UC Davis Pre-Health Conference 2017
As my alarm rang at 5 a.m., I groggily got up wondering why my alarm clock was going off on a peaceful Saturday morning. It was then that I remembered about the UC Davis Pre-Health Conference. I pulled my warm blanket off of me as my feet touched the cold hard-wood floors of my room. I walked to my bathroom and with eyes half-opened, I began getting ready for the day ahead of me. I dressed myself in black slacks, a black and white blouse, a black blazer, and heels. In my purse I had my wallet, extra battery charger, business cards, a small notebook, and a pen; I was prepared for the day ahead of me.
Off on the road, I hit traffic on the freeway towards Davis. It seemed like everyone else was also attending the conference. I got to the conference 10 minutes before the registration lines opened up at 7 a.m. The cold morning gust was unforgiving. Finally, the lines began moving and we moved into The Pavilion stadium as breakfast and morning events commenced.
We had Dr. Lars Berglund, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Research, as the keynote speaker. He spoke amazing things about the advancements in medicine especially in regards to research and the application of the other sciences and engineering to medicine.
After the morning commencements, we were escorted outside where we had workshops and met with representatives from dental, medical, pharmacy, and many other health professional schools. As a second year, I currently am not ready to take the MCAT or to apply for medical schools but it was fascinating learning about how I could work on myself now as a student to prepare for the MCAT and learn how to become a better applicant.
There were a lot of workshops that it almost felt very overwhelming. I wanted to attend other workshops but the schedule conflicted and I had to choose which to attend. Since this is one of the biggest pre-health conferences in the nation, this wasn't too surprising. However, I felt like because they had a lot of interesting workshops, that the event should be spread out over at least 2 days or separate the days based upon interests (i.e. PA/Pharmacy on one day, medical/dental on another).
Overall, I had fun learning about resources that will help me become a better student and applicant for medical school, meeting other like-minded individuals, and getting to know my fellow AMSA officers better.
Maipaluku Moua, Co-VP of IT AMSA ARC
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PRE-MEDICAL SURGICAL STUDENT INTERN AT SIMP (PART I)
This past summer I had the amazing experience of becoming one of the pre-medical surgical students at the Surgical Internship and Mentorship (SIMP) Program at the UC Davis Health Center. This program is one of the most competitive pre-medical programs in our country and is here in Sacramento, close to our community college. It is open to a wide array of pre-medical students from community colleges, graduate schools to even High School students. People from all over the country apply for a spot.
I started my application for the Summer Cycle 2014, on November 2013, which might seem well in advance, but I had just enough time to gather all the requirements.
I began by talking with my professors about my interest in the program and the possibility of having a letter of recommendation written for my application.
After being accepted into the program, I began preparing for the surgical internship in terms of learning policies, and rules about the UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). I made sure I read and re-read the SIMP handbook, since the program is very rigorous and I wanted to be ready and informed for the tasks that lay ahead.
My first two days at SIMP were spent at the “Surgical Academy”, which is an anatomy and physiology bootcamp. We received several lectures from attending surgeons, residents, and medical students. We covered the whole human body in two days. The sort of material taught was engaging, the amount of material was challenging.
The next step was signing up for shifts. Since I was part of the summer cycle we were required to have a minimum of two shifts per week, and one of those shifts had to be during a weekday. My signing up went smoothly and I was ready to follow the teams of vascular surgery, plastic surgery, ear-nose-throat surgery, and surgical oncology, between others.
The day before my first shift I paged the residents around 6:00 pm. I waited by the phone for my call back and to my surprise it took no longer than two minutes. The resident instructed me with the floor and the room where “rounds” start and asked me to be there at 5:00 am. I was thrilled and nervous about my first shift, because I did not want to make any mistakes but at the same time I wished to make the most of my shift.
The next day I woke up at 3:10 am. I got ready in 40 minutes and left home at about 4:00 am. As I drove in the early morning, it was dark still, and the streets were empty.
As I arrived to UCDMC I used the little map of the hospital to find the elevators and found the conference room where the team met. All the medical students and residents were busy working on their notes. I was not sure if I was in the right place, but as I introduced myself one of the residents, told me it was Vascular Surgery. I was super excited, I had arrived and I was ready to absorb all the knowledge that these physicians and future physicians in training would share with me.
*Andrea Kulinich now attends University of California at Davis, majoring in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior *
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