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MEDS Pre-Med Workshop Descriptions

  • Saturday, Jan. 25th 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UCSD School of Medicine Telemedicine Building

Session 1 / 2 (10-10:50 a.m. / 11-11:50 a.m.)

Simulation Lab: Operating Room

  • UCSD Medical School Personnel

Step into the operating room, where lives are on the line. This mock OR looks just like the real thing, and this workshop will be led by doctors who will provide demos and anecdotes to illuminate what goes on behind the operating room doors in hospitals.

The Art of Surgery: da Vinci Demo

  • UCSD Medical School Fellows

You have seen surgeries on TV, but never like this. Welcome to the state-of-the-art Center for the Future of Surgery, where renowned surgeons 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 UCSD surgical fellows lead students through hands-on demos.

Simulation Lab: ICU/ER

  • UCSD Medical School Personnel

This is your chance to play House—as in Dr. House. Here lie the bodies of adult mannequins, who breathe, blink and respond while medical students hone their clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these patients—listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities and more.

Limb-ited Simulation Lab

  • UCSD Medical School Personnel

Elbows and needles and arms, oh my! This workshop does not host the full-scale mannequins, but rather models of different body parts. But these body parts aren't the ones sitting on your biology professor's desk. With their detailed vascular systems and other life-like structures, students can learn how to put in an IV and practice small-scale procedures.

Pediatrics Lab: Hospital Room

  • UCSD Medical School Personnel

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.

Intro to Clinical Skills

  • Representatives from UCSD Medicine & Education for the Simulation Training Center

UCSD has revamped its medical education curriculum. Now, instead of sitting behind a desk in lectures for the first two years, medical students are immediately exposed to patient scenarios. Being a doctor is much more than retaining information—doctors must effectively interact with their patients, and UCSD new curriculum is designed to train students to do just that. This workshop will lead students through how to be an effective physician.

Suture Clinic (sponsored by Kaplan)

  • Pouya Jamshidi—UCSD Medical Student

Try your hand at surgery—learn how to make proper incisions, and suture a wound in this interactive and hands-on workshop. During his years in neuroscience research, Pouya Jamshidi excelled at performing surgery on mice, and is now applying his experience in medical school. This is your opportunity to learn from an up-and-coming star, as he passes down his tricks of the trade.

Medical Student Panel

Note: Each pre-med student will automatically be registered to attend this panel during one of the first two morning sessions.

Students always get information from their peers, and here is your chance to hear from peers who are in the midst of medical school. 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.

Session 3 (12-12:50 p.m.)

Lunch #1

A catered lunch for students and speakers—a perfect opportunity to network and mingle!

Post-Baccalaureate & Booster Programs

Post-Baccalaureate/booster programs are designed specifically to help students gain entrance into medical school, and many programs are designed specifically to serve minority students. Students will receive information on UCSD Extension's brand new Post-Bac program, as well as understand the pros and cons of Post-Bacs and other booster programs available to students with dedication.

Medical Research as a Pre-Med

  • Karen Van Ness, MA—UCSD Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Colin Depp, PhD—Asst Dir Education & Training @UCSD Clinical and Translational Research Institute

Doing research provides students with an exceptionally unique understanding of the interdependency between science and medicine. UCSD is a well-known biomedical research powerhouse, and now is your opportunity to learn from the best. 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.

Prepping for the new MCAT

  • Kaplan Test Prep (session 3)

The MCAT is changing in 2015, and voluntary sections are being added for 2013 and 2014 tests! Find out how these changes will affect you, as well as learn about MCAT content—how does scoring work, what score you need to be competitive, and more. In this session you will learn study tips from the two most seasoned MCAT preparation teams.

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 the more common M.D. programs, in addition to requirements for application. Find out if D.O. is right for you!

Clinical Experience and How to Get It

Students applying to medical school are expected to have some clinical experience—and volunteering in a hospital during high school doesn’t count. Find out what exactly medical schools expect when they say “clinical experience”, as well as the numerous programs and options available to applicants.

GPA Bootcamp

  • Steve Schneid—Sr Learning Skills Counselor @ UCSD SOM/SOPharm

It’s no secret that you need good grades to get into medical school, but how to accomplish that stellar GPA remains a struggle for countless students. GPA Bootcamp will walk you through the skills and habits needed in order to get those A’s. Steve works with medical and pharmacy students at UCSD every day to hone their study skills and prepare them for success—this workshop will jumpstart your study habits, and help prepare you for the kind of material you need to know in medical school.

Making the Most of Your Gap Year

  • UCSD Medical/Pharmacy Student Panel

To take a gap year...to not to take a gap year? What to do during your year (or two) off: travel abroad, run an afterschool program, Teach for America, Peace Corps? How will taking time off affect your chances? This session will allow you to hear from students who have made these decisions and are now in school. They will share their experiences: how it helped them, what they may have done differently, and provide advice to those who want a break after earning their Bachelor's degree.

Funding Your Future: SOM/SOPharm Finance

  • Kathleen Hallisy—Scholarship Coordinator and Financial Aid Officer @ UCSD Health Sciences

It is no secret that pharmacy school is expensive, but so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Kathleen Hallisy from the UCSD Health Sciences Financial Aid Office will uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical/pharmacy school, as well as share information that students can use now as pre-pharms.

Session 4 (1-1:50 p.m.)

Lunch #2

A catered lunch for students and speakers—a perfect opportunity to network and mingle!

Medical Specialties & Residencies

  • Dr. Jess Mandel, MD—Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education @ UCSD SOM

Believe it or not, there is life beyond admission. Once you are accepted into medical school, you will be faced with dozens of options when choosing a specialty. You will also be asked to apply to residency programs. Dr. Mandel will host an immensely helpful session for those who want to know more about the different possible specialties available to students, how residency match works, and life beyond the application process.

International Opportunities: Pre-Med & Beyond

  • UCSD International Center

Being a pre-health student can be extremely busy, leaving little time for vacation and travel. But little do many students know, you can actually study abroad as an undergraduate while still fulfilling your medical or pharmacy school prerequisites. Find out what awaits you overseas, and how studying abroad may actually help your application and even help you gain exposure to foreign healthcare systems.

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

  • Dr. Carolyn Kelly, MD—UCSD School of Medicine Assoc. Dean of Admissions

We present to you members of the UCSD School of Medicine admissions committee. These distinguished individuals read applications, interview students, and ultimately decide who gets in and who does not. They will explain the admittance process, and what medical schools look for, and what they like to see on an application. This is also your chance to not simply listen to a list of application requirements, but to ask your own questions to the very people who will read your application when you apply to the UCSD School of Medicine.

Best of Both Worlds: MD/PhD

  • UCSD Medical Scientist Training Program

Science and medicine are intimately related, and through MD/PhD programs students are given a tuition-free education that prepares students for success—both in the clinic and on the bench. Hear from UCSD's Medical-Scientist Training Program, as well as students who graduated with an MD/PhD, and find out how the program differs from medical school, the different projects you can work on, and if a dual-doctorate degree is right for you.

Medical School Abroad

Diversity is a big deal here at UCSD MEDS, and it’s a fact of life in the real world. People come from many different backgrounds and cultures—so why not study somewhere where you can experience that? Hear from foreign medical schools: what their programs are like, the prospects their students face, as well as what life is like beyond our country’s borders.

Magic of Medicine & Public Health

There’s an old adage—a doctor will treat people poisoned from a river, while a public health official will walk up the river to find the cause. Public health and medicine are intimately intertwined, and when working well, can save thousands of lives. Learn about how physicians incorporate teachings of public health into their practice and research, as well as the additional opportunities available to students interested in public health.

GPA Bootcamp

  • Steve Schneid—Sr Learning Skills Counselor @ UCSD SOM/SOPharm

It’s no secret that you need good grades to get into medical school, but how to accomplish that stellar GPA remains a struggle for countless students. GPA Bootcamp will walk you through the skills and habits needed in order to get those A’s. Steve works with medical and pharmacy students at UCSD every day to hone their study skills and prepare them for success—this workshop will jumpstart your study habits, and help prepare you for the kind of material you need to know in medical school.

Be the Best You: Writing a Personal Statement

  • Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD—Director of UCSD's Writing Center

Personal statements carry a lot of weight during the admissions process for professional schools—it's your one chance to tell the admissions boards who you are, how you are different from other candidates, and why you would make a great addition to their school. Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD, is the director of UCSD's Writing Center. She will be giving a special workshop on how to go about writing your personal statement—what you should include, what not to do, how to format, and more—all tailored for pre-med and pre-pharm students.

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.

Session 5 (2-2:50 p.m.)

Post-Baccalaureate & Booster Programs

Post-Baccalaureate/booster programs are designed specifically to help students gain entrance into medical school, and many programs are designed specifically to serve minority students. Students will receive information on UCSD Extension's brand new Post-Bac program, as well as understand the pros and cons of Post-Bacs and other booster programs available to students with dedication.

What Med Schools Really Want

  • Rob Humbracht—Founder & Head Advisor @ Passport Admissions

Why is it that some applicants can be so successful despite a low MCAT or low GPA? This presentation shows students what med schools really want and gives a set of strategies to implement to improve your application to medical school. Lead by Passport Admissions, an organization that makes your success its goal, this session will help you to learn how to supplement your application and make your strengths shine.

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

  • Dr. Carolyn Kelly, MD—UCSD School of Medicine Assoc. Dean of Admissions

We present to you members of the UCSD School of Medicine admissions committee. These distinguished individuals read applications, interview students, and ultimately decide who gets in and who does not. They will explain the admittance process, and what medical schools look for, and what they like to see on an application. This is also your chance to not simply listen to a list of application requirements, but to ask your own questions to the very people who will read your application when you apply to the UCSD School of Medicine.

Behind the Scenes with an Admissions Director

  • Brian Zeglen—Admissions Director @ UCSD School of Medicine

Hear it from the man himself: what the admissions process for medical school is all about. Take a peek behind the scenes with UCSD School of Medicine's Admissions Director, and learn how medical schools organize the admissions process. Take this opportunity to ask the questions you have always wanted answered.

PRIME Yourself: the UC PRIME Program

  • Katherine Garcia, MA—UCSD PRIME-HEq Coordinator + PRIME-HEq medical students

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, and allows students to earn a Master's Degree while taking a 5th year during medical school. Listen as Katherine Garcia, the PRIME coordinator for UCSD, and her PRIME students explain the details of the program, as well as the rich benefits of being a PRIME student.

Medical School Abroad

Diversity is a big deal here at UCSD MEDS, and it’s a fact of life in the real world. People come from many different backgrounds and cultures—so why not study somewhere where you can experience that? Hear from foreign medical schools: what their programs are like, the prospects their students face, as well as what life is like beyond our country’s borders.

Be the Best You: Writing a Personal Statement

  • Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD—Director of UCSD's Writing Center

Personal statements carry a lot of weight during the admissions process for professional schools—it's your one chance to tell the admissions boards who you are, how you are different from other candidates, and why you would make a great addition to their school. Dr. Madeleine Picciotto, PhD, is the director of UCSD's Writing Center. She will be giving a special workshop on how to go about writing your personal statement—what you should include, what not to do, how to format, and more—all tailored for pre-med and pre-pharm students.

Funding Your Future: SOM/SOPharm Finance

  • Kathleen Hallisy—Scholarship Coordinator and Financial Aid Officer @ UCSD Health Sciences

It is no secret that pharmacy school is expensive, but so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Kathleen Hallisy from the UCSD Health Sciences Financial Aid Office will uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical/pharmacy school, as well as share information that students can use now as pre-pharms.

Nailing the Interview

  • Kaplan's Interview Experts

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters with Kaplan's Interview Experts, as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. Kaplan will cover standard ways to prepare for the interview process, including multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), and cover scenarios appropriate for students applying to professional medical programs. Together, you will uncover ways to deliver win-win answers to difficult questions

Session 6 (3-3:50 p.m.)

Strategies for Applying to Medical School

  • Advisors for pre-health @ UCSD Career Services

There is more to medical applications than the application itself. UCSD's resident experts for pre-health students will help guide pre-meds through the process of applying to medical school. If you have ever wondered: What schools should I apply to? What are the differences between programs? What should I look for in a school?—then this workshop is right for you.

What Med Schools Really Want

  • Rob Humbracht—Founder & Head Advisor @ Passport Admissions

Why is it that some applicants can be so successful despite a low MCAT or low GPA? This presentation shows students what med schools really want and gives a set of strategies to implement to improve your application to medical school. Lead by Passport Admissions, an organization that makes your success its goal, this session will help you to learn how to supplement your application and make your strengths shine.

Prepping for the new MCAT

  • Princeton Review Test Prep (session 6)

The MCAT is changing in 2015, and voluntary sections are being added for 2013 and 2014 tests! Find out how these changes will affect you, as well as learn about MCAT content—how does scoring work, what score you need to be competitive, and more. In this session you will learn study tips from the two most seasoned MCAT preparation teams.

Medical Research as a Pre-Med

  • Karen Van Ness, MA—UCSD Faculty Mentor Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Colin Depp, PhD—Asst Dir Education & Training @UCSD Clinical and Translational Research Institute

Doing research provides students with an exceptionally unique understanding of the interdependency between science and medicine. UCSD is a well-known biomedical research powerhouse, and now is your opportunity to learn from the best. 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.

PRIME Yourself: the UC PRIME Program

  • Katherine Garcia, MA—UCSD PRIME-HEq Coordinator + PRIME-HEq medical students

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, and allows students to earn a Master's Degree while taking a 5th year during medical school. Listen as Katherine Garcia, the PRIME coordinator for UCSD, and her PRIME students explain the details of the program, as well as the rich benefits of being a PRIME student.

Careers in Primary Care

With a projected shortage of primary care providers looming in the United States, primary care providers are going to be in high demand. Find out about the different careers in primary care—what kind of degrees you can get, as well as the different kind of practices which serve to address the bulk of our nation’s health concerns.

Make an Impact: Community Medicine

A community is only as healthy as its members, and many communities are struggling right here in San Diego. Representatives from powerful community health organizations are here to let you know how your skills as a doctor or pharmacist can not only treat patients, but strengthen and empower a community. Hear their stories of providing care to underserved communities, and how you can get involved.

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.

Nailing the Interview

  • Kaplan's Interview Experts

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters with Kaplan's Interview Experts, as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. Kaplan will cover standard ways to prepare for the interview process, including multiple mini-interviews (MMIs), and cover scenarios appropriate for students applying to professional medical programs. Together, you will uncover ways to deliver win-win answers to difficult questions.