HMP3 Weekly Email for Week Eight, 2.25.17

Only a couple of more weeks of programs and activities before buckling down to study for finals.  Let’s make the most of it! 





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, 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 is continually updated in real time—find our weekly drop-in hours at 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, and 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.   

2.  Project Success FREE TUTORING continues in WEEK 8!   Get prepped for finals!

LOCATION: Undocumented Student Services Center (Student Services Suite 518) Monday


11:00 AM          CHEM6A-C, CHEM7L, CHEM140A-C, CHEM143A, BILD1-3, BICD 100

12:00 PM          CHEM6 A-C, 140A; BILD 1; BICD 100; BIPN 140, BIBC 102, CHEM 114B

1:00 PM            BIPN 100, CHEM 140A



10:00 AM          CHEM 140A, BIDC 100

1:00 PM            BILD 1-4, Psych 7&104



10:00 AM          Chem 6A-C, BICD 100

2:00 PM            BILD 3, CHEM 6A, CHEM 6C



12:00 PM          BILD 1-2, Math 10A-C, Chem 6B

3:00 PM            Writing Program



11:00 AM          Chem 6A-C, BILD 1

12:00 PM          BIBC 102, Chem 114B; BILD 1, BICD 100, BICD 110, BIBC 100, BIMM

124, BIPN 100, Reading Primary Scientific Literature


LOCATION: Raza Resource Centro



5:00 PM            CHEM 6A, BICD110, BICD136, BIMM100




Sun. Feb. 26  A new student org that works to help new refugees is having a play day for refugee children on Sunday!  The org is “No Lost Generation”. for the details, so you can go and make a difference in the lives of these refugees in a way that will make them feel welcome and safe!  Can’t make it, but still want to get involved?  Facebook:  nlgucsd * Email:  NLG is an organization supported by the U.S. Department of State that focuses on advocating education and child protection for youth refugees around the world.  This student initiative is spreading across universities and hopes to promote students to participate in this humanitarian effort. 

Mon. Feb. 27 Matters of the Heart (Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Night) — 8:00-10:00 pm in PC East Ballroom. Want to learn about congenital heart disease? Want to have a night filled with great entertainment? Do you want both?! M.E.M.O. at UCSD is holding their first annual, congenital heart disease awareness night called Matters of the Heart! This night will be filled with raffles, entertainment, and insightful information about how congenital heart diseases affect many underprivileged communities all over the world. We are honored to have Dr. Casey Culbertson come speak about his experience with treating patients from Vietnam. We will also be featuring the talented Asayake Taiko and upcoming YouTube artists, the jrodtwins! This event is free for all UCSD students so please come stop by!

Facebook event link:


Tues. Feb. 28  U of Michigan School of Medicine is visiting UCSD!  12:00-1:00 pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  The Admissions Director, Carol Teener, will tell you how to be a successful applicant to this TOP SCHOOL! of Michigan SOM.pdf


Tues. Feb. 28  TOUGH CASES Ethics Discussion:  When Parents Say No--Refusals of Recommended Medical Treatment, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Hillcrest Medical Center, Inpatient Tower, 11-309.   Case: a 3 year old child sustains a fall while climbing in the playground. After fifteen minutes of crying, the child appears fine. The next day, however, he complains of his head hurting. He is vomiting and continues to do so when his parents bring him to the Emergency Department. After examination, the ED physician recommends a CT scan to rule out the possibility of intracranial bleeding. The parents refuse on the belief that previous x-rays gave their older son learning problems. (DS Diekema, 2011)

Once monthly, TOUGH CASES provides an opportunity for physicians, nurses, social workers, other clinical staff, and students anticipating a career in medicine or science to increase awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethical issues.  Participants may bring lunch.  ***Free shuttle leaves the corner of Gilman and Mandeville Lane at 11:20 am to make it in plenty of time! 


Tues. Feb. 28  UCSD Mind Body Nutrition (MBN) GBM:  Health Talk with Dr. Nigel Crawford, 6:00-7:00 pm in the Women’s Center. Want to learn more about our club as well as opportunities and organizations? Come out to our second general body meeting of the quarter!  Join us in discussing nutrition, obesity, and their effects on society with a special guest speaker, Dr. Crawford. Snacks will be provided!



Wed. March 1  American Medical Student Association(AMSA) GBM #4 at 8:00 pm in  Center Hall 105. Have free pizza and prizes and learn about our organization and upcoming events. Our guest speaker, Gary Buckholz, is a certified MD who is a family medicine doctor and specializes in hospice and palliative medicine. He has been in practice for more than 10 years.

Come out and learn more about his specialty! Membership is $20/year which gives you access to all of our events as well as this year’s t-shirt.

Please join our Facebook group: and follow us on Instagram:@ucsdamsa for the latest updates!  Contact Maritza J for any questions.



Wed. March 1  Pre-SOMA (Pre-Student Osteopathic Medical Association) is having GBM #2!

8:00-9:00 pm in Center Hall room #205.  If you have heard of Osteopathic Medicine (or not) and want to learn about it, this is a great chance! We will be talking about Osteopathic Medicine in general and provide background information on DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) and DO schools. We will also talk about the differences between MD and DO and debunk some myths. Regardless of whether you are exploring different health professions or determined to become a DO, this GBM will help you be more prepared and competitive as we will share "top things to do as an aspiring DO/pre-health student" and some community service projects that is on our calendar! Everyone is welcome, so please come, and we are also looking for leaders for next year.



Wed. March 1  SACNAS is having a growth mindset workshop presented by Professor Adam Burgasser, 8:00 pm at the Raza Resource Centro. If you would be interested in attending please fill out the following form:



Thurs. March 2  free webinar on “How to Write a Successful Med School Personal Statement at 4:30 pm.  The webinar will be presented by an advisor from Stanford University and a former Admissions Officer from Harvard Medical School.  Use this registration link to sign up!

Thurs. March 2  Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine Formal GBM #4, 6:00-7:00 pm @ Student Services Center Room #260.  Are you interested in nursing? CCM will have guest speaker Michael Gates who is the Interim Associate Director of SDSU's School of Nursing. He will go into detail about Nursing school, the prerequisites, and a day in the life of a Nurse. Don't miss out!! 

Thurs. March 2  PUSH GBM 3: Eat & Greet Mixer with Healthcare Professionals!  6:30-8pm in the CCC Art Space (Price Center).  PUSH (Pilipin@ Undergraduate Society For Health) has invited several healthcare professionals for y'all to eat with, greet, and learn from! Please come with questions and a open mind to learn more about your future careers in healthcare! Free food will be provided! For more info please check out the Facebook event!


Thurs. March 2  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Speaker & General Body Meeting, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Rooms 2 & 3, 6:30pm





Wed. March 8  HMP3 SEARCH Certification Career Panel! 4:00 pm in the Red Shoe Room, PC West.  Do you want to gain hands-on experience interacting with patients? Come to our Certification Career Panel! There you will be able to talk to a medical assistant, EMT, medical scribe, and surgical technician about their experiences finding their positions and working alongside professionals.


Wed. March 8  MED Talks: Dessert Social, 5:00-6:00 pm in the Career Center Horizon Room.  Have you heard of TED Talks? Well HMP3 has its own version, called MED Talks! Join us for a round-table discussion on mental health at our MED Talks Dessert Social. Are you struggling to manage your stress? Do you find yourself feeling burned out or overwhelmed by the competitiveness of your peers? Come listen to what professionals from the Counseling and Psychological Services Department have to say when it comes to building healthy relationships, reducing depression/anxiety, preventing burnout, and managing stress on your journey to medical school. There will be gourmet cake pops, brownies, chocolate dipped fruit, and plenty more delicious treats!


Thurs. March 9  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Speaker & General Body Meeting, UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, PSB Rooms 2 & 3, 6:30pm


Fri. March 10  HMP3/HOPE presents:  How to Use Your Disadvantage to Your Advantage—Q&A panel (details to come)


Sat. March 18  2017 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event in Long Beach, CA—for individuals interested in dentistry to meet admissions officers from over 45 U.S. dental schools and attend presentations that will help you become successful applicants. This dynamic, interactive event is geared toward high school, community college and four-year college students, as well as others interested in dentistry.

Sat. April 8  AMSA’s 8th Annual Health Fair is a free event that is open to the public.  Its purpose is to educate low-income families in San Diego about health-related issues and practices while providing free, non-invasive medical services. See the ANNOUNCEMENTS section below for details on how you can help. 




1.  APAMSA MCAT Prep Auction!  Do you want to save $$$$$ for a Princeton Review MCAT course? Then come bid in our MCAT auction! The course is priced originally at $2499. With our starting bid at $1500, you will already be saving roughly $1000. That's pretty much enough money for food to last you for half a year. SO COME PLACE YOUR BID NOW.  Please read the event description carefully before submitting a bid.



2.  Did you know that UCSD Extension offers a limited number of student grant vouchers to fulltime UC San Diego students each quarter? Each voucher is good for up to $500 off of one Extension course, and you are responsible for paying anything over the voucher amount at the time of enrollment.


Undergraduate students: you can pick up your voucher in the La Jolla Extension Student Services office during the weeks specified below. Vouchers are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. You must come in person and show your UC San Diego student identification card to receive a voucher. If you are graduating in the spring, you are not eligible for a summer voucher.

Go early (before 8:00 am on Monday) and get in line!  Here is a link to the course catalog to see what you might want to take:  MCAT prep? Human anatomy? Medical terminology?


2.  The schedule has just been announced for the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 22-23, 2017.

With more than 2,000 participants and 300 presentations and panels, the Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest and leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting.  Register by February 28 for a highly reduced registration rate.

Interested students may still submit an abstract in the Social Impact Pitch category. You may also be interested in the Innovation Prize. February 28 is the final 250-word abstract submission deadline. There is a terrific GHIC experience video for you to watch and see why you will want to go to this conference!


3.  Women Organization for Research Mentoring (WORM) in STEM:  Open House, 1:00-4:00 pm on March 6 in the UCSD Women’s Center.  Are you a female in STEM looking for a mentor who is matched to your needs and personal background?  Then come to this Meet and Greet Event.  Feel free to drop by for as long as you like.  Please contact Eva-Marie Collins ( or Danielle Hagstrom ( with any questions.  Flyer:


4. THINK BIG! Dream & Vision Workshop, Tues. March 7 from 2:30-3:45 pm.  Sponsored by CASP, this workshop is being taught to help you realize your hopes and dreams!  Copy this link for details about the workshop, including location and how to RSVP: Big Dream and Vision Workshop - S. Wong - WI17.pdf 



5.  The Global Health Institute (GHI) is excited to announce a global health
related funding opportunity for students.
 The Global Health Institute
has created a travel fund (ranging from $300- $2,000/person) designed to
support degree-seeking UC San Diego students who plan to participate in
field experience programs. The funds provide critical assistance to
students, and help to increase opportunities for students to study,
undertake internships, and conduct research projects. This field
experience opportunity increases exposure to other cultures and
understanding and productively intervening in processes of health,
illness, and healing across the globe. Priority will be given to
students whose field experience travel is necessary to fulfill degree
requirements either in the US or abroad.  Applications will be reviewed
by the GHI Steering Committee.

The Student Field Experience Application (available
at ) is due March 15th, 2017, at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact: .



6.  Sat. April 8  AMSA’s 8th Annual Health Fair is a free event that is open to the public.  Its purpose is to educate low-income families in San Diego about health-related issues and practices while providing free, non-invasive medical services. It features an array of health organizations, fun activities, food and entertainment for the public of all ages to enjoy. This year we will be working with the Montgomery-Waller Park in South San Diego to create an even bigger and better event, and we hope that you will join us to make it a possibility. If you or anyone you know would love to attend the Health Fair in the Coronado area, please come join us on the day of this immensely beneficial event!"

If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email ( or contact the event coordinator Doan Nguyen (



1.  Premedical Leadership Opportunity at Health Guardians of America!  Health Guardians America is a 501(c)(3) health nonprofit organization with a health project designed to reduce risk factors for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Founded by medical students and residents at UCSF, Stanford, and Berkeley, the organization is currently recruiting premedical students interested in our preventive medicine efforts against obesity-driven diseases by joining our founding team. More information can be found on the website ( For consideration please send a resume to




1.  The Sackler School of Medicine-New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University is still accepting applications for admission for the class entering in August 2017. Applications and supplemental materials for the class will be accepted until May 10, 2017. However, we suggest that students apply as soon as possible in order for qualified applicants to be interviewed.  

 Sackler School of Medicine offers an opportunity for the highly motivated student to further his or her goal of receiving an M.D. degree.

If you have any questions or wish additional information please do not hesitate to contact us. NYC Office Phone: 212-688-8811 *  Email:




1.  The existing personal statement for veterinary medicine has been retired.  Instead, three new questions will be implemented for this cycle, each requiring 1,000 characters each.  The prompts are as follows:

a.     There are many career choices within the veterinary profession.  What are your future career goals and why?


b.    In what ways do veterinarians contribute to society and what do you hope to contribute?


c.     Considering the breadth of society we serve as veterinarians today; what attributes do you believe are essential to be successful within the veterinary profession? Of these attributes, which do you possess and how have you demonstrated these in the past?





1.  The Patient Health Improvement Initiative (MHF-PHII) is run by the Multicultural Health Foundation. Volunteers help the participants in the program navigate the health and social services systems and encourage them on their journey to good health. Duties include regularly calling patients to check on their progress and lend moral support and later visiting patients in their homes.


People interested in serving as a Community Health Advocate on a volunteer or intern basis may contact the coordinator at or phone 619-266-3664. The office is located in Lincoln Park.




1.  Five more students needed to sign up by Thursday, March 2 for the Spanish & Medicine study abroad program (early July to mid August in Viña del Mar, Chile).

***If 5 more students sign up in time, one of your Health Beat advisors will get to go, too!***
The 6 week session is specifically for the pre-health student who:

 Get Info Kit:  Spanish & Medicine (Viña del Mar, Chile - Summer 2016)


2.  Whether you're looking to complete an internship for your degree or just gain work experience while traveling, internships through ISL are great opportunities to do meaningful work while developing language skills and intercultural competency. We have a vast variety of offerings from assisting doctors in Tanzania to caring for monkeys in Nicaragua. Click below to learn more about our programs! 



Internship application:



1.  The Graying of America:  How the elder boom could impact health care.  The elderly population is projected to nearly double in a few decades.  Geriatricians discuss how health care could change in an older U.S.  Read now:



1.  American University of the Caribbean (AUC):  An exciting event is taking place next month in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 11th. For students considering medical school, this will be an excellent opportunity for you to make connections in the field as well as learn more about our MD program.  Our Connect events are like career fairs—with a large informal setup, you'll be able to sit for a presentation or browse the room to speak with representatives from AUC's key departments. This full-service experience includes comprehensive information about our admission process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life, academic programs, affiliated teaching hospitals, and residency and postgraduate outcomes. Prospective students and their families can speak with onsite admissions advisors, faculty, and local alumni to discover if AUC is a good fit.  Website:  AUC Connect-Los Angeles, March 11th   Flyer:

2. The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) has a unique focus on global health. 
MSIH is the only four-year North American-style medical school that incorporates global health coursework into all years of the medical school curriculum.  The MSIH is an English-language track at Ben-Gurion University and has been affiliated with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons since inception.  In the first two years of study at the MSIH, students complete a year-long course on Clinical and Global Medicine, take global health modules and participate in weekly global health and medicine clinic days.  In year III, students complete clinical clerkships at Soroka Medical Center, as well as participate in interactive Cross Cultural Communication workshops. Fourth-year clinical electives take place at Columbia University Medical Center, as well as other hospital locations in North America including Mt. Sinai, the University of Pennsylvania, Hofstra-LIJ and the University of Kentucky.  There is a New York based electives coordinator who supports students who seek electives at other institutions as well. Fourth-year students complete an eight-week clerkship with an underserved community at approved sites throughout the world. The 2016 U.S. residency match rate was 95%.

ADMISSIONS:  As the spring semester is well underway, some students may still be undecided about applying to medical school or they may potentially be considering a gap year.  At the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) we do accept applications through early May, so even if students are taking the MCAT in March or April, they can still apply.  The application is available on our website at,

WEBINAR:  We will be hosting an upcoming informational webinar for any students interested in learning more about the MSIH. Kindly forward this email or link to any students who may be interested.  I have included the link below to register.  Join us for a webinar on February 22nd, at 10:00 am PST webinar registration

If you would like more information about the Medical School for International Health, please contact the MSIH Admissions Office at 844-422-MSIH, visit our website at, or view the first-year medical student blog  



***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.  Wed. March 1  SACNAS is having a growth mindset workshop presented by Professor Adam Burgasser, 8:00 pm at the Raza Resource Centro. If you would be interested in attending please fill out the following form:


The info for spring and summer SACNAS registration dates is here:


2.  Thurs. March 2  Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine Formal GBM #4, 6:00-7:00 pm @ Student Services Center Room #260.  Are you interested in nursing? CCM will have guest speaker Michael Gates who is the Interim Associate Director of SDSU's School of Nursing. He will go into detail about Nursing school, the prerequisites, and a day in the life of a Nurse. Don't miss out!! 

3.  Thurs. March 2  PUSH GBM 3: Eat & Greet Mixer with Healthcare Professionals!  6:30-8pm in the CCC Art Space (Price Center).  PUSH (Pilipin@ Undergraduate Society For Health) has invited several healthcare professionals for y'all to eat with, greet, and learn from! Please come with questions and a open mind to learn more about your future careers in healthcare! Free food will be provided! For more info please check out the Facebook event!


4.  Are you a premed looking for connections with UCSD Medical School? Join UCSD MAPS, Minority Association of Premedical Students, which is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority pre-medical students. MAPS is partnered with UCSD Student National Medical Association, HMP3's HOPE, and many other national college MAPS chapters. We have exciting plans with the UCSD Medical School, i.e. medical panel, community outreach events, medical school tour, and many more! For more info and answers to questions, check out our website at, and email us at -MAPS Pres. Alex Maloof


5.  The University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium application deadline is March 15, 2017!  This postbac opportunity is for students just like YOU—UriM (Under-Represented in Medicine)!  It is held at all of the UC medical schools (except UCSD—we have our own post-bac) and it is a terrific way to improve your GPA, get MCAT prep and great experiences to help you become more competitive for medical school.  It is fantastic!  Here is the application site:


6.  The SHPEP is a 6-wk summer program that is FREE and aims to expand horizons for racially, ethnically, and/or economically/educationally disadvantaged freshman and sophomore US citizens, permanent residents, or with DACA status, and a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

Interested qualified students with interest in any of the healthcare professions – medicine/PA, nursing, pharmacy, public health and other health professions (PT, OT, etc), dental, vet med – should apply!

There are 13 schools across the U.S. that are offering SHPEP, and each will be taking at least 80 students—so there are lots of opportunities for you!  You will be asked to choose your top 3 schools.  Applications open now!  Go to the national website at  to read more and apply.  Early Application Deadline is Feb 1 and Final Application Deadline Mar 1. 


7.  UCLA Pre-medical/Pre-dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP)

UCLA PREP is a non-residential program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once there. Online application deadline is March 1st.


8.  UCLA Re-Application Program (UCLA RAP)

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a comprehensive, structured re-application program designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in gaining admission to any U.S medical school. RAP is an 11-month program that is conducted in two sessions.  The summer session will be June 19 to July 21 and the academic year session will run from August through May. UCLA RAP is a member of the University of California Postbaccalaureate Consortium. Visit for the online application and information about other UC postbacc programs.  Application open now!  Closes May 8


That’s it for Week Eight!  Only 3 weeks until finals—I can hardly believe it!  Hold on for the rest of the ride this quarter—you’re almost there!  Yours always~ Adele