HMP3 Weekly Email for Week Eight, 11.13.16

The UC San Diego School of Medicine only does 2 presentations a year for premeds—fall and spring.  We have the Dean of Admissions coming THIS WEEK, and she is going to talk about actual students who got in:  What was unique about them, what stood out?  Someone who wasn’t as strong with their GPA/MCAT, but had other strengths that got them in.  What impresses the admissions committee in letters of recommendation?  This is about to get real!  Don’t miss it!  

HMP3 & HEALTH BEAT HIGHLIGHTS:

1.  HOW TO GET INDIVIDUAL ADVISING FROM YOUR HEALTH BEAT ADVISORS: 

There are 4 ways to get advising from Health Beat! 

*By Email:  Write to healthbeat@ucsd.edu 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, Stacey, 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.  ***The Walk-in Advising Schedule will be updated in real time—find our weekly drop-in hours at http://prehealth.ucsd.edu under the “Advising” tab.***

*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. 

* Jered will be out: Weeks 8, 9 & 10 * Jessica will be out: Week 8 (Wed—Fri) & Week 9 Adele will be out: Thurs. Nov. 30 in Week 10. 

2.  PROJECT SUCCESS FREE TUTORING!  Worried about finals?  Just show up for help—ace them this time!  Open to all! 

MONDAY 

Undocumented Student Services Center: Student Services Center 5th Floor Suite 518

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

WEDNESDAY

Room 2 - Presentation Practice Room Geisel 2nd Room

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

Undocumented Student Services Center: Student Services Center 5th Floor Suite 518

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

Room 625: 6th Floor

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

THURSDAY

Undocumented Student Services Center: Student Services Center 5th Floor Suite 518

11:00 - 1:00          CHEM 140A, 140B

RAZA Resource Centro 

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

FRIDAY

Undocumented Student Services Center: Student Services Center 5th Floor Suite 518

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

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

 

3.  Wed. Nov. 16  UCSD School of Medicine Info Session with the Dean of Admissions, Dr. Carolyn Kelly, 5:30-6:30pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  The School of Medicine offers this session only twice a year—once in the fall and again in the spring.  Come learn what it takes to get into our own great medical school—you might be surprised!  ***approved for CCR***

Dr. Kelly is going to talk about ACTUAL STUDENTS WHO GOT IN:  What was unique about them, what stood out?  Someone who wasn’t as strong with their GPA/MCAT, but had other strengths that got them in.  What impresses the admissions committee in letters of recommendation?  You won’t want to miss this!    

4.  HEALTH PROFESSIONS MENTOR PROGRAM: Are you interested in gaining advising and shadowing opportunities with practicing health professionals?  The Health Professions Mentor Program is an amazing program where UCSD sophomores, juniors, seniors, transfer students and alumni can choose health professionals from various specialties to mentor them and possibly get shadowing opportunities as well!  HPMP is currently accepting mentee applications!  Apply now to find an invaluable resource in a mentor working in healthcare.  All mentees will have one-on-one interactions with their mentors which will provide an incredible opportunity to explore the many health professions.  We currently have mentors available in various fields, such as dermatology, plastic surgery, military pharmacy, radiology, and more! Mentors will get picked quickly, so please apply at hpmp.ucsd.edu!  Note:  We will continue to recruit new mentors year round—so keep your eye on the HPMP website Mentor List! 

5.  Have there been a lot of people coughing and sneezing behind you in lecture recently? Want to stock up on some Vitamin C?? Well we have good news for you…

HMP3 is now selling Jamba Juice BOGO (Buy 1 get 1 free) cards for $10! You can buy 1, get 1 FREE Jamba with this card up to SIX times! That’s 6 times the amount of vitamin C than normal…ace those midterms and finals while feeling great!

PREORDER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/TptL8Mpq19X5Zhr13

6.  Guess how many bids I have received so far for the HMP3 Auction?  STILL JUST THREE!  At this point your odds of winning are phenomenal!  I have 2 Princeton Review courses to auction off!  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 make 1-2 bids, and if you win both tests I will take the LESSER of your two bids!  Deadline:  Thursday, Nov. 17 at midnight.  Good luck! 

 

CALENDAR

Mon. Nov. 14  Flying Samaritans GBM 3: Mock Clinic, 7:00 pm in the Red Shoe Room (Price Center West).  Whether you are a new Flying Sam and want to get an idea of how clinic flow works, or a veteran member looking to brush up your vitals-taking skills - this GBM will be perfect for you! We will be running through a simulation of how clinic works in Ensenada, from taking patient histories to practicing vitals and working in the pharmacy. We will also be discussing cultural awareness and professionalism in the clinic.

Don’t miss out - this is a clinic point opportunity! (for Flying Sams)

Mon. Nov. 14  OATH (Outreach Advancement Towards Hope) TapEx Social: 7 PM.

Come stop by our Tapex Social and talk to the officers to learn more about volunteer opportunities to serve the underserved population in downtown San Diego! Members of OATH get to work with patients first hand alongside City of Refuge, a Christian community that donates up to three tons of free groceries a month to the poor, by doing activities such as taking the blood pressure of patients bimonthly. Moreover, members receive excellent mentorship from physicians while serving, allowing them to get a perspective of what providing care will look like as medical professionals. Please RSVP with this link.

 

https://docs.google.com/a/ucsd.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpFGjL6k-RN_yqAmjdWVN3kcVAoY4CnBtPEOahHwhrHZ5syA/viewform.

 

 

 

Wed. Nov. 16  UCSD School of Medicine Info Session with the Dean of Admissions, Dr. Carolyn Kelly, 5:30-6:30pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  The School of Medicine offers this session only twice a year—once in the fall and again in the spring.  Come learn what it takes to get into our own great medical school—you might be surprised!  ***approved for CCR***

Dr. Kelly is going to talk about ACTUAL STUDENTS WHO GOT IN:  What was unique about them, what stood out?  Someone who wasn’t as strong with their GPA/MCAT, but had other strengths that got them in.  What impresses the admissions committee in letters of recommendation?  You won’t want to miss this!    

 

Wed. Nov. 16  MEDLIFE presents:  Cultural Sensitivity and Volunteering Abroad, 8:00 pm in Earl Warren College Room (Price Center).  In light of the recent election results, many people of various cultures have expressed fear and anxiety, but we as UCSD students must strive to empower and embrace diversity around us while also humbling ourselves by acknowledging our global inexperience. Cultural sensitivity abroad is essential in preserving and respecting a community’s culture, so join MEDLIFE as we explore this topic and educate ourselves to further welcome another person’s point of view.

 

Thurs. Nov. 17  Join CCM (Chicanos & Latinos for Community Medicine) for GBM #4, 5:00-6:00 pm in the Bear Room/Price Center. We will be having guest speaker:  Dr. Lindia Willies-Jacobo from UCSD School of Medicine PRIME will come talk to us about the admissions process and tips about applying to med school for students who are URiM (Under-Represented in Medicine).

 

Thurs. Nov. 17  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Steven Friederichsen, DDS, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences.  Details: Dr. Friederichsen, Dean of Western U, will speak about his journey in dentistry as well as Western University. He will also tour our newest clinic at Veterans Village of San Diego. Join us afterwards at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery to meet with Dr. Friederichsen one-on-one.  Where/When: TBA

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

Mon. Nov. 28 – Wed. Nov. 30  CCM (Chicanos and Latinos for Community Medicine) will be having a Toy Drive on Library Walk Block 1984,  from 10:00am - 2:00PM. Please come donate what you can and bring a smile to a child this season!

 

Tues. Nov. 29  HMP3 SEARCH presents:  Come learn about how Teach For America can lead you down your pathway to medicine! 5:00-6:00 pm in the Green Table Room/Price Center West.  Learn how alumni have used their experiences in the classroom to fuel their motivations, what medical schools we are partnered with, and how you can launch your career in impact after graduation!  Note from Adele:  Turns out that lots of students who do TFA get into med school at high rates!  I have seen this with UCSD students, but it is also very popular at Yale and Harvard, too—for that reason.

Wed. Nov. 30 from 4:00-7:00 pm:   The Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) invites you to an informational webinar! Call in from anywhere, and learn about our medical school, our diverse campus, admissions information, and why you should be excited to apply! You will have the opportunity to learn from and speak with our admissions officer, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, and a real medical student at GUSOM! We will be available to answer any questions you may have about our Medical School, so make sure to signup for the 45 minute webinar. We will email you instructions on how to call in prior to the webinar date. Get excited and #spreadGUSOMlove! Find out more about us here.

 

 

Thurs. Dec. 1  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Ashley Goodman, DDS, DABFD, DABHD.  Details:  Dr. Ashley Goodman will speak on using hypnosis in dentistry instead of anesthesia and rapid induction. Because this meeting falls right before finals, he will focus on induction techniques and provide a live demonstration to help the audience improve concentration and focus for their finals. Where/When: TBA.  ***Contact one of these fine PDS leaders for more details:  Matt Konop matt.konop@ucsdpds.org  Sandy Wang - sandyk.wang@gmail.com ; Charlotte Chiu - charlotte.chiu@ucsdpds.org  Greg Marchese - gregory.marchese@ucsdpds.org  Jonathan Wong – jonathan.wong@ucsdpds.org

 

 

Sat. Dec 3  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Annual PDS Holiday & End of Quarter Party sponsored by Dr. Kevin Kenny; location TBD

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  Did you know that every registered student at UCSD is entitled to a FREE VOUCHER (worth $500) EACH QUARTER to take a class from University Extension?  You could use your voucher for MCAT prep, for human anatomy, or for any other class that interests you!  Registration for Winter Quarter is now open, and vouchers are available from Nov. 14 – 18 (until they run out).  Here are the details:  http://extension.ucsd.edu/about/index.cfm?vAction=grant.  Here are the winter course offerings:  http://extension.ucsd.edu/.

Note from Adele:  I was at a wedding over the summer for a former HMP3 Student Board president.  There were 2 other UCSD alumni there who were all in different medical schools.  All 3 of them insisted that I tell you how important it is to take Human Anatomy BEFORE medical school!  Is it required? NO!  But they told me that almost everyone in their class had taken it as an undergrad and they felt woefully unprepared and behind their classmates—two of them even said they were afraid they might fail the class!  You can take Human Anatomy at community college or through UCSD Extension with your voucher—but try to take it!  You won’t be sorry. 

 

2.  MedICamp and Princeton Review's MCAT Course Auction: on-going until November 19th! MedICamp at UCSD is partnering with Princeton Review to auction off a scholarship for a San Diego MCAT course!  If you are the highest bidder, your discounted MCAT course voucher (worth $2500) is valid for Princeton Review's 123 hour MCAT Ultimate in-person or LiveOnline courses!  The offer expires on November 19th, 2017, one year from when you are awarded the voucher.

All proceeds will be used to fund healthcare services for underserved communities in India!  More info about MedICamp can be found at our website here where we will be posting updates on the auction and current bid prices: http://medicamp.wixsite.com/medicampindia.  Bidding starts at $1500 and entries will be accepted until November 19th, 2016. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at ucsdmedicamp@gmail.com.

3.  Stressed out about the election results? Finals? Life?  Check this out:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/09/well/mind/breathe-exhale-repeat-the-benefits-of-controlled-breathing.html?emc=eta1&_r=0.

4.  Killer Personal Statements ONLINE CLASS (Nov. 15 6:00-7:00PM)  Learn the wisdom gleaned from years of reading personal statements (both good and terrible) for medical school. At this seminar, you will start your personal statement for medical school with Passport’s expert guidance. Specifically, we will cover: how to convey “why medicine” without being cliche, how to figure out what makes you unique and what stories you should tell in your essay, excellent (and terrible) ways to start your essay, and effective structure for your essay. 
 Presenter: 
Passport Admissions, Rob Humbracht * Limited Seats * Price: $20 / First Class FREERSVP at http://ow.ly/jY8B305uDnV

5.  Next Step has an upcoming webinar focusing on the med school admissions process. They also have some public office hours sessions scheduled, focusing on content review and how to review your diagnostic exam. 

5 WAYS TO MAKE MED SCHOOLS LOVE YOU, ON NOV. 15

 Registration is always free. Students can sign up for any of their scheduled webinars by clicking the link below. They also provide a recording of each event to anyone that registers regardless of attendance.  http://nextsteptestprep.com/premed-webinars/.  Questions:  mcat@nextsteptestprep.com.

 

EXCITING NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

1.  There is a fantastic new student org on campus.  We at HMP3 are so impressed with them that we will be co-sponsoring their activities!  The name of this student organization is Homeless HEAL: Homeless Health and Empowerment Across Learning. They are looking for STUDENT EDUCATORS.  Their first education event was attended by more than 100 homeless people, who expressed much gratitude for what they learned from the class!  Here are the details: 

 

Homeless HEAL is a nonprofit student organization started by UCSD premedical students. Our mission is to empower the homeless community with the knowledge to make better health decisions and improve their health outcomes. We are seeking volunteer student educators who believe in the power of knowledge and science to improve health-based decision-making by informing individuals of the consequences that their actions have, from a scientific point of view. If you believe in our mission and would like to make a difference in the lives of people from this community, we encourage you to apply. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

 

https://www.homelessheal.org/applications/instructor-application/

 

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

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.  Apply here:  https://fmpucsd.wordpress.com/.

2.  Cutting Edge Paid Research at National Institutes of Health!  National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s largest medical research agency, with institutes ranging from Oncology to Mental Health. NIH offers paid training opportunities for undergraduates, recent graduates and graduate students. The first 30 minutes will be a talk about the what, when and where and why research is awesome at NIH. The last 30 minutes will be used as workshop for resumes, applications and for open discussion on biomedical career pathways after UCSD.

The presentation will cover:

1.     Why work at NIH? Research at institutes vs research in academia

2.     What paid research opportunities are available at every level of education, from college freshmen to graduating seniors

3.     How to search government grant data bases to find the right research fit for your interests

4.     When to apply to paid research programs and how to tailor your application to land your top choice

About the speaker:

Sara Kimmich graduated from UC San Diego in 2015 with a degree in Cognitive Science. She moved to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland for a post-baccalaureate research year while applying to graduate programs, and is now a PhD student in the Joint Graduate Program in Neuroscience from National Institutes of Mental Health and University College London for her research on changing human brain network dynamics in real time. 

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time4 - 5 pm—FULL!  Newly added session from 3 - 4 pm! 
LocationOriginal Student Center Building “B” – Large Conference Room on the 2nd floor (across from the Art of Espresso/Mandeville Coffee Cart)

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by filling out the following online form.  https://cur-secure.ucsd.edu/camp/view.php?id=49738

 

PAID JOB OPPORTUNITY

1.  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 developmentInterns 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: www.app.smarterselect.com/programs/34344-Health-Career-Connection

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 info@healthcareers.org. You can also visit us a www.healthcareers.org

 

RESEARCH SUBJECTS STILL NEEDED!

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 miw061@ucsd.edu.

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."  

 

 

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.  Join CCM on Thursday, November 17th - GBM #4 @Bear Room 5:00 - 6:00PM we will be having guest speaker Dr. Lindia Willies-Jacobo from UCSD School of Medicine’s PRIME program come talk to us about the admissions process and tips about applying to med school for students who are URiM (Under-Represented in Medicine).   

2.  Also, beginning Monday, Nov. 28th, Tuesday 29th &Wednesday 30th, CCM will be having a Toy Drive on Library Walk Block 1984 from 10:00am - 2:00PM. Please come donate what you can and bring a smile to a child this season!

 

3.  School of Medicine Advising Corner, featuring Maribel Patino, 1st year medical student:  “Check out the NIH PREP program—a fully funded fellowship targeted for underrepresented students interested in biomedical research. Although it is focused on research most programs accept a number of MD/PhD bound students every year. 

It is AMAZING! Not only do students do full time research for a year or two (which is fully funded), they are also paired with advisors that help with the application process, receive extra funding to attend research conferences, and so much more.

The type of advisors range from campus to campus but as an example at Penn students are under the guidance of the MD PhD program director himself so they gain super valuable insight.  I provided a link to the main site and from there students can see a US map of states/schools that offer the program.

https://www.nigms.nih.gov/training/PREP/Pages/default.aspx

 

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 www.mhirt.com. Flyer:  http://aepapps.ucsd.edu/hmp3/files/MHIRTFlyer2016_final.pdf.

 

That’s it for 8th week!  Next week will be the LAST HMP3 WEEKLY EMAIL of 2016!  I can’t believe how quickly this quarter has gone!  Yours always~ Adele