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2019 MEDS Pre-Health Schedule & Info

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SESSION 1 [9:40-10:30am]

Simulation Lab: Acute Care

This is your chance to play doctor for real! Here lie the bodies of adult mannequins, who breathe, blink and respond while medical students hone their acute care clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these patients listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and take action!

Simulation Lab: Pediatrics

Practice chest compressions on a baby. But not a real baby an innovative, responsive simulation mannequin that medical students practice on during their education and training. Learn about all the same big medicine, but how physicians apply it to little patients.

Simulation Lab: Ultrasound Imaging

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a human body? You will have the opportunity to learn about ultrasound imaging and its uses in the practice of medicine--and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

Simulation Lab: OB/GYN

Have you ever thought you might get a chance to witness the process of childbirth before going to medical school? Experience how medical students are trained to help a baby be born by practicing on a simulator.

Suture Clinic

Try your hand at surgery - learn how to make proper incisions and suture a wound in this interactive and hands-on workshop. You will be prepped on techniques by a video before the day of the conference.

Intro to Clinical Skills

At the Professional Development Center (PDC) students are given opportunities to practice clinical skills through the use of standardized patients (SPs). SPs are individuals who are trained to accurately and authentically portray actual medical patients. Participants will tour the PDC and learn how SPs are used to teach and assess clinical skills within the School of Medicine. Finally, they will be introduced to history taking, one of the fundamental clinical skills, and learn how to take a medical history during an interactive workshop.

Medical Student Panel

Get the essential insider's scoop on what medical school is like, what it takes to get there, and anything else you may want to know. Medical students from diverse backgrounds at UCSD will be sharing their experiences with you and answering your questions.

Explore Other Health Professions

There are so many great health professions to choose from besides becoming a physician. This workshop will feature a panel of health care providers from different disciplines who will talk about their work, why they chose their profession and what they love about it. Learn how you can have one of these wonderful healthcare careers, too!

An Insider Look into Pursing an MD/PhD

D./Ph.D. and Medical-Scientist Training Programs give students a tuition-free education that prepares them for success in the clinic and on the bench. Learn about the different projects you can work on and find out if a dual-doctorate degree is right for you.

SESSION 2 [10:40-11:30am]

 

Simulation Lab: Acute Care

This is your chance to play doctor — for real! Here lie the bodies of adult mannequins, who breathe, blink and respond while medical students hone their acute care clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and take action!
 
Simulation Lab: Pediatrics

Practice chest compressions on a baby. But not a real baby — an innovative, responsive simulation mannequin that medical students practice on during their education and training. Learn about all the same big medicine, but how physicians apply it to little patients.
 
Simulation Lab: Ultrasound Imaging

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a human body? You will have the opportunity to learn about ultrasound imaging and its uses in the practice of medicine--and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

Simulation Lab: OB/GYN

Have you ever thought you might get a chance to witness the process of childbirth before going to medical school?  Experience how medical students are trained to help a baby be born by practicing on a simulator.

The Art of Surgery: da Vinci demo

Welcome to the state-of-the-art Center for the Future of Surgery, where surgeons from around the world come to further develop and perfect their art. Here students will observe and learn about the different techniques and equipment available to the modern-day surgeon, and even be able to practice "surgery" themselves as a UCSD surgical fellow leads you through hands-on demos.
 
Intro to Clinical Skills

At the Professional Development Center (PDC) students are given opportunities to practice clinical skills through the use of standardized patients (SPs). SPs are individuals who are trained to accurately and authentically portray actual medical patients. Participants will tour the PDC and learn how SPs are used to teach and assess clinical skills within the School of Medicine. Finally, they will be introduced to history taking, one of the fundamental clinical skills, and learn how to take a medical history during an interactive workshop.

Suture Clinic

Try your hand at surgery — learn how to make proper incisions and suture a wound in this interactive and hands-on workshop. You will be prepped on techniques by a video before the day of the conference.

Medical Student Panel

Get the essential insider's scoop on what medical school is like, what it takes to get there, and anything else you may want to know. Medical students from diverse backgrounds at UCSD will be sharing their experiences with you and answering your questions.

Explore Other Health Professions

There are so many great health professions to choose from besides becoming a physician. This workshop will feature a panel of health care providers from different disciplines who will talk about their work, why they chose their profession and what they love about it. Learn how you can have one of these wonderful healthcare careers, too!

 

SESSION 3 [11:40am-12:30pm]


Lunch #1

A catered lunch for students and speakers — a perfect opportunity to network and mingle! Be sure to check out the tables on the patios for more exciting opportunities! 

Simulation Lab: Acute Care

This is your chance to play doctor — for real! Here lie the bodies of adult mannequins, who breathe, blink and respond while medical students hone their acute care clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and take action!

Simulation Lab: Ultrasound Imaging

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a human body? You will have the opportunity to learn about ultrasound imaging and its uses in the practice of medicine--and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

The Art of Surgery: da Vinci demo

Welcome to the state-of-the-art Center for the Future of Surgery, where surgeons from around the world come to further develop and perfect their art. Here students will observe and learn about the different techniques and equipment available to the modern-day surgeon, and even be able to practice "surgery" themselves as a UCSD surgical fellow leads you through hands-on demos.

Simulation Lab: Pediatrics

Practice chest compressions on a baby. But not a real baby — an innovative, responsive simulation mannequin that medical students practice on during their education and training. Learn about all the same big medicine, but how physicians apply it to little patients.

Simulation Lab: OB/GYN

Have you ever thought you might get a chance to witness the process of childbirth before going to medical school?  Experience how medical students are trained to help a baby be born by practicing on a simulator.

Your Pathway to Medical School for Community College Students

Did you know that your community college coursework and extracurriculars are crucial to a successful journey to medical school? Learn what you should be doing now to prepare yourself for a smooth transition to a four-year university and a strong medical school application.

Your Pathway to Medical School for 1st and 2nd year Students

Do you feel lost thinking about how to prepare for medical school? What should you be doing to make yourself a strong candidate for medical school by the time you graduate? Well, have no fear! This workshop will be hosted by Health Beat to help you learn all you need to know to become a successful applicant.

Your Pathway to Medical School for 3rd and 4th year Students

How confident are you that your application to medical school will be as strong as it could be? This workshop will explore the components of a successful application and help you identify areas of improvement. Let a Health Beat advisor guide you through your last years of UCSD and the application process.

SESSION 4 [12:40-1:30pm]

 

Lunch #2

A catered lunch for students and speakers — a perfect chance to network and mingle! Be sure to check out the tables on the patios for more exciting opportunities!

Simulation Lab: Acute Care

This is your chance to play doctor — for real! Here lie the bodies of adult mannequins, who breathe, blink and respond while medical students hone their acute care clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and take action!

Simulation Lab: Ultrasound Imaging

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a human body? You will have the opportunity to learn about ultrasound imaging and its uses in the practice of medicine--and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

The Art of Surgery: da Vinci demo

Welcome to the state-of-the-art Center for the Future of Surgery, where surgeons from around the world come to further develop and perfect their art. Here students will observe and learn about the different techniques and equipment available to the modern-day surgeon, and even be able to practice "surgery" themselves as a UCSD surgical fellow leads you through hands-on demos.

Simulation Lab: Pediatrics

Practice chest compressions on a baby. But not a real baby — an innovative, responsive simulation mannequin that medical students practice on during their education and training. Learn about all the same big medicine, but how physicians apply it to little patients.

Simulation Lab: OB/GYN

Have you ever thought you might get a chance to witness the process of childbirth before going to medical school?  Experience how medical students are trained to help a baby be born by practicing on a simulator.

Your Pathway to Medical School for Community College Students

Did you know that your community college coursework and extracurriculars are crucial to a successful journey to medical school? Learn what you should be doing now to prepare yourself for a smooth transition to a four-year university and a strong medical school application.

Your Pathway to Medical School for 1st and 2nd year Students

Do you feel lost thinking about how to prepare for medical school? What should you be doing to make yourself a strong candidate for medical school by the time you graduate? Well, have no fear! This workshop will be hosted by Health Beat to help you learn all you need to know to become a successful applicant.

Your Pathway to Medical School for 3rd and 4th year Students

How confident are you that your application to medical school will be as strong as it could be? This workshop will explore the components of a successful application and help you identify areas of improvement. Let a Health Beat advisor guide you through your last years of UCSD and the application process.


SESSION 5 [1:40-2:20pm]

Research Experience at UCSD: Why and How to Get it

UCSD is a well-known biomedical research powerhouse. In this workshop, you will learn the importance of research in medicine, how it can affect your application, as well as information about programs here at UCSD designed to help support undergraduates in a research setting.

Make an Impact: Community Medicine

A community is only as healthy as its members, and many communities are struggling right here in San Diego. Learn how your skills as a doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider can not only treat patients but strengthen and empower a community. In this extremely popular workshop, hear stories of providing care to underserved communities, and how you can get involved.

Medical School Abroad

Did you know that approximately 30% of practicing American physicians did not receive their medical training in the United States? Learn about alternative pathways to a career in medicine in the United States. Hear overseas medical schools describe what their programs are like and what prospects their graduates face.

Getting Letters of Recommendation

Your lecture class has over 300 people in it. You're shy, and office hours are crowded. Your professor doesn't know your name. How do you go about approaching a professor for a letter of recommendation? When should you start looking for letters? Learn how to score a quality letter of recommendation in this workshop, which is designed to help students learn how to bridge the gap of communication between themselves and professors.

Post bac/booster Programs

Post-Baccalaureate/booster programs are designed specifically to help students strengthen their applications and gain entrance into health professional schools, and many programs are designed specifically to serve minority students. Learn about these programs and hear from a student who is currently attending UCSD’s own post-bac.

Telling Your Story: Writing a Personal Statement

Personal statements carry a lot of weight during the admissions process for health professional schools — it's your one chance to tell the admission committees who you are, how you are different from other candidates, and why you would make a great addition to their school. This is a special workshop on how to start writing your personal statement — what you should include, what not to do, how to structure your essay, and more.

Preparing for the MCAT with Kaplan

Come get insider tips from the experts at Kaplan on how to best prepare for taking the MCAT.

Medical Specialties

Toward the end of medical school, you will be faced with dozens of options when choosing a specialty. In this workshop, you will be exposed to some of the different specialties and have the opportunity to hear from physicians about why they chose their specialty, their residency experience, their work, their lifestyle and why they love what they do.

Medical Ethics

Ethics is the backbone of the health professions. It is also a key component of the medical school interview. Learn how doctors approach medical ethics concerns, examine all sides of an issue and make decisions based on ethical principles on behalf of their patients. This workshop will help you gain more confidence when approaching complex ethical questions during your interview.

Clinical Exposure and How to Get It

Students applying to the health professions are expected to have significant clinical exposure — and volunteering in a hospital during high school doesn’t count. Find out what medical schools expect when they say “clinical exposure” and learn about some of the best ways to get it in the San Diego area.

 

SESSION 6 [2:30-3:10pm]

 

Clinial Experience and How to Get It

Students applying to medical school are expected to have significant clinical experience — and volunteering in a hospital during high school doesn’t count. Find out what medical schools expect when they say “clinical experience” and learn about some of the best ways to get it in the San Diego area.

How to be a Competitive Applicant for UCSD School of Medicine

We would like to introduce you to the new Dean of Admissions at UCSD School of Medicine! Kama Guluma will talk with you about how the admissions committee does its work, what qualities the UCSD School of Medicine is looking for in their incoming students, and what they like to see on an application.  Take this unique opportunity to get your questions answered by the dean himself.    

Military Medicine

Did you know that the military can pay for medical school for you? In this workshop, representatives from the armed forces will explain both the benefits and expectations of pursuing a military-sponsored career in medicine. Find out the difference between the military scholarship and military medical school, how many years of military service are required, and what career prospects are like beyond military service.

PRIME Yourself: the UC PRIME Program

Interested in working with underserved populations? PRIME (Programs In Medical Education) is a UC-wide curriculum series for medical students interested in helping underserved populations that allows students to earn a Master's Degree while taking a 5th year during medical school. Hear PRIME students explain the details of the program, as well as the rich benefits of being a PRIME student.

Study Abroad as an Undergraduate

Studying abroad is a life-changing experience, but did you know that it can also enhance your application? Health professional schools value students with cultural competence. Come learn about the many wonderful opportunities there are to embark on an adventure and grow in your understanding of the world.

Preparing for the MCAT with The Princeton Review

Come get insider tips from the experts at The Princeton Review on how to best prepare for taking the MCAT.

Be in the Know: D.O. Schools

A D.O. degree is the equivalent of an M.D. degree — so what’s the difference? Physicians with a D.O. degree come from osteopathic medical schools, which use a different and highly hands-on philosophy for medical treatment — but have all the same powers as a doctor with an M.D. This workshop will go over what D.O. school is like, how it differs from M.D. school and the requirements for admission. Find out if becoming a D.O. is right for you!

Funding Your Future

It is no secret that health professional schools are expensive, and so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Uncover the different financial resources and programs available to students, as well as learn information that pre-health students can use now.

Preparing for the MMI: Practice Makes Perfect

Did you know that many health professional schools now use the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview)? Don’t let it scare you because this workshop has you covered! In this interactive session, you will learn what the MMI is, how you will be evaluated, and how to prepare. You will also get a chance to practice with your peers!

 

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