HMP3 DOUBLE Weekly Email 10.19.14

Why the double email?  Because I’m going to NorCal to visit my grandbabies next weekend!  But first, I’m going to the fair!  You come, too! 

***If you have announcements for Week 4 that didn’t get in here, send them to me ASAP and I will send out an email BLAST this Thursday before I leave***


[if !supportLists]1)     [endif]COME TO THE HMP3 PRE-HEALTH CLUB FAIR TOMORROW (MONDAY), 5:30-7:30 in Price Center East Ballroom. 


Come to meet the great pre-health clubs we have on campus and see which ones YOU want to join!  It’s a real fair—so bring your friends!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Free pizza & drinks!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Photo booth!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Games at each table!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Popcorn!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Raffle prizes!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Get your fortune told!

It’s going to be a lot of fun, so plan to stay and play with us!  Hope to see you there~ 


[if !supportLists]2)     [endif]Project Success FREE TUTORING is starting this week!  Come get a jump on your classes before midterms!  


Location:  The Raza Resource Centro (in the rear of the Student Services Center, just off of Rupertus Lane)


2:30-3:30 Sarah Min (Gen Chem and Math 10A-C)
3:00-4:00 Chau Ngo (Gen Chem and OChem)

10:00-11:00 Kevin Vo (Genetics)
11:00-12:00 Emily Liu, Sidarth Ethiraj, Jennie Huynh (Genetics, Gen Chem, OChem)
12:00-1:00 Jamie Pham (BIMM 100, 110 and BIPN 102)
1:00-2:00- Ashley Adams (Genetics)


We need more tutors for Project Success!  If you would like to make a difference in students’ lives AND get great volunteer experience to add to your application, write to   


What are the perks of being a mentor for PMP?  *You can put Adele’s name on your application to medical or other health professional school, to vouch for your hours of service.  *You will receive a certificate to recognize your service.  *One or more cash awards will be given to the best mentor(s) at the closing ceremony.  *Seniors will receive a cord to wear at graduation.  *You will have the pleasure and satisfaction of helping a student who is new to UCSD, while meeting at fun themed parties and events.  SIGN UP HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH HMP3:  Applications for our 2014-15 Peer Mentor Program board are now open until filled!  All class years are welcome to apply. Apply here at:  For detailed board descriptions: visit to see our 2013-14 board. 

[if !supportLists]4)      [endif]ANOTHER LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH HMP3!  Anyone looking for a leadership opportunity to learn about various different careers in the health and medical industry, apply to be on SEARCH's subcommittee!  SEARCH is an HMP3 program designed to help students find their dream career in the health industry and if anyone is interested in getting some hands on experience working alongside professionals, please apply to be on SEARCH's subcommittee. The application link is:"


[if !supportLists]5)     [endif]An Evening with the UCSD School of Medicine, Thursday, October 30 from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Leichtag Building on the medical school campus.  The School of Medicine only offers this opportunity twice a year—and only through HMP3!  Pre-med clubs?  Encourage your members to attend—the SOM is no longer giving presentations to individual student orgs, so this is the best chance for your members to meet with UCSD SOM Admissions and get all your questions answered!  

[if !supportLists]6)    [endif]Don’t forget, you can still order MCAT practice tests from Adele for test dates through January 2015—for $20 each, instead of $35!  Just write back with the numbers of the tests you want to purchase and I’ll place your order—after payment is received.  Happy to help!  ***I will begin selling the new MCAT 2015 practice test soon (there is only one, unfortunately!) Watch this space for updates***

[if !supportLists]7)     [endif]Adele’s office hours during Week 3:  ONLY WEDNESDAY from 1:00-4:00.   Office hours during Week 4:  Tues/Thurs 11:00-3:00, Fri 1:00-4:00.  *Office location & website at the bottom of the page.





Mon. Oct. 20  GLOBAL SEMINAR: PUBLIC HEALTH IN AMMAN INFO SESSION With Professor Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, 5:00-6:30pm (Come here before heading to the HMP3 Fair!)

In the International Center Oceanids Pavilion.  RSVP:  Program Info:  Spend 5 weeks this summer in Amman, Jordan and engage in clinical hands-on experience. **If you plan to attend the HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair at the Price Center on October 20, come hear about our Amman program before heading over to check out the fair!!**


Mon. Oct. 20  HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair, 5:30-7:30 pm in Price Center Ballroom East.  All the pre-health clubs at UCSD will be there! This is going to be like a REAL FAIR, with PHOTO BOOTH! GAMES! DOOR PRIZES! FOOD! Everything is free!!  You can even get advising at the fair—so come with your questions! 

Tues. Oct. 21  Human Genome Exhibit and Physician Symposium (I contacted them and was able to get permission for premed students to come!) 6:00-9:00 pm in the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.  This is FREE for students!  But you have to register to attend, at  Grab some friends and go! 

Wed. Oct. 22 & Thurs. Oct. 23  Fall Quarter Job and Internship Fairs, 10:30 am-3:30 pm. DAY 1 - RIMAC Arena | DAY 2 - Price Center Ballroom West.  *T.O.P. Students Get Early Access: 10:00am-10:30am.  Day 1 is the annual Science & Technology Job & Internship Fair. Day 2 is for students and alumni from all fields of study to meet with employers from all industries.  List of 2014 Participants:  5 Tips to Make The Most of The Fair: a T.O.P. Student - Talented and Occupationally Prepared – Avoid the large crowds and long lines. Be one of the first students that your top choice employer meets. T.O.P students will have early access into the Job Fair from 10:00am-10:30am. The criteria to be our T.O.P. students are: having your resume reviewed at the Career Services Center, attended a prep workshop, and have an updated resume uploaded to Port Triton. Resume Books will be generated for Employers!

Wed. Oct. 22  GLOBAL SEMINAR: SOCIAL COGNITION & DRUGS IN ITALY INFO SESSION With Professor Jaime Pineda, 5:00-6:30pm in the International Center Oceanids Pavilion.  RSVP:  Program Info:  Explore the relationship between drugs, the brain, mind, and culture in the unique, small town of Parma, Italy. Come meet the professor and learn about coursework, excursions, steps to apply, and scholarship opportunities.


Wed. Oct. 22  The Pre-Nursing club at UCSD is proud to announce our first GBM of the year! 6:45 pm in the Bamboo Room. Check us out at the Health Fair on October 20th!  Join our mailing list at and join our facebook group ( Hope to see you there!


Thurs. Oct. 23  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Erick Sato, DDS—Endodontics & GBM, 6:30 pm in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy PSB Education Rooms 2&3.   Dr. Sato, an endodontist and former PDS member, is currently a volunteer in our Free Dental Clinics.  He will talk about his journey through dental school, general practice residency and endodontics residency.  He will also discuss the science and techniques behind endodontics. Tapioca Express to follow!


Sat. Oct. 25  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Vinmar Solutions—Tooth Waxing Course.  Learn basics of tooth anatomy, gain experience in manual dexterity, dental hand instruments and waxing techniques.  Contact Aneesha Amarnath for more information  Where/When:  TBA.



Tues. Oct. 28  Personal Statements for Professional School, 11:00 am -12:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room

Tues. Oct. 28  TOUGH CASES:  Emergency Intubation in the ED: Against patient wishes, Presenter: Nas Rafi, MD, Biomedical Ethics Fellow; Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, 12:00-1:00 pm in  UCSD Medical Center Hillcrest room 11-309 (Hospital In-Patient Tower).  Open to all members of the UCSD community and interested others.  Participants may bring a brown bag lunch.  Case background and questions for participants:

Wed. Oct. 29  Pharmacy School Preparation, 3:00-4:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room

Thurs. Oct. 30  Obtaining Letters of Reference, 2:00-3:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room

Thurs. Oct. 30  An Evening with the UCSD School of Medicine, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Leichtag Building on the medical school campus.  The School of Medicine only offers this opportunity twice a year—and only through HMP3!  Pre-med clubs?  Encourage your members to attend—the SOM is no longer giving presentations to individual student orgs, so this is the best chance for your members to meet with UCSD SOM Admissions and get all your questions answered! 

Thurs. Oct. 30  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Sussi Yamaguchi, DDS and Stacey Moon—Dentistry 101 & GBM (Halloween Theme), 6:30 pm in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy PSB Education Rooms 2&3.   Learn general topics in dentistry and how to apply them in our clinics and in dental school in the future.  Dress up for Halloween!!!



Sat. Nov. 1  Association for Women in Science presents: What will You do with your Science Degree?  10:00 am-2:00 pm in the UCSD Extension University City Center, Room 115.  We have panelists in the following fields:  Chemist, Bioengineer/REU coordinator, Navy Scientist, Biology Teacher, Physicist/Bioinformatician, Nutrition Postdoc, Neuroscience Postdoc, Physical Therapist, In Vitro Research Associate in industry, Science Writer, and Life Science Marketer, Biomedical PostDoc/former ER nurse. The event costs $10 and includes lunch with the panelists and door prizes.  Flyer with registration link:  Note:  this event is not on campus.  Look for location on registration. 

Sat. Nov. 8  Modern Pediatrics and Research in the Autism Community, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Sanford Consortium (at UCSD).  I wrote to them and asked if HMP3 members could attend.  They said yes and added “students” to the $20 section of the registration page. They are very excited to have you!  Lunch is included!  Sanford Consortium is near the Glider Port.  Read all about it at

Wed. Nov. 12  UCSD Extension’s Post-bac Program is sponsoring a panel at the School of Medicine,  4:30-6:30 pm in a location TBA.  Panelists will describe the path to MD as well as DO, and the panel will be filmed by UCSD TV. Drs. Carolyn Kelly, Rodney Hood, a Post Bac grad, and a representative of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona will be the panelists.  



1.  Need help with your writing?  Especially personal statements, research proposals, resumes & CV’s?  Then let the UCSD Writing Center help!  Here is their list of Fall Workshops:  


2.  OASIS Tutor Opportunities!  Do you enjoy chemistry? Want to use your knowledge to help other students succeed? OASIS has opportunities for peer tutors to work in a collaborative, small group setting. To learn more, attend a short info session on Friday 10/24/14  at 10am, 1pm, or 3pm in Center Hall 368. Send your questions to

3.  BioScholars is Opening New Member Applications BioScholars is UCSD’s Biology Honors Program consisting of a small community of high-achieving biology majors. We are looking for dedicated, driven students who are willing to promote excellence, integrity, and service within the community. Our program affords members unique opportunities such as undergraduate course design, networking opportunities with faculty and interdisciplinary collaboration. If you are a Biology major and have a college GPA of 3.7 or higher, you are eligible to apply (2nd years and above, and transfers). If selected, you must maintain a 3.7 GPA, attend all quarterly GBMs, and attend 4 events per year to remain in the program. For applications and more information, please visit Applications close Wednesday, Oct. 30th.

4.  October 31st is the deadline for applying for one of the 3 need-based scholarships (covering 100% of the University fees) for the January University of Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Program.  In a nutshell, the program includes Emergency Department shadowing with faculty, EMS ride-alongs, labs, lectures from about 20 different faculty and many different specialties, a career panel, talks from the Admissions Office, CPR certification, optional Wilderness First Responder certification, and a camp-based experience.  The program is aimed at junior and senior level pre-med (or other health studies) students, but it is open to any and all undergraduate students and recent graduates.  More information about the unique, nearly two week program, can be found at our web site at,  which includes a general description. FAQs, student testimonials, photos, and the scholarship form. 

5.  Are you interested in science and society? Would you like to have your writing/opinions published? Then join The Triple Helix at UCSD! This is an organization with multiple chapters across the country including at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, UC Berkeley and UCSD among many others! We are looking for writers and editors for the 2014-2015 year. If you are interested, send an e-mail to For more information about the org, visit and check out our blog at



1.  Join the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) for the chance to do research during Winter and Spring quarters for 4 units of credit in each quarter (must have at least junior standing.)  You will also write a research paper and present your findings at an undergraduate research conference in the Spring.  There will be workshops on how to write your paper and how to present your research.  Here is the link for the student application:  Be sure to look over the FMP Blog, especially the section on “information for students.”  This will have the basic information and updates about the program. More details about the Faculty Mentor Program can be found at***THE DEADLINE FOR THE EMERGENCY ROOM RESEARCH ASSOCIATES PROGRAM IS THIS MONDAY MORNING AT 10:00 AM! 

2.  Our lab is currently seeking one undergraduate student to assist in a project within our lab.  The focus of the project is the elucidation of the pathways that the cell utilizes in response to mechanical forces.  A minimum of 12 weekly hours devoted to this project required.  This project is biology intensive. The applicant will learn aseptic technique, mammalian cell culture, image analysis with ImageJ, immunofluorescence and microscopy. A minimum 2 year commitment preferred. If you are interested please email Dr. Linda Shi (zhixiashi@gmail.comwith your CV and the reason you are interested in this opportunity.  



***This will hopefully be coming in the next HMP3 Weekly Email***



1.     Weekend Symposium on Translational Research & MD/PhD Career Workshop, Jan. 16-17 in Houston, Texas.  Travel funds available (deadline to apply for funds is Nov. 1—deadline to register for the symposium is Dec. 1


1.  Will your AP credits be accepted by the medical schools you’re interested in?  For some, YES—for others, NO.  To find the answer, go to the MSAR and check out the handy chart called Premed Course Requirements, with each school’s policy on AP.  Thanks to Bill Wingard from Career Services for this helpful tip. 

2.  2015 MCAT NEWS:  Students who sign up to take the new exam in April will receive gift cards that will cover half of their registration fees. Examinees who pay the full registration fee of $300 will receive a $150 gift card, and those who register under AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program will receive a $60 gift card, which will be half of their $115 registration fee.

3.  Studying for the 2014 MCAT? Find being in a study group helpful? To join a new study group contact Chase at so we can get this organized! The studying could take place at either of the UCSD libraries. It will helpful to test other students on material, learn from other students' test taking techniques and stay motivated to keep studying for long hours and eventually get that admission worthy MCAT score! 



1.  Final two FREE webinars for pre-optometry students in October: 

Interview Skills & Professional Etiquette, Tuesday October 21  2:00 - 3:30pm PDT

Essay Writing, Wednesday, October 29  1:30 - 2:30pm PDT

Registration and details can be found here:



1.  Here’s the list of pharm schools which don’t require the PCAT:



1.  Kaplan Test Prep FREE Practice Tests @ UC San Diego, Saturday, November 8th in Pepper Canyon Building.

                             MCAT 2015: 9am                            LSAT: 9:30am

                             DAT/OAT: 10am                              GRE: 10:30am

The good life starts with a great score!  Take our free practice test and find out how you'd do right now.  You'll get:  -A detailed score report  -Complete explanations to every question  -Strategies for improvement

Register here:


1.  HMP3 SERVICE is sponsoring the Larry English Foundation dedicated to helping student athletes at Gompers and Lincoln High School get into college by providing tutoring services.  Tutor training will be provided!  These student athletes from under-represented minorities are in need of your help!  Here is more information for you: and  Email Susan English at to sign up to be a volunteer! 

2.  JUNIORS & SENIORS—THE HMP3 PEER MENTOR PROGRAM STILL NEEDS MENTORS!  What are the perks of being a mentor for PMP?  *You can put my name on your application to medical or other health professional school, to vouch for your hours of service.  *You will receive a certificate to recognize your service.  *One or more cash awards will be given to the best mentor(s) at the closing ceremony.  *Seniors will receive a cord to wear at graduation.  *You will have the pleasure and satisfaction of helping a student who is new to UCSD, while meeting at fun themed parties and events.  SIGN UP HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE: leadership experience, too!  Apply to be on the PMP subcommittee here:  For detailed board descriptions: visit to see our 2013-14 board. 

3.  Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success free tutoring service needs more tutors!  Did you do well in a science course, especially a prerequisite course for the medical field?  How about racking up some volunteer hours that will really make a difference in your fellow students’ lives?  This will also look great on your application!  Write to to offer your services. 

4.  One of the most impressive volunteer services you can offer:  HOSPICE CARE.  Here is a message from a volunteer recruiter, written about my students:  “I am not sure if you remember me, but I sent you a flyer a while back for your HMP3 group. I received so many responses and have received so many amazing volunteers from your group. It is bittersweet for me to lose them to medical school and professional growth opportunities, but I have had the privilege of writing some recommendation letters for a few of them and I, of course, am so happy to see them succeed.  I was wondering if you would be willing to send my flyer out again. It is so nice to have volunteers who are interested in the health field.”  Here’s the flyer: go ahead and do something amazing with yourself! 




1.  Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Student-Run Free Clinic (affiliated with UCSD School of Medicine):  this Fall Quarter 23 UCSD undergrad students are taking part.  Applications for Winter and Spring Quarters and more info can be found at   Winter deadline:  Nov. 4, Spring deadline:  Jan. 30.


2.  Are you interested in volunteering abroad for one week, one month, or multiple months during the upcoming winter, spring, or summer months?  We very much hope to have an opportunity to work with you in Ghana, Honduras, or India!  Unite For Sight’s volunteer abroad program is available year-round, and it's not too late to participate this fall and winter!  

Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health volunteer and education experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.  Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight's talented local partner doctors who have provided care to more than 1.8 million patients living in poverty, including more than 85,000 sight-restoring surgeries. The local doctors are social entrepreneurs who are addressing complex public health issues, and volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about the complexities and realities of global health.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

Complete details and the online enrollment instructions can be seen at 

3.  Global Dental Brigades in Honduras June 15- 21, 2015. 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. Volunteers will have the opportunity to take patient vitals, obtain patient history and current symptoms, shadow and assist licensed physicians and dentists, participate in preventative education, and fill prescriptions under a licensed pharmacist. These brigades provide each volunteer with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on a specific community while gaining real life experience in the field of international medicine and dentistry.  If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact us at globaldentalbrigades.ucsd@gmail to learn how to get involved. 


4.  PRE-MED FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA  Any undergraduate student who is interested in international community health should know about the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through John Snow, Inc (JSI) Research and Training. Candidates must be admitted to medical school to be eligible. If awarded the Fellowship, s/he defers entrance to medical school for one year. Applications are due in mid-January 2015 and finalists are interviewed in late February in Washington, DC (at the candidate's expense). The Fellow would depart the US in mid-June 2015 and returns in late spring of 2016. The Fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status. All relevant information and application are available on the AMSA website, including a link to the Jamkhed site and reports by previous Fellows. Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at or 503-894-8546 (in Portland, OR).





***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.  Project Success was designed with HOPE members in mind!  Check the schedule at the top of this email for help with YOUR classes.  Tutoring is FREE!  Take advantage of this great service in plenty of time for midterms! 

2.  From The New York Times:  To Become a Doctor.  Born and raised in Guatemala, Dr. Daniel Sanchez navigated a summer of big changes and fast learning as a first-year resident at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn.

3.  Are you a DACA pre-med?  The AAMC has announced that students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will be eligible to receive financial assistance through its Fee Assistance Program (FAP) during the medical school application process. The changes will take effect in January 2015. Many students who have been raised and educated in the United States and have aspirations of becoming physicians have experienced barriers related to their undocumented status. A recent article published in Academic Medicine suggests that improving access to medical education among these students can impact the nationwide physician shortage, particularly in underserved areas.

4.  Having difficulty with the VERBAL section of the MCAT?  Inexpensive preparation for the Verbal Reasoning part of the MCAT is available on Amazon—MCAT:  12 Week Plan for Verbal Reasoning Success (  This method was developed for the Medical Careers Diversity Program at the University of Texas, to help underprepared students achieve their goal of getting into medical school, and the program of study was very successful.  In fact, some students took their Verbal Reasoning scores from 6-7 to 10-11. This material is available in paperback and e-book format (Kindle, SmashWords, iTunes, etc.)  The e-book format contains hot links, which make it very easy for students to access.

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


Look for an Email Blast on Thursday for updates for 4th Week.  See you at the fair tomorrow!  Yours~  Adele

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Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 


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