HMP3 Weekly Email 11.23.14

My meeting with UC San Diego Health Sciences about the new Health Professions Mentor Program protocol was postponed until December—aargh!  But I promise to let you all know when there is something to tell.   Because of the holiday, any announcements for next week’s email need to arrive by this coming Wednesday at noon.  That will be the last HMP3 Weekly Email of  2014!  Wow! 


1.  Our Princeton Review Course Auction has been cancelled due to the upcoming holiday.  Look for new auctions in 2015 for courses to prep for the NEW MCAT!

2.  Military Medicine on Tuesday, Nov. 25—see the CALENDAR section below for details.  Sponsored by HMP3/\’s SEARCH committee.  A military doctor will be there, and info about all branches of the military will be available!

3.  Project Success FREE TUTORING continues through 10th Week!  Get ready for your finals?    


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



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)


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

10:00 am – 2:00 pm  Victor Contreras (Immunology and/or Structural Biochemistry)

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)


4.  HMP3 still has the old MCAT Practice Tests for sale for $20 each (regular price $35) through January of 2015.  The New 2015 MCAT Practice Test is also on sale now for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Write to let me know which tests you want.  You will need to pay for the tests before I can order them.  When you write in with your order, let me know your availability to come by the office to pay for your purchase.  *Note:  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 8:  Wedneiday only! 1-4



Tues. Nov. 25  HMP3 SEARCH presents:  Military Medicine!  6:00 pm in the Leichtag building lecture hall (cross Gilman Drive on Library Walk—the Leichtag is the first building on your left on the medical school campus).  Come learn how you can be paid a decent wage to attend medical school and other health professions schools while serving as an officer in the military, with all the privileges that entails.  After graduation you don’t owe any money—just time.  I’ve also heard that they don’t try to break you down in boot camp—but you will get very physically fit!  Come find out all about it! 

Tues. Nov. 25  Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Pre-Health Honor Society GBM #44, 6:30 pm in the Red Shoe Room. Come to our last GBM of the quarter to learn about our remaining events for the quarter and meet our guest speaker Dr. Herway, an anesthesiologist.

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Tues./Wed. Dec. 2 & 3  Biotechnology Consulting Competition Info Sessions, 6:30-7:30 pm (Tues: NSB Auditorium, Wed. Pacific Hall 3500).  See Announcement #1 below for details.

Thurs. Dec 4  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Hemophilia and its Importance to Dentistry & Price Is Right: Dental Game.  Topics: The Pacific Beach Tuesday managers will be presenting on hemophilia and its relation to dentistry. Also, members will play The Price Is Right regarding clinic supplies. Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Rooms 2 & 3, 6:30pm


Thurs. Dec. 4  Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM) GBM #3, 7:00 pm in the ERC Room. Our guest speaker will be our club advisor, Dr. Mimi Guarneri. She is a renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine who has received much recognition for her work, especially in San Diego.  You would not want to miss this chance to meet her!  FREE FOOD will also be provided.



Sat. Dec. 6  CPR/BLS Certification Course, hosted by Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Pre-Health Honor Society, 9am-12pm in the Marshall College Room. CPR/BLS certification is very useful for professional health schools, clinical programs, volunteer internships, and hospital employment. Through this program, you will receive certification that is good for two years. The price is only $45, which is about half the price you would normally find it for. Seating is limited to 40 people and sign-up is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visit to learn more or to sign up. Questions can be directed to  Website:  Facebook:


Thurs. Dec. 11  Would you like to serve as a volunteer on the USNS Mercy or USNS Comfort Hospital Ship in 2015?  People who have served on the trips will discuss the missions and answer any questions about these trips. It will be a very interactive evening, and people can sign up on a list of potential volunteers. Space is limited on the ships, and we need to let the Navy know early in 2015. When these ships are afloat, they are the 5th largest hospital in the world!  This meeting will be occurring on December 11th, Thursday, at the Pharmacy School, Educational Rooms 2 & 3 at 7:45pm. If we have a large crowd, we will move it to the auditorium on the same floor. 

Note from Adele:  This is a very popular opportunity!  You can find the location of this event by crossing all the way through the Biomedical Library on the medical school campus, then turning left on the street (Osler Lane).  Right before you reach the Pharmacy School, you will see stairs leading down to a below ground level patio area.  Go through the glass doors, and you will have arrived. Sponsored by the Pre-Dental Society—all future health professionals of any kind are invited and welcome to attend!



1.  Biotechnology Consulting Competition Info SessionsAre you interested in collaborating with other undergraduate science students? Do you want the opportunity to network with executives of a biotechnology company? The Biotechnology Consulting Competition is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow students work together and apply their critical thinking skills to battle a challenging problem biotechnology companies face today. Benefits include a networking opportunity with biotechnology professionals, a possible internship, and the chance to broaden professional and collaborative skills. If you are interested in learning more about the competition, come to one of our informational sessions on either Tuesday, 2 December, 6:30PM-7:30PM at the NSB Auditorium OR Wednesday, 3 December, 6:30PM-7:30PM at Pacific Hall 3500

2.  World AIDS Day 2014:  UC San Diego will honor World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1, 2014, to focus attention on and raise awareness about the impact that HIV/AIDS has had in the San Diego community, the nation and the world.  Our campus will sponsor a number of opportunities throughout the day in recognition of World AIDS Day, including the display of three sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in the Price Center Ballroom East from 9:00a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Other opportunities include: * A passport event for students, with an opportunity to win a free  iPad mini for completed passports.  Professor Eric Geiger performing “I'M WITH YOU and something is happening” at 11:30 a.m. at the Triton Steps. * Dr. Ankita Kadakia from UC San Diego’s Owen Clinic will speak at 3:00 p.m. in the Cross-Cultural Center.  Dr. Kadakia will discuss using the drug Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a strategy that
helps prevent HIV infection. * Stories from young people living with HIV at 7:00 p.m. * Free and confidential HIV testing from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on
Library Walk. * Red ribbon distribution throughout campus and on Library Walk. * Exhibits from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom East, showcasing the impact of HIV and AIDS, as well as musical  performances throughout the day. * HIV/AIDS Resource and Information Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Library Walk. *  Presentations in each of UC San Diego’s Campus Community Centers regarding the intersection of HIV/AIDS with specific communities. * Sections of the Quilt on display will be ones that have emerged from San Diego organizations and individuals as San Diegans have responded to the AIDS crisis, both in the early years of the epidemic and through today.

3.  LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY:  UCSD Pre-SOMA is seeking officers for our executive board. SOMA stands for Student Osteopathic Medical Association.  We are seeking for 1 0 2 publicity chairs and a historian. Applications are due by December 20th, but preferable ASAP because we will be starting up during the Winter Quarter! For more information, you can contact us at




1.  Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Registration Deadline is this Tuesday, November 25th at: must have junior standing, but you do not need to have found a mentor by this date.


2.  UC San Diego Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program:  Project Fellowships for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.  Deadline:  December 1, 2014, 11:59 pm PDT.  Here’s an FAQ link:


3.  For Undergraduates:   Paid Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Placements:  Over 800 programs – REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads

4.  For Financial Support in Graduate School:  Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines:   

5.  For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:

6.  For tips on applying and associated resources:

7.  University of Texas:  For the 22nd consecutive year, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The goal of SURF is to give 75 students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class research environment. Students immerse themselves in the laboratory and work on individual research projects with UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty. Most areas of modern biomedical engineering, cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, and pharmacology are represented. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology and Genetics, social events, and an end-of-program poster session. The SURF website and on-line application can be found at

For the first time, we are also sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program. This program is funded by a National Institute of health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIHIDDKD) training grant and will accept 15 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of natural sciences. The goal of SURISKD is to give students an intensive summer research training experience for college students who are preparing for Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. careers in kidney-related research. SURISKD spend 10-weeks pursuing individual research projects that range from embryonic development and physiology to kidney cancer and imaging in the laboratories of Graduate School faculty members. The SURISKD website and on-line application can be found at

Both summer programs will run from June 1st through August 7th, 2015.  Participants will be selected based on their letters of reference, course work, and experience. The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000. If a fellow requires housing, the costs will be covered by the program; however, fellows are responsible for paying their own travel expenses. Application deadline is February 9, 2015.




Planning your classes for next quarter?  Be sure to include time for some significant volunteer opportunities! 

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 on Wed. Jan. 7 at 3:00 pm at Gompers Preparatory Academy.  These student athletes from under-represented minorities are in need of your help!  Here is more information for you, and instructions for signing up: and

Volunteer hours and locations:  Lincoln High School M/W from 2:00pm-4:30pm or Gompers Prep Academy M/W from 2:45pm-5:00pm. 

Volunteers start: date of Mon. January 12, 2015 for individuals with complete applications and submitted paperwork.

2.  A personal note from Jennifer Farace, Director of Curricular and Student Affairs at UCSD School of Medicine:  There is a wonderful non-profit organization (Combine5) which has developed programs for the San Diego community that promote staying fit and living a healthy life. The ultimate goal of the organization is to support the community through enrichment-based programs that help youth in academics, athletics, mentorship, fitness, and nutrition. I have been truly impressed with what I have seen from them to date in terms of commitment and professionalism, which is why I have volunteered to work with them. (Further information about the organization in general can be found at: )

One activity they are currently coordinating is a “Healthy Lifestyles Fitness & Nutrition Fair” on January 10, 2015.  As part of my role on the committee, I am looking for student volunteers to help out at the fair.  Flyer for the fair:  the date of the fair is incorrect on this flyer.  The new date is Saturday, Jan. 10.

Note from Adele:  Keep an eye on this space!  When I receive the volunteer sign-up sheet I will let everyone know.

2.  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 (induced 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.  Want to go to medical school in New York City after your sophomore year, with any major and without taking the MCATSounds too good to be true?  It isn’t!  Check out Mt. Sinai’s FlexMed Program highlights:

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Early Acceptance: students apply at the end of their sophomore year in college

[if !supportLists]       [endif]No MCAT: accepted students are not permitted to take the MCAT

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Revised pre-med requirements: We have eliminated Organic Chemistry as a pre-requisite

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Flexibility: We want our students to “Flex” their intellectual, creative, humanistic, and scientific muscles

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Academic Freedom: students are free to pursue the area of study of their choice, unencumbered by the traditional pre-med science requirements

[if !supportLists]       [endif]Flyer Sinai.pdf. 


If you would like additional information or would like to discuss this program, please contact George Schreiner at

2.  HMP3 still has the old MCAT Practice Tests for sale for $20 each (regular price $35) through January of 2015.  The New 2015 MCAT Practice Test is also on sale now for $17.50!  Regular price is $25.00.  Write to let me know which tests you want, then come to my office during office hours to purchase yours.    *Note:  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.



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 


1.  Jefferson School of Pharmacy (JSP) has built an innovative Doctor of Pharmacy program that effectively prepares graduates for interesting and challenging pharmacy practice roles across the health care continuum. Underpinning our curriculum is an accomplished and diverse team of healthcare leaders, teachers, researchers and preceptors who make up our faculty.  Collaboration is a Jefferson hallmark. Students and faculty have many opportunities to partner with peers across our entire organization and in clinical settings throughout the region. JSP benefits from an integral partnership with the Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Department of Pharmacy Services which is nationally renowned for excellence in practice and training.




1.  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.  Students interested in attending medical or other professional school programs should apply to the NIH Summer Internship Program. Students with experience with health disparities and a keen interest in learning more about the biological, environmental, social, and genetic causes of health disparities are especially encouraged to apply. Want to become an MD/PhD?  Check out the NIH-Amgen Scholars Program on the website above.  The Amgen admission committee welcomes applications from students in all science disciplines and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply.

2.  Research is an excellent opportunity to become more engaged in your field of study and interact with faculty members in prospective graduate schools. The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research. The goal is to prepare students for graduate studies at U-M.

SROP Participants work with faculty mentors either on an individual basis or as part of a research team. In addition, all participants engage in a series of academic, professional, and personal development seminars, and culminate their experience by presenting their work at a research symposium. SROP helps build strong professional and personal networks that facilitate the transition to the graduate community.

The application for the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan is now open!  For more information about the program’s requirements, benefits and online application, please visit our site:  Please contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to your application. GO BLUE!

2Did you know that the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has a Summer Program for biomedical students interested in the MD/PhD joint degree?  Website:

Note from Adele:  They are particularly interested in HOPE-eligible students.  The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9week enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program (stipend and travel allowance provided). While taking part in this program, students will take valuable professional development courses and learn from engaged mentors; all while working in stateoftheart research facilities.

The SUCCESS program seeks to identify outstanding students interested in the biomedical sciences with the goal of pursuing graduate education (MD/PhD or PhD). The program seeks to enhance and foster diversity in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences as reflected in culture, class, race, ethnicity, background, work, and life experiences. The program especially encourages applications from African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

In order to be considered for SUCCESS, students must be graduating in the year of 2016 or 2017, enrolled in a U.S. 4year undergraduate institution, and be an American citizen or permanent resident.  Applications for the SUCCESS Program are available online now through January 23rd!  Flyer:

3.  The Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) participates in a networking event every year with the purpose of recruiting students from underrepresented populations for Graduate Clinical Psychology programs. The event is usually a poster presentation where those interested in getting into a Clinical Psychology PhD program get to meet and network with directors of these programs, as well as present some of their research, share their CV with the directors and have an opportunity to attend some relevant workshops about graduate school in Clinical Psychology.

The next meeting will be on January 24th, 2015 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interested students should fill out an online application to attend the event, and those accepted will get notified on a rolling basis. Unfortunately, the CUDCP doesn't have funding to pay for students' lodging or travel, but there will be cash awards and recognition for the best posters presented at the event. Posters eligible to be presented at CUDCP can be for research presented at other conferences, posters with preliminary results, or posters proposing future research. We will be sending out poster templates to those who register for the event.

Note from Adele:  My department (AEP) gives travel awards of up to $500 for students who are presenting at meetings and conferences.   See me for an application! 

4.  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.

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


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Next week will be the last HMP3 Weekly Email of the year, so be sure to get your announcements in by this Wednesday, Nov. 26 at noon! 

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Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator

Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 


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