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UC Davis School of Medicine - Virtual Information Session on July 16th 9 am - 12pm

 (Posted 6-18-2021)



 UC Davis School of Medicine invites you to our Virtual Information Session on Friday July 16th to learn about the journey to medical school.

 This event will cover:

  • Admissions requirements
  • Policy changes due to COVID-19
  • Student programs and services

 Plus, a student panel with current medical students.

This session is designed for students who are interested in careers in medicine, current American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) applicants, and advisors or counselors who work with students who have an interest in attending medical school.

 To register, please use this link.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at



Office of Admissions

Education Building
4610 X Street, Suite 1202
Sacramento, CA 95817

Ph. 916-734-4800



Journey for Underrepresented Minority Pre-Medical Scholars

 (Posted 5-20-2021)


My name is Michelle Martinez, a first-year medical student at USC Keck School of Medicine, and one of two IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) student council representatives. Please see the below information regarding a summer program created by minority medical students for underrepresented minority pre-medical students. Information about who, what, when and where is included, but please feel free to contact me with any specific questions or requests.


JUMPS: Journey for Underrepresented Minority Pre-Medical Scholars


The Keck School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) representatives from the Keck School of Medicine Student Council are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians. The summer seminar series, JUMPS, will take place in partnership with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA).


The Keck Office of Diversity and Inclusion and IDEA representatives would like to host a summer seminar series for underrepresented minority undergraduate students on or interested in a pre-medicine track. The series will address common questions that pre-medical students have about being able to successfully apply, and matriculate, to medical school. We aim to target pre-medical students in their freshman and sophomore years (or any student early in their pre-medical journey).

The format of each session will be a one-hour presentation on a topic relevant to the pre-medicine track, followed by smaller breakout rooms where the medical student facilitators will be able to answer the attendees’ questions and provide mentorship. These topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Required pre-medicine courses and helpful study tactics

  2. Common extracurricular activities of successful applicants (shadowing physicians, volunteering, clinical experiences, etc.) 

  3. How to find research experiences as an undergraduate student

  4. Building relationships with professors and obtaining letters of recommendation

While what is deemed underrepresented is continuously changing, we aim to predominantly reach Black, Latinx, Native American/Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Cambodian, Indonesian, and Laotian) students. 


Due to the pandemic, all seminar series will take place on Zoom. Participants will sign up via a google form to receive the link. Some schools will have a designated “point of contact” who will disseminate the google form and flyers to their respective student groups.



All JUMPS sessions will take place weekly on Saturdays in July from 10am-12pm

July 10th: Introduction to Pre-Med: What types of classes are required? Can you pick any major? What are some helpful study tips? What do you do if you receive a poor grade?

July 17th: All About Extracurriculars: How do you participate in community service? Is it possible to have a job while being pre-med? How important are leadership positions? How do you obtain letters of recommendation?

July 24th: All About Research: What are the different types of research? How do you email doctors about their research? How do you make a CV/resume?

July 31st: All About Admissions: What is the application process like? When should you apply? How much will it cost, and how can you pay for it? How do you write a personal statement?

Please see the attached flyer for more information about JUMPS. The link to sign up is included in the flyer and can also be found here: LINK TO SIGN UP:

Have any topics you think would be important for us to cover?

Send me an email with any specific topics you think your students would benefit from and we will try our best to incorporate them in our schedule!


Kayla Blair (IDEA Representative):
Michelle Martinez (IDEA Representative):
Thank you once again!
Michelle Martinez
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Medical Student, Class of 2024  (626) 255-6862



Virtual High School and College Student-Athlete Healthcare Career Conference  June 2nd and 3rd from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

 (Posted 5-13-2021)


Good afternoon, Dr. Zhao:

On behalf of Dr. Donovan Roy, the Assistant Dean of Diversity, and Inclusiveness at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, better known as WMed. June 2nd and 3rd from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time WMed and the AAMC will be hosting a virtual high school and college student-athlete healthcare career conference. The conference offers multiple tracks (high school, college, or administration). The conference theme "Helping Student-Athletes Transition from an Athletic Team to a Health Professional Team" aims to bring awareness to the parallels between the skills student-athletes possess and the skillsets that make an ideal candidate for admittance into healthcare training programs. Furthermore, this conference also seeks to empower those working with student-athletes (ex. high school guidance counselors, athletic, academic career advisors, and athletic student development professionals) to support student-athletes exploration and potential application to professional healthcare training programs. This conference is targeting all student-athlete, especially black males.

For more information visit,

Best Regards,

Marcel Coleman 

Office of Diversity & Inclusiveness Intern

Western Michigan University

Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

1000 Oakland Drive

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008



D.R.E.A.M (Diversity Recognized, Emphasized and Assimilated into Medicine)

(posted 4-09-2021)


Good afternoon, 

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Katie McAnnis, and I’m a first-year medical student at Western University COMP-NW located in Lebanon, Oregon. At our school, we offer an outreach initiative called the DREAM Program to encourage underrepresented pre-med students to pursue a rewarding career in medicine, specifically as an osteopathic physician, to bridge the diversity gap, and to strengthen the patient-physician relationship in healthcare. DREAM stands for Diversity Recognized Emphasized & Assimilated into Medicine. This program is an immersive four-day experience that provides participants a sneak peek of what it’s like to be in medical school through informative workshops (application process, finance, residency, and personal branding) and virtual activities (suturing, clinical procedures, ultrasound, and osteopathic manipulative techniques). 

I would like to invite your students to apply to this program to make their dreams of becoming a doctor into a closer reality! This program is free of charge. I have attached a flyer that you may use to distribute this information to anyone who may be interested in applying. Additionally, here are a few links for more information about program requirements and the application process: DREAM website

Program Dates: Monday, July 19th, 2021 to Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Application Deadline: Friday, May 14th, 2021


Osteopathic physicians are fully licensed doctors who can practice in any specialty and prescribe medications ljust like our counterparts allopathic physicians. With the training in osteopathy, we approach patients holistically and have an extra set of unique skills to perform manipulative treatments that focus on body mechanics.


To learn more about WesternU COMP-NW and osteopathy, please visit our school's website, as well as the American osteopathic Association website.

Thank you for your time and helping with distributing this informatoin to interested students! You may reach us at


Katie McAnnis, OMS I

Curriculum Representative 2024

Western University of Health Sciences

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest



Cal State LA's Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology

(posted 4-06-2021)


Dear colleagues,

Greetings! I hope this email finds your well!

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program in Biotechnology (BiotechCP) is a revamped one-year program for students who are interested in careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Please see the link:

This program was supported by a grant from the Department of Education (Title V-B). We would like to attract graduating seniors from your department to apply.

The deadline for completed applications for the Fall 2021 cohort is April 15, 2021.

I would appreciate it if you could disseminate the attached flyer to your students, especially graduating seniors.


Thank you for your help!

Best regards,

Howard Xu, Ph.D

Director of Incubator Development and Programming

Professor of Microbiology, Dept. of Biological Sciences


T 323-343-2188;


USC M.S. in Global Medicine Virtual Open House on Friday, April 16 at 1:00 PM

(posted 4-05-2021)


Dear Pre-Health Advisors,

We would like to invite you and your students to our upcoming USC M.S. in Global Medicine Virtual Open House on Friday, April 16 at 1:00 PM via Zoom. 

Attendees will get to learn about the application and admissions process, as well as how the GM program prepares students for health professional careers. This will be a great opportunity to have all your questions about the program answered by the Global Medicine Program Director, and advisors, and Q&A with program alumni. 

Please click HERE to RSVP. The Zoom link will be shared closer to the event date.

Danni Wu

Student Services Advisor

Master of Science in Global Medicine

Keck School of Medicine of USC


Pre-PA Club with Western University Information Session Thursday 4-15-2021 12 - 1pm 

(posted 3-20-2021)


CPP's Pre-PA Club invites you to join an information session with Western University's Physician Assistant program, which will occur Thursday from 12 (noon) to 1pm Pacific Standard Time via Zoom on April 15th. Western U. will be presenting a short slide show and potentially bring current PA students/alumni as well! CPP Preprofessional advisor Dr. Ansel Zhao will also attend this meeting to provide information on the CPP-WU PA Linkage program.  

If any questions in regards to this meeting, please contact Dr. Zhao to get in touch with PA Outreach Chair Samuel Truong.

 Samuel Truong | PA Outreach Chair, Pre-Physician Assistant Club 2020-2021
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Navy Scholarship Program 

(posted 3-11-2021)

Dear Students, below please find an email from Navy Medical Representative LT Cheryl Invina and feel free to contact her/him/them if you have any questions about these programs. Flyers for these programs can be requested from me.

Good morning Dr. Zhao,

I hope this email finds you well.  My name is LT Cheryl Invina and I am the local Medical Representative for Navy Medicine.

The Navy has a Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) that I think would be very beneficial to your pre-medical and pre-dental students.  We can offer them 100% full paid tuition to dental school along with other benefits.  Please find attached an informational flyer.

The Navy also has a Nurse Candidate Program (NCP) that I think would be very beneficial to your pre-nursing students when they are in their nursing program.  We can offer them up to $34,000 in financial assistance along with other benefits. Please find attached an informational flyer.

If you can please send this out to your pre-med, pre-dental, and pre-nursing students, or if you can please direct me to someone who would be able to help me reach your students, that would be wonderful!

Thank you for your time and have a great day!

Very respectfully,
LT Cheryl Invina
Navy Medical Representative
Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Pacific
West Covina, CA
Cell: (805) 536-1347




Virtural CPP Pre-Health Conference Registration - Saturday April 10th 9am - 4pm

(posted 3-9-2021)

About: C Triple P is a center point for all healthcare fields and was created for students interested in a career serving and healing others! Due to COVID-19, this conference will be held virtually on April 10, 2021 from 9am to 4pm via Zoom. The conference will consist of a variety of different panels, workshops, and professional programs in different fields to provide resources, skills sets, and information on your future career. More specifically, there will be a panel series, two opportunities to attend workshops, and time to talk with various schools and programs about what they specifically have to offer! If you think that a career in healthcare might be for you, this conference is the perfect place to learn more about it. There will also be opportunities to build connections with various admissions teams during the tabling session and win prizes. 

SUMMER 2021 BOOST GRANT is available for CPP students  - APPLY NOW!

(posted 3-2-2021)

I want to share the details of an exciting funding opportunity for students to enroll in summer courses at no cost to themAs you may recall, last year, we offered a Summer Boost grant that paid for students’ tuition and fees if they completed their A2 and/or B4 requirement during the summer. This year we have expanded this program to include all the Golden Four courses (A1, A2, A3, and B4) plus D1 and D2 courses. 

Recognizing that there is a high volume of students who have not completed these requirements and that these are important courses to facilitate timely graduation, we will cover the cost of up to 6 units of qualifying coursesBelow is more information about the program eligibility in a FAQ format, which may help you work with students who received an invitation to participate.  

You may visit the Summer Boost Grant website for more informationThank you!  


Dr. Cecilia Santiago-González 

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Student Success 



 Summer Boost Grant FAQs 


Who is eligible?  

  • Students who entered the university as first-time, first-year students in Fall 2019 or Fall 2020, who have not met and are not currently enrolled in at least one of the six General Education (GE) courses mentioned above 
  • These students received a personal invitation at their CPP email address, asking them to fill out an interest form to estimate course demand.  
  • Students who are enrolled in the qualifying courses and cohorts, and do not pass this course at the end of the term, will become eligible. 

What courses can they take? 

  • Students can complete their A1, A2, A3, B4, D1, and D2 (Golden 4 + 2) requirements as part of the Summer Boost program. The full list of courses offered in each of these areas is on the Summer Boost website 

What does this grant cover 

  • If students take at least one (and up to 6 units) of the courses, we will pay for their tuition and fees. All these courses are being offered on the university's state-side (as opposed through open university), which allows us to leverage funding granted by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, students’ financial aid entitlements, and/or institutional grants.  
  • Please encourage students to register as soon as their enrollment appointment begins, as registering for these classes guarantees funding. If those courses get filled, students should get on the waitlist to identify additional demand; however, additional course availability is not guaranteed. 

What do students need to do to receive the grant?  

  • Register for the course(s) they need.  
  • After students fill out the interest form, we send them an acknowledgment form they need to submit.  
  • They must also fill out their CPP Connect Planner with their Summer 2021 plan.  
  • The grant will automatically be applied to their account balance in early May. 

How many units can students take as part of the Summer Boost program? 

  • The Summer Boost grant will cover up to 6 units, as long as the course(s) are part of the areas listed above. 

How will this impact summer registration? 

  • Eligible students will receive a guided registration ‘blue box,’ similar to what they may receive for their A2 and B4 requirements. This blue box will prompt them to enroll in the GE courses they still need to completeOnce the student puts these courses in their shopping cart, they can register as they normally would. 

What happens if students want to take courses outside of the Golden 4 + 2? 

  • The guided registration blue box will prevent students eligible for the Summer Boost grant from registering for other courses outside of the Summer Boost list. However, if students choose to take a course outside of these 6 GE requirements (Golden 4 + 2), they will not be eligible for summer boost funding. They will, then, need to contact the Bronco Advising Center so that they can register for their other courses. 
  • Students cannot “mix and match” state-support and open university courses. This means they will not be able to take one course as part of the Summer Boost program and another course outside of the Summer Boost program.  


The UCSF Master of Science in Global Health program has extended the application deadline to March 15, 2021


(Posted 2-22-2021)

Why study global health at the University of California, San Francisco?

The 11-month, full-time global health master’s program offers:

  • Training for global health service and leadership

  • Ten weeks of global health fieldwork

  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and world-renowned faculty

  • Preparation for careers in research, policy, organizational leadership, and program management

If you are considering applying to the program:

The master’s program places a high value on the diversity of students who matriculate and reviews all applicants in a holistic manner. Applicants who come from traditionally underrepresented populations and students who have faced hardships are encouraged to apply.


Master of Science in Community Medicine by Keck Graduate Institute

(Posted 2-16-2021)


KGI’s School of Medicine is now accepting applications for its first class of students in a Master of Science in Community Medicine, a two-year program that will serve as the foundation for their Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The inaugural fall 2021 class will have full sponsorship for the MSCM degree. KGI will host a webinar for prospective students on February 16, 2020 which will also be recorded and posted online. Information about the program, registration for the webinar and links to the application for program admission are available at
You could also find additional information about this 2-yr Master program here.


CPP Delta Epsilon Mu Sp2021 Recruitment

(Posted 1-27-2021)

Hello and hope you all had a great winter break and a good start to your spring semester! We would like to formally introduce Cal Poly Pomona’s first professional pre-health co-ed fraternity, Delta Epsilon Mu, Inc. 

 A little about Delta Epsilon Mu: There are currently 34 active chapters and counting nationwide, 12 of which are in California. This chapter at Cal Poly Pomona, Alpha Upsilon, is one of the recently established chapters. The fraternity believes strongly in 4 main ideas: Loyalty, Dedication, Friendship, and Support. Through these pillars we aim to provide a fulfilling and meaningful environment for all pre-health majors. These pillars remind us that we always have a brother or sister to lean on, especially in these times of social distancing and quarantine. Our members provide a welcoming and supportive community while helping each other grow professionally. By joining, you will also gain access to health-related resources, workshops, discussions, and connections, as well as networking opportunities. 

For those that are interested in joining our fraternity, we are excited to announce that we are holding our Beta Class recruitment next week February 1st - February 5th.  You can also contact us through email and follow our Instagram page for more details and information. To be included in our mailing list for more information, please fill out the following google form.

Feel free to reach out to us anytime if you have any questions and we hope to hear/see all of you soon!

Best Regards,

 Alpha Upsilon Chapter

Delta Epsilon Mu, Inc. 


Instagram: @dem_alphaupsilon



Loma Linda University School of Medicine Pre Medical School Symposium 2021

(Posted 1-22-2021)
California Polytechnic State University Department of Biology,
I am reaching out on behalf of the Loma Linda University chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA will be hosting our Annual Premedical Symposium focused on Medical School Admission next month. As individuals that have gone through the process of navigating the premedical experience and attaining acceptance to medical school, we have a passion for helping others traverse the often-ambiguous premedical terrain. This is why we have prepared a special 2021 symposium that will connect premedical students with the knowledge, resources, and invigoration they need to be successful. 

 As part of this year’s premedical symposium, themed “You Are Here” will provide students with information and resources related to:

• MCAT success 

• Networking skills 

• Personal statement development

• Non-traditional premedical routes

• AMCAS medical application development

• The medical school interview

• Extracurricular activities 

• Transitioning into medical school

• Financing medical school

• Individualized premedical advancement advice

This event is hosted free of charge! We want to invite students from your institution to join us on this special day, February 21 2021 via Zoom (link will be provided via email to students who register)

The LLU chapter of SNMA is focused on service to our community and strengthening the pipeline of students that achieve acceptance to medical school (especially those from underrepresented backgrounds). As part of this initiative, a limited amount of students that attend the symposium will also be subsequently incorporated into our Premedical Mentorship Program that matches premedical students with dedicated Medical Student mentors that help them navigate the premedical experience longitudinally. Preference to these positions will be given to students that register for this event early. 

The registration form can be accessed via the following link:

Please see the flyer attached for advertisement purposes. 

Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in collaborating with us to make students aware of.

We would be happy to have students from CPSU involved in this upcoming event. We also would be open to engaging with your premedical students at your home institution. 

Thank you for your time.


Ja'Neil Humphrey

Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Class of 2024 


Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Final Deadline: March 1st, 2021

(Posted Jan-17-2021)

Please visit for detailed information on this summer research program at UCLA. 

Applicants must be:

  • a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or F-1 visa holder;
  • be a rising junior or senior;
  • have a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • have some familiarity with at least one programming  language (e.g., Python, R, Java, MATLAB, C++)


CSUPERB: Open Call for 2021 Presidents’ Commission Scholars Program, Rolling Submission Deadline: February 16 - April 19, 2021

(Posted Jan-15-2021)

Note: If you are interested in research , please see below message from CSUPERB and cotact faculty members whose research is of interest to you in order to start the application process.

Dear CSUPERB Community:

This is a reminder that CSUPERB is currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Presidents' Commission Scholars Program.

Proposal Rolling Deadline:  February, 16 – April 19, 2021 before 5:00 p.m. pacific time

Award Notification:  Within 60 days of submission

The Presidents’ Commission Scholars Grant Proposal RFP, template and application link can be found at the CSUPERB home page at:

The Presidents’ Commission Scholars program aims to support up to 11 CSU undergraduate scholars during Summer 2021 and/or 2021/22 Academic Year. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are allowing applicants flexibility in their research experience. Students can perform the research over Summer 2021 or opt to stretch it out over the following fall and spring semesters of the 2021/22 Academic Year.

Please forward this message to all faculty involved or interested in biotechnology education and research on your campus. Questions can be directed to the CSUPERB program office at

- Christine Montgomery


  1. Christine Montgomery

Student Programs Specialist

CSU Program for Education and

Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

5500 Campanile Dr.

San Diego, CA 92182-1011

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