First HMP3 Weekly Email of 2016/2017  9.23.16

Welcome to 2016/2017 with HMP3, everyone!  And welcome to HEALTH BEAT—our joint pre-health advising center with Jessica and Jered—the wonderful pre-health advisors at the Career Center and Adele—the HMP3 Coordinator.  Read about the terrific activities we have planned for you below!


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2)         Under-represented students: scroll down to the HOPE section at the bottom to see opportunities especially for you.

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This year is going to be one of the BEST EVER!  I’m very excited to share it with you, so let’s get started:


1.  Did you miss the HMP3 Welcome Week Orientation?  Here is a message from our HMP3 Student Board President, Marissa Justen:

Thank you to all of the students who came to our orientation!  To those of you who were unable to attend the event because of the full capacity, you are still welcome to apply for a committee position. The application is found here:


The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 28. If you were unable to attend orientation, or need a refresher on what all of the committees do, they can be found here:



2.  At the HMP3 Welcome Week Orientation we also introduced 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 1: Health Beat Advising Mini-Sessions
Location: Career Center (back patio)
Walk-in GROUP advising for pre-health students for QUICK questions!

Begins on the hour and every 30 minutes (15 student max per session)

Tuesday, September 27, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, September 28, 1-3pm
Thursday, September 29, 2-4pm

4.  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:  (You can go to them with other questions, too.)

5.  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.) 


6.  Our big HMP3 Pre-Health Club Fair will happen on Monday, October 10 (see SAVE THE DATE section below).  ***Note from Adele:  Is your club represented? Write to to be invited!***

7.  The HMP3 Peer Mentor Program is ready to get underway!  We are accepting applications now for mentors, mentees, and those who are interested in joining our subcommittee. Check announcement #1 in the ANNOUNCEMENTS section below for details.  This is a GREAT program that has led to many leadership positions in the past!  Mentors make a difference in the life of a new UCSD student, mentees get a boost in their adjustment to UCSD.  Fun events are held to strengthen the bond.  Don’t miss out! 



Sat. Sept 24  Pre-Dental Society Annual Bonfire behind Bahia Hotel (998 W Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109).  Join PDS as we host our annual bonfire behind the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay. The fun begins at noon and the bonfire at 7:15 pm; stay for as long as you’d like. There will be burgers, hotdogs, s'mores, and non-alcoholic drinks provided, but please bring a dish to share and inviteTues.


Tues. Sept. 27  TOUGH CASES:  When Parents Can’t Agree, noon – 1:30 p.m. UCSD Medical Center room 11-309 (Hospital In-patient Tower).  Get exposed to real-life ethical issues and watch doctors and ethicists hash them out—great training for your future interviews!  In this case, parents of a 2 year old near-drowning victim can’t agree on whether to use extreme measures to prolong her life.  Note from Adele:  You can catch the shuttle back and forth to Hillcrest for free!  Schedule:

Wed. Sept. 28  Transfer Students for Health First Meeting!  Transfer Student Panel, 6pm-8pm in the old  Student Center B building, 2nd floor conference room (on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane—enter up the stairs facing Gilman Drive).  We will have a student panel of UCSD transfer students from different backgrounds and majors. Our goal with this panel is to answer questions about the experience as a first year transfer student. We also intend to discuss how being a health-related major has impacted our experiences. More information about TSH will be provided as well as information about resources on campus for pre-health majors and non pre-health majors alike. Discussion and questions are welcomed.  Come join us and make new friends!


Thurs. Sept. 29  Pre-Dental Society presents:  Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health—this one is great for ALL future health professionals! 

Topics: Dr. Dillenberg will discuss his experiences in public health, organized dentistry, and academia. Additionally, he will share information on current public health topics in dentistry, as well as personal experiences that influenced his career. Those interested in public health, medicine, and all other healthcare fields should attend. Join us afterwards at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery to meet with Dr. Dillenberg one-on-one.

Where/When: UCSD School of Medicine Telemedicine Building, Lower Level Auditorium, 6:30pm



Fri. Sept. 30  Ultrasound Project Model Training, 3:30-5:30 in the Student Center B 2nd Floor conference room.  See Announcement #2 in the ANNOUNCEMENTS section below for details.


Sat. Oct. 1  Watch Remote Surgery LIVE at the UCSD School of Medicine!  9:00-11:00 am in the Telemedicine Building (MET) Auditorium.  My name is Anna Schoenbrunner and I am a 4th year med student at UCSD. I want to invite you to a Telemedicine and International health event that will include a lecture and live surgery broadcast from Mexico of a first stage cross facial nerve graft on a child.  Please RSVP to to save your space!



OCTOBER is Health Exploration Month!
"Find Your Health Beat! Exploring the Health Professions"

Location: Horizon Room at the Career Center

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

Join the Health Beat team for a presentation exploring the many health professions that are open to you.  Offered every hour/on the hour, followed by Q&A and advising in small groups.  Log into Port Triton to RSVP (RSVP highly recommended—but drop-ins are welcome, too! 

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!

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!!!***

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



1.  HMP3 Peer Mentor Program

This program is designed to provide a unique mentorship experience for pre-health students at UCSD. Student Mentors and Mentees are paired based upon their major and desired health profession. Benefits for Mentees include learning where to find resources specific to their major, differences between professors prior to registering for courses, important deadlines for applications, and any other additional facts the Mentor wishes he/she would have known before applying to health professional school. Mentors have the opportunity to connect with other pre-health students, share their advice with lower classmen, and will receive a PMP graduation cord. 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!

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

If you're interested in becoming more involved in PMP leadership opportunities please apply for available committee positions through the HMP3 application. (#1 above in the HMP3 HIGHLIGHTS section)

2.  MODELS NEEDED—ESPECIALLY MEN!  The School of Medicine/HMP3 ULTRASOUND PROJECT is in need of lots more student volunteers.  Men are needed for training doctors and medical students in cardiovascular ultrasound techniques—this is a sensitive area for women (physically).  More women are needed, too, for other areas of ultrasound examination.  This is a volunteer project, but some workshops will actually be paid opportunities!  Only those participating in the volunteer program will be eligible for the paid ones. 

Are you interested in learning more about the art of Ultrasound?  UCSD School of medicine is looking for students willing to volunteer as ultrasound models. This involves being comfortable wearing a bathing suit and allowing the doctors in training and medical students to practice using ultrasound on you. No private areas of the body are involved.  It is a fantastic learning opportunity for you, as well as a chance to network with medical school students and medical professionals, gain some volunteer hours and possible pay.  Come out to the orientation session and find out more about how you can get involved!  Friday, Sept. 30 from 3:30-5:30 in the AEP Conference Room. Email Towani Mwansa at to express interest. 

3.  Mon. September 26 - Fri. September 30 is Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society (AED) Recruitment Week. We will be holding a series of informational as well as social events for potential members to have the opportunity to check us out. Learn more about Recruitment Week on our Facebook page here!

4.  American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Academy. The AMSA Academy is a training ground for physicians leaders, established by students and for students. The Academy strives to empower physicians-in-training to effect change in medicine and didactic and experiential learning. Each program fosters the value that health care must be patient-centered, effective, safe, equitable, and timely, as identified by the Institute of Medicine.

This year we have 11 Scholars Programs which are listed below:

  Advocacy Scholars Program

  Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program

  Global Health Scholars Program

  Health Care for All Scholars Program

  Health Equity Scholars Program

  Integrative Medicine Scholars Program

  Just Medicine Scholars Program

  Medical Humanities Scholars Program

  Professionalism & Ethics Scholars Program

  Pre-med Scholars Program

  Public Health Scholars Program

You can find the syllabi for the Scholars Programs on the AMSA Academy website.  Join your engaged and motivated peers (both pre-medical and medical students from all over the world)! 

Registration for the Scholars Programs close September 30th.

YouTube video:

AMSA Academy site:


5.  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!  Live Webinar – Meet the Students of UQ/Ochsner  Monday, September 26th, 2016, 4pm RSVP:   If you are unable to participate and have questions about the program, Whitney Bennet is available by phone and email and would be delighted to hear from you.P: 877.777.0155 Ext. 106  You can view all of their upcoming events on their website:





6.  New Transfer Student Org on campus!  TRANSFER STUDENTS FOR HEALTH (TSH)  See CALENDAR section above on Sept. 28 for details of our first meeting! 

Hello New Transfer Student!  We are Transfer Students for Health (TSH) and we want to formally say congratulations on your acceptance to UCSD! TSH is a newly assembled Transfer club dedicated to new and old Transfers who are interested in the pre-health profession. Although we focus on pre-health aspects, we are not limiting our resources to majors within the field. We support students including, but not limited to: first generation college students, students considering a health profession, students belonging to demographics that are underserved, and students returning to school after several years in the workforce. We are here to create a unique community and support system for all Transfer students to pursue their career choices and goals at UCSD.

Transfers are so unique and we all come from different backgrounds. We all have different stories. The transition to a big university like UCSD can be exciting as well as intimidating. The members of TSH have all gone through it and we want to help you. For the fall of 2016, our goal is to help you adjust at UCSD and ultimately be people you can feel at home with.

As a newly assembled club, we have exciting plans for the 2016-2017 school year and we would love for you to join us! We have an event planned out just for you onWednesday September 28th.  Check the CALENDAR section above for details.  

We are excited for the upcoming school year and we hope you are too. We look forward in meeting you!  Your friends at TSH. 



1.  Interested in Global Health and Medical Outreach? Wondering what it would be like to travel abroad? Looking to showcase your strengths as a leader?

Well, look no further! The new campus organization, Timmy at UCSD, is looking for motivated students to take on a variety of leadership positions! Working both within the community and with the national Timmy Global Health Organization, our mission is to raise awareness about health disparities locally as well as organize a Global Health trip abroad. There will be a number of opportunities to network and volunteer. If you're interested in joining or taking on a leadership position, please email us! For more information about the national organization, visit


2.  OATH is seeking new members and is also looking to fill officer positions, including that of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicist, Community Outreach Coordinator. OATH (Outreach Advancement Towards Hope) is a UCSD student organization that seeks to serve the under-served in downtown San Diego through medical outreach efforts (we'll teach you everything you need to know). This group, which was first formed in 2011, realizes that healthcare and/or medical interventions isn’t enough to keep persons healthy, and it corresponding strives to understand the big picture of health beyond the scope of scientific knowledge and skill.

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 mentor-ship from physicians while serving, allowing them to get a perspective of what providing care will look like as medical professionals.This experience is invaluable for anyone interested in the medical field or helping their local community.If this all sounds appealing for you, please fill out the application form below. The best part is you need no prior experience to apply for membership or officer positions!


We look forward to serving alongside you!



And here is our facebook group page:


Please direct questions or inquiries to


3.  My name is Alissa Totman and I am a medical student at Stanford. As an undergraduate at MIT, I became involved in serving individuals with brain injury through a student group called the MIT BrainTrust, which ultimately shaped my decision to pursue a career in medicine. My experience with BrainTrust was so impactful and rewarding that I decided to establish a similar group at Stanford, through which a group of motivated undergraduates now provides support for the local brain injury community. These student groups provide a unique, rewarding opportunity for undergraduates to learn more about the patient experience and to serve as leaders within their communities.

I’m writing to share the opportunity for undergraduates at UCSD to get involved through 
Synapse, a national organization which provides students with the opportunity to establish chapters at their own university. Synapse is accepting applications for new chapter founders, with a deadline of November 15. I was wondering if your office would be willing to help spread the word by sharing this opportunity with your students.



1.  RESEARCH LAB seeking a FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE to volunteer, working on genotyping PCR. In a nutshell, genotyping PCR would include taking mouse tissue, harvesting the DNA from the cells, and running PCR on it. This would most likely be a year-long commitment, as they have many mice that need to be genotyped. The PI of this lab is Thomas Kipps MD, PhD a very well-known doctor at the Moores Cancer Center. Write to to express interest.  Include a copy of your resume, if you have one.



2.  Volunteer and shadow docs in Mexico with IHC (International Health Collective)!  International Health Collective is a student run non-profit organization based out of UCSD that focuses heavily on humanizing the interactions within health care. We believe that health care encompasses far more than the management of disease, but extends to all factors that contribute to the quality of life. Within IHC, our holistic view on medicine is extended with interdisciplinary practices that include all fields of expertise and walks of life.International Health Collective is a student run non-profit organization based out of UCSD that focuses heavily on humanizing the interactions within health care. We believe that health care encompasses far more than the management of disease, but extends to all factors that contribute to the quality of life. Within IHC, our holistic view on medicine is extended with interdisciplinary practices that include all fields of expertise and walks of life.International Health Collective is a student run non-profit organization based out of UCSD that focuses heavily on humanizing the interactions within health care. We believe that health care encompasses far more than the management of disease, but extends to all factors that contribute to the quality of life. Within IHC, our holistic view on medicine is extended with interdisciplinary practices that include all fields of expertise and walks of life. We are now accepting applications from passionate individuals of any major to join our crew. The online application can be found, and the deadline to submit the application is Oct. 7th. 


3.  The Educational Advancement Program (EAP), in partnership with UCSD’s Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), has launched an outreach program at an underserved San Diego High School where interested UCSD students would act as mentors/tutors to students who need assistance to prepare for postsecondary education, pursue graduate and professional school opportunities, and achieve success in the workplace. Since spots are limited, professional resumes are accepted on a first come, first serve basis at Please note that the spots are expected to be filled up by the end of this week/early next week, so please apply accordingly.




***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:   


That’s it for the first HMP3 Weekly Email of the new school year.  With the launch of Health Beat, It’s going to be a great year, I can feel it!  ~Adele