HMP3 Weekly Email 2.16.15

Hope you had a fun 3-day weekend—I sure did!  ~Adele


1.  HMP3/HOPE’S PROJECT SUCCESS is going strong!  Come get free help with your toughest pre-requisite classes for med school and the other health professions. Project Success meets in the Raza Resource Centro (on the back side of the Student Services Center, facing the grass)..  Tutors are students who did well in the class and want to help you succeed, too! 


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


Hana (Chem 6A) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Kevin (Genetics) 3-4pm



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



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


2.  Adele’s office hours for Week 6:  Tues. 1-3, Wed. 2-4, Thurs & Fri. 1-3.  Always off on Mondays.  Come see me!  I can help—I promise! 



Wed. Feb. 18  TOUGH CASES:  Imminent Death Donation: Is there a role for single, non-vital organ donation prior to withdrawal of life-sustaining measures in the ICU? 4:30-6:30 pm in the Medical Teaching Facility (MTF) 175 on the med school campus. Speaker: Donald B Stouder, MDiv, PC, CFSC.  Light refreshments will be served.  Abstract: 

Organ transplantation remains the treatment of choice for a growing number of people in the United States. With nearly 123,000 on waiting lists for various organs and only 6000-8000 potential dead donors and a very small number of living donors each year, experts agree that every potential organ donation opportunity should be maximized. In this presentation, Dr. Stouder will discuss recent proposals to consider organ donation from persons who are neither brain dead nor cardiac dead, but who might be able to make the gift of donation PRIOR to compassionate extubation when imminent death is expected shortly thereafter. Ethical principles such as the Dead Donor Rule will be reviewed, and a case study of one transplant center’s attempt at Imminent Death Donation will be discussed.

Thurs. Feb 19  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Presentation by Anthony Cardoza, DDS San Diego County Office of Medical Coroner & GBM.  Topics: Dr. Cardoza will be speaking about bite mark analysis, identifications, mass disasters, homicide cases, and forensic dentistry. We will also have the opportunity to go to the coroner’s office to observe autopsies and help identify missing people from their dental records. When/Where: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Education Rooms 2 & 3 at 6:30pm

* Contact Brian Park at for any questions regarding upcoming events or how to become involved with the UCSD Pre-Dental Society.

Sat, Feb. 21 CPR/BLS Certification Course, hosted by Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Pre-Health Honor Society, 10am-1pm in the Warren 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 and seating is limited to 40 people with sign-ups on a first-come-first-serve basis. Visit to learn more or to sign up. Questions can be directed to  Website:  Facebook:



Tues. Feb. 24  Letters of Recommendation, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room. 


Wed. Feb. 25  Personal Statements for Professional School, 1:00-2:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room. 


Thurs. Feb. 26  Postbac Premed Programs, 2:00-3:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.


Sat. Feb. 28  The UCSD Pre-Nursing Club is holding a Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course in the Earl Warren College Room in Price Center.  Get certified from the American Heart Association for the next two years at a special discounted cost of $45 per person! This CPR course is required by many healthcare schools, internships and to practice as a healthcare provider, so don't miss your chance to get certified. You could end up saving someone's life! Spots are filling up fast, so please fill out the form to reserve your place: will be notified and placed on a waiting list if there are no more spots available.

Sat. Feb. 28  Engineering World Health at UCSD is hosting it’s first annual HealthHack, a multidisciplinary hackathon for all majors. You will be presented with a real global health issue and have the entire day to work with a team and come up with an innovative and exciting solution. You’ll get the opportunity to work with tools such as biosensors, 3D printers, design software, and more to bring your idea to life. Sign up with a team and hack with your friends, or sign up as an individual and we’ll find you a great team! We’re giving out $500 in prizes and spaces are limited, so sign up now!


Free lunch and dinner will also be provided!


When: Saturday, February 28, 2015; 10AM-9PM

Where: Powell-Focht Bioengineering Hall


If you have questions, feel free to send them to  We look forward to seeing you there!


Week of March 2 – 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 March 2 - 6 for classes to be taken at University Extension starting Spring Quarter 2015.  Many students use this voucher for MCAT prep.  Note from Adele:  I know the current instructor (he is a med student at UCSD) and he is a terrific teacher!  You must pick up your voucher at University Extension.  They have a limited number of vouchers, so try to go early in the week.  You can pick up your voucher at the Student Services Center in building C on their campus.  Here is a link to their campus map: This perk is available each quarter of the school year (excluding summer). 

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:


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


June 11-13  Old Premeds Conference to be held in Los Angeles this year!  The National Society of Nontraditional Premedical and Medical Students is proud to announce its 15th Annual  OldPreMeds National Conference, to be held Los Angeles, California June 11th-13th, 2015,  with this year’s theme, The  Medical School Application Process.    Full details can be found at

*Better known by our website name, or simply OPM, is a professional/pre-professional society and educational conduit for non-traditional students who seek to become Physicians. For those whose path to medicine is not the traditional high school to college to medical school, OldPreMeds mission is to assist and advise on how to successfully prepare, apply, and succeed in both medical schools and residency training programs. Founded in 1998, our now over 10,000 registered members span from the very early pre-med through attending-level physicians.   




1.  Strategies for Responsible Global Health Engagement WebinarFebruary 19, 1-2 pm Pacific Time

Register at

Learn from leading experts about strategies for responsible global engagement. Learn about the complexities of international work, the critical aspects of cultural competency and respecting local communities and professionals, the importance of measuring outcomes in all global health work, and ethical considerations for participating abroad. This webinar is ideal for professionals and students interested in global health, as well as university advisors and faculty.

Webinar Expert Panelists:


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: & for more information and sign up here:  *spaces are limited*"


3.  Want to publish your photography?  SQ Volume 12 Photo Contest - deadline FEBRUARY 20!  Your photo could be featured in the Volume 12 research journal! Photos must pertain to biology (e.g. neuropathy, microorganisms, plants, proteins, ecology, conservation, biochemistry, cell biology, etc.). For photo submission guidelines, visit:

Visit SQ Online, the online community for biology students:  Connect with Saltman Quarterly:  Questions? Email us at


APRIL 9, 2015, 2-5 PM.  Abstract due:  Feb. 23

5.  Calling all health organizations, Health Corps at UCSD is holding its first annual health conference entitled "Volunteer NOW: Improving Health Care in Community Service". We are looking for organizations who want to table and recruit new members on Tuesday, April 7 from 12-2 PM. The conference will be a great networking opportunity with other health organizations on campus and if your organization does agree to participate, we will gladly list your organization as a community sponsor on all our promotional materials. We will also be holding a variety of workshops that will empower organizations to continue to strive to make an impact upon our community. Please email us at or Jessica Phan at for more information!"



1.  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, or (858) 534-5791, for more information.

2.  Undergraduate Research, Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine, June 15-July 31

A seven-week program including state-of-the-art lectures, cutting edge bench research, and opportunities to write scientific research articles for publication in medical journals. The focus of this internship is on human infertility and reproductive medicine research with world-renowned scientists from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Reproductive Medicine. Open to medical or undergraduate students interested in a medical career. Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

3.  The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) is pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for the ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Individual Awards.  Please apply by March 1, 2015!

The SURF Awards are aimed at introducing undergraduate students to pharmacology research.  Our goal is to heighten interest in science as a career, with an emphasis on pharmacology graduate training to increase the number of young scientists entering the research discipline of pharmacology.

Since 1992, over 1400 students have conducted research in faculty labs through the SURF program.

Participants in the SURF program have opportunities to investigate the latest issues in biomedical research, get hands-on experience with laboratory techniques, collaborate with faculty and other students, build and expand their professional networks, and learn about careers in research.

To apply for a SURF award, visit us online at  There are two ways to apply for an award.  If your institution has a currently funded SURF program, you may apply directly to that program.  If your institution does not have a currently funded program, you may apply for an individual award to conduct research with a mentor of your choosing.  The application deadline for individual awards is March 1, 2015.  Please note that Institutional programs may have different deadlines - contact the institutional program directly for more information.  For more information, visit us at 



1.  Duke University School of Medicine announces a new one-year professional master’s degree, the Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS),that will launch in June of 2015.  It is a full-time one-year master’s degree program that aims to prepare students to be highly competitive candidates for medical and related health professions schools, and other biomedical careers. More information about the program can be found at this url:  Deadline to apply:  March 15.



1.  The LMU Pre-Medical Post Baccalaureate Program is committed to identifying self-motivated students who have the compassion, commitment and potential to becoming excellent dental and or medical school applicants.

The LMU Pre-Medical Post-Baccalaureate Program is geared for career changers who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or dentistry. The program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the academic competencies and prepare themselves for the rigors of dental and/or medical school. Our admissions committee utilizes a holistic evaluation process in the review of applicants to the program.  We consider the applicant's life experiences, ability to handle a rigorous course load, service and volunteer work and their potential to become a competitive applicant to dental or medical school.   A small cohort of 10-15 students are accepted on a yearly basis and are expected to begin taking courses during the first summer session (mid-May), however some students can begin enrollment Fall semester in August.   The program is 14 months.  If you are interested in helping to improve the lives of others through medicine or dentistry, we invite you to apply to our program.  Program deadline extended to Friday February 27, 2015.

2.  Mount Holyoke Post-Bac:  Graduates of our program have an outstanding record of admission to top health professions schools.

Renowned for its excellence in the sciences, Mount Holyoke offers the ideal setting for pre-medical preparation. Whether students aspire to pursue graduate work in medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, dentistry, or physical therapy, the Office of Pre-Health Programs provides each with a customized curriculum and assists them with obtaining internships at local practices and area hospitals. 

Postbac students benefit from Mount Holyoke's academic rigor, its top-rated classroom experience, and the opportunity to work closely with faculty who are both passionate about teaching and accomplished researchers. They have full access to our $36 million Science Center featuring state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment, including a scanning electron microscope, several nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, molecular biology equipment, and a linear accelerator-unusual even in much larger institutions. And it all happens on a campus that the Princeton Review consistently names as one of the most beautiful in the United States.


Learn more about Mount Holyoke's Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program by visiting our website. Our deadline for Summer and Fall 2015 entrance is February 27, 2015.




1.  For 2015 National Osteopathic Medicine Week, osteopathic medical students from across the nation will once again participate in National ShaDO Week: April 20-24, 2015.   Events during this week are designed to bring the osteopathic medical profession together to focus on one common goal – increasing awareness of Osteopathic Medicine and DO’s in communities across the nation, and the valuable opportunities that come with being a DO.  This is an exceptional opportunity for current applicants and 2016 AACOMAS Applicants to network with our medical school students and admission officers!

New!  Video Invite to Pre-Medical Students  (



2.  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.  *New for this cycle:  you only have to apply once, and if approved the FAP will be honored for you throughout your personal admission cycle (up to 2 years). 



1.  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:


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



1. The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has some new resources for you.  One is the video, “Doctors of Optometry Changing Lives Daily”.  This is a complementary video to the “Be a Doctor of Optometry:  Put Your Future in Focus” video that was released last year.  We also just released a podcast titled, “Is Optometry for Me”.  All of these resources are now available on the ASCO YouTube Channel.  For additional resources such as the Eye on Optometry blog, please check out the Applicants and Advisors section under Professional OD Programs

2. 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.  DEADLINE TO RECEIVE ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS:  MAY 4, 2015

For more information, please visit:  Program Contact:  Heather Iwata, 510.642.9537,



***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.  Inside UCSF:  Inside UCSF offers an opportunity for an all-expense paid trip to visit the UCSF campus. Each year we accept 100 diverse students from across California for a two-day experience. UCSF covers the cost of meals, materials, and travel for all participants, as well as accommodations for those without BART or CalTrain access. The event targets individuals who are interested in the fields of pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, nursing, physical therapy, and life sciences.  DEADLINE TO APPLY:  MARCH 3, 2015

2.  Paid internships matched to your interests and career goals, across the U.S. (travel expenses covered, too!) Deadline to apply for summer internships is Feb. 27!

3.  SACNAS second GBM of this quarter, for those of you thinking about a career in science. We are putting together a panel of post-docs for an informal Q&A at the RRC on February 18th (Wed) from 6-7pm. Please come by and enjoy snacks and bring plenty of questions.

4.  Charles R. Drew University med school (at UCLA) is sponsoring the Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program, a 12week research program designed for outstanding minority and underrepresented undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedicalrelated sciences.  Deadline to apply is March 1.  Brochure:

5.  UCSF School of Medicine has a great postbac program for underrepresented students!  Flyer:

6.  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:

7.  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.

8.  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 or 202.828.0633. For more information on SMDEP (Summer Medical Dental Education Program) please visit and follow us on Facebook  and Twitter

9.  The Ohio State University, I-DOC, June 15-17, 2015.  Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry.  The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry.  I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry.  Participants receive and observe eye examinations and gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care.  Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program.  Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included.  Airfare will be covered up to $500 for successful applicants.  For more information, please visit: SLOTS ARE


That’s it for Week 7!  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 


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

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