HMP3 Weekly Email for Week 2, 9.30.16

Health Beat got off to a great start this week!  Read about the terrific activities we have coming up for you next week below!


1.  Is your club signed up for our big HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair?   Even if you haven’t finished the whole process of registering your club, come to the fair and recruit new members!  Hundreds of students will be there!  The fair will happen on Monday, October 10 (see SAVE THE DATE section below).  ***Note from Adele:  Write to to get your club invited!***

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! Come see which clubs you want to join!  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! 

2.  Welcome to HEALTH BEAT—our new pre-health advising center at UCSD (located in the Career Center) and the brand-new Co-Curricular Transcript that will allow you to become certified as Pre-Med/Pre-Health on your UCSD transcript when you graduate! Check out the details here:



Week 2: Health Beat Advising Mini-Sessions
Location: Career Center
Walk-in SMALL GROUP advising for pre-health students with quick questions!  5 students max in each small group

Begins on the hour and every 30 minutes (5 student max per session—5 students in each)

Tuesday, October 4, 1-3 pm
Wednesday, October 5, 1-3pm

4.  OCTOBER is Health Exploration Month!
"Find Your Health Beat! Exploring the Health Professions"—a terrific workshop offered multiple times by our own Jessica Kongthong.  Explore, compare and contrastLOTS of health professions at once and see which ones fit YOU best!  RSVP: (or you can just show up—but we would really like to know how many students to expect) 

Location: Horizon Room at the Career Center

Friday, October 7, 1:00 & 2:00pm
Thursday, October 13, 2:00 & 4:00pm
Monday, October 17, 1:00 & 2:00pm
Tuesday, October 25, 2:00 & 3:00pm


5.  Medical students and MD/PhD students at the School of Medicine are offering drop-in office hours once a month this quarter!  Are you in the interview cycle?  Do you have an interview coming up?  The topic of these drop-in hours is INTERVIEWING on Monday, Oct. 3 from 1:00-3:00 pm.  Registration: Please also fill out this required form:  Note from Adele:  You can go to them with other questions, too—you don’t have to be in your application year to come for advising!

6.  MORE UPPERCLASSMEN ARE NEEDED FOR THE HMP3 MENTOR PROGRAM!  There are LOTS of freshmen and new transfer students who need your help!  Mentors make a difference in the lives of new UCSD students, mentees get a boost in their adjustment to UCSD.  Fun events are held to strengthen the bond.  You can add this wonderful service to your health professions application, and you will get a beautiful cord to wear at graduation.  Don’t miss out!  While the time commitment is not large, the impact you may have on your peers cannot be understated. The deadline for interested Mentors and Mentees is 11:59 PM on October 31st though we encourage you to apply early to get the best possible match!  Sign up to be a Peer Mentor at to be matched to your very own mentee!  

 Our first commencement event will be on November 8th at 7 PM in PC East Ballroom.

7.  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!  Contact to express interest and learn how you can make a difference!  (Tutoring sessions held at Raza Resource Center and the Black Resource Center.) 




Mon. Oct. 3  UCSD Insight Pre-Optometry Club, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Bear Room. GBM #1!
Come to Insight's first GBM to meet/introduce yourself to other members and meet this year's officers. Our events for this quarter will also be revealed! We will also be having a social afterwards! Details the event page on Facebook.  RSVP on FB:

Tues. Oct. 4  Mental Illness in the News, 5:15-6:15 pm in MET 215 (2nd floor of the Telemedicine Building at the School of Medicine).  An open discussion where you can talk and learn with your peers about the positive and negative portrayals of mental illness in the news. The discussion will mainly focus on the representation of schizophrenia and violence in the media. Dr. William Perry of UCSD's Department of Psychiatry will also be there!  Free food will be provided!

Tues. Oct. 4  Pre-Pharmacy Society:  “Why Pharmacy” GBM, 6:15 pm-8:30 pm at the NSB Auditorium. Are you wondering if pharmacy is the right path for you? Come to our first GBM to learn about the field of pharmacy. Guest pharmacist, Dr. Christina Mnatzaganian will be speaking on her own journey through pharmacy.

Tues. October 4  Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society (AED) GBM#1, 6:30pm in Bear Room, Price Center West. We will be hosting Rob Humbracht, Passport Admissions' expert medical school admissions advisor. Come out and learn what most pre-meds look like and what you can do to stand out!  Like our Facebook page!

Wed. Oct 5  Science & Technology Career Fair, 10 am – 2:30 pm in the RIMAC Arena

Wed. Oct. 5  UCSD's Mind Body Nutrition would like to invite you to our Fall GBM 1/Trivia Night! 6:00 pm in the Red Shoe Room (in the Sun God Lounge above the Price Center Theater).  Come learn about our two thriving committees (Educational Outreach Program and Your Health Done Wright), our current projects (a Mental Health seminar and a Nutrition Minor for UCSD students), the fun/health-oriented events we have planned for this quarter, and how you can be part of them!

Wed. Oct. 5  American Medical Student Association(AMSA) GBM #1 at 8:00 pm, location to be announced.  Have free pizza and prizes and learn about our organization and upcoming events. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Eric Adler,  board certified cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support. Membership is $20/year which gives you access to all of our events as well as this year’s t-shirt. Contact Maritza J Martinez for the location. 


Thurs. Oct. 6  ISPE (International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering) 1st Fall GBM, 6:00-8:00 pm in Location: PFBH 191 (Fung Auditorium).  The primary goal of UCSD ISPE is to educate and connect members with the biotechnology & biomedical industry by providing them with professional development opportunities. We will discuss the mentorship program, which connects students to industry members, and our leadership rotational program (LRP), which teaches students professional skills. Applications are online!  ALSO we'll be joined by special guest speaker: Weili Wang from Illumina. Weili is the Senior Production Supervisor at Illumina.  Come by and enjoy a FREE DINNER as you learn about the opportunities that await you in biomedical technology through ISPE!


Thurs. Oct 6  Introduction to Dentistry 101 with Dr. Sussi Yamaguch, presented by the Pre-Dental Society.  Topics: Dr. Sussi will introduce the field of dentistry and go over general dental anatomy and information needed to work in our clinics. Mr. Mark Hunt of Vinmar Solutions will speak about his pre-dental tooth-waxing and denture course. Clinic manager Arthur Ho will present his “Get into Clinic Workshop” for new members. Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Rooms 2 & 3, 6:30pm

Thurs. Oct. 6  UCSD Insight Pre-Optometry Club, 8:00pm - 10:00pm at the Green Table Room. SUNY College of Optometry Presentation!  Our first optometry school visit will be happening! Come meet representative Christian Alberto from SUNY College of Optometry and learn what it takes to be a competitive applicant.  RSVP on FB here:


Thurs. Oct. 6  MEDLIFE at UCSD meeting, 8:00 pm in John Muir College Room in the Price Center.  Are you interested in starting your school year off by making a positive difference in the world? Want to volunteer in mobile clinics in Cusco, Peru? Help out communities in San Diego? Learn about global and local health care issues? If any of these topics appeal to you, come find out more about MEDLIFE at UCSD. We are committed to making medicine, education, and development accessible to low income families and communities EVERYWHERE. All majors are welcome.  Please like our FB page for updates and feel free to email us with any questions at See you soon!!


Fri. Oct. 7  
"Find Your Health Beat! Exploring the Health Professions"—a terrific workshop offered by our own Jessica Kongthong,  1:00 and 2:00 pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  Explore, compare and contrast LOTS of health professions at once and see which ones fit YOU best!  RSVP: (or you can just show up—but we would really like to know how many students to expect) 

Sat. Oct. 8  UCSD Insight Pre-Optometry Club, 6:30pm at UltraZone Laser Tag.  Before midterms kick in, have some fun with our club at UltraZone Laser Tag! No experience necessary! Rides will be arranged. For more information, please visit the event page on Facebook. If you have any question, feel free to contact Duyen Ngo  RSVP on FB here:



Mon. Oct. 10  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!!!***

Tues. Oct. 11  Pre-Pharmacy Society:  UCSF GBM, 6:15pm-8:30 pm at the NSB Auditorium. Come hear directly from UCSF School of Pharmacy admissions director, Joel Gonzales.  He will reveal what it takes to be a strong applicant to one of the top pharmacy schools in the country.



Wed. Oct. 12  Grad School Fair, 10:30 am-2:30 pm on Library Walk (PC Ballroom if rain).  List of participating schools/programs


Wed. Oct 12  University of Queensland/Ochsner medical school program, 7:30-9:00 pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  Come meet the Dean!  Learn about going to medical school in Australia for 2 years, followed by 2 years in New Orleans.  They have a really good residency match rate!  Come check them out. RSVP>>  Note from Adele: Did you apply to medical school this year, but haven’t been invited for any interviews?  It’s not too late to apply to the Australian medical school program for Americans:  UQ/Ochsner.  It’s FREE to apply, and you could start medical school this February if you are accepted! 


Wed. October 12, MDA’s First GBM at 8:00 pm in the Student Leadership Chambers (PC East, 4nd floor).  Come out to learn about how you can help kids with Muscular Dystrophy!


Thurs. Oct 13 Dr. Diana Nguyen, Medical Emergencies in the Dentist’s Office, presented by the Pre-Dental Society.  Topics: Dr. Diana Nguyen completed a general practice residency program and now works in private practice. During residency she was trained in managing medical emergencies. Learn how to properly handle medical emergencies in the dental office. Where/When: UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy Auditorium, 6:00 pm


Wed. Oct. 19  Study Abroad EXPO, 11:00-3:00 in the Price Center West Ballroom.  There are LOTS of opportunities to have health-related experiences abroad!  Come learn about them and see how you can take part, too.



1.  New transfer students and all juniors and seniors:  the Faculty Mentor Program is accepting applications now!  You will apply this quarter (fall) and do 10 hours of research a week during winter and spring quarters (for 4 credits each quarter), write a research paper and present your findings at a conference at the end of spring quarter.  One of the great opportunities is to become an Emergency Medicine Research Associate.  Forms for both programs can be found at

2.  Undergraduate Research Journal — Are you interested in research? Are you currently working in a lab? The Undergraduate Research Journal ( is a publication featuring research and projects conducted by UCSD students from all majors and disciplines! We are currently working on our second print issue, and invite all undergraduates to submit their research to URJ for publication. URJ is also actively recruiting editors, staff writers, and print and web designers for this school year! This is a great opportunity to not only get involved in academic journalism but to also network with professors and labs at UCSD. Please visit or email for more information.


3.  Did you apply to medical school this year, but haven’t been invited for any interviews?  It’s not too late to apply to the Australian medical school program for Americans:  UQ/Ochsner.  It’s FREE to apply, and you could start medical school this February if you are accepted!




1.  Are you interested in mentoring adults ages 18-22 with disabilities? At StRIVE, UCSD student volunteers work with students in San Diego, serving as teachers, mentors, and simply friends. We instruct students in three areas critical to independent living: communication, health awareness, and vocational skills. We strive to reduce dependency and foster social inclusion in these students within our community.


If you would like to be a part of our program, please visit our Facebook page to apply and to learn more! Applications are due at midnight on Sunday, October 2nd.    

2.  Seeking Guitar “instructors” for our patient (Veterans) program at the VA Hospital!  The students that volunteered last year have graduated and they stated they gained tremendous experience here.  One past volunteer stated he felt that this is a good opportunity to gain experience with direct patient contact at the VA hospital in a clinical setting.  This experience helped him greatly with his applications for grad school, as well as provided him direct contact with patients with diverse medical and/or psychiatric conditions.   Volunteers will work with patients with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, psychomotor deficits, etc. 

Guitar volunteers should have the ability to teach beginner students, but some patients may be a bit more advanced.  For guitar clinic, we teach beginner students the basics of guitar through chords and strumming patterns.  The lessons are usually 1 teacher: 2 students with supervisor oversight.  The classes are on Mondays from 4-5 and 5-6pm; volunteers should be here for both sessions.


3.  Community Health Associates (CHA) is an academic year-long service opportunity for students interested in social justice and health. Students focus on topics including refugee, women’s, indigent, and/or geriatric health via partnerships with community organizations either focused directly on health, or in need of programming assistance in that area. To see a detailed description of the program visit

Program Requirements:

  Application & matching process (due Friday, October 7th)

o    Please note, it is recommended that students include their LinkedIn profile as part of their application.

  Interview(s) with Community Partners (between October 10th and 21st)

  Pre-service orientation (Wednesday, October 26th 6:00-8:00pm)

  4-10 hours service per week (10 hours may be required if seeking academic credit)

  Year-long commitment to the Community Partner (Weeks 5-10, fall quarter, Weeks 1-10 winter and spring quarter)

  Participation in 3-5 meetings per quarter (Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm—limited accommodations can be made for course conflicts)


The application can be found at


4.  Volunteer tutors needed to help international visitors improve their English fluency!

The UCSD International Students & Programs Office's (ISPO) English conversation tutor program, English-in-Action(EIA) is looking for volunteers who will enjoy meeting with international undergrad & grad students, visiting research scholars, spouses, and postdocs on a weekly basis to assist them in improving their English language skills and to share our American culture.

 No knowledge of foreign languages or teaching experience is required.  EIA tutors attend an orientation session and have access to the materials and resources of the International Center.

 For more information and to apply online, please visit  Contact: Shelly Taskin, EIA Program Coordinator, 534-5730



1.  Register Now to attend the FREE AACP Virtual Fair on October 4 & 5, 2016
Save precious time and find out which Pharmacy School's PharmD program is best for you!

2.  The new Pharmacy is Right for Me website has launched! Check it out at is Right for Me is a national effort to promote the field of pharmacy and answer the demand for trained pharmacy and health care professionals. We hope you will find it valuable in your advising efforts.

Follow us on Social Media! @ pharm4me



1.  Columbia University Post-bac Premed Program provides an 18-month accelerated program.  Spring application deadline:  November 1.  Learn more at

2.  The Advanced Premedical Post Bac Program at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University admissions committee recently passed the decision to not require an applicant to have taken the MCAT to be considered for admission to the Post Bac program. Although it is still highly encouraged, it is no longer required.  This means that the admissions committee will look closely at the cumulative GPA and science GPA of an applicant’s profile as part of the decision process to determine their aptitude for success. Each student will still receive the MCAT CARS & Science Reasoning courses in our program provided by The Princeton Review to prepare them to taking the MCAT.




***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.  COMING SOON!  Every year UCSD Medical Students look 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, watch this space.  The opening of the SOM Mentors program will be announced here!


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


I hope you had a good 1st week!  Come explore the health professions with us at Health Beat next week and get started on your path to a fulfilling career.  ~Adele