HMP3 Weekly Email 2.1.15

The MEDS conference was fantastic—but I worked over an 80-hour week last week getting ready for it, so this week’s email contains only the essential, time-sensitive announcements.  Things should be back to normal next week! 

HMP3 HIGHLIGHTS:

1.  PRESENTATION CANCELLED!  Thea Volpe from the UQ/Ochsner School of Medicine program is ill and must cancel all of her appointments with students on Monday, Feb. 2—including her scheduled presentation at 5:00 pm.  She sends her apologies and invites you to contact her at  [mailto:tvolpe@MedEdPath.org] with your questions. 

3.  HMP3/HOPE’S PROJECT SUCCESS added some new subjects last week!  Come get free help with your toughest pre-requisite classes for med school or the other health professions. Project Success meets in the Raza Resource Centro.  Tutors are students who did well in the class and want to help you succeed, too! 

Mondays: 

Shriya (BICD 100, BILD 1) 2-3pm

 

Hana (Chem 6A) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Kevin (Genetics) 3-4pm

 

Wednesdays:

Michael (Math 20C, Chem 6 Series, Chem 140A) 10:00am - 2:00 pm

David (Physics 1 Series) 11:00am to 12:20 pm

 

Austin (Chem 140 series) 11:30am - 1:30pm

Anne (Chem 4) 11:30am - 12:30pm

 

Thursdays:

Michelle (Chem 6B, Math 10A) 10:00am - 2:00 pm

Kevin (Genetics) 11:30am - 12:30pm

 

Sidarth (Chem 6 series and Chem 140A) 11:30am - 1:45pm

Vince (BICD 100) 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Michelle (BIBC 103) 12-1pm

 

Emily (Chem 140A, BIBC 102) 12-1:30pm

 

7.  Adele’s office hours for Week 5:  Thursday 12-3, Friday 1-4

 

CALENDAR

Mon. Feb. 2  UQ/Ochsner Presentation and Appointments, CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS

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

Wed. Feb. 4  Government Jobs 101, including Federal Resume Overview and a Government Panel, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room. 

 

Wed. Feb. 4  Are you interested in helping to plan a health conference? Pre-Medical APASMA is holding its first annual conference entitled Beyond the Model Minority: An Intersectional Approach on Asian Pacific American Health. We are looking for committee members who are passionate about health and want to be involved in the planing process! The Community Health Committee will be holding its biweekly health conference meeting in the Biomedical Library Rooms 106 & 107 at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, February 4. Come join us and learn more on how you can get involved. Contact j1phan@ucsd.edu if you have any questions!

Thurs. Feb 5  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Kaplan Personal Statement Workshop and GBM, Topics: Representatives from Kaplan will speak about effectively writing a personal statement for dental school applications. Pizza and drinks will be provided.  Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Education Rooms 2 & 3 at 6:30pm.

Fri. Feb. 6  Peace Corps Info Session, at noon in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  This is the best gap year(s) experience EVER!  Graduate schools love former Peace Corps alumni.  And you get a stipend to go towards graduate school at the end of your service!

Sat. Feb. 7  MEMO is having an MCAT practice test event, 9:00 am-6:00 pm.  Location: TBA. 

Description: This is a great opportunity to see where you're at and get an idea of how much you need to study for the MCAT. Free food will be provided!

Also, there will be a raffle for 50% off of any Princeton course!!

 

*           Scores will be provided afterwards, as well as a strategy session by

Princeton Review instructors

*           Chance to win prizes after exam!

*           Sign-ups are $10 and includes food

*           Contact memosd3@gmail.com to sign up and for more information or see

"MEMO MCAT PRACTICE TEST 2015" on FB

 

For payment:

Venmo: UCSD memo

or

We will be collecting (cash only) on Thursdays in PC.

 

Sat. Feb. 7  FREE MCAT test, sponsored by Kaplan, 10:00 am in Center Hall, Room 113.  Happy New Year! As you are planning your year, it’s helpful to consider your path to graduate school. One step in that process is prepping for grad school exams. A higher exam score can drastically help your application to a great school—and a better school can mean a better career down the road.  Wherever you are on your path to grad school a perfect start is with a practice test!  Each attendee will get a detailed score report highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, complete explanations of every question, and strategies for improvement. Click here to register for the on campus MCAT exam.  Can't make it on 2/7?  Check out our live online test dates here kaptest.com/practice.  We will send you an email confirming your registration and providing instructions for check-in the day of the test.  Any questions can be directed to mark.rogers@kaplan.com

SAVE THE DATE

Wed. Feb. 11  Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates. Registration for the July-September exam dates will open in late April.

The MCAT team will host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 10 at 12:30 PM ET, for students to learn more about taking the new exam. You can join the conversation by searching #askMCAT and adding the tag to your tweets. Information will be posted on our Twitter feed @AAMC_MCAT about the chat in the coming week.

Wed. March 4  Hello UCSD undergraduates! Are you pre-health or interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy?  Join us on March 4 at 7pm at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy where you can ask our student pharmacists questions about applications, school life, and career opportunities in pharmacy. This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with current student pharmacists, learn more about the Pharm.D. program at UCSD, and get an early start in building your professional network. This will also be a great opportunity to meet students from all over San Diego!

 

When: Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 PM

Where: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Cost: $10

Dress Code: Business casual

 

Please see the attached flyer for more details and be sure to RSVP here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1siAtyXz2Q02dYVALR9UU51Nd7FIA1n2P31G5XjbdRf0/viewform

 

There will be light refreshments served at this event.  We look forward to meeting you!



ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.   STUDENT HEALTH ADVOCATE PROGRAM RECRUITMENT 2015

* Are you interested in providing health education to your peers? * Do you want to develop your leadership skills? * If so, then apply to the Student Health Advocate Program!

Attend one of our Information Sessions to learn more about the program and to receive an application.  All sessions held at Student Health Services, Murray’s Place Conference Room. 

WEEK FIVE:  Tuesday 2/3/2015 @ 10:00AM * Wednesday 2/4/2015 @ 7:00PM * Thursday 2/5/2015 @ 12:00PM * Friday 2/6/2015 @ 3:00PM 

For more info, visit http://sha.ucsd.edu or contact SHA Program Director, Erica Okamura, at eokamura@ucsd.edu

 

2.  Would you like to learn how to save a life? ... Get CPR certified with Red Cross at UCSD and VAW on February 20th at the discounted rate of $45! Classes will be on campus, at the Dolores Huerta Room in the Old Student Center. Contact: kgaur@ucsd.edu & anidhiry@gmail.com for more information and sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bCuByWHclGp_RwYfOhhl5wu8C0nmjsOexWwt6fVYhs8/viewform  *spaces are limited*"

 

 

PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

 

1.   Health Career Connection Paid Internship:   HCC is dedicated to helping undergraduates or recent graduates gain work experience and exposure to the health field. The paid internships range from public health, health administration/management, health policy/advocacy, and community health all throughout California--including some out of state positions.

 

HCC interns are placed full-time with organizations such as hospitals, health systems, health policy institutes, health departments, community health centers, community based organizations, and non-profits to work on a meaningful project. Interns gain concrete, marketable skills and knowledge of the health field and are also provided with leadership training and professional development. Interns come away with in-demand skills, concrete life and career plans, connection to top graduate schools, mentors, and a network of supportive peers to help them throughout their journey.

 

All majors are welcome to apply at http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH08/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=HEALTHCAREERS&cws=1&rid=111The deadline to apply is February 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM, so there is still time!  

 

Roxanna Juarez sent this note about HCC:   I am currently a fourth year student here at UCSD and part of HMP3. I am a Health Career Connection alumni.  I actually got involved with HCC because I saw their information in one of your emails--and I landed a 10 week paid internship with Kaiser Permanente-Fresno in the summer, so thank you for that.  I can honestly say being a part of the HCC family has helped me in so many ways, not only professionally but personally as well--I have gained the support of so many individuals in the health field and that is why I want to promote this program. I want others to be able to experience what I did because it was truly an amazing opportunity.  please feel free to contact me via email at r1juarez@ucsd.edu or you can get in contact with Alivia Shorter, the program manager for HCC, at ashorter@healthcareers.org or by telephone at (866) 579-4442 ext 12. You can also email HCC directly at info@healthcareers.org for more information.

 

Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/2015_HCC_Intern_Recruitment_Poster.pdf. 

  

SUMMER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

1.  UCSD Undergraduate Research Scholarships offer several scholarships in a variety of fields with award amounts of up to $4000 for undergraduates working on research projects over the summer.  Students who apply must propose to work on a specific research project and may not graduate before Fall of 2015. In addition, a personal statement and a letter of recommendation/support from the faculty advisor are required. For a list of the scholarships and details on the application process and requirements, please see the URS webpage.  The scholarships are limited to US citizens, permanent residents, and Dream Act eligible/AB540 students.  Student applications and a letter of recommendation/support are due February 9, 2015.  The contact person for the scholarships is Dr. Sophia Tsai, at stsai@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9014.

2.  The UC Scholars Program is open to any UCSD student in any major who is interested in pursuing a PhD or a career in research.  International students are welcome to apply.  The program runs for 8 weeks and provides students with housing, a $2800 stipend, free GRE classes, and 30 hours of mentored research a week.  During the 8 weeks the program runs, students in this program may not receive any other funding for the project or take any other classes. The application period closes on February 18th, 2015 at 10am.  For more information and to apply, see the UC Scholars webpage.  Contact Karen Van Ness, kvanness@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-5791, for more information.


SPANISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM


1.  Somos Hermanos Summer Spanish Immersion Program in Guatemala!  We seek to increase the number of bilingual, culturally competent health care providers who can effectively communicate with Latino patients, improving the quality of and access to health care in the U.S. through our language and cultural immersion programs.  Summer program dates:  June 14-July 11.  Deadline to apply:  Feb. 15 Check out our website for more  info:  http://cmtd1.com/v/443/d117144925ff7dc7cb24cd0c8c4b68cda60b771737af984d


FOR FUTURE DOCTORS:

1.  Registration for the new MCAT exam will open on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, for April-June exam dates. Registration for the July-September exam dates will open in late April. An announcement will be made on February 11 once registration officially opens.  

The MCAT team will host a Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 10 at 12:30 PM ET, for students to learn more about taking the new exam. You can join the conversation by searching #askMCAT and adding the tag to your tweets. Information will be posted on our Twitter feed @AAMC_MCAT about the chat in the coming week.

2.  Four Reasons to take the new MCAT exam in April: 

Even if you are ready, you might be tempted to wait until later in the year to take the new MCAT exam. But there are benefits to taking the exam earlier that you won’t want to pass up:

  • You will receive preliminary percentile rank ranges approximately three weeks after your exam. Your official scores will be released on June 16.  Your preliminary percentile rank ranges will give you an estimate of how you’ll stack up against other examinees who took the exam.

  • You will have more time to decide whether to retake the exam. If you take the exam later in the testing year, you will have less time in the admissions cycle to decide on retaking the exam, and less time to make decisions on which medical schools to apply. Consult with your pre-health advisor on what’s right for you.

  • You will be able to submit your AMCAS application to medical schools at the same time as students who took the old exam.  Your scores will be transmitted to your application before AMCAS sends the first round of verified applications to medical schools in early July.

  • You'll get a *$150 Amazon Gift Card if you take the exam in April. When you take the exam, whether you submit it for scoring or you void it, you'll still receive the gift card approximately three weeks later.

As an examinee taking the new exam in April, your scores will help set the new score scale for the exam that will be in place for the next 15 years! Click here to see an overview of the timeline.

*AAMC Fee Assistance Program awardees will receive a $60 Amazon.com gift card. The value of all incentive cards represents approximately half of the registration fee.

3.  The 2015 application cycle for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program is now open, and has been updated to reflect new requirements to better aid individuals who are awarded fee assistance.

FOR FUTURE NURSES

1.  Check out the Frontier Nursing Courier Internship Program.  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Frontier_Nursing_Internship.docx.  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 www.frontier.edu/courier. Deadline to submit a complete application with letters of rec:  Feb 13, 2015.



FOR FUTURE OPTOMETRISTS

1. University of California, Berkeley, Opto-Camp

Session I, June 17-19, 2015

Session II, July 15-17, 2015

The goal of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to introduce underrepresented and first-generation pre-health science majors to Optometry as a potential future career track and to prepare them to be successful applicants to optometry school.  The objective of Berkeley Optometry's Opto-Camp is to present a three-day in residence experience that will provide participants with opportunities to learn about the profession of optometry and the process of becoming an optometrist.  There is a $125 program fee and a limited number of scholarships to waive the program fee per session, as demonstrated by financial need.

For more information, please visit:  http://optometry.berkeley.edu/admissions/opto-camp.  Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537, hiwata@berkeley.edu

 

 

HOPE ANNOUNCEMENTS

***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.  Health Career Connection (HCC) is excited to announce a PAID internship opportunity for college students and recent graduates!  Students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!  The application period is open now and closes on February 9, 2015.  All majors are welcome as long as you have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in health. For more information, click here for description and qualifications[IC1] , watch this video, and visit the Health Career Connection website. The online application can be found here.
To learn more about HCC, and hear from staff, we invite you to attend one of our online info sessions: 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 – 3:00 PM PST  Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6096765951627581698

If you are interested in a career in the health field, this is an excellent opportunity for you to obtain a paid summer internship in public health, health administration/management, health policy/advocacy, and community health. The internship provides talented, diverse undergraduate students and recent graduates with the experience, exposure, and mentorship necessary to discover and achieve your health career goals.
 
HCC interns are placed full-time with organizations such as hospitals, health systems, health policy institutes, health departments, community health centers, community based organizations, and non-profits to work on a meaningful project. Interns gain concrete, marketable skills and knowledge of the health field. Interns are also provided with leadership training and professional development. Interns come away with in-demand skills, concrete life and career plans, connection to top graduate schools, mentors, and a network of supportive peers to help them throughout their journey.
 

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

3.  UCSF School of Medicine has a great postbac program for underrepresented students!  Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSF_SoM-OutreachProgramsFlyer.pdf

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

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

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

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

         Financial planning and career development workshops, and academic counseling

         Clinical shadowing in medicine and dentistry

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

         Discussion of ethical and professional behavior in healthcare;

 

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

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

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

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

To be considered for the Equity Program, students must have completed at least one full year of college coursework, have taken at least one basic science with a lab setting (e.g. biology, chemistry, neuroscience, biopsychology), a mathematics course. The program is committed to supporting students from an underrepresented minority community. Underrepresented students belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Hispanics/Latinos.  Students who have experienced social or economic disadvantages are also encouraged to apply. Economically disadvantaged students are defined as individuals who come from a "low-income family," using low-income levels specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a guideline. Socially disadvantaged students come from an environment that may inhibit them from obtaining knowledge, skills or abilities required to enroll and successfully complete an undergraduate or graduate course of study that could lead to a career in the health sciences. This category includes, but is not restricted to, students whose parents did not attend or complete college. Learn more about the program at www.ohsu.edu/equity-research. We also invite you to view this video showcasing our former interns: https://vimeo.com/111886102

 

That’s it for Week 5!  Come see me in office hours if you want individual advice!  Yours~  Adele

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Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator

Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

Location:  Student Center B, room 209

Corner of Gilman Drive & Mandeville Lane

Mailing address: 9500 Gilman Drive, 0311

La Jolla, CA 92093-0311

Phone: 858-534-7579  Fax: 858-534-8895

Email:  asavage@ucsd.edu  Website:  http://hmp3.ucsd.edu