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MEDS Pre-Med Schedule & Info

  • Saturday, Jan. 31st, 2015 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • UCSD School of Medicine Telemedicine Building

MEDS Pre-Med Schedule 2015

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

Simulation Lab: Operating Room

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

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: Life Support

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—resuscitation and more. 

Limb-ited Simulation Lab

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.

Simulation Lab: Ultrasound Imaging

Have you ever wanted to see the insides of a human body? You will have the opportunity to learn about ultrasound imaging and take a look inside your own body!

Intro to Clinical Skills

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)

Try your hand at surgery—learn how to make proper incisions, and suture a wound in this interactive and hands-on workshop. 

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 various Post-Bac programs, as well as understand the pros and cons of Post-Bacs and other booster programs available to students.

Experience Medical Research

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

The MCAT is changing in 2015! 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 a seasoned MCAT preparation team.

GPA Bootcamp

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

To take a gap year...or 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.

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.

Mock Interviews

Note: Only one mock interview is available per students. Students enrolled in more than one mock interview will be subject to re-assignment or cancellation of enrollment.

This workshop simulates a real medical school interview session—so be prepared to shine! After a 30- minute interview, students will receive personal feedback and tips to improve their performance for the real thing. Interviews may be traditional one-on-one conversations, or the increasingly popular MMI scenarios. Some questions to prepare yourself:

  1. Why do you want to go to medical school?
  2. How will the Affordable Care Act impact the practice of medicine?
  3. How do you handle failure?

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

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. This will be 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.

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

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 admission 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.

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

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

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

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

Mock Interviews

Note: Only one mock interview is available per students. Students enrolled in more than one mock interview will be subject to re-assignment or cancellation of enrollment.

This workshop simulates a real medical school interview session—so be prepared to shine! After a 30- minute interview, students will receive personal feedback and tips to improve their performance for the real thing. Interviews may be traditional one-on-one conversations, or the increasingly popular MMI scenarios. Some questions to prepare yourself:

  1. Why do you want to go to medical school?
  2. How will the Affordable Care Act impact the practice of medicine?
  3. How do you handle failure?

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

What Med Schools Really Want

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. Led 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. 

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 various Post-Bac programs, as well as understand the pros and cons of Post-Bacs and other booster programs available to students.

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

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 admission 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

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.

Best of Both Worlds: MD/PhD

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. 

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!

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 or pharmacist can not only treat patients, but strengthen and empower a community. Hear stories of providing care to underserved communities, and how you can get involved.

Be the Best You: Writing a Personal Statement

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

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

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. It 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 

Mock Interviews

Note: Only one mock interview is available per students. Students enrolled in more than one mock interview will be subject to re-assignment or cancellation of enrollment.

This workshop simulates a real medical school interview session—so be prepared to shine! After a 30- minute interview, students will receive personal feedback and tips to improve their performance for the real thing. Interviews may be traditional one-on-one conversations, or the increasingly popular MMI scenarios. Some questions to prepare yourself:

  1. Why do you want to go to medical school?
  2. How will the Affordable Care Act impact the practice of medicine?
  3. How do you handle failure?

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

What Med Schools Really Want

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. Led 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.

Strategies for Applying to Medical School

There is more to a medical school application than the application itself. One of 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.

Prepping for the new MCAT

The MCAT is changing in 2015! 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 a seasoned MCAT preparation team.

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.

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, 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.

Experience Medical Research

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.

Military Medicine

Students know the military can help pay for medical school, but usually that’s it. In this workshop, representatives from the armed forces will explain both the benefits and expectations of students interested in pursuing military-sponsored career in medicine. Find out the difference between the military scholarship and military medical school, how many years of military service is required and to what extent, and what career prospects are like beyond military service.

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

It's your time to shine, and you are understandably nervous. Learn how to get over those interview jitters as this workshop is designed for students who want to learn how to strategically approach their admissions interviews. It 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 

Mock Interviews

Note: Only one mock interview is available per students. Students enrolled in more than one mock interview will be subject to re-assignment or cancellation of enrollment.

This workshop simulates a real medical school interview session—so be prepared to shine! After a 30- minute interview, students will receive personal feedback and tips to improve their performance for the real thing. Interviews may be traditional one-on-one conversations, or the increasingly popular MMI scenarios. Some questions to prepare yourself:

  1. Why do you want to go to medical school?
  2. How will the Affordable Care Act impact the practice of medicine?
  3. How do you handle failure?