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