HMP3 Weekly Email 10.11.15

Be sure to check out the Grad School Fair on Wednesday—so many health professions schools are coming!  Most schools will be tabling on Library Walk for the Grad School Fair, then the national office of AACOM will do a presentation at 3:00 pm in the CSC Horizon Room, followed by opportunity for students to meet with the school reps.  This event only happens at UCSD every 2 or 3 years! 

Lots else is going on, too, so let’s take a look~ 


1)     Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions are starting THIS WEEK! 


Need help with your course? Cannot make it to your professor's office hour? Or need to learn a concept from a different perspective? Come and get help from Project Success Tutoring!  Our tutors have taken the exact class before and know exactly how to do well in them. 

Tutoring is held at the Raza Resource Centro (in the back of the Student Services Center building that houses Croutons)


3:00-5:00pm - Laura Bou-Malham  (Chemistry 140 A, B, C)

3:00-4:00pm – Anne Cabangcala (Chem 140A)

3:00-4:00pm – Cintya Beltran (Chem 140A) and (BICD100)

3:00-5:00pm - Corey Young (Phys 1 A, B, C) and( BICD100)

4:00-5:00pm - Hallen Pham (BILD 1)


12:00-3:00pm - Joseph Maroge  (Chem 6 A, B, C ) and (Chem 140A)

1:00-3:00pm - Sidarth Ethiraj  (CHEM 140A)


10:30 - 1:00pm - Shrusti Shah (BIBC102) and (CHEM 143A)


1:30-4:30pm - Angela Chang (BIPN 100) and (BIPN 102)

1:30-3:30pm - Jeff Peng (CHEM 6A)

1:30-3:00pm Cintya Beltran, (Chem 140A) and (BICD 100)

2:00-3:00pm - Deepika Suresh (Chem 140A)

3:00-4:00pm Estafania Larrosa (BILD 1)

3:00-4:30pm David Kneiber (Physics 1 A, B,C)

3:30-4:30pm Moses Merete (Chem 140A, B, C) and (Physics 1 A, B,C) and (BIBC 102) and (BICD 100)

3:30-4:30pm William Quach (BIBC 102)


2)    Our big HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair will happen on Monday, Nov. 9 (see SAVE THE DATE section below).  ***Note from Adele:  Is your club represented? Write to to be invited!*** You won’t want to miss this!

3)     HMP3 Peer Mentor Program (PMP) is in need of more mentors! Mentors are preferably third or fourth years who have experience with research as well as leadership positions. Second years who feel experienced enough may also apply to be mentors. 

Benefits of becoming a mentor for the Peer Mentor Program include receiving a cord when graduating and confirmation/vouching from our advisor Adele when putting it down on an application. Most importantly, mentors are able impart their wisdom onto underclassmen who want to pursue a career in the medical and health field. 

Mentors and mentees are not randomly paired up. There is a process where interests, majors, career goals, and many others are taken into consideration so that mentors and mentees are suited for one another. 

Peer Mentor Application:

4)     I can buy AAMC materials at a discount, which I pass on to you!  Right now I have two official MCAT practice tests for $17.50 each, one Question Pack Bundle for $63 and seven MSAR’s for $19 each.  Write to me and I’ll send you a PayPal invoice—or you can come into the office to pay by check or cash.  Read about these materials at


5)     Adele’s office hours during Week 3:  Thursday 1:00-4:00, Friday 1:30-3:00 (always off on Mondays). *Office location & website at the bottom of the page.



Tues. Oct. 13  The Princeton Review presents:  The GRE!  6:00-7:00 pm in the Leichtag Building (first building on the medical school campus on your left after you cross Gilman Drive on Library Walk)

Free GRE Strategy Session: How to Prep for the GRE

  Structure & Function

  Mastering Content

  Maximizing Performance

  Light refreshments will be served!


Tues. Oct. 13  Pre-Pharmacy Society UCSF GBM, 6:30-9:00 pm in the Natural Sciences Building Auditorium in Revelle.  Come and hear the admissions director of the UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy reveal everything you could ever want to know about how to be a strong applicant for the #1 pharmacy school in the country! Learn about UCSF’s specific school requirements and application process, what you can do to adequately prepare, and what makes applicants stand out. Bring all the questions you can think of! Food and refreshments will be provided! 

Wed. Oct. 14  Grad School Fair, 10:30-2:30 on Library Walk.  There are 92 different programs in the health professions and mental health professions coming!  Check here to see which schools will be there, and be sure to stop by the ones that interest you for a chat!


Wed. Oct. 14  Osteopathic Medical School Mini-Fair3:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room.  Flyer:


Wed. Oct. 14  Ross U Medical School presentation, 5:00 pm in the AEP Conference Room, next to Adele’s office in old Student Center B (across from the Mandeville Coffee Cart).  FOOD PROVIDED!  Download Flyer: FLYER UCSD 10 14 15.pdf  

Wed. Oct. 14  UC Berkeley Optometry5:00 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room


Wed. Oct. 14  Ross U Veterinary School presentation, 6:00 pm in the Thich Nhat Hanh room in old Student Center A (right next to the Mandeville coffee cart.) 


Wed. Oct. 14 Students for Integrative Medicine GBM #1, 6:30pm in Red Shoe Room. Interested in integrative medicine? Come out to our first GBM of the school year to meet the new officers, learn what SIM is all about and what we have in store for you! Presentations will be given on various topics such as Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, and Naturopathy. Free food will be provided!



Thurs. Oct. 15  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Congressman Juan Vargas, MA, Representative of California's 51st Congressional District & GBM

TopicsCongressman Vargas will discuss his journey to Congress and share what influenced his entrance into the U.S. government and speak about issues that affect health care, student loans and current problems in Washington. Enjoy a potluck reception afterwards. Sign up with Kameron

Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy Auditorium, 6:00 pm


Thurs. Oct. 15  SPOT First GBM (SPOT stands for Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy), 7:00 – 8:45 pm at the Red Shoe Room in Price Center West. This meeting will be the chance for you to meet your officers, hear a little about each field of therapy, learn about what our membership offers, and grab some FREE food! We will also be having a meet and greet after the GBM. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!


Thurs. Oct. 15  UC San Diego's PPASO, Pre-Physician Assistant Student Organization, first GBM, 8:00 pm in Warren College Room (in Price Center).  PPASO aims to inform the UCSD community about the Physician Assistant profession as well as provide opportunities and resources for pre-PA students. We will be discussing more about what a PA does and how PPASO can help you. We will have a guest PA speaker, Lindsay Kozicz, PA-C, who will share her experiences as a PA!

For more information, find us at our website, our Facebook group: "Pre-Physician Assistant Student Organization PPASO @ UCSD," or you can email us at"


Fri. Oct. 16  National College of Natural Medicine Information Session, 1:00 pm in the Career Services Center Round Room


Sat. Oct. 17  UCSD Medical Student Panel8:30 am in Price Center Ballroom East



Tues. Oct. 20  The Princeton Review presents: The NEW MCAT!  5:00-6:00 pm in the Leichtag Building (first building on the medical school campus on your left after you cross Gilman Drive on Library Walk)

Free MCAT Informational Session: MCAT2015 Guide

  What’s the MCAT2015

  Detailed Overview of Content & Scoring

  Sample Questions and Q&A

  Light refreshments will be served!


Wed. Oct. 21  Study Abroad EXPO,  11:00-3:00 in the Price Center Ballroom West. 

Note from Adele:  There are MANY opportunities to have health care-related experiences abroad.  Come to the EXPO to explore the possibilities! 

Wed. Oct. 21  Graduate Research Opportunities at UC San Francisco School of Medicine, 10:00 AM in the AEP Conference Room in old Student Center B, 2nd floor.  RSVP:  Flyer: Madhani.pdf




Wed. Oct. 21  University of Texas Southwestern Educational and Summer Research Programs Info Session, 4:00-5:00 pm in the AEP Conference Room (next to Adele’s office, see location in signature block below this email.)  RSVP:  Flyer: Southwestern.pdf. 

Thurs. Oct. 22  Interactive Interview2:00 pm, in the Career Services Center Horizon Room

Sat. Oct. 24  Free Kaplan Practice MCAT @ UCSD!  Kaplan is hosting a FREE MCAT Practice Test on campus @ UCSD in Center Hall 105 on Sat, Oct 24th at 10am! At the event, you'll learn what to expect on the MCAT, plus you'll receive a detailed score report, complete explanations to every question, and strategies for improvement! A practice MCAT is the best place to start on your journey to medical school! Register now at MCAT Free Practice Test


Tues. Oct. 27  Tough Cases:  Faith and Futility in the ICU,  12-1 pm at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, Inpatient Tower, Room 11-309 (you can take the Hillcrest shuttle there and back for free).  Open to all members of the UCSD community and interested others. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch.

CASE:  James is a seventy-two-year-old man with end-stage dementia who was transferred from another hospital. At the time of transfer James had sepsis from two multidrug-resistant organisms, respiratory failure requiring ventilatory support, renal insufficiency, pancytopenia, and hypotension requiring vasopressors. He has severe contractures and foot drop, has a feeding tube, and has been nonverbal for several months. His son, Paul, is requesting full code and treatment focused on recovery despite James’s extremely poor prognosis.

Paul is James’s only child, and James’s wife is deceased. Paul says he has the “gift of prophecy” and knows for certain when God is speaking to him. “God,” he says, “doesn’t lie.” He says that he and his father spent years preaching together and have witnessed many healings. He believes that they are being “rebuked” because at a time when his father was too tired to travel much, they held fewer revivals and did not save enough souls.

James’s condition has worsened slowly. He has almost no urine output and does not breathe over the ventilator. He is extremely volume overloaded; his toenails have bloodied and popped off. By hospital-day twenty-one, he had only corneal reflexes. The medical team is troubled; if James is to stay on the ventilator, he will need a tracheostomy, but this would only further prolong what has already been an agonizingly prolonged dying process.  Paul continues to pray for his father to get up. 


1. What are the relevant medical facts in this case?  How do they bear on Paul’s request for full code?

 2. What do we know of James’s wishes? His values?

 3. What role does Paul’s faith play in his decisions about his father’s treatment?

 4. As James has end-stage dementia, who has the legal authority to make decisions for him? Using what standard?

 5. How should the medical team respond in the face of Paul’s request for full code?

Thurs. Oct. 29  Public Health School: Preparing and Applying3:30 pm in the Career Services Center Horizon Room

Mon. Nov. 9  HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair, 5:00-7:30 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 a 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 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. Nov. 12  Emeriti Discussion Program  The first in a series of discussions with prestigious emeriti professors will be held from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the auditorium of the Natural Sciences Building on the Revelle campus. The main speaker will be Prof. Emeritus Henry Powell, M.D., D.Sc.,who will be interviewed by Prof. Emeritus Mel Green, Ph.D. The discussion will focus on achieving a successful career in Medicineand student participation will be encouraged. The series is being hosted by the Academic Enrichment Programs and is open to all undergraduates.



1.  A program sponsored by Kaiser that allows shadowing on a 1-semester-only basis:  call (619) 641-4138.

2.  Get your undergraduate research published!  My name is Rahul Nachnani and I am the Research Editor for Saltman Quarterly, UCSD's very own undergraduate biology research journal! This year, we are starting a rolling admissions process for undergraduate students to submit their research manuscripts at any time in order to encourage submissions and to allow students to get more editor AND faculty feedback!  This is an opportunity never before seen at UCSD!

Submitting to Saltman Quarterly has great benefits to students.  First, you get practice writing and editing a professional manuscript to a research journal and experience in the submission process. If selected, your manuscript becomes your very own first author paper! This is the only opportunity for many students to be first author on a paper in undergrad. Guidelines:

The deadline to submit to SQ and receive these early-submission perks is November 13th, 2015.  You are still allowed to submit after that, but you will not receive the extra editing time nor the Faculty 1-on-1.  If you have any questions about submitting, direct them to



1.  If you are looking for an alternative to medical school which requires rigorous study and leads to a meaningful clinical profession for life, becoming a certified anesthesiologist assistant may be the answer. Case Western Reserve University's MSA Program is accepting applications through December 1 for our locations in Cleveland, DC, and Houston. 

CAAs work in the operating room 40 hours a week and begin their careers earning $135,000 and up. (Yes, that is a starting salary). In addition to being very well-paid, CAAs are in high demand. 100% of the class of 2015 was employed prior to graduation. Case students are sought after by employers, even before they complete the program. After finishing their 2 year masters and passing the national certifying exam our graduates are employed everywhere CAAs work. 

Requirements to apply are

  1. a bachelor's degree (average GPA in 2014 was 3.48)

  2. 10 prerequisite courses (most of which are satisfied by a chemistry or biology degree)

  3. the MCAT (500 is competitive; we accept 493 and up)

This is a great program for visual/tactile learners who are interested in beginning their careers 24 months after completing their undergraduate degrees. The MSA Program is a fast track to a lucrative and satisfying career for life. 

More information about the Case MSA Program and the CAA profession is available here.





1.  MD/PhD students at UC San Diego School of Medicine will begin offering office hours the first Monday of the month this coming November!  Watch this space for time and location.  Talk to someone who is walking the path you hope to take in the future—get great advice! 



1.  A Physician’s Guide to Financial Freedom 

2.  Watch a recording of “Acing Your Medical School Interviews – Tips from Interviewers." Now available to view here.  Created by the AAMC.

3.  The MCAT 2016 testing calendar is now availableRegistration for the first half of the 2016 testing year (January – May) will open October 21, 2015



1.  Applying to P.A. school can be confusing!  You should really subscribe to their directory in order to see all about each school, all in one place.  To access the directory please go to this link: to access the directory.

Note from Adele:  Access to this service is FREE! 



1.  Free Webinars with Berkeley Optometry!

These webinars are designed to prepare prospective students for applications and interviews. Each session is a 1-hour presentation with optional Q&A time afterwards.


Webinar Topics


Chat with Current Second Year Students
Monday, October 12
4:15 -5:30pm  PDT
Berkeley Optometry Ambassadors, Camille and Ben
Registration Form


Interview Skills & Professional Etiquette
Tuesday, October 20
2:30 - 4:00pm PDT
Assistant Dean of Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services
Registration Form




More information can be found here:



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 the calendar of events for Fall Quarter: Speakers-Fall 2015.doc    Their meetings are also regularly featured in the Calendar section of the HMP3 Weekly Email. 


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES and other ways to make your application stand out!

1.  The Research Experience & Applied Learning (REAL) Portal offers research, internship, international, service learning, entrepreneurial, leadership, and other co-curricular opportunities that help students build real-world skills by applying knowledge gained in the classroom.  Check it out!


2.  The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) gives undergraduates the opportunity to work one on one with UCSD faculty. All majors welcome!  Start developing research skills now and get a head start on graduate school! • Participate in cutting edge research projects with far-reaching impact • Make significant contributions to your field of study.  Contact:  Veronica Bejar * * (858) 534-1774 * * ***MUST HAVE JUNIOR STANDING TO APPLY!***




1.  The recruitment cycle for Fall 2016 is underway at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. For more information on our graduate programs in the biomedical sciences, please visit our website or email  It has been an exciting time in the Graduate School. Recently, we welcomed our first cohort of MS in Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology students; students in this program receive interdisciplinary training that will lead to further training or careers in diverse fields. Also, several PhD programs merged to create the new Integrated Physiology program where students can incorporate multidisciplinary approaches and translational applications to their dissertations. 

***The  powerful classes and programs below are taught by the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty and physicians.  Multiple, full, need-based scholarships are offered for all domestic pre-med classes.  Classes fill quickly so early registration is highly recommended

2.  Free Global Health MOOCStarting later this month, our FREE six week Global Health Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will be available for registration.  Optional, hands-on three-day Global Health Advanced First Aid classes compliment the didactic portion. See for more info.

3.  Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine Classes – Colorado in Late Summer - August 7-19: Our flagship two-week Denver and Rockies based program:  A week of lectures and labs at the medical school and hospital, with ER shadowing, EMS ride-alongs, and CPR certification, followed by wilderness medicine at a camp high in the Rockies.  Optional Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification.  Three need-based full ride scholarships offered for each section.  More info at   

4.  Summer Pre-Med Wilderness & Emergency Medicine: Costa Rica – July 18-30: Held at a simple eco-lodge with its own Pacific beach.  Focus on wilderness, emergency, and tropical medicine.  Jungle hikes, whitewater rafting, night walks, canopy tours, natural history, and optional surfing.  Earn optional Wilderness First Responder certification.  For more information see



1.  The Atlantis Project offers ethical pre-med shadowing programs in European hospitals. Our alumni consistently walk away from four or five weeks in a developed-world hospital with a completely different perspective on what it is like to be a healthcare professional. Many of them have never seen day-to-day practice of medicine: administrative tasks, management of staff, or what it's like to be in the break room in between surgeries. They have also never seen the practical difference between careers in various medical specialties. What is it really like to go into anesthesiology? Cardiology? Orthopedics?

These are the questions that really matter for a pre-med student.  So we encourage you to consider ethical shadowing programs like ours.  We've seen our programs transform pre-med students and push them to think deeply about their place in the medical community. And THAT is invaluable.

 Feel free to send me a personal email at, or reach out to me by phone on my personal cell: (336) 485-5435. Please note that our 2016 applications are now open.  Lawrence Kuehnert, COO of the Atlantis Project



1.  Free Kaplan Practice MCAT @ UCSD on 10-24-15!


Kaplan is hosting a FREE MCAT Practice Test on campus @ UCSD in Center Hall 105 on Sat, Oct 24th at 10am! At the event, you'll learn what to expect on the MCAT, plus you'll receive a detailed score report, complete explanations to every question, and strategies for improvement! A practice MCAT is the best place to start on your journey to medical school! Register now at MCAT Free Practice Test



***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 still looking for HOPE-eligible 2nd year and older premed students to mentor!  SOM Mentors is a collaborative effort between UCSD’s School of Medicine and the undergraduate campus.  They 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.  They 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:  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! They are planning to have 2 fun events per quarter, not counting the one-on-one time you spend with your mentor.


2.  The 2-year post-bac MEDPREP program at Southern Illinois University (SIU) school of medicine does not require the MCAT for admission, and we offer MCAT prep support as part of our curriculum. We serve underepresented and SES-disadvantaged individuals from Illinois and out-of-state, so I believe MEDPREP may be a good fit for you. We have been around for 43 years and have an ~80% success rate at placing our students in medical and dental school. Find us on the web at: 

Our application deadline is January 19th this year, and our next cohort will start in June of 2016. 

3.  The National Cancer Institute is accepting applications for its 2016 Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) program.  ALL COSTS ARE COVERED!  Applications are due November 18th.  Apply online!  See website for further details.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce the 2016 Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) Program.  ICRC encourages individuals from populations underrepresented in science or financially disadvantaged backgrounds to seek internship opportunities at the NCI.  Successful ICRC applicants will take part in a 2-day sponsored campus visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, where they will have the opportunity to learn about the various scientist-in-training programs, participate in laboratory tours, and interview for either a summer or post-baccalaureate (1-year) internship.  Participants selected for internships will receive a monthly stipend, round-trip travel, and a summer housing subsidy.  Housing for the interns is not included, however, a list of housing resources will be provided.

Our goal is to encourage a diverse group of talented students to explore careers in biomedical research.  You can help us meet this goal by sharing this information with students and faculty contacts you feel would benefit from this opportunity.  Applications are due Wednesday, November 18th.  Reference letters are due Monday, November 23rd


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


That’s it for the HMP3 Weekly Email for Week 3.  Midterms will be starting soon for many of you.  Good luck!  ~Adele

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Adele Savage, M.A., HMP3 Coordinator

Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 


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