HMP3 Weekly Email 1.18.15

Still not completely well, with almost no voice—so office hours will be very limited this week.  Can hardly WAIT to get back to normal!  Hope you are well so you don’t miss out on any of the great opportunities this week…


1.  The MEDS Conference (Medical Education for Diverse Students) is now FULL on the pre-medical side.  There are still openings for the PHARMACY side of the conference, though.  Having second thoughts about medicine?  Curious about pharmacy?  You don’t have to be settled on pharmacy as a career to sign up—why not come see what pharmacy is all about?  Here is the registration link: is first-come, first-served.  Co-sponsored by HMP3/HOPE and the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, this is one not to miss.  The conference is Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Check-in is at the Telemedicine Building at the School of Medicine—then you will walk over to the School of Pharmacy for a true inside look at what pharmacy school is all about, including hands-on opportunities.  Registration is $20 and includes catered breakfast, lunch, t-shirts, great swag and conference materials.  You can read more about it at http://meds.ucsd.eduFor pre-pharmacy or undecided students of all class levels!

2.  Disappointed that the MEDICAL SCHOOL side of the MEDS conference is already full?  You can still come!  We always have a certain percentage of no-shows at the conference, so you are VERY likely to get in!  Just sign up for the wait list at   (for pre-med students).  Then bring your credit card and register on the spot, beginning at 9:00 am (I recommend you come earlier than that, in case there is a line).  I don’t want anyone to miss out who really wants to come!  Hope this works for you. 

3.  Did you miss the Enhance Your Application Workshop last Thursday?  I have leftover handouts in my office, that contain LOTS of helpful leads for getting clinical exposure.  Come on by my office hours to pick yours up.


4.  HMP3 is co-sponsoring the Global Health Seminars for UCSD Pre-Health Students on Thurs. Jan. 22, 5:00-6:00 pm in Leichtag (the first building on your left at the med school, as you cross Gilman Drive at Library Walk).  Think studying abroad for pre-health majors is impossible? It’s not! UCSD Global Seminars is offering three health-related, 5-week, faculty-led study abroad programs in Greece, Italy and Jordan this summer! Spend five weeks with a UCSD professor learning about the birth of modern medicine, behavior and neuroscience in Athens, Greece with Dr. Stephan Anagnostaras.  Or explore social cognition and drugs in the beautiful small town of Parma, Italy with Dr. Jaime Pineda.  Looking for hands-on clinical experience? Go to Amman, Jordan with Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy and explore public health while working with refugee populations. We look forward to seeing you at our info session!

5.  HMP3/HOPE’S PROJECT SUCCESS STILL NEEDS TUTORS FOR WINTER QUARTER!  Did you do well in a class that is a prerequisite for health professional school ?  Would you like to help others succeed, too?  Project Success needs you!  Write to to let them know of your interest..  Note from Adele:  One of the perks—I will vouch for your service on your grad school application. 


6.  The new Health Professions Mentor Program (HPMP) will open this quarter.  Watch for an announcement sometime after the MEDS Conference. 

7.  Adele’s office hours for Week 3:  Tues/Wed 1:00-3:00 pm



Tues. Jan. 20 Saltman Quarterly Research Info Session, 7-8 pm in the SQ office HSS 1145H.

Wed. Jan. 21  Physician Assistant Programs, 2:00-3:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.

Wed. Jan. 21 PreMedical APAMSA Study Abroad Winter GBM#1, 6:00pm in the ERC room (PC West). Interested, but worried about studying abroad as a student interested in research or medicine? Come listen to the director the programs abroad office, Jim Galvin. Food and drinks will be provided.

Wed. Jan. 21  The Division of Biological Sciences' student organizations are hosting the Biotechathlon: Biotechnology Consulting Competition in late winter quarter. INFO SESSION:  6:30PM-7:30PM in Bonner Hall 2130.  Are you interested in collaborating with other undergraduate science students? Do you want the opportunity to network with executives of a biotechnology company?  This competition is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students to work together and apply their critical thinking skills to battle a challenging problem biotechnology companies face today. It's open to all majors.  Benefits include a networking opportunity with biotechnology professionals, a possible internship, and the chance to broaden professional and collaborative skill. If you have questions contact the Div. of Biological Sciences' honors student organization, BioScholars at

Wed. Jan. 21  Saltman Quarterly Research Info Session, 7-8 pm in the SQ office HSS 1145H.

Thurs. Jan. 22 Nursing Programs, 2:00-3:30 in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.

Thurs. Jan. 22  Global Health Seminars for UCSD pre-health students, 5:00-6:00 pm in Leichtag (the first building on your left at the med school, as you cross Gilman Drive at Library Walk).  Think studying abroad for pre-health majors is impossible? It’s not! UCSD Global Seminars is offering three health-related, 5-week, faculty-led study abroad programs in Greece, Italy and Jordan this summer! Spend five weeks with a UCSD professor learning about the birth of modern medicine, behavior and neuroscience in Athens, Greece with Dr. Stephan Anagnostaras.  Or explore social cognition and drugs in the beautiful small town of Parma, Italy with Dr. Jaime Pineda.  Looking for hands-on clinical experience? Go to Amman, Jordan with Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy and explore public health while working with refugee populations. We look forward to seeing you at our info session!

Thurs. Jan. 22  Muscular Dystrophy Association at UCSD first GBM, 8:00 pm in Center Hall 217A.  Heard of Duchenne Muscle Dystrophy or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) but didn’t know what it really was? Come learn about what neuromuscular disease is and how you can become a summer camp counselor for children affected with this disease. Our guest speaker and last year’s summer camp director, Keir Fitzgerald, will be coming to speak about this amazing opportunity and what Muscular Dystrophy is. We participate in yearly events and fundraisers for MDA San Diego and will be providing you with many opportunities to make a difference for the kids we work it. Please feel free to follow our Facebook group at MDA@UCSD or our website at for more information about future events and updates. MAKE A MUSCLE, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Sun. Jan. 25  Global Dental Brigades Honduras Meeting, 3:00 pm in the Student Services Center, room 400 (4th floor).  We are looking for student volunteers interested in Dental, Medical, Public Health, and/or Community Outreach Volunteers. On the Medical and Dental Brigades will be working closely together to provide quality health initiatives to a community that otherwise has limited access to health care.   Traveling to Honduras June 15- 21, 2015.  If you’re interested in this opportunity, please come to our meeting!  Contact us at



Wed. Jan. 28  Public Health Panel, 3:00-5:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.

Wed. Jan. 28  Ross University presentation for future doctors and veterinarians, 5:00 pm in the AEP conference room in old Student Center B (across from the Mandeville coffee cart).

Thurs. Jan. 29  Interview Interactive, 2:00-4:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.

Thurs. Jan. 29  The Pre-Nursing at UCSD is having their first GBM of the quarter!  7:00-8:00 pm in the Bear Room.  There will be information on the upcoming CPR certification class, what one can do with a degree and experience in nursing and much more!  Officers will be there early and will stay late, so come say "Hi!" Hope to see you there!        facebook: Pre-Nursing Club at UCSD

Sat. Jan. 31  MEDS Conference (Medical Education for Diverse Students)  Co-sponsored by HMP3/HOPE and the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, this is one not to miss.  The conference is all day, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the beautiful Telemedicine Building at the School of Medicine.  Registration is $20 and includes catered breakfast, lunch, t-shirts, great swag and conference materials.  You can read more about it at http://meds.ucsd.eduFor pre-med and pre-pharmacy—or undecided students of all class levels!

Sat. Jan. 31  CPR class, location and time TBAWould like to learn how to save a life? ...Get CPR certified with Red Cross at UCSD and VAW on Jan 31st at the discounted rate of $45! Classes will be on campus, location TBA. Contact: & for more information and sign up with:  *spaces are limited


Mon. Feb. 2 UQ/Ochsner Presentation and Appointments, in the AEP conference room in old Student Center B (across from the Mandeville coffee cart).. 11 am – 5 pm (appointments) & 5 pm – 7pm (presentation).  Thirty minute individual appointments will begin at 11:00 am with the last appointment at 4:00 pm.  Book your appointment with Thea Volpe at []  


Tues. Feb. 3  Med School Workshop  2:00-3:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room



1.   Would like to learn how to save a life? ...Get CPR certified with Red Cross at UCSD and VAW on Jan 31st at the discounted rate of $45! Classes will be on campus, location TBA. Contact: & for more information and sign up with:

*spaces are limited

2.  LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS!  Leadership is highly valued by all of the health professions.  Online registration for Winter Quarter workshops can be found here:

These workshops are taught by UCSD Professional Staff (1 hr workshops during the week):  Changing the Tides: Preparing for Successful Officer Transitions * Thinking on Your Feet: And Other Tactics for Leading Student Organizations * Get the Word Out: Targeted Marketing for your Organization * Motivational Leadership: How to Recruit and Retain YOUR members!

These workshops are taught by the National Conflict Resolution Center (3 hr workshops on Saturdays):  The Art of Communication * The Diversity Advantage




1.  Interested in publishing your biology research?  Submit your science literature to Saltman Quarterly, the undergraduate research journal of the Division of Biological Sciences. All submissions must be emailed to by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (Week 6). All submissions will undergo editorial staff and faculty review.  Submission guidelines for original research manuscripts can be found HERE.

Don’t have enough data for a manuscript? Consider authoring a scientific review paper. Click HERE for the review paper guidelines.

Master’s students may submit their brevias (short scientific articles, typically limited to one page and includes one figure) by March 6, 2015 (Week 9).

Attend one of the following info sessions if you have any questions about submitting your research to SQ. This is open to any undergraduate who has already started their paper or is interested in learning more. All info sessions will be held from 7-8 pm in the SQ office HSS 1145H. We look forward to meeting you and addressing your questions!

Week 3 Research Info Sessions:  Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21

2.  Interested in publishing a scientific review paper?  Saltman Quarterly, the undergraduate research journal of the Division of Biological Sciences is now accepting submissions for the SQ Volume 12 research journal. A scientific review paper is a 2-page synthesis of the current general understanding of a scientific topic. A maximum of two undergraduates may co-author a paper. For more information, email us at and read the submission guidelines HERE.

3.  Do you take great pictures and have a passion for biology? Do you want your creative work to be featured on the cover of an award-winning biology research journal? Saltman Quarterly is UCSD's premier undergraduate biological research journal and wants you to submit your photos to the SQ Cover Photo Contest!

We are looking for stunning images relating to biology (e.g. neuropathy, microorganisms, plants, proteins, ecology, ecosystems, environmental science, conservation, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, etc.) The winning selection will be featured on the cover of Volume 12 and the runner-up submissions may be highlighted throughout the journal's interior pages!

The specifications are as follows:  8.5x11 inches or larger * 300 dpi or better * Portrait orientation * Digital files preferred (title format: Last name_image name)

You can see examples of our past covers here:

 For complete guidelines and Photo Release Form, please visit:

Photo Submission Deadline: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 * Submit to:



1. A resident in the Radiation Oncology department at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center is looking for undergraduates interested in joining her research team:  Erin Gilliespie, MD is working on several research projects, and she says she enjoys mentoring.   Students looking for a summer research opportunity in clinical research in the medical field, please send your CV or resume to her at  Message from Dr. Gillespie:  ‘I think research is a fantastic way to learn the scientific method but also explore the field of medicine through shadowing physicians, nurses, etc. In the past my students have really enjoyed that balance. I have attached my CV. Since as a resident I am not technically on faculty, I can have Dr. James Murphy (Assistant Professor in UCSD Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences) provide formal senior mentorship.”  Dr. Gillespie’s CV:

2.  Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine, June 15-July 31

A seven-week program including state-of-the-art lectures, cutting edge bench research, and opportunities to write scientific research articles for publication in medical journals. The focus of this internship is on human infertility and reproductive medicine research with world-renowned scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine. Open to medical or undergraduate students interested in a medical career. Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

3.  Hackensack University Medical Center offers an 8-10 week research internship during the summer to 2-3 outstanding undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and first year medical students interested in gaining clinical research experience in the following areas of pediatrics:

  • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

  • Rheumatology

  • Hematology-Oncology

  • Endocrinology

The 2015 Summer Clinical Research Internship in Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center offers pre-medical students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related their specific sub-specialty.  The primary focus of this internship is clinical research and writing.  Each departmental track of the program will grant admission to 2-3 students. These students will have the unique opportunity to join a faculty member in completing an ongoing research project and/or create a new project proposal with his or her mentor's guidance.  Research Interns will also gain valuable insight into the publication process, including opportunities to participate in co-authorship of research projects in peer-reviewed pediatric journals.


While participating in the program, interns will be invited and encouraged to attend pediatric grand rounds as well as other lectures of interest available through the Department of Pediatrics at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital.  There will also be opportunities for students to shadow clinical staff members throughout the program to provide clinical exposure.


Students who are interested in science, medicine, and clinical research are encouraged to apply to the 2015 Summer Clinical Research Internship.  The internship is open to undergraduates, post baccalaureate and first year medical students.  The ideal applicant is a student aspiring to attend a graduate program in medicine with a strong academic record and an interest in pediatrics.

Application Requirements and Qualifications:  Application materials must include a completed online application, a resume, unofficial transcript, and two letters of academic recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the letter writers.  All materials should be sent electronically to

Application Process: All application materials must be submitted and received by March 1, 2015.  All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance early in April. Apply now!

Program Dates: Each applicant is required to make at least a full-time, eight-week commitment.  Start and completion dates are flexible.

Contact Information: The 2015 Summer Clinical Research Internship is coordinated by Dr. Ginger Janow.  Questions regarding the internship and/or application process should be directed to




1.  Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara would like to inform you about their summer Medical Spanish Courses at the UAG School of Medicine. Four classes are offered during the summer.  If three or more UCSD students sign up for the same class, they offer a $100 discount for each student. Go to for more details about the program.




1.  The Columbia University Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program offers a breadth of opportunities for students to pursue during their 'glide year' while they are preparing their applications to medical schools. Postbac Premed students now may undertake Master of Science degree programs in bioethics, human nutrition, and public health through special enrollment agreements with Columbia University's professional schools. By taking advantage of any of these three programs, students have the ability to enrich and diversify their premedical education prior to enrolling in medical school or other allied health programs.


You should apply today to meet the February 1 Summer and Fall 2015 Early Action enrollment deadline, and take the first step toward realizing a future in medicine.




Did you know that your volunteering doesn’t have to be focused only on medicine to impress the admissions committees?  They are interested in students with a wide variety of interests and experiences.

1.  Volunteer ideas in affiliation with UCSD, including tutoring UCSD international students, being an advocate for a foster child, volunteering at the San Diego Food Bank, etc.  Check it out:

2.  Reality Changers Volunteer Opportunities

Reality Changers is a non-profit organization in San Diego that focuses on helping inner-city youth become the first generation in their families to attend college.

Weekly Tutor & Mentor College Town Program _ 6pm-9pm, Mondays (at City Heights Headquarters OR Solana Beach), Tuesdays (City Heights HQ), Thursdays (City Heights HQ), January 2015 through May 2015 

Volunteers serve as a tutor and mentor to 8th-11th grade students who will be the first in their families to go to college. Possible subjects include math, English/writing, science, public speaking practice, and more. Most importantly, you will serve as a positive mentor and role model for a first generation college student. We are currently looking for volunteers to help at both our City Heights HQ (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays) and Solana Beach branch (Mondays only).

Training & Dinner on tutoring nights provided. Background check clearance required. If you are interested in learning more please contact Volunteer Coordinator Alice Chen at or visit our website at

Locations—Reality Changers Headquarters: 3910 University Ave. Ste. 300-RC, San Diego, CA 92104.  Solana Beach Chapter: 120 Stevens Ave. (Debin Hall of Presbyterian Church), Solana Beach, CA 92075 

3.  Here is a great opportunity to take part in the UCSD Biocircuits Outreach program. Of all the outreach programs, this is probably one of the best ones. Basically you would go to an elementary school in Encinitas (about 12miles away) that is underrepresented with a mostly Hispanic population. The experiments include biological and physical sciences (including geology). The classes are 3rd-6th grade.  Roya Mahmoudi is the coordinator. She is very passionate about this program which she has been running over the past few years. Roya also has previous teaching experience since she used to be a high school science teacher. 

This event occurs every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm (that includes travel time, only a 1 hour lesson plan). These lessons are held once a week throughout the academic year (roughly going until June). Although to be a teacher for this program, you have to dedicate going to the school once a week for the whole year, volunteers are also really needed to help assist the graduate student teachers whatever weeks are possible. Volunteers will not have to come every week but just give Roya an e-mail or whoever Roya teams you up with. 

To take part in this incredible volunteer opportunity please contact Roya at She would like to meet with you and make sure to have you work with the right teacher and the right grade level. Here is the website if you are curious about doing this:



1.  The Einstein-Cardozo Bioethics Program sets students apart and enhances their academic credentials.  The program exposes participants to the diverse perspectives from a wide variety of fields, providing rich, interactive discussions and the opportunity for career-long networking.  It also prepares students to address the inevitable ethical issues they will face as medical students and physicians.  Learn more about the Einstein-Cardozo Bioethics graduate programFor entry into the M.B.E. or certificate program for fall 2015, please apply by Wednesday, February 18, 2015.  If you'd like to learn more check out our online information session.


2.  Somos Hermanos Gap Year Spanish Immersion Program!  We seek to increase the number of bilingual, culturally competent health care providers who can effectively communicate with Latino patients, improving the quality of and access to health care in the U.S. through our language and cultural immersion programs.  Our programs for pre-health professions students include:  Spanish language learning, lectures, activities, trips to El Salvador & Mexico, cultural competency learning and much more.  Check out our website for more info:


3.  Duke University School of Medicine announces a new one-year professional master’s degree, the Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), that will launch in June of 2015.  It is a full-time one-year master’s degree program that aims to prepare students to be highly competitive candidates for medical and related health professions schools, and other biomedical careers. More information about the program can be found at this url:    



1.  Interested in the UQ/Ochsner medical school in Australia, designed for American students?  This program consists of 2 years in Brisbane, Australia and 2 years in New Orleans.  The program had a high residency match rate last year.  Come to a presentation and/or have an individual appointment to get your questions answered!  Mon. Feb. 2, in the AEP conference room in old Student Center B (across from the Mandeville coffee cart).. Thirty minute individual appointments will begin at 11:00 am with the last appointment at 4:00 pm.  Book your appointment with Thea Volpe at [].  The formal presentation will begin at 5:00 pm, same date and same location.  


2.  The 2015 AACOMAS Application cycle has rolling deadlines.  However, the majority of the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Schools have a February 1, 2015 deadline for AACOMAS.   Please ensure that any of your interested premedical students are aware of this national deadline and any applications in progress are completed ASAP.

2015 AACOMAS application at:   2015 AACOMAS Instructions at:

3.  Thinking about medical school? Join the AAMC on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 2-4pm ET for an information session and Q&A. (that’s 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific time)  Learn about our pre-med services, including Aspiring Docs; The Medical School Admission Requirements; The MCAT Exam; the AMCAS application; Fee Assistance Program; Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools; and Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. Register now:

 4.  Medical School for International Health accepting applications for medical school through May!

5.  The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with American Student Assistance (ASA) to help the members of the academic medicine community strengthen their financial literacy and money management skills.

ASA’s program, SALT™, is a leading financial education and engagement program that empowers students and alumni to confidently approach, manage, pay for and pay back college costs while improving their financial literacy skills (

Beginning January 15, 2015, SALT’s financial education resources will be available to medical students, residents, faculty, and staff at AAMC member institutions. Create a free AAMC/SALT account, by using the following link:  Pre-Meds:

The AAMC is committed to aiding members of the academic medicine community navigate the complexities of financial aid, student debt, and money management. For more information, contact Julie Fresne at



1.  Check out the Frontier Nursing Courier Internship Program.  Flyer:  In existence since the 1920's, this service learning program offers participants an opportunity to shadow healthcare practitioners in rural and underserved communities, learn about Appalachia, and grow personally.  Applications for the summer 2015 program can be found at Deadline to submit a complete application with letters of rec:  Feb 13, 2015.


1. University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation 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.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit:  Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537,



1.  IMPORTANT Webinars for anyone interested in becoming a vet, starting this week!!


2.  Official list of all vet schools in the world, with links to each one: 




***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.  Undocumented Student Services is hosting the first-ever UCSD Dream Big Conference.  This two-day event will bring together students, staff and faculty, and invited community guests to share information and to explore how UCSD can better support students who are undocumented and from mixed immigration status families.  The event will be Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7.  The Friday morning sessions are tailored for staff and faculty, the Friday afternoon sessions are designed to be beneficial for everyone, and the Saturday sessions are tailored for students.  There will also be a luncheon on Friday featuring remarks from VC González.  If your schedule permits, please consider attending one or more portions of the conference.  For more information and to register, visit the conference website.  Also, check out the Dream Big Conference on Facebook.  Questions?  Please call (858) 822-6916 or email

2.  UCSF School of Medicine has a great postbac program for underrepresented students!  Flyer:

3.  Graduate Fellowship Training Program - Summer 2015 – offered by Hispanic Serving-Health Professions Schools, a distinguished program for current graduate, doctoral, and fourth-year undergraduate students, as well as for recent graduates.  This is an opportunity to gain valuable experience while researching heath issues affecting Hispanic and other minority populations.  Questions?  Contact Riley Wilson, Communications Intern, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS) Office: (202) 290-1186  E-Mail:

4.  SACNAS@UCSD presents its first GBM of the new year. This event is entitled "Is Science the Path for You?" The focus is on informing UCSD undergraduate and transfer students about what science has to offer and how to get involved early on to be successful! The event will be this coming Wednesday 1/21/15 at the Raza Resource Centro (RRC) Main Lobby from 6-7pm.  Event flyer:

Hope to see you all there.  ***SACNAS is for Chicanos/Latinos/Native Amercans interested in science.

5.  Did you get into an Osteopathic Medical School for next year?  Alumni:  Maybe you’re already there!  The 2015 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. The scholarship program, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes underrepresented minority students at AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine.  Each year, awards are given to one newly accepted student and one continuing student.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a member of an underrepresented minority group, including African-American; Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian); mainland Puerto Rican; or Hispanic. The applicant must also be either currently enrolled in his or her first, second or third year at an AACOM member college, or have been accepted and planning to matriculate at an AACOM member college. All applicants must be in good academic standing. Entries must be post-marked by March 30, 2015.  All entries must be complete and meet all specified requirements; late or incomplete entries will not be considered.  Awardees will be notified by July 21, 2015.

Please visit AACOM's Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship Program webpage for more information.  Inquiries may be directed to Ms. Joye Shepperd at or (301) 968-4142.

6.  The 2015 application cycle for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program is now open, and has been updated to reflect new requirements to better aid individuals who are awarded fee assistance. Beginning this year, the program is open to applicants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, a change that reflects the growing number of institutions that are opening doors to students with DACA status. The program requires that applicants include financial information for all living parents and allows them to use their award for up to two years without reapplying.

7.  SMDEP would like to introduce a phenomenal resource for students pursuing a career in medicine or dentistry. The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free six-week academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students who identify with a group that is marginalized in society and underrepresented  in the field of medicine, students who possesses economic hardships, and who demonstrate an interest in issues affecting marginalized populations.  SMDEP is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the program is administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).  This six-week summer academic enrichment program engages scholars with many opportunities necessary to be successful as dental and medical students including:

         Professional coaching and communication skills development while attending seminars and gaining practical experience (dental labs or clinical rotations) weekly.

         Financial planning and career development workshops, and academic counseling

         Clinical shadowing in medicine and dentistry

         Simulated interviews with SMDEP tutor/members and/or admission deans in preparation for the formal application process of medical and or dental school.

         Discussion of ethical and professional behavior in healthcare;


SMDEP is hosted at 12 participating institutions (nine medical and dental sites and three medical only sites) across the country with 80 students at each site. We are now accepting applications and the deadline for submission is March 1, 2015. If you have any questions or would like additional promotional materials.  Please contact me at or 202.828.0633. For more information on SMDEP (Summer Medical Dental Education Program) please visit and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter

8.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHP) and partners are offering a unique multi-day workshop for pre-health Native American students who are planning to apply to medical school within the next two years. During this workshop students will learn application tips, meet faculty and staff, and learn more about research, funding, and career advancement opportunities available to Native students. Workshop will be held on March 27-28, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Applications can be found at:
(Along with submitting this workshop application please also submit a copy of all college and university transcripts to with a subject line of Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop.) APPLICATIONS DUE: February 1, 2015


9.  $1,000 Scholarship for organizing a Blood Drive at UCSD in March or April honoring Cesar E. Chavez’s legacy.  Represent your campus!  REQUEST INFO TODAY!

10.  Columbia University wants YOU!  Click here for information regarding Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons * Click here for information regarding the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons * Click here for information regarding the MD/PHD program at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons * Summer Programs:  Click here for information regarding the Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) * Click here for information regarding Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) * Click here for information regarding NERA MedPrep Program.

11.  The Oregon Health & Science University Summer Equity Internship Program for undergraduates interested in biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, dentistry, physician assistant or public health. Equity interns learn new research skills and gain hands-on laboratory and clinical experiences. They attend weekly seminars with fellow interns and faculty and scientists mentors. They are expected to produce a scientific poster and make a presentation of their summer research project. Shadowing and clinical experience is available for interns in the M.D. track. All participants will receive ongoing mentoring and advising regarding their individual career pathway.

This eight-week program is scheduled for June 15 – August 7, 2015. Students will receive a stipend, free housing, and local (TriMet) bus pass but will be responsible for their own meals, travel to and from Portland, Oregon, and other personal expenses. Applications must be submitted online and the deadline is February 9, 2015.

To be considered for the Equity Program, students must have completed at least one full year of college coursework, have taken at least one basic science with a lab setting (e.g. biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biopsychology), a mathematics course. The program is committed to supporting students from an underrepresented minority community. Underrepresented students belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Hispanics/Latinos.  Students who have experienced social or economic disadvantages are also encouraged to apply. Economically disadvantaged students are defined as individuals who come from a "low-income family," using low-income levels specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a guideline. Socially disadvantaged students come from an environment that may inhibit them from obtaining knowledge, skills or abilities required to enroll and successfully complete an undergraduate or graduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This category includes, but is not restricted to, students whose parents did not attend or complete college. Learn more about the program at We also invite you to view this video showcasing our former interns:

12.  Applications for the 2015 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.  Eligibility information:  The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is for:

·         Freshman and sophomores (at time of application) only;

·         Underrepresented minority, disabled and/or disadvantaged backgrounds;

·         US Citizens/Permanent Residents;

·         Students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degrees after college.


The application deadline for this and most other summer programs is February 1, 2015.  ***Here is a “thank you” video by the 2013 Gateways class that explains why this program is so special.


13.  Here is a website from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), specifically designed to help underrepresented students get into medical school:


That’s it for Week 3!  Hope it’s a good one for you.  Yours~  Adele

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