Pre-Professional Advising

Volunteer Opportunities & CPP Club Events

Please note, any non-CPP program, event or activity information disseminated here is merely for its intrinsic value and potential interest to our students. We donot endorse any non-CPP service providers/organizations and hence assume no liability or responsibility for any potential risks or harms arising out of participation in the listed non-CPP program, event or activity. Please use the information at your own discretion.






Health Coaching Program Summer 2024 Enrollment - Deadline May 17th, 2024


The Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP) offered through San Antonio Regional Hospital is now accepting applications for the Summer 2024 Semester.

Below are some of the key features of the health coaching experience:

  • Hands-on experience with direct patient care coordination (that includes home visits where appropriate)!  
  • Problem-solving experience with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
  • Stipend for gas.
  • Learning to navigate an electronic medical record system.
Applications for Summer 2024 are being accepted now. Deadline: MAY 17, 2024
To apply, contact Sandy Knox, CHIP Manager, or get more information on the CHIP Program at its website.


INSAN's 8th Annual Health Fair in Pomona - Thu Oct 28, 2023, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


We are organizing our  8th Annual Free Health Fair in Pomona offering multiple health and needed services. Please save the date Saturday October 28 and spread the word. Our focus will be homeless and low income individuals and families, though it will be open to all. We invite you to be part of this noble cause in reaching out and extending the crucial services to those who often fall in the cracks.

 This will be our Day of Service and a Tribute to INSAN's Founder, an eminent educator and humanitarian Dr. Syed Hasan (1924 - 2016).

Please join us for our upcoming program:

  • Saturday October 28, 2023,  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM,  Free Community Health Fair in Pomona (near city hall)

Since it is an all day event, we have it divided in two shifts (Shift A 8:30 - 1:00, Shift B 12:00 - 4:30). Volunteers can sign up for one or both shifts. We will be sending you more details later including volunteer sign info. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

In the past, the health fair has provided a range of services such as screening of blood pressure, blood sugar and other vital signs, vision, and dental check ups, flu and COVID shots, EKG. We also had OB/GYN (female physician), Pediatrician, Family Practice, Cardiologist, Neurosurgeon, Nephrologist, and their services on hand. We will continue this year as well. Please check the pictures from the past below to get an idea.

This is a big event and we utilize  hundreds of volunteers to make it happen. Pre-Med/Health and Bio Science students can also avail these opportunities and be part of this endeavor in supporting/managing roles (set up, registration, flyer distribution, food, clean up) , "INSAN Shadowing", Specialists Talks etc.

Volunteers should be fully vaccinated and shouldn't have any serious health issues. 

Health Fair Volunteering Request:

We do get full sometimes, so please confirm ASAP if you would like to reserve these spots. Also, preferably sign up those members who wish to pursue a medical/health career. Upon registration, they will receive detail- instruction email.

Please find the  glimpses from  Health Fair 2022 .

This way you will be receiving our monthly newsletter/schedule and other leadership communications.

  Other Upcoming Programs

  • Saturday, Oct 21, 2023, 9:30 - 12:30 PM, Distributing Health Fair Flyers in Pomona
  • Sunday, Oct 22, 2023, 9:30 - 12:30 PM, Distributing Health Fair Flyers in Pomona 
  • Saturday, Nov 4, 2023, 10:30 - 3:30 PM, Preparing & Feeding Lunch in Pomona
  • Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023, 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Thanksgiving Meals Preparation in Claremont
  • Thursday, Nov 23, 2024, 9:00 - 2:30 PM, Packing, Delivering, Serving Thanksgiving Meals in Claremont/Pomona

For a complete list of Oct-Nov schedules please check our September Newsletter. 

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


For more than 55 years INSAN has been on the forefront of many educational and humanitarian causes in India.  Since August 2011, INSAN has also been active in Southern California, especially in the Pomona area through INSAN Foundation's pilot project INSAN  for Humanity.

Currently our focus is helping the most vulnerable around us:

  • Hunger & homelessness
  • Education Disparity 
  • Leadership

Explore INSAN

Looking forward,

Saba Hafeez

INSAN Foundation/Mission

P O Box 874, Walnut, CA 91789

INSAN for the betterment of fellow humans - 5 decades of service

Website: INSAN for Humanity




INSAN's 8th Annual Health Fair - Cal Poly Campus Meeting - Thu Oct 12


Save the date, INSAN's Annual Free Health Fair - Saturday October 28
, A multi-disciplinary service event.

The health fair will offer a range of services offered by Medical, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy teams. We are also working on getting OB/GYN (female physician), Pediatrician, Family Practice, Cardiologist, Neuphrologist, Oncologist, Neurologist, Dentist, flu and COVID vaccinations as in the past.

This big health fair is just around the corner. It;s a big event and we mobilize a couple of hundred volunteers leading up to (planning, promoting) and during the event. Though most of the medical services will be provided by the medical team, INSAN provides additional volunteering opportunities (supporting roles, shadowing, listening to the specialists, networking etc) for those who wish to pursue Med/Healthcare.

In this regard, there is a pre Health Fair meeting at the Cal Poly campus.

INSAN's 8th Annual Health Fair - Cal Poly Campus Meeting
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023
Time: U-Hours
Venue: Building 3, Room 2870
INSAN Foundation/Mission
P O Box 874, Walnut, CA 91789
INSAN for the betterment of fellow humans - 5 decades of service


CPP  Preprofessional advising and WesternU Program Overview (Tues. October 10, 2023) and  Optometry Career (Thurs. October 26, 2023) 


  •    Tuesday Oct. 10th, 10 - 11:50 AM - Preprofessional Advising Overview (Dr. Ansel Zhao) & Western Univeristy Programs Overview (Nicole Gutzke)


  • Thursday Oct. 26th, 12 -1 PM -   "Why Optometry? Why Berkeley?: An Admissions Presentation on UC Berkeley's Optometry School"

                       Topics include:   Herbert Wertheim School of Optometry & Vision Science program, didactic coursework and clinical training; admissions process, application best practices and financial aid information. 

Interested students please use the visit the News and Events page to sign up for the above events (reference to the specific event for your sign-up purpose). A zoom link will be sent to you the day before each event.


WesternU Pre-Pharm Club Meeting - Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (Wed. October 11, 2023) and CPP Pre-Pharmacy Club Society Mixer (Fri. October 20, 2023) 


From WesternU Pre-Pharmacy Club: "We would like to invite any students with an interest in the health professions to join and be a part of our WesternU Pre-Pharmacy Club  Our events are held the 2 nd Wednesday of every month.  Most people might associate pharmacy with the large chain pharmacies.  While many pharmacists work in that space, there are lots of opportunities where pharmacists work in other settings that many people are not aware of.  Some of these settings include health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical clinics and more.

Our next meeting which will be hosted virtually via Zoom on Oct 11 th at 6pm . Our speaker will provide insight on the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Career.  We are hoping you will be able to attend! 

RSVP for WesternU Pre-Pharm Club Meeting

From CPP Pre-PHarmcy club: "Are you looking for an opportunity to network with faculty members and current Pharmacy students? Look no further, join us at the Pre-Pharmacy Society Mixer in collaboration with Western University on Friday, October 20th, 2023 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM . Please see the attached flyer for more information. 

This event is an optimal opportunity to network with current Western Pharmacy Students and Faculty and to familiarize yourself with the multitude of career options available to future pharmacists! Even if Pharmacy is not the route you are considering, feel free to still join us for an amazing networking opportunity! 
Reserve your spot now - space is limited! The last day to register for this event is Thursday, October 12th, 2023 by 11:59 p.m.  Don't miss out on this wonderful networking event!  
For further inquiries, please contact or



Fall  2023  Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP) Application - Deadline 7/31/2023


The Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP) offered through San Antonio Regional Hospital is now accepting applications for the Fall 2023 Semester.  CHIP is an experience-based program to study key issues concerning community healthcare and developing practical approaches to support patients. Students consider obstacles to effective healthcare as well as strategies for enabling at-risk patients with chronic conditions to play a more active role in promoting their own health and well being.

Through the care coordination, education, and support offered to patients,  Student Health Coaches, our Medical Director, Registered Nurse, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, we have  reduced avoidable hospitalizations by 45% and ED Visit by 35%.

Benefits of the health coaching experience:

  • Hands-on experience with direct patient care coordination (that includes home visits where appropriate)!  
  • Academic units awarded as agreed to by each student's respective school and department;
  • Experience solving experience with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.
  • Stipend for gas.
  • Learning  to navigate an electronic medical record system.

Program Requirements:

• Sophomore or higher in Health Science, Public Health, Biology, Sociology, Nutrition, Psychology, Nursing, or whose career goals are focused on healthcare service.

• Minimum commitment of 3 to 4 hours per week.

• Valid Driver’s License and access to a motor vehicle.

• Participate in hospital orientation, background check, and TB test.

To Apply:

• Applications for spring 2023 are being accepted now!Deadline: May 12th, 2023

• To apply, contact Sandy Knox, CHIP Manager, at or get more information on the CHIP Program.


CPP Global Medical Brigades 2023-2024


Here is a message from Jaylynn Jiang, one of several  fellow CPP students who have decided to restart the club for the year 2023-2024:

Global medical brigade is a great way for students, especially those that are in pre-health, to gain experience and make connections. We still have not decided where our next mission will be, but we are hoping to hear from those that plan to join the club this upcoming fall. We are currently having trouble finding potential E-board members and members for the club. If you can send a mass email to the science department and let them know of this opportunity, that would be great! We have already created a document for those who are interested to fill out and it's linked right here:  CPP Global Medical Brigades


UC Davis School of Medicine - Virtual Information Session on April 14th


UC Davis School of Medicine invites you to our Virtual Information Session on Friday April 14th 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. More details, including how to register for this session is included in the attached flyer. Please pass this information along to students or colleagues that you think would be interested or post on your website.  Additionally, we have provided information regarding our COMPADRE College Virtual Medical School Prep Series for those students who have interest in addressing physician shortages in underserved urban, rural, and tribal communities. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Office of Admissions

UC Davis School of MedicineEducation Building
4610 X Street, Suite 1202
Sacramento, CA 95817Ph. 916-734-4800





"Professor for a Day" event - CPP Alumni will share their post-CPP Journey and Career Expreience March 6th, 12pm, On Zoom


Scheduled speakers:

Name (First) Name (Last) Major Place of Employment Job Title:
Phong Trac Environmental Biology Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Director, Center for Global Health Engagement
Betty Demus Microbiology  Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley  Clinical Laboratory Scientist 
Angel Ayala Biology Uc irvine PhD student


Register Now:   Professor for a Day Registration Form 


"Professor for a Day" event - CPP Alumni will share their post-CPP Journey and Career Expreience March 9th, 12 -12:50 pm, In-Person,  Bldg. 4, ROOM 2-314



Biotechnology Career Panel

Learn about career options from alumni  and have some Pizza!


March 9

12-12:50 p.m.


With Alumni:

Cynthia Prieto-Diaz

Mizuho America, Inc.

Priya Revindran

Pro-Tech Design & Manufacturing

Hansini Vitherage

Kite Pharma, Inc., a Gilead Company

Register Now:  Biotechnology Career Panel Registration




Webinar Presentations on Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Clinical Laboratory Scientist at CPP


Interested students please use the LINK at the Office Hours and Contact page to sign up in order to receive Zoom link for each event.

  • Thursday Feb. 16th, 12-1 pm  - Webinar presentation by the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine program at Western University  


  • Friday Feb. 17th, 12-1 pm  - Webinar presentation by Clinical laboratory Scientist (CLS) David Luong and CLS candidate SeokJin Lee on CLS career path. 
    • Clinical Laboratory Scientist 

      Also known as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, individuals in this profession serve the healthcare system through their crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. CLS’s perform and supervise laboratory testing in hospital clinical laboratories, reference labs, and conduct research in biomedical companies as well. These tests include the disciplines of immunology, hematology, medical microbiology, transfusion services, chemistry, and urinalysis. The purpose of this seminar is to introduce the profession of Clinical Laboratory Science to aspiring students, as well as review general program requirements, application processes and best practices, and what the journey entails.