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MEDS: Medical Education for Diverse Students

Learn about UC San Diego's Medical Education for Diverse Students (MEDS) conference, where undergrad students can prepare for medical and pharmacy school.

About Us

MEDS (Medical Education for Diverse Students) is an all-day conference for pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-health students at UCSD and neighboring community colleges.

Maybe you aren’t sure about whether you want to pursue a medical or pharmacy career, or maybe you've dreamed about being a doctor for years. At MEDS, students will learn all the basics, and new stuff, too!

Our Vision

The conference is specifically designed to close the disparities seen in both medical education and health care. The health care system needs professionals from diverse backgrounds, who can identify with an even more diverse group of patients.

But most importantly, MEDS exists to serve students — to encourage, educate, and empower students on their road to a career in health.

During the Conference

There will be workshops on all components of the application process — testing, writing personal statements, interviews, and more. On top of that, the UCSD Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy have invited conference attendees to participate in hands-on workshops in the brand-new patient simulation labs, just like first-year medical and pharmacy students.

Regardless of your level of preparation for applying, MEDS hopes to equip students with foundational and essential information needed to successfully apply to medical or pharmacy schools. And we hope to have some fun doing so.

Contact us:

MEDS is organized by UCSD’s undergraduate Health and Medical Professions Preparation Program (HMP3) in the Academic Enrichment Programs (AEP) department, with generous support from the UCSD School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy.

If you'd like more information regarding the conference, please e-mail the MEDS Conference Coordinator at meds@ucsd.edu, or visit meds.ucsd.edu.