HMP3 Weekly Email 11.2.14

Special message from Adele:  I really want to have a Mock MMI workshop this quarter, but may not be able to pull it off in time.  I need to gauge your interest, to see if I should forge ahead.  We have the School of Medicine rooms that are used for their real MMI’s reserved for Wed. Nov. 19 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  These interviews will be as realistic as we can make them!  Your mock interviews will take place from 4:00-5:30 or 5:30-7:00 pm.  There will be a mandatory orientation the week before, on Wed. Nov. 12 from 5:00-6:00 pm.  These mock interviews are specifically designed for students in the current application cycle who anticipate participating in MMI-style interviews after Nov. 19.  Please write back ASAP—only if you can absolutely make both dates!  I will keep a list of interested students and let you know the outcome. 

Also, check below for a long-awaited section on post-bacs



1.  Project Success FREE TUTORING CONTINUES!  NEW CLASSES ADDED!  Worried about the midterms you haven’t taken yet?  Come get help!  


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


Monday, November 3rd

2:30-3:30 pm : Sarah Min, Jerry Yang ( Gen chem, Math 10 A-C and BIPN100)

3:00-4:00 pm : Chau Ngo, Jerry Yang (Gen Chem, O-Chem, BIPN 100)

Thursday, November 6th

10:00-11:00 am : Kevin Vo, Tiffany Tran, Jamie, Michael (Genetics, Math 20C, General Chem, BICD100 and BIPN 102)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm : Emily,Siderth, Jennie and Kevin H (Genetics, Gen Chem, Ochem, BILD 1/2, BIMM116 and BIMM100)

12:00-1:00 pm : Ugen Pham (BIMM100,110 and BIPN 102)

12:30-1:30 pm : Anne Cabangcala (Chem 4)

1:00-2:00 pm : Ashley Adams, Shriya, Jamie (Genetics, Chem 6 A/C, BILD 1, BIPN102 and BIMM100)


2.  The HMP3 Test Prep Scholarship application is CLOSING MONDAY, NOV. 3 AT 4:30 pm!!  Winners receive 50% off of a Kaplan or Princeton Review Course!  ***Financial need is the main award criterion***

I have received some more applications, but not enough!  Right now your odds for winning one are looking pretty good!  I have 12 KAPLAN and 6 PRINCETON REVIEW 50% scholarships to give away!  Deadline to apply:  Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 4:30 pm.




The link to sign up is broken.  Please fill out this hard-copy application and email it to  Application: 

***New mentees are welcome to apply for a mentor, too!  Same application.

The PMP Commencement Ceremony—where you will meet your match—is coming up on Nov. 17, so hurry! 

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


4.  HMP3 has the 2015 MCAT Practice Test for sale for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Come to Adele’s office during office hours to purchase yours.  The test code must be activated within 6 months, then it is good for one year after that.  *The Official MCAT2015 Sample Test and all of the preparation products for the new exam offered by the AAMC will be available free of charge to students that qualify for assistance under the Fee Assistance Program in 2015 and beyond.

5.  Adele’s office hours for Week 5:  Wed/Fri 1-4, Thurs 12-3



Tues. Nov. 4  Mind Body Nutrition’s Preventive Medicine Mixer, 6:00-8:00pm at Bonner Hall in Revelle (room 2130)! Pre-med? Interested in preventive medicine? Curious about preventive medicine’s role in our health care system? Three distinguished professors of preventive medicine will be present, including the Division Chief of Preventive Medicine at UCSD. They will share their experiences working in the field of preventive medicine as well as answer any questions related as well in an intimate setting. Join Mind Body Nutrition for a relaxed night full of faculty, food and fun. Delve into the advancing field of preventive medicine and see its impact on not only the future of medicine but also its impact on you. Light refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to come!

Wed. Nov. 5  Pre-Dental Society presents:  One on One Personal Statement Workshop, covering the necessary tools to write a personal statement for any graduate program—given by Dr. Philip Aftoora, Director of Student Services at Case Western Reserve University.   Reserve your spot:  write to Nicole Chhea at


Thurs. Nov. 6   Medical Friends X UCSD is hosting the Red Cross, 10:00 am to 4:15 pm on Library Walk.  Volunteers needed!  Check the ANNOUNCEMENTS section below for more information on this new pre-health org on campus!

Thurs. Nov. 6  Project Nicaragua GBM #2, 5:00-6:00PM in the Green Table Room! (2nd floor of the Price Center).  We strive to improve the quality of life in Nicaragua through our medical, educational and public health trips!  We will discuss the application timeline for our upcoming medical trip this spring break, in which we will donate medical supplies to a hospital in Managua, and SHADOW NEUROSURGEONS while volunteering for one week in the hospital. Join us to get more involved and/or contact us at

Thurs. Nov. 6  Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM) GBM #2, 7pm in Marshall College Room. Come and meet our guest speaker Dr. Stanton Hom who is a chiropractor in the San Diego area. He will speak about his involvement in integrative medicine (IM) and emphasizing the different aspects of IM that you will definitely be interested in! FREE FOOD will be provided! *We are also having a fundraiser throughout the whole day at Yogurtworld so make sure you also come out to Library Walk and grab a flyer from us to get 10% off of your purchase!!


Thurs. Nov. 6  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Philip Aftoora, Director of Student Services at Case Western Reserve University & GBM, 6:30 pm in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy PSB Education Rooms 2&3.   Mr. Aftoora will present on Case Western Reserve University deantla school as well as interview tips and advice to achieve success in the dental school application process (not just for Case Western).  TGIF to follow!


Fri./Sat. Nov. 7 & 8  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Continuing Education Adventures—Dental Road Show.  To sign up to volunteer and attend CE courses, please email

Fri./Sat. Nov. 7 & 8  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Thousand Smiles Foundation Outreach in Mexico.  Thousand Smiles is a non-profit organization that travels four times a year to Ensenada, Mexico to provide medical and dental care for children afflicted with cleft lip and palate.  Contact Jorge Espindola at

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

Sat. Nov. 8  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:



Wed. Nov. 12  Interview Interactive, 3:00-4:30 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  Learn about interviewing and get a chance to practice! 

Wed. Nov. 12  Research Opportunities at UCSF including summer research, 4:00 pm in the AEP conference room next to Adele’s office.  RSVP requested:  Learn more about Professor Craik and his research at and  Flyer: (note:  day of the week is wrong in the title)

Wed. Nov. 12  The Persistence Factor: Alternative Pathways to Your Medical Career. 4:30-6:30 pm in room 145 of the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building (MET).  Panelists will describe the path to MD as well as DO, and the panel will be filmed by UCSD TV. Sponsored by the UCSD Extension Post-bac Program.  Panelists include:  

Dr. Clinton Adams, DO and former Dean of Western University – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest


Please email Sammi Dewald if you plan to attend at


Wed. Nov. 12  Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Pre-Health Honor Society GBM #3, 6:30pm in Bear Room. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Danny Gambino, a chiropractor from the Clairemont area who has been practicing for 25 years. He is very involved with the healthcare community and will be speaking about what chiropractic is and what it is like to be in the profession. *We will be having a Tapex social afterward, so come and join us!


Wed. Nov. 12  SACNAS at UCSD Second General Body Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Raza Resource Centro.  Join us as we take a Journey through Academia by listening in on a STEM graduate student panel, so let's get motivated! We will also discuss more in-depth about our future collaboration with the Salk Mobile Lab biotechnology outreach program in serving middle schools throughout San Diego County. Here is the link to our website:


1.  Pre-med? Interested in preventive medicine? Curious about preventive medicine’s role in our health care system? Come to Mind Body Nutrition’s Preventive Medicine Mixer on November 4th from 6:00-8:00pm at Bonner Hall in Revelle (room 2130)! Three distinguished professors of preventive medicine will be present, including the Division Chief of Preventive Medicine at UCSD. They will share their experiences working in the field of preventive medicine as well as answer any questions related as well in an intimate setting. Join Mind Body Nutrition for a relaxed night full of faculty, food and fun. Delve into the advancing field of preventive medicine and see its impact on not only the future of medicine but also its impact on you. Light refreshments will be provided and everyone is welcome to come!

2.  Hello prospective Medical Field students. Are you interested in gathering up some volunteer hours for your resume? Medical Friends will be hosting the American RedCross on Library Walk on Thursday 11/6/14 (10:00 am to 4:15 pm) and we will be needing volunteers to man the tables and help save some lives. IF you are interested in volunteering with us, we will be offering 1.5x the volunteer hours you put in. Water and snacks will be provided to the volunteers so email us  if you're interested in signing up for some service hours.


Hope to see you out there! and follow us on Facebook for further volunteer events and lab research workshops   (Medical Friends x UCSD)


3.  Killer Personal Statements (courtesy of Passport Admissions)—FREE TO FIRST TIMERS!    

A personal statement is a 2-part argument: you should first answer the question "why medical school," then the question "why accept me." Come to this session, led by Passport Admissions Founder, Rob Humbracht, to learn the wisdom gleaned from years of reading personal statements (both good and terrible) for medical school. At this seminar, you will start your personal statement for medical school with Passport’s expert guidance. Our seminars are limited to 20 students, and we're holding two FREE spots just for HMP3 members.  Please RSVP at the link below: 

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014 * Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm * Location: 5752 Oberlin Dr. Conference Room San Diego, CA 92121 * Presenter: Passport Admissions President and Founder, Rob Humbracht * Price: $30 / FREE if it is your first time attending a Passport Admissions seminar. 

4.  PRE-MED INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY WITH PASSPORT ADMISSIONS—still accepting applications!  Make yourself STAND OUT while learning and writing about medical school admissions!

Passport Admissions is looking for a pre-med intern.  This position is unpaid, but it comes with a plethora of perks.  You get to work with owner/head advisor, Rob Humbracht, on a monthly basis to help him build a blog, attend a monthly seminar series, and improve your candidacy for medical school.

Are you an uncommonly good writer? able to work independently with minimal supervision? reliable and prompt with email responses? Then, we’re looking for you.

Apply for the position at our website:

5.  Interested in Sports Medicine, but don’t want to go to medical school?  Consider an M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of South Florida:  Housed within the Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.   

6.  Did you know that you are entitled to one FREE class at UCSD Extension, just for being a full-time UCSD student?  A voucher worth up to $400 can be picked up during the week of 11/17-11/21 for classes to be taken at University Extension starting Winter Quarter 2015.  Many students use this voucher for MCAT prep, but there are lots of other exciting possibilities at  This perk is available each quarter of the school year (excluding summer). 

7.  Intern at a hospital in the Azores Islands, Portugal or Canary Islands, Spain!

Experience European healthcare

Improve your Spanish and Portuguese

Contribute to the community

Become part of the ATLANTIS PROJECT!



1.  Sorry, this resource didn’t come with any links, but the programs should be easy to Google.  Check it out!



1.  I was very happy to get this message, because Dr. Alan Maisel is an amazing cardiologist and a fascinating person!  My name is Elizabeth, the research coordinator for the Maisel Lab at the San Diego VA Medical Center. We are currently looking for responsible, hardworking, motivated premeds who are willing to volunteer with us for at least 1 year and at least 10 hours a week. Students who come into our lab will gain valuable clinical experience, which I understand is difficult to come by for some students. Students will be allowed to shadow physicians, watch procedures, and interact with current medical students/residents/fellows from UCSD. Would you be able to send out an email to the premed group with information about our lab? Below is a description of what we do and what we look for in volunteers:


Research: We have various studies that investigate the role of peptides in cardiac diseases in diagnosing patients and guiding therapy (primarily in congestive heart failure).


Student Responsibilities:


1. Volunteering position.

2. Talk to patients directly and verbally consent them for research studies.

3. Interact with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare personnel to recruit subjects.

4. Learn about everyday medical terms, abbreviations, and medications.

5. Centrifuge blood specimens and pipette plasma/serum. Must pipette urine as well.

6. Access patient medical records in order to find out whether they are eligible for our studies.

7. Data input and analysis.

8. Go to the emergency department to check for potential subjects.

9. Keep track of lab supplies.




1. Must be responsible, hardworking and motivated.

2. Able to dedicate at least 1 year to working in the lab.

3. Must be able to work at least 10 hours a week.

4. Act and dress professionally.

5. Must be able to work in a team.

6. Must be able to communicate well.

7. Quick and active learner, takes initiative in doing tasks.

8. Must abide by rules and regulations of the VA. Understand that PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY is key. 

9. Know how to use Excel, Microsoft Word.

Contacts: Research coordinator:, PI:




1.  Another exciting message I got this week!  We were very pleased with the high caliber of applicants we received and interviewed last year, so that when a new radiology assistant position opened up, we immediately thought of using HMP3 to help us find the ideal candidate.

The position involves working directly with the Radiologists while they are on-call covering three hospitals in the evenings. Currently the days we are looking to fill are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The hours are Wednesday-Thursday 5:30pm- 8:45pm and Friday 4:30pm-7:30pm. These hours are the minimum you would be working, on most nights you will be asked to work additional hours, however additional hours are not guaranteed. The position is located at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

If any of your members are interested please instruct them to send their resumes directly to me at

Job description:  The Radiology Assistant provides timely and accurate responses to physician and technologist requests. Responsible for incoming phone calls directed to radiologists; manage radiologist’s requests to locate appropriate referring physicians for continuing patient care.  Monitors RMS, PACS systems and StatRad website to make sure exams are being interpreted in a timely fashion and by the appropriate physicians. Responsible for making sure all patient exams are interpreted and reported in a timely fashion. Minimum Qualification (Required): Must have intermediate-advanced computer literacy and the ability to multi-task and prioritize duties.  Also, courteous and efficient telephone skills.



***There was too much to write, so I just created a document containing the info I wanted share.  Here it is:  Hope it helps!



1.  Each month, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation posts a “What’s Next Health” talk with a leading thinker with big ideas about the future of health and health care. Recently Randy Jirtle, senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory, talked about his work in epigenetics.

In a written follow up, he defined epigenetics as “the study of heritable changes in gene function that occur without a change in the DNA sequence. So we now know that chemical modifications of the DNA, and the histones the DNA wraps around, actually determine whether genes are functional or not functional. These chemical modifications can be caused by environmental factors that we are exposed to, such as the nutrients we eat—or those our mother ate—or stress at critical junctures in our development.”

He explained that understanding how a single epigenetic change can affect the action or expression of a gene is “providing us for the first time with information that will ultimately allow people to prevent diseases and conditions from ever happening, rather than just treating them after they occur.”

If you are interested in studying ways medicine can improve patient care, then you may find a career as a physician scientist to be the right fit. Physician scientists are allopathic or osteopathic physicians or dentists who pursue their research interests in the laboratory.


2.  The Stony Brook University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is offered in conjunction with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory.  The purpose of the MSTP is to train academic medical scientists for both research and teaching in medical schools and research institutions.  Graduates of this program are equipped to study major medical problems at the basic level, and at the same time, to recognize the clinical significance of their discoveries.



1.  Incredible opportunity to observe surgery in the UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship, and Research Program.  This incredible program is offered three times a year:  spring, summer and fall.  The upcoming spring deadline is Nov. 15Read all about it and apply at

2.  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. 

3.  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.

4.  HMP3 has the 2015 MCAT Practice Test for sale for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Come to Adele’s office during office hours to purchase yours.  Code must be activated within 6 months, then the test code is good for one year after that.

5.  Check out An Open Letter to First Year Osteopathic Medical Students that includes wonderful advice for incoming first year medical school students, which is very relevant for all aspiring future DOctors!

The AACOMAS 2015 application cycle continues to climb with record breaking numbers!  (live link)  We hope to see many of you at our upcoming recruitment events and the COMs Open Houses.



1.  You are invited to attend Experience Bastyr, an in-depth look into the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness degrees offered at Bastyr University's San Diego campus. Lunch is on us!  Saturday, November 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Prospective students may choose one of the informational tracks listed below. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Track

Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness Track

Learn more and register here:



1.  A possible chance to shadow a P.A.?  I just heard about this avenue for finding a P.A. to shadow.  I’m hoping one or more of you will sign up for it, then let me know if it was useful.  Thanks!

You can join the California Academy of Physician Assistants as a pre-P.A. for $75.  I’m not sure of the benefits of doing this, but perhaps you might find an avenue for locating a P.A. to shadow, if the above service doesn’t turn out to be useful.

2.  New Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies opens in Muskogee, Oklahoma


Northeastern State University (NSU), Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) is pending receipt of provisional accreditation in June 2016. Upon receipt of accreditation, NSU would be accepting their first cohort of PAS students in 2017 as part of the provisional accreditation process through ARC-PA. The PAS program will be housed on the NSU Muskogee campus.


Admission Standards


1.     An earned bachelor’s degree from a Higher Learning Commission accredited college. 

2.     Completion of all prerequisite courses listed below with a grade of “C” or better. 


Biology (*Two of these courses must contain a laboratory component)

 Human Anatomy

Human Physiology


                  Health Related Upper Division Biology (i.e., Immunology, Infectious Disease Microbiology,



  Chemistry (*Two of the Chemistry courses must contain a laboratory component)

General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry


               Mathematics (College Algebra or higher)


               Psychology (Introduction to Psychology and PSYC elective)


3.     Be in good standing with the college or university last or currently attending;

Be formally admitted to Northeastern State University and the Graduate College by submitting an application and official transcripts to the University registrar.

4.     Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate course work attempted.  A minimum science GPA of 3.0 is also required.  Submit Graduate Record Examination score;

5.     Submit an application and be formally admitted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program Admissions Committee and receive admission approval.

6.     Although not required for admission to the program, prior healthcare experience is expected. 


For more information about the PAS program, please contact



1.  One of the terrific mentors in our Healh Professions Mentor Program sent me this message:  I have been doing a six part radio series on the profession of pharmacy.  We have had pharmacists from all walks of our profession discuss their roles in patient care.  It would probably be of great interest to your pre-pharmacy students to listen to those programs.  They would gain a great deal of insight as to what various pharmacists do in the various fields of health care.  Gerry Graf 

Note from Adele:  Dr. Graf is very dedicated to helping students get into pharmacy school.  I’m sure these are excellent programs!  

2.  The Touro University California College of Pharmacy will hold its Fall open house on Friday, November 7th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  During this free 6 hour interactive event, prospective students, advisors, and other interested parties will have the opportunity to participate in workshops focusing on various careers in pharmacy, the application process, the TUC student experience, and much more! 

For more information, and to RSVP (which is required), please go to our website -  I hope you and your students are able to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to visit our campus and learn about one of the top pharmacy programs in California!



1.  Conversation with Veterinarian William Hill--William Allen Hill, D.V.M., M.P.H., DACLAM, is the Director of the Animal Care Unit and Attending Veterinarian at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. In an interview with, he talked about his career in veterinary medicine and how he chose and prepared for this health care career.



1.  Why not become an Anesthesiologist Assistant?  Application deadline extended to January 15, 2015 for the incoming class of 2015.  Case Western Reserve's MSA program is a 2 year master's degree which trains students to be anesthesiologist assistants. AAs are mid-level anesthesia providers who work in the operating room 40 hours a week and have great earning power, starting at $125K and up, plus benefits. The AA career is the best kept secret in allied health and perfect for students who are re-thinking med school and are serious about working in the operating room. This is an allied health program. 

You can become an Anesthesiologist Assistant in just 2 years!  APPLY FOR THE INCOMING CLASS OF 2015  Application deadline is January 15, 2015.  CLICK HERE for DETAILS of the REQUIREMENTS 

Short version, the requirements are:

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]Bachelor's degree (yes, spring 2015 graduates can apply!

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]10 prerequisites (most are part of a biology or chemistry degree)

[if !supportLists]·         [endif]MCAT score of 20 or above (must take by end of January 2015)

You can APPLY as long as all prerequisite courses and undergraduate degree are done by May 2015, before the program starts.  This program is in 3 cities:  Cleveland, Ohio * Houston, Texas * Washington, DC



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.  Promises2Kids is a fantastic organization that works with all of the child welfare groups in San Diego.  Volunteer with them if you truly love children and want to make a real difference in young lives!  They have many different ways to get involved, varying from one time events to committing to be a mentor for a youth. The next volunteer orientation will be held on November 18th. The orientations are held at their office in Kearny Mesa and are from 5-6pm.  Email Jessica Dell if you would like to attend, at  Phone:  858-427-1105.  Location:  9400 Ruffin Court, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92123

Ways to support Promises2Kids:

Current volunteer opportunities:

Stay In Touch with Promises2Kids on Social Media:  Facebook  Twitter

2.  Hospice Recruitment Flyer updated!  (The previous one had the wrong email address.)  Training is online and self-paced.  Screening tests and background check costs are paid for by the organization.  Show your maturity and deep caring for others by volunteering for hospice!


3.  Reality Changers

Who we are:  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:  Mondays evenings (at City Heights Headquarters OR Solana Beach), Wednesdays (City Heights HQ), Thursdays (City Heights HQ), now through mid June

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, Wednesdays, 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 at 3910 University Ave. Ste. 300-RC, San Diego, CA 92104 or Solana Beach Chapter at 120 Stevens Ave. (Debin Hall of Presbyterian Church), Solana Beach, CA 92075 




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.  SACNAS is the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science.  SACNAS 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.

As a diverse, yet like-minded group of individuals, we will make amazing opportunities and invaluable information accessible to others through properly informing them on what it really takes to pursue an advanced degree in the sciences.

Join Us for Our Second General Body Meeting:  November 12th at the Raza Resource Centro from 6:30 to 8 pm. Join us as we take a Journey through Academia by listening in on a STEM graduate student panel, so let's get motivated! We will also discuss more in-depth about our future collaboration with the Salk Mobile Lab biotechnology outreach program in serving middle schools throughout San Diego County. 

Here is the link to our website:

3.  Check out the Native Health Initiative for a beautiful summer experience:

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  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.

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


Well, that’s it for now.  I came across an inspiring question by poet Mary Oliver that made me think of you:  “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  I hope HMP3 and I can help you figure this out.  Yours~  Adele

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