HMP3 Weekly Email 10.5.14
The new school year has gotten off to a great start! Just look at all the exciting opportunities coming up this week…
1) Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions are starting up again, and we are in need of tutors for individuals/small groups! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your services!
2) 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: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PRO_Volunteer_Handout_PDF.pdf and http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD.Adele.Tutors.docx. Email Susan English at email@example.com to sign up to be a volunteer!
3) Our big HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair is coming on Monday, Oct. 20 (see SAVE THE DATE section below). ***Note from Adele: Is your club represented? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to be invited!***
4) We have TWO FULL PCAT COURSES from KAPLAN to give away. The scholarships expire on December 31. Deadline to apply: Monday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 pm. Application: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/REVIEW.COURSE.SCHOLARSHIP.FULL PCAT.2014.doc.
5) The HMP3 Peer Mentor Program is ready to get underway, and we are in GREAT need of juniors and seniors to become mentors in the new school year! New mentees are welcome to apply for a mentor, too! The matching process is often competitive and detail-oriented, so it is important that you complete the application early and thoroughly.
6) The Health Professions Mentor Program (HPMP) is being revamped for the new school year! It has not yet opened! Exciting new opportunities will be available—including for freshmen! I anticipate that recruitment and matching will begin in a month or two. Actual mentoring and shadowing will probably not begin until January 2015. Keep your eye on the HMP3 Weekly Email for updates!
7) Adele’s office hours during Week 1: Tues & Thurs 12:00-3:00, Wed 1:00-4:00 (always off on Mondays). *Office location & website at the bottom of the page.
Mon. Oct. 6 Faculty Mentor Program Orientation, 6:00 pm in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room (next to Yogurt World). Dr. Wilson from the School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Department will be there to talk about the joint FMP – Emergency Medicine Research. See the “Research Opportunities” section below for more information about FMP.
Tues. Oct. 7 National Competitive Scholarships (NCS) Info Session, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Natural Sciences Building (NSB) Auditorium near Revelle Commons. RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/NCSInfo100714. If the email list is already closed by the time you sign up, you can show up anyway! Have you ever dreamt of being a Rhodes or Fulbright Scholar? You could be the next undergraduate to win a prestigious scholarship like these! Come to our information session to learn about which you qualify for and the process involved in applying. Can’t make it to the session? Make an appointment with Dr. Sophia Tsai (email@example.com) to discuss your options. For an overview of the available scholarships: http://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/scholarships/natl-competitive/index.html. Before applying, please make sure you check all eligibility requirements and deadlines for each individual scholarship.
Tues. Oct. 7 International Health Collective (IHC) is having a fundraiser night. In order to continue with our projects, we need your help!! Come out to Firehouse in Pacific Beach at 7:00 pm for a Taco Tuesday themed night. We plan on raising money through the tacos and beverages, plus a raffle with many fun prizes. IHC is a student run, nonprofit organization at UCSD. Our primary goal is to provide quality healthcare to underprivileged communities around the world. IHC has a clinic site in Tijuana, Mexico and with the help of volunteer physicians, pharmacists, medical students, and undergraduates, under-served families are getting the healthcare they desperately need. ***If you would like to join our organization visit our website www.ihealthcollectiveucsd.com and fill out an application.
Wed. Oct. 8 Pre-Med at UCSD: Workshop, Panel and Q&A, 10:00-11:30 am in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.
Wed. Oct. 8 or Thurs. Oct. 9 The Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH), a student-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to provide international medical services to those in need, is having their FIRST GBM—COME TO EITHER NIGHT! 8:00 pm—meet at those spheres near Center Hall and you will find a FISH member that will direct you to the meeting location! Originated at UCLA, FISH works to connect students with a passion for helping others with the people who most need their help. FISH is an organization which allows passionate students the unique opportunity to learn basic medical screening, and to gain meaningful experiences in global health and public service. We travel to Tijuana, Mexico at least three times a quarter and help out at free clinics and volunteer at two different orphanages. This opportunity allows a student to help others, while simultaneously experiencing the hardships of the underprivileged first hand. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Thurs. Oct. 9 Pre-Dental Society presents: Stacey Moon, DDS, Nina Hashemi, 4th yr. dental student at ASDOH and Mark Hunt, Vinmar Solutions, 6:30 pm in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy PSB Education Rooms 2&3. Dr. Moon, a recent graduate from the UCSF School of Dentistry, and Nina Hashemi, a 4th-year ASDOH student, will be speaking of their experiences in dental school and in the UCSD free clinics. Mr. Mark Hunt from Vinmar Solutions will talk briefly about his dental courses.
SAVE THE DATE
Wed. Oct. 15 Professional and Graduate School Information Fair, 10:30 am-2:30 pm on Library Walk. Lots of medical and health professions schools are coming! Also lots of grad programs that can be used to strengthen your application to medical school—or as stepping stones to other careers in health! 2014 participant list: https://ucsd-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php?cf=gradfair2014.
Wed. Oct. 15 Chiropractic Career Night, 7:00 pm at the Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel, Compass Ballroom, 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Imagine changing lives every day by becoming a chiropractor. Sign up here: http://www.lifewestcareernight.com/. Flyer: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/San_Diego_Career_Night.chiropractic.jpg.
Mon. Oct. 20 HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair, 5:00-7:00 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! Note from Adele: ***Is your club participating?? Contact email@example.com for an invitation to register your pre-health org. Get a free table, a chance to win a cash prize for your org and recruit new members from hundreds of UCSD students!!!***
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: https://ucsd-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php. 5 Tips to Make The Most of The Fair: http://career.ucsd.edu/student-mfg/5-tips.html. Be 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 SACNAS (Society of Advancement for Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science) First General Body Meeting, 6:30pm in the Raza Resource Centro. Please join us as we engage in fun ice breakers, listen to a talk by a distinguished faculty member and learn about the exciting opportunities and goals the chapter will push to accomplish this upcoming quarter. We hope to see you there! Here is the link to our website: http://ucsdsacnas.weebly.com/
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!
1. The 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference all-inclusive package for UCSD students is full—sorry! This conference happens every year, though—with sign-ups starting in the summer. Maybe you can go next year!
2. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the org, visit www.thetriplehelix.org and check out our blog at www.triplehelixblog.com.
3. Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in North Carolina is having a whole month dedicated to reaching out to prospective students interested in learning about the professions of: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Master of Physician Assistant Practice (PA), MS in Public Health (MSPH), MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPS), and other graduate-level health professions, including Clinical Research.
Virtual Fairs—chat with faculty, staff and current students in a virtual setting!
October 7 & 8th - AACP Pharmacy—Register Here: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=b59410ca-28f3-4613-9a29-a2eb0154521c.
October 9th - AACP Graduate—Register Here: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=4b5e4df5-bdca-416d-891a-a35001196bc3.
October 24th – CPHS Health Professions Virtual Fair—Register Here: https://cuweb.wufoo.com/forms/campbell-university-cphs-virtual-visit-rsvp/.
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: https://cur-server.ucsd.edu/machform/view.php?id=57025. 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.
There will be an information session on Monday, October 6 at 6:00 pm in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room (next to Yogurt World). The session is not required, but is encouraged.
***Dr. Wilson from the School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine Department will be there to talk about the joint FMP – Emergency Medicine Research Program.
More details about the Faculty Mentor Program can be found at http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/FACULTY_MENTOR_PROGRAM.2014.docx.
FOR FUTURE DOCTORS:
1. Wed. Oct. 8 Pre-Med at UCSD: Workshop, Panel and Q&A, 10:00-11:30 am in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.
2. What is it like to be a PARENT in medical school? https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/405626/parentinmedicalschool.html.
3. What is it like for Women in Medicine? Check out this website to learn how you can do it all! http://www.mommd.com/.
4. Curious about Osteopathic Medicine? Your D.O. journey begins with one click: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Your DO Journey Begins with One Click.pdf.
5. Inspiring stories:
• The Rev. Suzanne Watson: Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2017. After a career as an Episcopal priest, Suzanne decided to pursue medicine at the age of 48. She says you're never too old to live your dreams. (UCSD alum!) https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/inspiring-stories/404740/suzannewatson.html.
• Valerie A. Pierre: Creighton University School of Medicine, 2017. Valerie was inspired to help others during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the support of her parents. https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/inspiring-stories/403620/valerieapierre.html.
• Michael On'Gele: Duke University School of Medicine, 2018. Witnessing the health disparities in his community has motivated Michael to practice medicine in urban areas. https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/inspiring-stories/403606/michaelongele.html.
• Abdul Hassan: University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 2018. Inspired by his mother's nearly fatal medical complications and his late mentor's battle with cancer, Abdul has pursued a career in medicine. https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/inspiring-stories/401970/abdulhassan.html.
6. Medical student blogs: http://aspiringdocsdiaries.org/.
FOR FUTURE PODIATRISTS (FEMALE!)
1. We would love to invite your students to attend the American Association of Women Podiatrists Science Conference at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego on Saturday, October 18th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the profession, to meet the Dean of our College along with members of our faculty, current students and other renowned podiatric physicians. Students will have access to the conference sessions and the exhibition hall. Registration is completely FREE and lunch will be included. You can find more information on the event and the link to register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1faD8ZiPhDId20ewzLtpfU9ulxLp3Nfxf_J8HY_nvjW8/viewform.
FOR FUTURE OPTOMETRISTS
1. Berkeley Optometry presents: October Webinar Month Schedule
Essay Writing, Date: October 7, Time: 2-3:30pm PDT, Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fsO2DiyzEQR0emrG5KxkWA2G50dj-92SjWSGP4Ty4I4/viewform?edit_requested=true.
ASCO Optometry Virtual Fair, Featuring all 21 Colleges and Schools of Optometry! Date: October 9, Time: Various times based on school availability, Website: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=e87f2383-3238-4154-b25c-a3850155de3c.
The Undergraduate Timeline for Success, Date: October 13, Time: 1-2:30pm PDT, Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ipJm7c5URYSJwvAXeFL0YTUs3bwR0d5TkzHJwSA4EzA/viewform?edit_requested=true.
Interview Skills & Professional Etiquette, Date: October 14, Time: 2-3:30pm PDT, Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EJfpE1attXpbGQh_xc6OXOnc3HjqrAakhA-f3IE23oA/viewform?edit_requested=true.
***More information about our webinars can be found here: http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/webinars.
FOR FUTURE PHARMACISTS
1. HMP3 has TWO FULL PCAT COURSES from KAPLAN to give away. The scholarships expire on December 31. Deadline to apply: Monday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 pm. Application: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/REVIEW.COURSE.SCHOLARSHIP.FULL PCAT.2014.doc.
2. Virtual Pharmacy School Fair Oct. 7-8 https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=b59410ca-28f3-4613-9a29-a2eb0154521c
3. KGI School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA is hosting a Visitation Day for prospective students on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event will be held on the KGI Campus (535 Watson Dr., Claremont, CA 91711) from 9am-12pm. To Register, prospective students can access the following link: http://pharmacy.kgi.edu/news-and-events/event-calendar/events/101814-fall-2014-pharmd-visitation-day.html.
4. Sorry—Jason Yang’s link from last week didn’t work! Here’s the list of pharm schools which don’t require the PCAT: http://www.pharmcas.org/school-directory/#/pharmd/required-tests.
FOR FUTURE DENTISTS
1. Pre-Dental students at UCSD simply MUST join the Pre-Dental Society! It is one of the best pre-dental clubs in the country. They run free dental clinics for the underserved, have regular meetings with deans of dental schools from all over the country, and provide opportunities for training and advice that are bound to help you get in! Here is their calendar of events for Fall Quarter: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PDS. Fall 2014 Special Speakers (2).doc. Their meetings are also regularly featured in the Calendar section of the HMP3 Weekly Email.
AMAZING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
1. 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: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Recruitment%20Flyer%20RMF%20pdf.pdf. Now go ahead and do something amazing with yourself!
2. Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions are starting up again, and we are in need of tutors for individuals and/or small groups! 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? Write to email@example.com to offer your services! Note from Adele: This will look great on your application!
1. Inexpensive preparation for the Verbal Reasoning part of the MCAT is available on Amazon—MCAT: 12 Week Plan for Verbal Reasoning Success (http://tinyurl.com/qbgda42). 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.
***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. UCSD Medical Students are looking for HOPE-eligible premed students to mentor! SOM Mentors is a collaborative effort between UCSD’s School of Medicine and its undergraduate campus. We strive to provide quality one-on-one mentorship, especially to students who identify as non-traditional, underrepresented minority in medicine, or come from a disadvantaged background. We pair UCSD undergraduate and medical students to foster close relationships. If you would like to be paired with a UCSD medical student, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-1aFw0Bc8UFn3-xPTFjfdojSs7LcNDrK2zyRxw8IeJY/viewform. Thank you! Note from Adele: This is a great program! Don’t miss out on it if you really want to go to medical school!
2. 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 URM student athletes are in need of your help! Here is more information for you: http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PRO_Volunteer_Handout_PDF.pdf and http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD.Adele.Tutors.docx. Email Susan English at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to be a volunteer!
3. SACNAS (Society of Advancement for Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science) at UCSD- Our Vision: SACNAS was founded on a principle that has actively sought to bring much needed change within the community of scientist world wide. With this objective in mind, our chapter has committed itself to empowering ALL individuals who are not only passionate about science, but are also seeking to be ambassadors of change. Our primary goal is to provide the necessary resources to both our internal community at UCSD, and externally to our community in San Diego ( K- community college). We welcome all those who stand in solidarity with our mission and look forward to expanding our family of fellow SACNISTAS.
Join Us for Our First General Body Meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 630pm in the Raza Resource Center. Please join us as we engage in fun ice breakers, listen to a talk by a distinguished faculty member and learn about the exciting opportunities and goals the chapter will push to accomplish this upcoming quarter. We hope to see you there! Here is the link to our website: http://ucsdsacnas.weebly.com/.
4. 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 (http://tinyurl.com/qbgda42). 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. Interested in toxicology? Attend the conference being held in San Diego over Spring Break for FREE and get put up in the hotel for free, too! Deadline to apply for the travel award is October 9th at http://www.toxicology.org/ai/af/awardDocuments/UG_Stud2015_flyer.pdf. Toxicologists study the effects of physical, biological, and chemical agents on people, animals, and the environment, and address critical issues and make the world a healthier and safer place. Many students who learn about the interdisciplinary nature of toxicology are excited about career opportunities that involve research and the potential to make a positive contribution to health and safety.
6. Here is a website from the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), specifically designed to help underrepresented students get into medical school: http://aspiringdocs.org/.
7. Analyzing Physician Workforce Racial and Ethnic Composition Associations: A Two-part Series
In a new two-part Analysis in Brief (AIB) research series, the associations between racial and ethnic diversity in the U.S. physician workforce and the distribution of the physician workforce by specialty (part I) and geography (part II) are explored.
Results from part I, Analyzing Physician Workforce Racial and Ethnic Composition Associations: Physician Specialties, show that significant associations exist between physician specialty and racial and ethnic composition. Physicians of American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Hawaiian or Pacific Islander; black or African American; or Hispanic/Latino origins are more likely to practice primary care than white physicians.
Part II of this series, Analyzing Physician Workforce Racial and Ethnic Composition Associations: Geographic Distribution, examines geographic distribution to determine whether a more racially and ethnically diverse physician workforce positively contributes to a more equitable distribution of the U.S. physician workforce. Results show significant associations between physician practice location and racial and ethnic composition. Physicians identifying as American Indian, Alaska Native, or Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; black or African American; and/or Hispanic/Latino were more likely to practice in impoverished areas and areas federally designated as medically underserved or experiencing health professional shortages.
Next week look for a section on postbac opportunities. Have a great first week of school! ~Adele
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Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator
Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program
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