitment Fair  *  Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel San Diego  *  When: Tuesday, April 29th, 4-6PM

Wed. April 30  HMP3 SEARCH presents the annual Public Health Symposium, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room. 

Thurs. May 1  Medical School:  What Applicants for 2015 Need to Know, 2:00-3:15 in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  If you want to apply this summer to enter medical school next year, this session is for you! Find out how the admissions process works, how to prepare your application, how schools select you and how you can choose schools. Learn about services to help you get an edge in the process.

Sat. May 3  The School of Physician Assistant Studies at Marshall B. Ketchum University invites you to attend our annual Open House,  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  We welcome all interest levels seeking to learn more about the physician assistant profession and the School of Physician Assistant Studies!  Learn about how to apply and the admissions process from Allison Takeda, Assistant Director of Admissions.  Get to know the program’s faculty and current MBKU students.  Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mbku-school-of-physician-assistant-studies-open-house-registration-10007319161 by April 23, 2014.  We look forward to meeting you!  Note from Adele:  This school is in the L.A. area, not too far away!

Sun. May 4  Major Osteopathic Medicine Event (an HMP3 event in collaboration with Pre-SOMA).  Curious about Osteopathic Medicine?  Come see demonstrations by current D.O. medical students, meet residents who are working with UCSD Health Sciences and who also happen to be DO’s, and talk with DO’s about their practices and specialties.  Get your questions answered about admissions and find out if D.O. school is for you!   

 

Mon.  May 5   Learn about Peace Corps’ Masters International Program, 2:00-3:30 in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  The Peace Corps Master's International program offers the unique opportunity to pair graduate studies at one of more than 80 U.S. academic institutions with Volunteer service abroad. Established in 1987, Master’s International equips Peace Corps Volunteers with the education and skills to serve successfully abroad—and, in turn, helps you earn your advanced degree.

 

Wed. May 7  Writing Your Personal Statement for Health Professional School, 10am – 11am in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  Come to this session if you’re getting ready to apply to a health professional school. Learn about the purpose of the statement, the content to include and how to organize it. Learn the do’s and don’ts to be competitive and get started writing it!

Mon. May 12  Obtaining Letters of Reference, 3pm – 4pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  Learn about how to obtain letters of recommendation/reference to enhance your graduate or professional school application.

 

Mon. May 19     Major UCSD School of Medicine Event, featuring the Dean of Admissions Dr. Carolyn Kelly!  The admissions department at UCSD only gives this talk twice a year, in events sponsored by HMP3.  You won’t hear this presentation anywhere else!  Don’t miss this great opportunity—lots of medical students will there to talk with you one-on-one, too!   

 

Thurs. May 22  Health Professions Meet & Greet (an HMP3 event in collaboration with AED).  5:30-7:00 pm in Price Center West Ballroom.  Look for a list of the great health professionals who are coming to talk with you one-on-one in an upcoming HMP3 Weekly Email!  Come for good food and great opportunities to mingle with doctors and other health professionals!   

 

Sat. May 24  M.E.M.O. at UCSD is hosting an MCAT Practice Test event from 10am-3:30 pm in the FORUM ROOM IN PC EAST (4TH FLOOR).  Sign ups are $10 (includes food).  Everything will be provided for by Princeton Review.  After the exam, scores will be provided, as well as a strategy session by Princeton Review instructors, food and a chance to win prizes.  The person with the highest score gets 50% off an MCAT course!  Link to sign up:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TXp8UQPlbHeYG_En9e3IeqxNvthlWibBPLfFMzHA_yA/viewform.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

1.  You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening and Dedication to the Raza Resource Centro, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Student Service Center # 187, 1st Floor.

2.   National Competitive Scholarships:  UCSD's National Competitive Scholarships program helps undergraduates and graduating college seniors win major national scholarships and fellowships.

Details of the scholarships:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/National.Competitive.Scholarships.detail.pdf.  Here is a flyer about the event: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Natl.Competitive.Scholars.Info.Session.Flyer.2014.pdf

***The next information session will be held on April 24, 2014, 4-5 p.m. at the NSB Auditorium in Revelle College. The Natural Sciences Building (NSB) is located between Revelle Commons and Pacific Hall. The Auditorium is on the first floor in the back of the building. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/NCS042414.  Space is limited to the first 85 people to sign up.  Light snacks will be provided.

Prepare to apply:  The UCSD National Competitive Scholarship Committee holds student meetings twice a year to review available scholarships and help students become more competitive. To learn about potential scholarships, see the attached flyer or visit http://ncs.ucsd.edu. .

3.  UC San Diego School of Medicine presents our new Diversity in Medicine Lecture Series. Our series is intended to showcase research and scholarly work conducted by faculty from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine, as well as those by faculty working on issues of health disparities.  Join us for an evening with Dr. Jabbar Bennett, Associate Dean for the Graduate School, and for the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Bennett will discuss his path to biomedical sciences and share his expertise in  the development of pipeline programs.   

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014  *  Where: UCSD SOM, Medical Education & Telemedicine (MET) 141  *  Time: 6-8pm  *  RSVP: http://goo.gl/CTxm0e

4.  Come join I-House Faculty Fellow Dr. Leslie Lewis Monday, April 28.  The title of her Fellowship (which is open to all students) is:  Creating an Impact Beyond the Walls of Academia: Embedding your Scholarly Work within a Life of Civic Engagement, Social Change & Personal Meaning

These meetings are a series of conversations about engagement, connection, critical reflection, learning, and growth. 

All meetings will take place in The Great Hall at 5:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served! 

April 28: LINKAGES TO PROJECTS & CREATING A CONCRETE PLAN

In this session, we will discuss linkages across diverse social, economic, health, and environmental issues, as well as well as connections between and across different individuals' "projects of passion."  We will also identify relevant local and international organizations and movements for justice, global health, peace, and sustainability that we might explore.  Participants will be guided to chart their own plan for creating a life of integrity, balance, and personal meaning.

 

May 19: BUILDING CONNECTIONS: GROUP PLANNING & INDIVIDUAL MENTORSHIP

In this final session, we will propose and discuss potential projects or mini-campaigns for change that participants can work together to develop.  We will have time to both collaborate in groups, and for participants to speak one-on-one with Dr. Lewis about cultivating a rich & balanced life, a network of kindred spirits as allies and supporters, and a professional and life plan that nourishes mind, body, heart and soul.

 

4.  A wonderful health professions conference is coming up very quickly at Mount SAC in the L.A. area.  They have an amazing program with great speakers and lots of hands-on activities to inform, inspire, and motivate you.  You can register on-line at http://www.mtsacpremed.org  FLYER:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Health.Conference.2014.pdf. 

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

1.   Research Speed Dating!  The Office of Research Affairs is pleased to invite you to participate in an event aimed at matching qualified undergraduate students with research experiences in medicine, biological sciences, bioengineering and related fields. This event, Research Speed Dating (http://urp.ucsd.edu/_files/research_speed_dating_2014), will allow research mentors from UCSD and local companies/institutes to conduct brief interviews with 8-10 undergraduate students who are interested in unpaid or paid research internships. 
 
Research Speed Dating will be held Tuesday, April 22nd from 4:30-6:30 in the Price Center West Ballroom.  To Apply: 

1) Create a comprehensive profile on the Undergraduate Research Portal and 

2) Apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/research_speed_dating.

Space is limited. Participation will be confirmed based on whether or not your experience is appropriate for the positions being offered.  Contact urp@ucsd.edu with questions.

 

FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHO WANT TO BECOME DOCTORS 

1.   We are now accepting applications from international students for a January 2015 entry into The University of Queensland School of Medicine in Brisbane, Australia, where they will spendall four years.  We are able to help students explore this MD degree, which, with its focus on a global medical education, a PBL curriculum, clinical instruction beginning in Year One, and state-of-the art medical research opportunities, will qualify them to become physicians with both distinguished training and global experience. 
 
A “B” average and MCATs of 8, 8, 8 taken in one testing sitting since January 2012 is the minimum requirement to be considered for entry.  Telephone appointments are available. Our function is to help students decide if this is a good option for them. 

Thea Volpe, Ph.D., Vice President, Enrollment Management
P: 
877.777.0155 X104
C: 
646.648.0213
tvolpe@mededpath.org

 

FOR FUTURE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA’s)

1.   We finally have a P.A. in our HMP3 Health Professions Mentor Program!  She is taking 3 students for one visit each.  She works in the Burn Surgery unit for UC San Diego Health Sciences.  Go to http://hpmp.ucsd.edu to sign up, if you haven’t already!  Maybe you’ll get the chance to pick her!   

2.   Danielle Di Silvestro, the Director of Applicant and Student Services at the Physician Assistant Education Association will be launching an eight-week series on all you need to know about the 2015 CASPA application cycle opening on April 16.  ***  You do not want to miss this series!   Each webinar will cover one specific topic in five minutes or less. The topics are listed below:

         The Application Cycle * Understanding Application Deadlines * Developing PA Programs * Re-Applicants in CASPA * Application Statuses * Selecting Designations * Payments and Fee Waivers * Withdrawn or Undelivered Applications

Please see this blog post for more information: http://pafocus.org/2014/04/caspa-webinar-series-coming-soon/

3.   The Physician Assistant Education Association is hosting a virtual fair for students on April 22 & 23 (hours vary by participating program). Please see PA Focus, http://pafocus.org/ for more information and to register to attend the fair. Speak with admissions reps or to CASPA representatives.

4.  Sat. May 3  The School of Physician Assistant Studies at Marshall B. Ketchum University invites you to attend our annual Open House,  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  We welcome all interest levels seeking to learn more about the physician assistant profession and the School of Physician Assistant Studies!  Learn about how to apply and the admissions process from Allison Takeda, Assistant Director of Admissions.  Get to know the program’s faculty and current MBKU students.  Please RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mbku-school-of-physician-assistant-studies-open-house-registration-10007319161  by April 23, 2014.  We look forward to meeting you!  Note from Adele:  This school is located in Fullerton—not too far from Disneyland—definitely within driving distance! 

 

FOR FUTURE DOCTORS

1.  UCSD ADMISSIONS STATS TO MEDICAL SCHOOL to help you plan which schools to apply to:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD.Med.Admits.2011_2012_2013.pdf.

2.   Minority Student Medical Career Awareness Workshops and Recruitment Fair Saturday, April 26, 2014. 

7:30 a.m.  12:00 p.m.  Registration Open

8:30 a.m.  12:00 p.m. High School and College Students/Parents and  Advisors; Registration and an Exciting Workshop you don’t want to miss!

12:00 p.m.  2:30 p.m. Recruitment Fair Open

Location:    Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, California

Who/Why: Open to all college and high school students, parents, prehealth advisors, school administrators, and other interested individuals:

         Meet diversity affairs and admissions administrators from U.S. medical schools

         Listen to panel discussions on the pathways to become a physician

         Learn about Aspiring Docs and the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program - www.smdep.org

         Participate in hands-on medical and health activities and more

FREE Registration: NowOpen!  NEW LINK:  https://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/medical-career-fair/

3.  UQ/OCHSNER HAD A 92% MATCH RATE THIS YEAR!  UCSD has more graduates there than any other school—they really like our students!  For more info, contact Thea Volpe attvolpe@mededpath.org.  Website:  http://www.mededpath.org.

4.  MCAT2015® Q-UPP Webinar on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.  This webinar is part of the ongoing outreach and communication efforts by the MCAT Team. We hope to answer questions you may have about the MCAT2015 exam, as well as provide progress reports on a number of key milestones in the preparation and planning for the new exam, that will begin in Spring 2015. Click here to register now!  Not able to attend? This Webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be made available on the website.  Questions? Please contact Rebecca Rice atrrice@aamc.org.

5.  Offer of help from a UCSD Medical Student: After all the hard work you’ve put into preparing for medical/dental/pharmacy school, seal the deal with the last piece of the puzzle-- YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT

 The personal statement is a vital part of a complete application and arguably the most challenging. It’s your opportunity to set yourself apart from the sea of other applicants and earn an interview spot!  How I can help you:

My goal is to help you write the best personal statement possible. Get high quality personal statement help from an experienced graduating medical student.

Personal statement package: $95

One-hour initial organizational meeting* in person (if in San Diego) or via Facetime

2 subsequent draft revisions through email

Extra draft revisions for $15 each

*Initial meeting can be exchanged for an additional draft revision if desired

If you are interested in working with me or for more information, please contact me, Francesco Dandekar at francesco.dandekar@gmail.com

Thank you!

Credentials:

Francesco Dandekar is a 4th year medical student at UCSD. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from USC with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, and interviewed at top medical schools across the country such as UCLA, Vanderbilt, UCSD, Emory, and USC. He matriculated into UCSD as a Regent's Scholar, a merit scholarship granted to only 6 applicants of each incoming class, and ascended into the top echelon of his class. He received the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Excellence Award, and will continue his training at Stanford's Psychiatry Residency program. He is extremely versed in the application process, and has helped numerous students gain acceptance into medical and dental schools through personal statement review, course planning, and application logistics.

 

 

FOR FUTURE NURSES

1.  The 2014 NURSE Corps Scholarship Program application cycle is now open.  All completed applications must be submitted by May 22, 2014, at 7:30 pm, ET to be considered for an award.  Please refer to the Application and Program Guidance for all of the program requirements.  ***This is a competitive scholarship and it takes about 3 weeks to prepare your application!  Complete details at:  http://www.icontact-archive.com/3zmU6lsfSCHdDYZWRbrItAikMjegev0k?w=4.

 

FOR FUTURE MASTERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH

1.  Wed. April 30  HMP3 SEARCH presents the annual Public Health Symposium, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room.  Come for the speakers—stay for the food!  Lots and lots of delicious food! 

 

FOR FUTURE PHARMACISTS

1.  UCSD ADMISSIONS STATS TO PHARMACY SCHOOL to help you plan which schools to apply to:   http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Pharmacy.Admits.2011_2012_2013.pdf

2.  The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy will once again host Pharmacy Information Day during winter and spring 2014. We invite you to join us for this informative program!   The date/location of the upcoming program is listed below. For more information and to register online, please go here.    

SAN FRANCISCO
Saturday, May 31, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at UCSF Parnassus Campus - San Francisco.  
*Deadline to register: Monday, May 26th  

The role of pharmacists in health care is changing -- and the demand for pharmacy professionals continues to grow. Today's pharmacists, critical members of the health care team, serve as health promoters, disease prevention specialists, health maintenance and chronic disease managers and health information analysts. We hope you will consider attending Pharmacy Information Day to discover pharmacy as a career -- and learn about the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, the top-ranked pharmacy school in the nation. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may be interested in attending pharmacy school.

 

3.  Wondering what all you can do as a pharmacist?  The role of pharmacists in the health care system is changing!  Check out all of these exciting options for future pharmacists like you! http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Role.of.Pharmacists.docx.

 

FOR FUTURE DENTISTS

1.  Registration is now open for the 2014 ADEA Predental Student Virtual Fair which will be held on April 29-30, 2014.  This fair is free and open to all predental students.  Here is the flyer:  2014 Predental Student Virtual Fair flier and here is the registration site www.adea.org/predentalvirtualfair. This free, two-day event will allow students to chat live with admissions officers, watch presentations about financing their education and ADEA AADSAS, download helpful brochures and network with peers.  

 

FOR FUTURE OPTOMETRISTS

1. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s (ASCO) Be a Doctor of Optometry: Put Your Future in Focus video is available from the ASCO website and newly launchedYouTube channel.  The video promotes the Doctor of Optometry degree and the optometric profession. It shows students, professors and Doctors of Optometry talking about what students learn and what they can expect from the profession once they graduate, as well as demonstrates the caring aspects of the profession and the more high tech aspects of optometry.  “Doctors of optometry have unlimited career opportunities, great success at achieving work/life balance and are primary health care providers that make a real difference. We also have the privilege of having a positive impact on the ability of an individual to succeed and be happy in live by improving vision and eye health.

2.    University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp:  Session I, June 18-20, 2014 * Session II, July 16-18, 2014.  The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.

Program specifics and the application are linked here:  http://optometry.berkeley.edu/opt_txtpp/admissions/admitoptocamp.html.  Cost: $125 program fee; limited amount of scholarships to waive program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.  Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537hiwata@berkeley.edu  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Monday, May 6.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1.  Alternative Weekend Trips are back for our Spring Edition!  We have partnered with a variety of San Diego non-profits and organizations to provide YOU with an intellectual and provoking service experience, on a local, sustainable level. Spend one weekend with a collaborative of diverse UCSD students, exploring and directly working with the following issues:

 

-          Veterans’ Issues

-          Public Health

-          Human Trafficking

 

WHEN: Sat-Sun, May 3-4 (not overnight)

WHERE: UC San Diego and off-campus organizations

COST: $20 (includes Weekend Trips t-shirt, breakfast, AND two lunches)

 

Applications are open and can be found at: www.abatucsd.org or www.facebook.com/groups/abatucsd.weekendtrip.  Applications are due on Sunday, April 20th at midnight. A tentative agenda and FAQ’s are also displayed online!

 

 

2.  Want to work with high school students and middle school students??? Help volunteer for ESW and MCCE’s Student Sustainability Outreach Day 2014!

This is a great community service event where you can help out with gardening, solar power cooker workshops, a College Advice Q&A workshop and a Leadership workshop. It will be on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 10 AM – 4 PM ! Sign up here using the following google doc form!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dGUgaJkIk5MjlW-nJCdTjx4QEAtwRqLV9jdIAjUmR24/viewform

 

3.  A note from one of our great HMP3 alumni:  Hello Adele, could you add the following announcement to the next HMP3 newsletter? Community Hope Project was definitely one of my most formative experiences at UCSD (and I’m sure it was a large part of the reason I was accepted into med school). Students of all ambitions I am sure will benefit from the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Leslie Lewis on this ambitious project:   Community Hope Project at UCSD is accepting applications for new interns!

 

In the past 3 years since its founding by Dr. Leslie Lewis, the Community Hope Project has netted over $80,000 in grants and fundraising to support the creation of a microloan program, community garden, water filter initiative and a solar-powered community center and school. If you are a freshman, sophomore, or junior and are looking to become part of an organization that works towards promoting greater equality, education & opportunity around the world, then we encourage you to become part of our organization. The following positions are open:


* Finance Officer * Public Relations Officer * Grant Writer * Fundraising Chair * College Mentor for Youth Ambassador Program *
The requirements for all CHP interns as well as position-specific requirements are outlined on pages 2 and 3 of the application packet. Please submit all applications and direct any questions you may have to Anelah McGinness (
akmcginn@ucsd.edu). Finally, the applications are due Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by 6pm.  Applications can be found on our homepage: http://www.communityhopeproject.org/

*Note: This position is part of a new, ambitious program and has multiple openings. Officers may be College Mentors in addition to holding another position within the program.

 

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1.  PROJECT RISHI UPDATED!  DEADLINE ALSO EXTENDED!  Looking for an opportunity to volunteer abroad and gain clinical exposure? UCSD Project RISHI will be making its fourth summer-expedition to rural India to implement various health projects! Students will be traveling to the target village, Anandwan, a community rehabilitation site located in Maharashtra, INDIA. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands on experience for those of you interested in the medical field, public health, or international philanthropy. Applications for the trip can be accessed on the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucsdprojectrishi/) The deadline has been extended to APRIL 27th at midnight! Summer Trip Dates are Sept.11 - 22nd, 2014. Email sdp003@ucsd.edu if you have any questions.

2.   Announcement by one of our former HMP3 Student Board members, Ajith Malige—currently attending medical school:  Want to spend one wonderful week in beautiful Honduras? Ever have the desire to provide medical care in an international setting while learning directly from a wide variety of health professionals? Then you're in luck! A group of medical students and health professionals are traveling to Honduras this summer with Global Medical Brigades, an international volunteer organization with a mission of providing sustained health care relief to underserved communities throughout the world.

 

Note from Ajith:  I think this would be a great experience for college students to not only work in a medical immersion where they are taught basic medical practices and take clinical trips but also make bonds and connections with doctors and medical students. The trip will be from June 12th to June 18th, but the clinic is only for three of those days. I know that UCSD has their finals until June 13th, but we can arrange for them to come later if they want. I think this can be an invaluable experience for many students, not just pre-meds.  We are looking for passionate, driven pre-medical students to work alongside various health professionals in the clinic, and we'd love to have you join us! The trip itself will involve 3 clinical days, site visits to a local orphanage and plenty of time to enjoy, relax, and take in the scenery as well.

 

Here are some highlights from the brigade last summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnnmUe46o0Q.  For more information, questions, or if you're interested, please contact:  Ajith Malige, MD Candidate, MS1  ajith.malige@gmail.com

 

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS

***HOPE stands for Healthcare Opportunities Preparation & Empowerment, and is intended to help underrepresented minority and/or first-generation, and/or financially disadvantaged students.  It is also open to any student who is dedicated to providing health care for the underserved***

1.  SPECIAL INVITATION:  You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening and Dedication to the Raza Resource Centro on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Student Service Center # 187, 1st Floor.

2.  HENAAC Scholarship – Application DeadlineAPRIL 30, 2014

Applications are currently being accepted from qualified graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students and graduate students for the 2014-15 HENAAC Scholarship Program.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; be enrolled or intend to enroll in an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university in the U.S.; pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math field of study; and must be of Hispanic descent or demonstrate strong leadership and service in the Hispanic community.  Citizenship status: varies.  Scholarships range from $500 - $10,000.  Scholarship recipients will be provided travel, hotel and registration to attend the 2014 HENAAC Conference in New Orleans, from October 2-4, 2014. For more information, please visit www.greatmindsinstem.org or contact Dr. Gary Cruz atgcruz@greatmindsinstem.org.

3.  UC San Diego School of Medicine presents our new Diversity in Medicine Lecture Series. Our series is intended to showcase research and scholarly work conducted by faculty from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine, as well as those by faculty working on issues of health disparities.  Join us for an evening with Dr. Jabbar Bennett, Associate Dean for the Graduate School, and for the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Bennett will discuss his path to biomedical sciences and share his expertise in  the development of pipeline programs.   

When: Thursday, April 24, 2014  *  Where: UCSD SOM, Medical Education & Telemedicine (MET) 141  *  Time: 6-8pm  *  RSVP: http://goo.gl/CTxm0e

4.   Minority Student Medical Career Awareness Workshops and Recruitment Fair Saturday, April 26, 2014. 

7:30 a.m.  12:00 p.m.  Registration Open

8:30 a.m.  12:00 p.m. High School and College Students/Parents and  Advisors; Registration and an Exciting Workshop you don’t want to miss!

12:00 p.m.  2:30 p.m. Recruitment Fair Open

Location:    Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, California

Who/Why: Open to all college and high school students, parents, prehealth advisors, school administrators, and other interested individuals:

         Meet diversity affairs and admissions administrators from U.S. medical schools

         Listen to panel discussions on the pathways to become a physician

         Learn about Aspiring Docs and the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program - www.smdep.org

         Participate in hands-on medical and health activities and more

 

FREE Registration: NowOpen!  NEW LINK:  https://www.aamc.org/students/minorities/medical-career-fair/

5.  April is National Minority Health Month.  It is an inclusive initiative that addresses the health needs of African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, American Indians and other underserved populations. Its goal is to strengthen the capacity of local communities to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness in these populations through prevention, early detection and control of disease complications. You can read more about health care disparities in our Diversity Matters section. What does this mean for you, as someone considering a health care career? It means that you have the potential to help address this inequity in our health care system. Through almost any career you choose, you can help make our health care system better for everyone. Here are some possible careers to consider if you are interested in addressing disparities:

Good luck on midterms, everyone!  And if you want some extra help, be sure to come by for free tutoring by our wonderful Project Success tutors!   Yours~  Adele

 

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Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator

Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

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Mailing address: 9500 Gilman Drive, 0311

La Jolla, CA 92093-0311

Phone: 858-534-7579  Fax: 858-534-8895

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