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2018 MEDS Pre-Med Schedule & Info

Find the 2018 MEDS Pre-Med Workshop Schedule and more information about the program.

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine Telemedicine Building

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

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.

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: Emergency Room/ICU

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 emergency clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and more.

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 its uses in the practice of medicine--and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

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.

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 all.

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

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

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: Emergency Room/ICU

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 emergency clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and more.

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 its uses in the practice of medicine — and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

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.

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 all.

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

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.

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: Emergency Room

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 emergency clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and more.

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 its uses in the practice of medicine — and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

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.

 

Your Pathway to Medical School: Section 1 & 2

Do you feel lost thinking about how to prepare for medical school? What should you do during your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year to make sure you are on the right track? Well, have no fear! This workshop will be hosted by Health Beat to help you learn all you need to know to be a successful applicant. Section 1 is for 1st & 2nd year/ community college students and Section 2 for 3rd & 4th year students.

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.

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! 

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

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

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: Emergency Room

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 emergency clinical skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with these “patients” — listening for heart arrhythmias, breathing irregularities, and more.

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 its uses in the practice of medicine — and get the chance to practice using it on a human body!

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.

 

Your Pathway to Medical School: Section 1 & 2

Do you feel lost thinking about how to prepare for medical school? What should you do during your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year to make sure you are on the right track? Well, have no fear! This workshop will be hosted by Health Beat to help you learn all you need to know to be a successful applicant. Section 1 is for 1st & 2nd year/ community college students and Section 2 for 3rd & 4th year students.

Lunch #1

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!

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

Chat with a Medical Student

The students at UCSD School of Medicine are incredibly diverse, just like you! Chat up close and personal with a medical student who shares your background, identity and interests. The 12 interest groups are as follows: African American, Latino, First Generation, Asian, Military, Social Justice Activist, LGBTQ, Integrative Medicine, MD/PhD-MSTP, Married, Took Gap Year(s) to Teach, Took Gap Year(s) to do Research.

Experience Medical Research: MD/PhD

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. M.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.

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.

 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: How to Dominate the MMI

Are you confused or scared about the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview)? Don’t be, because Dr. Pinesett has you covered! In this interactive session, you will learn what the MMI is, how you will be evaluated, how you can prepare and how to crush the MMI — and lock in your medical school acceptance. The best part is that you will learn all of this while laughing hysterically as Dr. Pinesett puts attendees through mock MMI sessions and breaks down every single aspect of their performance through the eyes of a medical school interviewer.

Telling Your Story: 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. 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.

Medical Specialties

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. This will be an immensely helpful session for those who want to know more about the different possible specialties available to students and life beyond the application process.

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. 

How I Scored in the 99th Percentile on the MCAT

Learn MCAT study tips and test-taking strategies from a UCSD student who scored 523 on the MCAT! Find out his study secrets and how to develop your own personalized study schedule and techniques for success.

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

Clinical 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.

Chat with a Medical Student

The students at UCSD School of Medicine are incredibly diverse, just like you! Chat up close and personal with a medical student who shares your background, identity and interests. The 12 interest groups are as follows: African American, Latino, First Generation, Asian, Military, Social Justice Activist, LGBTQ, Integrative Medicine, MD/PhD-MSTP, Married, Took Gap Year(s) to Teach, Took Gap Year(s) to do Research.

How to Stand Out: Admissions Committee Advice

We would like to introduce to you a member of the UCSD School of Medicine admissions committee. Committee members are distinguished individuals who read applications, interview students, and ultimately decide who gets in and who does not. You will learn about the admission process, what medical schools are looking for in their medical students, and what they like to see on an application. This is also your chance to ask your own questions to one of the very people who will read your application when you apply to the UCSD School of Medicine.

Military Medicine

Did you know that the military can help pay for medical school? 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. 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.

Explore Other Medical Career Options

There is a new emphasis on training medical professionals in related fields and working in teams to provide care for patients. UCSD Medical School is a leader in Interprofessional Education. Learn from a panel of health care providers from different disciplines how this works and why you may want to choose one of these careers: Physician Assistant, Advanced Practice Nurse, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Public Health, Dentist, Pharmacist.

 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 medical and pharmacy schools are expensive, but so is applying. Money should never discourage students from pursuing their dream, because there are options available. Uncover the different resources and programs available to students in medical school, as well as learn information that pre-med students can use now.

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