First HMP3 Weekly Email of 2014/2015  9.27.14

Welcome to 2014/2015 with HMP3, everyone!  HINTS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF THE WEEKLY EMAIL:

1)         Scan it top to bottom.  What you need will jump out at you.

2)         Under-represented students: scroll down to the HOPE section at the bottom to see opportunities especially for you.

3)         If you want to be removed from the email list, go to http://hmp3.ucsd.edu and “Click to Join”, then put your email address in the “Opt Out” box.

This year is going to be HUGE!  I’m very excited to share it with you, so let’s get started:

HMP3 HIGHLIGHTS:

1)    We are having two orientations to HMP3 during Welcome Week:  Tues. Sept. 30 and Wed. Oct. 1 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Price Center Theater.  These are geared toward new students, but all are welcome!  Come if you want the inside scoop on HMP3 for this upcoming year. 

2)     Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions are starting up again, and we are in need of tutors for individuals/small groups!  Did you do well in a science course, especially a prerequisite course for the medical field?  How about racking up some volunteer hours that will really make a difference in your fellow students’ lives?  This will also look great on your application!  Write to hope.tritons@gmail.com to offer your services!

3)     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 October 4 and tutoring will begin on October 6!  These student athletes from under-represented minorities are in need of your help!  Here is more information for you, and instructions for signing up:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PRO_Volunteer_Handout_PDF.pdf and http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD Adele Tutors.docx.     


4)    Our big HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair is coming on Monday, Oct. 20 (see SAVE THE DATE section below).  ***Note from Adele:  Is your club represented? Write to hmp3program@gmail.com to be invited!***


5)    We have TWO FULL PCAT COURSES from KAPLAN to give away.  The scholarships expire on December 31.  Deadline to apply:  Monday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 pm.  Application:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/REVIEW.COURSE.SCHOLARSHIP.FULL PCAT.2014.doc. 

HMP3 Peer Mentor Program is ready to get underway, and we are in GREAT need of juniors and seniors to become mentors in the new school year! New mentees are welcome to apply for a mentor, too!   The matching process is often competitive and detail-oriented, so it is important that you complete the application early and thoroughly.

Check out our beautiful HMP3 website at http://hmp3.ucsd.eduIt has TONS of helpful information for you, an archive of past weekly emails, announcements of upcoming events, volunteer resources by health profession, blogs by our wonderful alumni full of great advice, and more—all there to serve you! 

8) Adele’s office hours during Zero Week:  Thursday 12:00-3:00, Friday 1:00-4:00 (always off on Mondays). *Office location & website at the bottom of the page.

 

CALENDAR

Tues. Sept. 30  Career Services Center Open House, 1:00-3:30 pm.  Includes a “Pre-Med at UC San Diego: The Inside Story” workshop, 1:45-2:15 pm.  http://ucsdcareerservicescenter.tumblr.com/post/97760350789/career-services-center-2014-open-house 

Tues. Sept. 30  HMP3 Welcome Week Orientation, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Price Center Theater.  Come get the inside scoop on HMP3 for the upcoming school year! 

Wed. Oct. 1  HMP3 Welcome Week Orientation, 4:00-5:00 pm in the Price Center Theater.  Come get the inside scoop on HMP3 for the upcoming school year! 

 

Thurs. Oct. 2  Dr. Jack Dillenberg will be coming to speak, 6:30 pm at the MET auditorium of the Telemedicine Building (Room 101)  at the UCSD Medical School campus. You are invited—there will be a lot of students and food will be served.  He is a very energetic speaker, and is very passionate about public health.  He has been partners with many different healthcare fields. He works with special needs, underserved minorities, and many different aspects of public health. He was the Medical Director for the state of Arizona, being in charge of all medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and pretty much everything involved with healthcare in the state.  Reception following in Learning Centers 141 and 143, also on the first floor. 

Sun. Oct. 5  Volunteers Around the World at UCSD First GBM, 7:00-8:30 in Price Center Ballroom A.  Are you interested in Medical Outreach, gaining Clinical Experience, and traveling to Peru?  Volunteers Around the World at UCSD is a brand new global health organization on campus that will travel to Cuzco, Peru to provide free health care services in mobile clinics this summer! We are actively recruiting for students who can take positions on our executive board and help build this new organization from the ground up. While in country, interns will assist the doctors, perform triage, distribute medications, teach classes on public health, all under the direct supervision of experienced and respected doctors. This is an intensive internship, valuable to future nurses, physicians, and anyone interested in seeing what working in the medical field is like. The internship is focused on giving interns a variety of experiences in treating patients, and deepening their understanding of the medical field.  Contact us at ucsdmedical@volunteersaroundtheworld.org

 

SAVE THE DATE

Mon. Oct. 20  HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair, 5:00-7:00 pm in Price Center Ballroom East.  All the pre-health clubs at UCSD will be there! This is going to be like a REAL FAIR, with PHOTO BOOTH! GAMES! DOOR PRIZES! FOOD! Everything is free!!  You can even get advising at the fair—so come with your questions!  Note from Adele:  ***Is your club participating?? Contact hmp3program@gmail.com for an invitation to register your pre-health org. Get a free table, a chance to win a cash prize for your org and recruit new members from hundreds of UCSD students!!!***

Thurs. Oct. 30  An Evening with the UCSD School of Medicine, 5:00-6:30 pm in the Leichtag Building on the medical school campus.  The School of Medicine only offers this opportunity twice a year—and only through HMP3!  Pre-med clubs?  Encourage your members to attend—the SOM is no longer giving presentations to individual student orgs, so this is the best chance for your members to meet with UCSD SOM Admissions and get all your questions answered! 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  GREAT CONFERENCE FIELD TRIP!  The 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference “Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Professionals” October 11-12

Featuring  45 World Leaders in Medicine and Healthcare and 400 Deans of Admission from Top Health-Professions Schools

* Medicine (MD/DO) * Public Health * Pharmacy * Dentistry * Nursing * Veterinary Medicine * Physician Assistant * PhD & STEM * Physical and Occupational Therapy * Optometry * Chiropractic * Podiatric Medicine * Naturopathic Medicine

Packages including transportation from UCSD for $95.00 (covers bus, hotel, meals & conference registration)!  Registration Deadline: October 8, 2014 (will sell out prior to deadline). 

Available and open to EVERYONE—go with your friends!  Limited Fee Waivers & Free Housing Available

For More Information and Registration, please visit:  http://www.UCDPreHealth.org

2.  NEW MAJOR IN GLOBAL HEALTH!  The Global Health Program at UCSD is now offering Global Health as a major and a minor. We're one of the first three schools in the country (including NYU and Duke) offering a B.A. in Global Health. If you're interested in how the disciplines of medicine, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics (among others) come together to understand the complex nature of health problems and how to solve them on a local and global scale, this is definitely the field for you.

Now enrolling majors and minors. Please like our Facebook page for news, events, and more at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/UCSD-Global-Health-Program/365639873518942.  For further information, please contact Brittany Wright at bloy@ucsd.edu .

3.  What is it like to be a Medical Scribe?  https://www.aamc.org/students/aspiring/experience/402046/medical-scribe.html

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

1.  Join the Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) for the chance to do research during Winter and Spring quarters for 4 units of credit in each quarter (must have at least junior standing.)  You will also write a research paper and present your findings at an undergraduate research conference in the Spring.  There will be workshops on how to write your paper and how to present your research.  Here is the link for the student application: https://cur-server.ucsd.edu/machform/view.php?id=57025.  Be sure to look over the FMP Blog, especially the section on “information for students.”  This will have the basic information and updates about the program.

There will be an information session on Monday, October 6 at 6:00 pm in the Student Services Center Multipurpose Room (next to Yogurt World).  The session is not required, but is encouraged.  We will cover the basics of the FMP, and some mentors will likely be there as well.

 

FOR FUTURE MD/PhD’s

1.  Many MD-PhD Programs have fast approaching AMCAS deadlines, some as early as September 30th. If you know of any MD-PhD applicants who have not submitted their AMCAS application yet, please encourage them to do so. Many programs have seen a sharp increase in the number of applications this year.  The National MD-PhD Program Interview/Revisit Day Calendar is now updated with the interview/revisit dates of 64 MD-PhD Programs (nearly every active MD-PhD Program in the U.S.):  https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=6juva39u7on1a4jclfrne8i0f0%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

 

FOR FUTURE DOCTORS:

1.  Passport Admissions October Seminar - What Med Schools REALLY Want - FREE TO FIRST TIMERS!  Come to this seminar on Sunday, October 5, to discover what medical schools really want and why.   You will assess your chances of getting into your target schools and whether your candidacy - including your GPA, MCAT, letters of rec, exposure to medicine, research, and personal abilities - is good enough to get you in where you want to go.  You will leave this seminar with five key strategies to help you stand out in the application process.

*Date: Sunday, October 5, 3pm-5pm * 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.  RSVP using this link:  http://www.passportadmissions.com/event-sign-up.

2.  What is it like for Women in Medicine?  Check out this website to learn how you can do it all!  http://www.mommd.com/

3.  Curious about Osteopathic Medicine?  Your D.O. journey begins with one click:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Your DO Journey Begins with One Click.pdf. 

 

FOR FUTURE NURSES

1.  The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science at the University of San Diego Cordially invites you to our MASTER’S ENTRY PROGRAM IN NURSING Open House!  Join us for a preview of academic study and student life at one of the top-ranked nursing schools in the nation.  Learn about our Master’s Entry Program and meet current students and faculty.

Saturday, October 4, 2014  Registration:  9:30 a.m. - Program 10 a.m. in Manchester Auditorium in the Manchester Conference Center of the University of San Diego. 

Reservations are required.  RSVP here by October 1, 2014:  http://www.sandiego.edu/nursing/

 

FOR FUTURE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS

1.  Get the Inside Scoop on PA School at https://www.careereco.com/OrganizationRegistration/Profile?organizationRegistrationId=494119e0-c0ee-4b2b-a43c-a39901140423.  Talk with CASPA reps, current students, and admissions staff during FREE virtual chat sessions.  Register now and then join any session, anytime. Questions? Contact Danielle Di Silvestro at danielle@PAEAonline.org. bit.ly/1lJXmN3.  LAST CHATS:  Sept. 29 & 30! 

 

FOR FUTURE OPTOMETRISTS

1.  Virtual Optometry School Fair October 9:  https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=e87f2383-3238-4154-b25c-a3850155de3c

 

FOR FUTURE PHARMACISTS

1.  HMP3 has TWO FULL PCAT COURSES from KAPLAN to give away.  The scholarships expire on December 31.  Deadline to apply:  Monday, Oct. 6 at 4:30 pm.  Application:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/REVIEW.COURSE.SCHOLARSHIP.FULL PCAT.2014.doc. 

2.  Virtual Pharmacy School Fair Oct. 7-8  https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=b59410ca-28f3-4613-9a29-a2eb0154521c

3.  KGI School of Pharmacy in Claremont, CA is hosting a Visitation Day for prospective students on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  The event will be held on the KGI Campus (535 Watson Dr., Claremont, CA 91711) from 9am-12pm.  To Register, prospective students can access the following link:  http://pharmacy.kgi.edu/news-and-events/event-calendar/events/101814-fall-2014-pharmd-visitation-day.html.

4.  American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy student pages:  http://www.aacp.org/RESOURCES/STUDENT/Pages/default.aspx

5.  A message from one of our great former HMP3 Student Board members, Jason Yang:  “As you may already know California schools do not require the PCAT. However, I just found out that there are other out of state schools that also don't require PCAT.  Here is a link so you can see them all:  http://www.pharmcas.org/collegesschools/AAGRequiredTestsT.htm.” 

 

FOR FUTURE VETERINARIANS

1.  The deadline to apply to vet school is October 2!  Your guide to a veterinary medical career:  http://associationofamericanveterinarymedicalcolleges.cmail1.com/t/ViewEmail/d/AF23883E9C804C73/1E812592642E87C09A8E73400EDACAB4.

2.  VMD-PhD Combined Degree Training at Penn-- Rabbits help lower cholesterol. Cats may lead to a breakthrough in the AIDS epidemic. And dogs have taught doctors new heart surgery techniques. Even lobsters help scientists understand Parkinson's disease. For over a century, animal research has helped wipe out such diseases as smallpox and polio while increasing the human lifespan by 28 years. Whether it's fighting epilepsy, finding a cure for Alzheimer's or making progress in brain and spinal cord trauma, the link between human health and animal health is absolutely crucial.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine provides an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinary scientists through our combined VMD-PhD program. It's an excellent way for you to continue your education while impacting the future of medicine for humans and all species.  Who knows what today's research could do for future generations? Find out more by visiting www.PennVetPhD.org

 

FOR FUTURE DENTISTS

1.  Pre-Dental students at UCSD simply MUST join the Pre-Dental Society!  It is one of the best pre-dental clubs in the country.  They run free dental clinics for the underserved, have regular meetings with deans of dental schools from all over the country, and provide opportunities for training and advice that are bound to help you get in!  Here is their calendar of events for Fall Quarter:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PDS. Fall 2014 Special Speakers (2).doc.  Their meetings are also regularly featured in the Calendar section of the HMP3 Weekly Email. 

2.  Freshly redesigned ADEA GoDentalSM website goes live!  http://www.adea.org/godental/ 

 

AMAZING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

1.  The UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research is hosting a one-day meeting on Wednesday, October 1, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This is the CHRIS meeting (CFAR HIV Research in International Settings), for which they are expecting about 200 attendees. Agenda:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/CHRIS-agenda-2014.pdf

Volunteers needed for Wednesday, October 1:  TWO volunteers are requested for EACH of the following shifts:

7:00 – 9:00 a.m.            9:00  – 11:00  a.m.         11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.    1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Contact Bryna Block at blblock@ucsd.edu. Phone: 858-822-5983. 

Duties include assisting with room setup and maintenance, attending the registration/information desk, room monitoring, running errands within the hotel, and other general assistance. We would like to ask that the volunteers arrive 15 minutes early for training, so actual volunteer time per shift is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Volunteers are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts if they are willing, and they are welcome to listen to lectures depending on their duties and interests. Beverages, refreshments, and lunch will be provided depending on the shift(s) selected. We will cover volunteers’ parking fees for the hotel’s garage.

2.  One of the most impressive volunteer services you can offer:  HOSPICE CARE.  Here is a message from a volunteer recruiter, written about my students:  “I am not sure if you remember me, but I sent you a flyer a while back for your HMP3 group. I received so many responses and have received so many amazing volunteers from your group. It is bittersweet for me to lose them to medical school and professional growth opportunities, but I have had the privilege of writing some recommendation letters for a few of them and I, of course, am so happy to see them succeed.  I was wondering if you would be willing to send my flyer out again. It is so nice to have volunteers who are interested in the health field.”  Here’s the flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/Recruitment%20Flyer%20RMF%20pdf.pdfNow go ahead and do something amazing with yourself! 

3.  Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Student-Run Free Clinic, operated by the UCSD School of Medicine.  Undergraduate internships available!  Deadline to apply:  Sept. 30.  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/HFiT Flyer_091814.pdf. 

4.  Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions are starting up again, and we are in need of tutors for individuals and/or small groups!  Did you do well in a science course, especially a prerequisite course for the medical field?  How about racking up some volunteer hours that will really make a difference in your fellow students’ lives?  Write to hope.tritons@gmail.com to offer your services!  Note from Adele:  This will look great on your application!

5.  This fall, Community Service at the Center for Student Involvement is hosting Doing Good Better, a 7-week seminar on social innovation. This FREE, non-credit seminar will teach undergraduate and graduate students how to take action to solve local and global challenges. Possible topics include education, environment and climate change, global health, human rights, and poverty alleviation.

What: Social Innovation - Doing Good Better Seminar

When: Mondays, 4:00-5:00 pm (beginning October 6 – November 24, 2014)

Where: Price Center West, Red Shoe Room

How to register: http://ccl.ucsd.edu/registration

 

 

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

1.  Volunteers Around the World at UCSD First GBM, Sunday October 5th, 2014.  Are you interested in Medical Outreach, gaining Clinical Experience, and traveling to Peru?  Volunteers Around the World at UCSD is a brand new global health organization on campus that will travel to Cuzco, Peru to provide free health care services in mobile clinics this summer! We are actively recruiting for students who can take positions on our executive board and help build this new organization from the ground up. While in country, interns will assist the doctors, perform triage, distribute medications, teach classes on public health, all under the direct supervision of experienced and respected doctors. This is an intensive internship, valuable to future nurses, physicians, and anyone interested in seeing what working in the medical field is like. The internship is focused on giving interns a variety of experiences in treating patients, and deepening their understanding of the medical field. 

Date: Sunday October 5th, 2014 * Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm * Location: Price Center West Ballroom A * Contact us at ucsdmedical@volunteersaroundtheworld.org.

 

TEST PREP

 

1.  Kaplan MCAT/DAT/OAT/GRE Flash Sale!  September 29th & 30th  Enroll in a course and save $150!

 

MCAT On Site classes begin: 10/5, 10/8 & 10/9

DAT/OAT On site classes begin: 10/6, 10/20 & 10/21

GRE On Site classes begin: 10/4, 10/6, 10/7, 10/8, 10/11 & 10/14

 

**Stop by the Kaplan office between 9/29 & 10/9 and enter to win a Kindle Fire!**  For more information on free events please visit this site:  http://bit.ly/UCSDGoodlife

 

2.  RECEIVE $150 OFF The Princeton Review MCAT 2015 Ultimate course. ENROLL BY OCTOBER 2ND. PROMO CODE: GRADW150.  Call 760-479-5180 to register. 

3.  UCSD Extension offers $400 vouchers that can go towards an MCAT prep course.  You must pick up your voucher for the Fall 2014 MCAT course at the Extension Office during the week of 9/29-10/3 if you want to use it towards registering  for the course. 

4.  Inexpensive preparation for the Verbal Reasoning part of the MCAT is available on Amazon—MCAT:  12 Week Plan for Verbal Reasoning Success (http://tinyurl.com/qbgda42).  This method was developed for the Medical Careers Diversity Program at the University of Texas, to help underprepared students achieve their goal of getting into medical school, and the program of study was very successful.  In fact, some students took their Verbal Reasoning scores from 6-7 to 10-11. This material is available in paperback and e-book format (Kindle, SmashWords, iTunes, etc.)  The e-book format contains hot links, which make it very easy for students to access.

 

HOPE 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.  UCSD Medical Students are looking for HOPE-eligible premed students to mentor!  SOM Mentors is a collaborative effort between UCSD’s School of Medicine and its undergraduate campus.  We strive to provide quality one-on-one mentorship, especially to students who identify as non-traditional, underrepresented minority in medicine, or come from a disadvantaged background.  We pair UCSD undergraduate and medical students to foster close relationships.  If you would like to be paired with a UCSD medical student, please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-1aFw0Bc8UFn3-xPTFjfdojSs7LcNDrK2zyRxw8IeJY/viewform.  Thank you!  Note from Adele:  This is a great program!  Don’t miss out on it if you really want to go to medical school!

2.  HMP3 SERVICE is sponsoring the Larry English Foundation dedicated to helping student athletes at Gompers and Lincoln High School get into college by providing tutoring services.  Tutor training will be on October 4 and tutoring will begin on October 6!  These URM student athletes are in need of your help!  Here is more information for you, and instructions for signing up:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/PRO_Volunteer_Handout_PDF.pdf and http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/UCSD Adele Tutors.docx.   

3.  Scripps Diversity Recruitment Program (in Jupiter, Florida):  http://education.scripps.edu/graduate_programs/recruitment/diverge.html.  This is an all-expense-paid, three-day trip to Scripps Florida October 23-25 to meet faculty & grad students, tour the research labs, learn about our summer programs for undergrads and TSRI's graduate program, etc. We will fly up to 20 students to Florida for the visit. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 3! 

4.  Interested in toxicology?  Attend the conference being held in San Diego over Spring Break for FREE and get put up in the hotel for free, too!  Deadline to apply for the travel award is October 9th at http://www.toxicology.org/ai/af/awardDocuments/UG_Stud2015_flyer.pdfToxicologists study the effects of physical, biological, and chemical agents on people, animals, and the environment, and address critical issues and make the world a healthier and safer place. Many students who learn about the interdisciplinary nature of toxicology are excited about career opportunities that involve research and the potential to make a positive contribution to health and safety.

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

6.  MedPrep is a 2-year postbac in Illinois that is for underrepresented students with a low GPA who want to go to medical or dental school:  http://www.siumed.edu/medprep/about.html.  They take down to a 2.20 GPA, and you don’t have to have already taken the MCAT or DAT.  They prepare you for that.  Most post-bac programs require much higher GPA’s than this one does!  The application for the program has two deadlines:  Oct. 1 and Jan. 5.  Everyone starts in June 2015. 

 

That’s it for the first HMP3 Weekly Email of the new school year.  It’s going to be a great one, I can feel it!  ~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