Advice for Future Veterinarians
I currently attend UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine as a 1st year. I graduated UCSD class of 2010 with a BS in Ecology, Behavior, Evolution. If any HMP3 members have questions about applying to vet school I would be happy to answer them.
Eric Nickerson [firstname.lastname@example.org]×
I'm a recent graduate of UCSD and will be attending UCSD SOM in 2011. I wanted to let you know that I've written a blog (http://www.medschoolin.com) on advice for the MCAT, choosing medical schools, the application, and interviewing for medical school. I applied in 2009 and received thirteen interview invitations, went to eight of them, and was accepted to six schools. In the blog, I try to give some helpful tips for how to get ahead of the game. Thanks!
HMP3 Guru Blog
Give yourself a big treat (and a reality check) by reading Amanda’s blog from the beginning, when she was applying to medical school. She just blogged again— during her 3rd year in medical school. Amanda graduated from Muir College in 2005 and gave the commencement address. Check it out here!×
An offer from one of our generous HMP3 alumni
My name is David Piccinati and I am currently a first year student at the UCSD School of Medicine. I caught your last e-mail (which I guess I am still on the mailing list for) and thought I would reach out. I was part of HMP3 as an undergraduate and thought that, if anybody was interested, I would be more than happy to give out my e-mail to any other prospective medical students at UCSD. Also, since I am almost always on campus I would be happy to meet somebody for lunch if they just want to informally chat about medical school and such, since I know for me it was pretty much a mystery. Anyway, just thought I could be of some help to somebody.
David Piccinati [email@example.com]×
Another offer from one of our wonderful HMP3 alumni
It’s been a while since I contacted the HMP3 folks. Just wanted to offer my support to any students that may be interested in pursuing a career in Pediatrics. I am at UC Irvine and would be happy to talk to anyone about the process and what they can do as undergraduates to increase their chances of getting into medical school and a good residency program. I welcome any questions. Thanks.
Pedro F. Paz, MD, MPH, Resident Physician
University of California, Irvine, Pediatrics Residency Program
HMP3 Alumnus Ben Ostrander shares his AMCAS application success secrets
On November 6th, 2013, our very own past president Ben Ostrander paid us a visit. Ben was in the middle of interviewing at UCSF, Columbia (including the separate, highly comp2Petitive Columbia-Bassett program), Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCSD, at University of Chicago, Northwestern, and USC. He wanted to share with current members his thoughts on how he has garnered interviews from so many top tier schools so they can, too!×
Do you feel yourself to be part of a marginalized community when it comes to life in general and the health professions in particular?
One of our incredibly generous HMP3 alumni wants you to know you are not alone. Here’s his personal message:
“Thank you for your emails, they really helped me learn about opportunities while I was an undergrad. Hope to stay in the loop. I want to let you know that I recently finished the MD app cycle. I was very fortunate to be accepted to many great schools, including UCSF, UCLA, and UC Davis. I've decided to attend UCLA as a David Geffen scholar. Would be happy to advise/mentor premedical students, particularly those who are LGBTQI, of color, or affected by mental illness. The premed track is quite challenging, especially for students from marginalized communities.”
Would you like to communicate with him? Just ask and Adele will gladly send you his email, as he has so generously offered to communicate with you individually!×
Are you a pre-med student who is LGBTQI, of color, or affected by mental illness? An alum is willing to advise/mentor you!
Jonathan Gomez is a 2013 graduate with a BS in Biology and BA in Global Health.
In San Diego, he conducted diabetes research in transnational migrant communities on the US/Mexico border, published in the volume "Return Migration, Health, and Sexuality in a Transnational Mexican Community".
After graduation, he was a participant in the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program. During this time, he interned with the UCLA NIH-funded Corner Store Project, which aimed to decrease cardiovascular disease burdens for residents of East LA through increased access to healthy foods via community-based participatory research. He then worked for two years as a health counselor in safety-net sexual health clinics serving San Francisco's LGBTQI+/Latin@ communities.
He was accepted to many great schools, including UCSF, UCLA, and UC Davis, but he ultimately chose to go to UCLA as a David Geffen Scholar. Beginning medical school in Fall 2015, he aspires to obtain an MD/MPP and specialize in health delivery models to reduce inequities among LGBTQI+, Latin@, and undocumented communities.
Jonathan would be happy to advise/mentor premedical students, particularly those who are LGBTQI, of color, or affected by mental illness. He understands that the premed track is quite challenging, especially for students from marginalized communities. Feel free to email Jonathan at: firstname.lastname@example.org×