HMP3 Weekly Email for Week Five, 10.21.16

Guess how many 50% test prep scholarship applications I have received so far?  Exactly ONE!  I have 5 Kaplan and 4 Princeton Review scholarships to give away.  But the deadline is this Monday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 pm!  See #6 directly below for the application.

Don’t qualify for a scholarship?  Bid on our HMP3 Auction!  I have 2 Princeton Review courses to auction.  If you are planning to take a course anyway, why not save yourself several hundred dollars and support HMP3?  Place your bid by emailing me back.  Minimum bid:  $1,750.  Cost of the course:  $2,499.  You can have 1-2 bids, and if you win both tests I will take the LESSER of your two bids!  Deadline:  Good luck! 



1.  Find YOUR HEALTH BEAT!  Our new pre-health advising center at UCSD (located in the Career Center) features the brand-new Co-Curricular Transcript that will allow you to become certified as Pre-Med/Pre-Health as part of your UCSD transcript when you graduate! Check out the details here:


There are 4 ways to get advising from Health Beat! 

*By Email:  Write to with your QUICK questions and an advisor will respond ASAP.

*Peer Advising with the Health Career Peer Educators:  Walk in to the Career Center M-F from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm to meet one-on-one with one of our trained CPEPers—Kayla, Stacy, Anahi or Desiree.  An excellent way to get your basic questions answered, and to connect with a knowledgeable peer. 

*Walk-in Advising:  15 minute, one-on-one visits with one of our Health Beat team of pre-health advisors.  ***Schedule will be updated each week—check here for the latest dates/times***

Jered:               Monday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Jessica:            Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  (gone this Thursday and Friday)

Adele:              Tuesday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, (gone this Thursday & Friday)

*30 minute individual appointments:  Sign in to Port Triton to check for availability.  Appointments can only be scheduled 3 days in advance.  These appointments are generally reserved for Juniors and Seniors, as well as students who are in the application process.

*Specialization:  All three Health Beat Team advisors are excellent resources for MD & DO advising.  Jessica also specializes in Physician Assistant & Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy and Pharmacy.  Jered also specializes in Dentistry, Optometry & Veterinary Medicine.  Adele has been doing all of these for so long, she will continue to advise for them all—and can also help with other, lesser known fields as well.    


3.  Health Exploration Month is almost over!  Don’t miss this last chance to come to "Find Your Health Beat! Exploring the Health Professions"—a terrific, interactive workshop using an exciting new (short) online test and other tools—offered by our own Jessica Kongthong and Jered Lish.  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) 

Location: Horizon Room at the Career Center 
Tuesday, October 25, 2:00

4.  GET LEADERSHIP CREDIT FOR YOUR CCR BY BEING A MENTOR IN THE PEER 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 also 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 will 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!  

***New for this year—like-minded peer mentorship pairs will be gathered into “families”—to increase your influence and your mentee’s connections with other students*** Our first commencement event will be on November 8th at 7 PM in PC West Ballroom B.  Be sure to RSVP to the event before November 1st using the following link:


5.  GET FREE TUTORING!  Our HMP3/HOPE Project Success tutoring sessions continue, with MORE TUTORS, MORE CLASSES COVERED and MORE LOCATIONS!  

PROJECT SUCCESS FREE TUTORING!  Just show up for help—conquer your midterms!



Room 2071: Geisel 2nd Floor East

10:00 - 11:00      BIPN 100; BIBC 102; CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C

RAZA Resource Centro

1:00 - 2:00          Chem 6A, 6B, and 6C; Chem 7L; BILD 1; BICD 100

1:00 - 2:00          BIPN 100; BIPN 105; BIPN 140; BIMM 100; Chem 140A, 140B, 140C; Chem 140L; CSE 18; MAE 3


Room 2 - Presentation Practice Room Geisel 2nd Room

10:00 - 11:00      BIPN 100; BIBC 102; CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C

Room 620: Geisel 6th Floor

2:00 - 3:00          BIMM 100; BIMM 101; BIBC 102; BIBC 103

2:00 - 4:00          CHEM 6A, 6B, 6C; CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C; PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C; PHYS 1A, 1B, 1C

4:00 - 5:00          CHEM 6A; BIBC 102; CHEM 140C; BILD 1, 2

5:00 - 6:00          BILD 1, 2, 3, 4; BICD 100; CHEM 6AH, 6B; CHEM 140A; PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C; MATH 20A, 20B, 20C


Room 2072: Geisel 2nd Floor East

11:00 - 1:00          CHEM 140A, 140B

RAZA Resource Centro 

3:30 - 4:30           BIPN 100; BICD 110; BIMM 100; BICD 136


Room 1040: Geisel 1st Floor

10:00 - 11:00          BIPN 100; BIBC 102; CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C

11:00 - 12:00          CHEM 7L; CHEM 140A, 140B, 140C; BIMM 116


6.  THE HMP3 REVIEW COURSE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION IS CLOSING MONDAY, OCT. 24!  Kaplan and the Princeton Review offer 50% scholarships for their test prep courses to HMP3 members.  Courses include:  MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT & GRE.  The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 24 at 4:30 pm.  Awards will be based primarily on need, hardship, first generation status, with some consideration given to GPA.  Good luck!



7.  FIRST YEAR OUT ALUMNI ALERT!  ARE YOU IN MEDICAL SCHOOL?  ARE YOU A “NEW AMERICAN”?  The Soros fellowship application is due November 1.  You can get $90,000 to help pay for your medical degree!  ALSO FOR “NEW AMERICANS” WHO WILL BEGIN MEDICAL SCHOOL IN 2017!




Mon. Oct. 24  Pre-Pharmacy Networking Night with Pharmacy Students, 6:30PM (Check-in starts at 6:15pm) at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy Building Basement (Ed Center Room 2).  Cost: $10  Dress Code: None but business casual preferred.  Please see 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!

Mon. Oct. 24  Flying Samaritans GBM #2, 7:00 pm in the Red Shoe Room in SunGod Lounge in PC.  The Flying Sams at UCSD coordinate a clinic in Ensenada, Mexico. On a monthly basis we take physicians and medical professionals to see patients in a DIF-sponsored clinic. Students are responsible for all the logistics, soliciting donations, recruiting doctors, fundraising, transportation, and translation.  *This is a clinic point opportunity you don't want to miss!

Mon. Oct. 24 UCSD Insight Pre-Optometry Club, 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Bear Room.
Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) is one of the three optometry schools in California. Located in Fullerton, the campus also has an interprofessional program with the physician assistants and pharmacists, where students will be able to work with other health care professionals to deliver quality patient care.
 SCCO's representative Jane Ann Munroe will be speaking about the admissions process! Come out to learn about what is needed to be a competitive applicant and have your questions answered!
RSVP on FB here:

Tues. Oct. 25  Tough Cases:  California’s End of Life Option Act: What does it mean for UCSD healthcare professionals?  12:00-1:00 pm at Hillcrest Medical Center, 11-309, Inpatient Hospital Tower.  (You can catch the Hillcrest Shuttle to get there!)

Linda Newsum, LCSW and a UCSD Aid in Dying Patient Care Coordinator, will discuss UCSD’s policy on implementing the CA law and the kinds of cases we’re seeing (Patient identifying information removed). Open to the UCSD community and interested others.  ***The Tough Cases ethics discussion series provides an opportunity for physicians, nurses, social workers, other clinical staff, and students anticipating a career in medicine to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethical issues.

Wed. Oct. 26  National Competitive Scholarships Workshop,  3:00-5:00 in the Student Center B Large Conference Room, 2nd floor. *** Soros scholarship application due Nov. 1--$90,000 to pay for medical school or other professional school!*** Come learn about other prestigious scholarships, and how you can get one.  Examples:  Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, Marshall, Mitchell and more!  Go to to see all of the available scholarships.  


Thurs. Oct 27 Pre-Dental Society presents:  Educational Lecture Series with Dr. Sussi, Dr. Dove, and Dr. Tang & General Body Meeting (GBM).  TopicsJoin our dentists to go over topics in dentistry as well as our general body meeting.  Where/When: TBA



Thurs. Oct. 27 UCSD Insight Pre-Optometry Club, 8:00pm - 9:00pm at Red Shoe Room
We will be going over class planning for students needing advice about what courses at UCSD to take to fulfill requirements or even which professors to choose. It is our hope that we make your journey to optometry school as smooth as possible! Currently, we have many officers either in the application process or already accepted into optometry school! This will also be your chance to ask us any questions you have about the process or experience. Come out if you're also unsure about what health profession to go into as we will be providing a lot of information about optometry. You will also have the opportunity to hang out with other members and pick their thoughts!
RSVP on FB here:




1.  Need to take the MCAT this year? Dreading the idea of spending so much money on an MCAT course?  Flying Samaritans is hosting an Princeton Review MCAT Ultimate voucher auction for one discounted MCAT Ultimate 123-hour course voucherThe voucher that you'll receive if you are the top highest bidder will be valid until June 2017! More info about the course can be found here: http ://www . princetonreview . com/medical/mcat-ultimate-course#!inperson

Remember the bidding ends on Monday, October 31st at 11:59 PM.

In order for your bid to be considered, you are required to submit a $100 deposit to @FlyingSams account on Venmo. If you are not chosen as the winner, your $100 will be reimbursed to you.

Starting value for the bid is $1499. The value for the course is $2499.

Here is the link to sign-up!

Note: Your highest bid would be your official bid, no exceptions. If chosen as the winner, you are required to pay your bid amount. All bids submitted are looked upon as final sales. Good luck!"


2.  FIRST YEAR OUT ALUMNI ALERT!  ARE YOU IN MEDICAL SCHOOL?  ARE YOU A “NEW AMERICAN”?  The Soros fellowship application is due November 1.  You can get $90,000 to help pay for your medical degree!  THIS IS ALSO FOR “NEW AMERICANS” WHO WILL BEGIN MEDICAL SCHOOL IN 2017! 



3.  The Global Health Program, Students for Global Health and Global Forum invite you to join us for Fall Quarterly Conversations in Global Health on November 2nd at 3pm at the Great Hall, UC San Diego.   This is an opportunity to gather with the global health community and hear from an expert panel on the topic of health inequalities from the perspective of gender. Meet with community and student organizations doing work in the field and network with like-minded students and faculty. 

Confirmed panelists include:
Dr. Jennifer A. Wagman, Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine and an active faculty member with UCSD’s Center on Gender Equity and Health. She also serves as the Deputy Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment
Nora Vargas, Vice President of Community Engagement, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
Kenyatta Parker, HIV Planning Group Support Staff, HIV, STD & Hepatitis Branch, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

RSVP  Directions to Great Hall:  Additional event information



1.  Health Guardians America - Medical Nonprofit 

Health Guardians America is a 501(c)(3) health nonprofit organization leading a nationwide health campaign for the public health issue of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.  Founded by medical students and residents, the organization is currently recruiting premedical students interested in primary prevention and preventive medicine efforts against obesity-driven diseases. More information can be found on the website ( For consideration please send a resume to byFriday, October 28th, 2016.


2.  Upcoming Service Events with HMP3

Roger's Community Garden
Sunday, 11/06 from 10:00-12:00
Location: Roger's Garden in Revelle by Che Cafe
Try out your green thumb and help out at the garden right on campus!

Holiday Card Making Service Event
Saturday, 11/12
2-3:30 pm
Location: TBA
Write and decorate cards for the elderly staying in senior homes during the holidays. Supplies will be provided!

***If you're interested in volunteering with HMP3 in the events listed, sign up at



1.  Do research for credit!  New transfer students and all juniors and seniors:  the Faculty Mentor Program is accepting applications now!  Deadline:  Nov. 18.

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.  The Skeletal Translational Research Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSD is looking for 3-4 determined undergraduate student researchers to join the lab. 1st and 2nd year students are preferred. Must be able to commit 1+ years in the lab. Students with backgrounds/majors in biology, bioengineering, and computer science are welcome. Students should also be comfortable working with animals in research. If you are interested, please send resumes to


3.  Clinical research volunteer position available!  APPLY NOW! 


PI: Shauna Yuan, MD

Location: Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (in the UCSD Medical Center, near Thornton Hospital)



3.5 GPA or higher

Must be able to work 12 hours/week

Commitment of at least 1 year


We are looking for a student volunteer to assist with clinical trials investigating possible new therapies for Alzheimer's disease. You will be exposed to the clinical aspects of Alzheimer's disease, learn about how clinical trials are run, and get to interact with patients.


If you have any questions about the position, please email Kelsey Baron at


4.  The San Diego State University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program is now recruiting undergraduate and Master's level students from all campuses for our summer 2017 research training sites. The research experience is paid, and the application deadline is December 16th. For more information, please visit our website at  Flyer:



Who: Psychiatrist, Dr. Jeanne Maglione M.D., PhD, is looking for a suitable person for the following position.
Position Title: Clinical Research Coordinator

Position Compensation: Paid part-time (~15 hours/week)
Research Description: Investigating the effects of daily light therapy on depressive symptoms in cardiac patients (The Light-Heart Study)


  • Able to stay 1-2 years in position.

  • Work 15hrs/week.

  • Preference given to premeds in their gap years or graduating seniors.

2.  Health Career Connection (HCC) is excited to announce the opening of our application for the 2017 Summer Internship Program! HCC paid summer internships are available for college students and recent graduates.

If you are interested in a career in the health field this is an excellent opportunity for you to 
gain experience and mentorship in public health, health administration/management, health policy/advocacy, and community health. 

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

The application period is open now and closes on December 7, 2016All majors are welcome as long as you have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in health. Students from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply! Visit the Health Career Connection website for more information. The online application can be found at:

Don’t delay—start your application early! Applications will be read as they are received. If you are a student, we look forward to receiving your application. We greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your student network. If you have any questions, or would like additional information or materials, please email us at You can also visit us a


1.  For any students interested in studying international health, community development and sustainability, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, India is offering a three-week practicum course from mid-June to early July, 2017. Since 1970, CRHP has catalyzed health and development programs through direct investment in local communities, leading to dramatic improvements in the health and empowerment of marginalized communities. Having trained more than 2,700 people from over 100 countries, and more than 28,000 domestic health workers within India, CRHP has rooted its community-based primary health care model across the world. Through this summer practicum, students will have the opportunity to gain experience in health, community development and sustainability through site visits, program observation, and seminars.  For more information on the summer course, please advise interested students to visit our webpage at or send an email



1.  Are you currently a pre-med? Or have you changed your career path to other healthcare opportunities or another field completely? I’m currently conducting an independent study with the sociology department (SOCI-199) to investigate the attrition rates of pre-meds here are UCSD. If you’re interested for a quick interview (in person, Skype, etc) to discuss your experiences as a pre-med here at UCSD, email me at

Current and past pre-meds welcomed! I’m happy to listen to any observations, critiques, and comments you have on the pre-med experience and medical school application/admission! -----MJ Wu."



1.  MCAT Testing Dates for January to June tests just opened for registration on October 19.  For more information on registration, please visit:

Cost of MCAT:  $310, but $120 if you have the Fee Assistance Program. 



1.  Pre-Pharmacy Networking Night at UCSD!  Join us on 10/24/2016 at 6:30pm in the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy building where you can learn about applications, interview tips, pharmacy school life and career opportunities in pharmacy -- directly from current student pharmacists!  This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with current student pharmacists 1-on-1 and get an early start in building your professional network.  For those that are applying this cycle or planning to apply soon, let us guide you through the application process. We can also help you review and practice common interview questions. You are welcomed to bring us any questions and you will be able to hear multiple perspectives and obtain real answers from current pharmacy students that have recently gone through this all. 

When: Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:30PM (Check-in starts at 6:15pm)

Where: UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy Building Basement (Ed Center Room 2)

Cost: $10  Light refreshments will be served

Dress Code: None, but business casual preferred

Flyer:  Be sure to RSVP here:



1.  Interview Skills & Professional Etiquette WEBINAR
Wednesday, October 26
3:00 - 4:00pm PDT
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs


Blue Jeans link (to use on the day of the webinar):

2.  ASCO’s Virtual Admissions Fair
Wednesday, November 2
3:30 - 5:00pm PDT
23 Schools of Optometry will be taking part!  Register at:



***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.  FIRST YEAR OUT ALUMNI ALERT!  ARE YOU IN MEDICAL SCHOOL?  ARE YOU A “NEW AMERICAN”?  The Soros fellowship application is due November 1.  You can get $90,000 to help pay for your medical degree!  ALSO FOR “NEW AMERICANS” WHO WILL BEGIN MEDICAL SCHOOL IN 2017! 


2.  Are you of Asian Pacific Islander descent?  Join the Cancer Outreach Team! Our meetings are Wednesdays, 6:30 pm at the Moores Cancer Center (third floor) in Room 3106. The Cancer Outreach Team's mission is to reduce cancer morbidity and mortality among the Pan-Asian community by educating UCSD students and outreaching to the community at large. We are a group of students who are interested in raising cancer awareness, volunteering, and practicing leadership and communication in order to positively impact our community and are looking for similarly dedicated students to add to our team. We have done the research and published the data, so we know the program makes a difference and the data in the California Registry for San Diego's API women offers further support for our conclusions. Our club offers a really great opportunity for students to interact with dedicated peers, learn about preventative methods for cancer, and gain from the knowledge and experience of our advisor, Dr. Georgia Sadler, who is an invaluable resource. Furthermore, it provides students with a great chance to improve their leadership skills, as every member in our team has the chance to lead in a variety of ways. We welcome everyone, but because language is often our biggest barrier, we are hoping to hear from all you Asian Pacific Islanders out there! Email us at for more information/questions!

3.  The San Diego State University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program is now recruiting undergraduate and Master's level students from all campuses for our summer 2017 research training sites. The research experience is paid, and the application deadline is December 16th.

For more information, please visit our website at Flyer:

On behalf of Latino Medical School Association (LMSA) and Student National Medical Association, we would like to extend our invite to your organization and any members that you feel would benefit from our 15th annual pre-health conference. The conference is themed to empower students to share their story. We believe that life isn’t about numbers and grades, and circumstances beyond our control arise, however if we don't share our struggle – then we are silencing ourselves. 

We have aimed to create an event that encourages anyone with a dream for a career in medicine, to keep pursuing it. We have workshops, mock-interviews, admission committees, school/program exhibitioners, and guest speakers. 



That’s it for 5th week!  Hope midterms are going well!  If you need help though, come for FREE TUTORING!  Yours~ Adele

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Health & Medical Professions Preparation Program 


Health Beat Location:  Career Center

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

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