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2018-03

Contains all seminars for March 2018.

Bioethics Talk with Dr. Louis Voigt

Join the Society of Bioethics and Medicine and Dr. Louis Voigt for an engaging discussion about medical ethics and how it is applied in modern medicine! Refreshments will be served!

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SNMA MAPS-Minority Association of Pre-medical Students Open House

Join Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) for its first official event of the semester. Learn about shadowing, mentoring, research, and academic opportunities that will benefit you greatly as pre-medical students. As the oldest and largest pre-medical club, our events will provide you the support you need to get through the four long years at Hunter, and attendance of our events will give you credit and hours that are required. We will be serving a continental breakfast.

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Doctor Speakers Series: Dr. Colleen Thurman, DVM

Colleen Thurman is a second year resident at NYU and Regeneron in laboratory animal medicine. She completed her veterinary and master's education at Tufts University in Grafton Massachusetts in 2016. Before attending veterinary school, she worked in private practice as a veterinary assistant at both a small animal practice and a feline only practice in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Prior to that, she graduated from Cornell University with Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Spanish. She originally thought she wanted to pursue human medicine, but discovered a passion for veterinary medicine, particularly laboratory animal medicine, while working through the pre-veterinary curriculum and participating in undergraduate research in a lab doing studies on stem cell dynamics in mice.

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University of Medicine and Health Sciences Information Session

Shyam Dharia, Associate Director of Admissions for the University of Medicine and Health Sciences will discuss the curriculum and answer any questions you may have. The curriculum at UMHS is modeled after the best U.S. medical schools. UMHS offers a traditional Basic and Clinical Science program. The academic program is both accelerated and rigorous, with a focus on preparing students for licensure in the United States and Canada. UMHS operates on a trimester schedule, with classes beginning in September, January, and May. Each semester is approximately 15 weeks in length, and students can complete the 10-semester program in roughly four years. The Basic Science curriculum, semesters one through four, is offered at our state-of-the-art campus in St. Kitts. UMHS' faculty are highly qualified and appropriately credentialed. They are recruited primarily from the United States and are fully dedicated to our student's success. UMHS maintains small classes to ensure a personalized education. The University provides a variety of support services throughout the Basic Science program to ensure that students succeed academically and personally. Our faculty dedicate virtually all of their time to teaching, helping students, and providing counseling and tutoring services. UMHS has a 93% First-time pass rate on the USMLE.

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Naloxone Training for Pre-Health Students

Naloxone administration is an emergency intervention to prevent opioid overdose. Pre-Health students will get hands-on experience, gain some knowledge about the current opioid crisis and learn how they may help people in their communities. It is also a great experience to include on your health professions graduate school applications. This training will be conducted by members of the Weill Cornell Medicine chapter of the American Medical Association

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Doctor Speaker Series: Dr. Renee Williams

Dr. Renee Williams is an Assistant Professor and a Gastroenterologist at New York University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate training at NYU and is an Academic Achievement Program (AAP) alumnus, and serves as the current Chair of the AAP Alumni Board. Her interests include medical education with a concentration in simulation education such as the observed structural clinical encounters (OSCE's).. She is actively involved in medical education design and implementing simulated experiences for undergraduate and graduate medical trainees. Within gastroenterology her interests are concentrated on health disparities in colon cancer screening, luminal gastroenterology and quality improvement. Dr. Williams is the Chair of the Minority Affairs and Cultural Diversity committee for the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) and is a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She is a strong believer in diversity and has implemented multiple workshops aimed at increasing awareness to highlight gastroenterology for underrepresented students in medicine. Dr. Williams is actively involved in clinical and educational research and her work has been published in peer reviewed medical journals. In 2016, she was the proud recipient of the NYU J Christopher Burch award for Humanism in Medicine.

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Columbia University Medical Center Institute of Human Nutrition Information Session

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a health professional and want to explore career options in nutrition? Join the Columbia University Medical Center – Institute of Human Nutrition’s Career Services Officer, Shelley Weinstock, PhD, CNS, FACN, to learn how the one-year MS Program in Human Nutrition may be right for you. As a student in the IHN you will be trained to: • Become competent in nutrition science as well as in clinical and public health nutrition • Understand the importance of nutrition in health and disease prevention • Develop writing, critical thinking, public-speaking and leadership skills through our focus on professional training Category:

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Organizing and Writing About Your Experiences

The experiences and personal statement sections bridge the gap between a description of you as a scientist-humanitarian and the analytics provided by the admission test and academic institutions. Your target institution needs to affirm your intellectual and temperament preparedness for the investment that they will make in you. Your academics tell the story of your intellectual journey. Your experiences and personal essay are a window into your non-academic mindset. This workshop aims to help you to organize, write and present your many achievements, your reason for pursuing a career in healthcare and to explain and minimize any flaws that may exist in your dossier.

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Heart 2 Heart Information Panel

Join the Pre-Health Organization as it presents the 2nd annual Heart-2-Heart Information Panel. Heart 2 Heart is a program designed to address health disparities around NYC and provide free health screenings. The program involves students from Hunter College, Hunter-Bellevue Nursing, Weill Cornell Medical College and the NYP Dietetic Internship Program. Come speak with medical students, coordinators and research staff about how they combat health disparities and how you can be a part of this! Category:

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The Art of Science Speaker Series

Description: Interested in hearing about how art can inform scientific practice in a professional setting? Come to this event to hear Hunter Alumna Rachel Richards, a New York City based technical illustrator, animator, and data visualization artist with a background in engineering and coding speak about her experience at the intersection of art and science. Her work has touched upon the fields of forensic science, cyber security and medical data storage. She currently works as a freelance science communicator, using a variety of mediums (data graphics, animations, illustrations) to translate complex scientific ideas into a format that is more easily understood. She is passionate about art and science and advocates for multidisciplinary exchange in both academia and industry. Can’t wait to see you there! Category:

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Hunter College Pre-Dental Society Meeting

Meirrel Hosny, a first year Stony Brook Dental student and former president of PDS will be our special guest. We are looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday! Category:

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Doctor Speaker Series: Dr. Nicole Pacheco

Nicole Pacheco is a proud alumna of the CUNY system, graduating in 2014 as Salutatorian and Summa Cum laude from the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College. Following undergraduate, Nicole went straight to medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is now a fourth-year medical student, with plans to enroll in psychiatry residency in the fall. She hopes to specialize in reproductive psychiatry – a fascinating intersection between OB/GYN and psychiatry, where one works to promote the mental health of women throughout their reproductive life. In addition to her interests in psychiatry, Nicole has been heavily involved in medical activism. She has held presidencies in both SNMA (Student National Medical Association) and SEOM (Students for Equal opportunity in Medicine), two medical student organizations that work to promote diversity within medicine. She is also the proud co-founder of CUNY in Medicine, a group that helps support CUNY students in their medical school endeavors.

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AMSA Presents: Dr. Speakers Series featuring Dr. D. Edmund Anstey

Join us for an engaging discussion with Dr. D. Edmund Anstey. Dr. D. Edmund Anstey is a Cardiology fellow at Columbia University Medical Center-New York Presbyterian Hospital. He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Biology and African & African-American Studies. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Anstey has also received a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Alongside his fellowship in cardiology, he is actively involved in research and medical education. His research focuses on racial and gender disparities in care as well as hypertension among African Americans.

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The Atlantis Pre-Med Fellowship Information Session

The Atlantis Clinical Shadowing Fellowship is a competitive physician shadowing program with placements in Europe or South America during winter (December-January) or summer (May-August). As our flagship program, the focus of Atlantis Clinical is AAMC-compliant doctor observation and reflection. You will join a group of pre-med students from universities around the United States and shadow doctors in various specialties for over 60 hours while abroad.

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Stress and Time management for Pre-Health Students

Learning how to effectively manage your stress and time will be one of the most important skills you will need to acquire in order to be successful. Reducing anxiety and procrastination, eliminating cramming, increasing motivation, and gaining extra time are a few of the many advantages of learning how to effectively manage time. Join for this workshop that will help you to maximize your time and learn how to manage Pre-Med stress. This is a required Pre-Health workshop.

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Pre-Health Discussion Forum: The Opioid Epidemic

Join us for a discussion on the current state of the US Opioid epidemic. In 2017, HHS declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. As reflected in the latest mortality data from the CDC, deaths resulting from drug overdoses are up among both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. Opioid-involved deaths are continuing to increase in the United States. More than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. The discussion will be led by a student from Hunters’ School of Urban Public Health. Please skim the papers below. They will provide a good background on the issue. Active participation is required. This event is strongly recommended for students in the current and upcoming application cycles. The forum will help to prepare you for interviews.

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Physician Assistant Presentation: Heather Tomchik

Heather Tomchik is a physician assistant who currently practices in the Department of Plastic Surgery at Westmed Medical Group in Purchase, NY. Heather completed her undergraduate degree at Western Connecticut State University where she majored in Pre-Medicine/Biology and minored in Biopsychology. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Biology. She then pursued her Masters of Medical Science at Yale University in the Physician Assistant Program. She graduated with highest honors in 2005 receiving top awards for her thesis and performance during didactic rotations. Professionally Heather is a former board member of the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants and a former clinical preceptor and admissions interviewer for the Yale Physician Associate Program. In her spare time, she likes to be active with exercise and has completed several marathons. Come to this presentation to learn more about a career as a physician assistant and to hear about Heather Tomchik’s experience in this health profession.

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Unpacking Gender and Sexuality: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Identity

Unpacking Gender and Sexuality seeks to provide an introduction to rethinking what we know about gender and sexuality. While many LGBTQ+ 101 trainings focus on gender and sexuality terms, identities, and their meanings, this workshop will provide broader definitions and an overview of theories to understand gender and sexuality from a wider perspective. The workshop will cover the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities, but will also challenge the framework that problematizing gender and sexuality should only be related to these communities. How does shifting our practices and understanding of gender and sexuality more broadly benefit all people and ensure that those often marginalized are more frequently and consistently included?

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Doctor Speakers Series: Dr. Maria Camps, DVM, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine & Oncology)

Dr. Camps graduated from the University Autonomous of Barcelona in 1991 and underwent accreditation of her degree by the American Veterinary Medical Association at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Camps completed an internship in small animal medicine at the Oradell (NJ) Animal Hospital in 1996. After working in private practice in rural Tennessee and northern California, she finished a residency in small animal internal medicine at Louisiana State University in 1999, and during that time, she completed an externship at the Endocrinology Department at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Later that year, Dr. Camps moved to NYC to work as a staff doctor in internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center. During that time, she completed her second residency in the specialty of oncology. Maria has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 2000, and she became certified in Oncology in 2007. Currently, she is a staff doctor at Animal Medical Center where she trains new vets: interns and residents. Dr. Camps is involved in national and international continuing education projects for veterinarians and vet students, and she has served as an associate professor at the University Autonomous of Barcelona. AMC conducts cutting-edge research and clinical trials.

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Mock MCAT Exam

The Pre-Health Professions Advising Office is hosting a free mock MCAT exam. We are attempting to create a realistic environment so you will only have access to your lunch and personal items during breaks in the practice exam. You must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam. In order to register for the free practice test, you must complete 3 steps. First, you must sign up for The Princeton Review’s MCAT Ultimate Free Trial. Next, you must register for the free practice test at Hunter on Wednesday, April 4th using the SAME INFORMATION that you used when you signed up for the MCAT Ultimate Free Trial. Following both of these steps will allow you to receive a detailed, interactive score report with in-depth explanations for every item on the practice exam, so you’ll understand where you need to improve. If you do not register for the MCAT Ultimate Free Trial prior to registering for the practice test, you will only receive a simple breakdown of your score.

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Dentist Speaker Series- Dr. Theresa Mueller, DDS

Join us for an engaging discussion with Dr. Theresa Mueller. Dr. Mueller owns a very successful dental practice in the Central Park West area. She will discuss her career and offer advice to students interested in pursuing a career in dental medicine.

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The Private Practice Experience in Dentistry Information Session

The Private Practice Experience is an educational 2-day workshop for students considering dentistry. Students are welcomed into the dental practice of Dr. David Forlano in East Islip, New York to participate in lectures given by current dental students and doctors and to practice dental procedures in our operatories.

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Pre-Health Organization Monthly Meeting (Speed Mentoring)

Pre Health Organization presents our monthly meeting. We have decided to experiment and carry out a new format for this meeting. All our e-board members will have their own station and we will hand out a paper with some things we are involved with. Whichever e-board interest the attending students, they can have a quick one on one mentoring session with that particular e-board member. In that way, we can offer individual help and we are really hoping that you all will thoroughly enjoy this new format of the monthly meetings.

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Mental Health and Pre-Professional Students

This event will feature a panel of speakers that range from current students in nursing, pre-law, pre-med and psychology majors, as well as a student who is currently going through medical school and another who has completed graduate school. There will also be a professor who teaches and advocates for mental health, as well as representatives from CWS and the Office of Accessibility. These speakers will share their own personal experiences of dealing with mental health while preparing for pre-professional careers. They will also discuss strategies and suggestions for balancing mental health and rigorous undergraduate courses of study. This will include a Q&A segment, so please come with questions!

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Everything You Need to Know about Being a Pre-Health Student

This workshop is geared towards students who are interested in going on to professional health care programs of medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary and podiatric medicine. This workshop is designed to ensure students learn the basic information and can begin meeting the requirements for competitive application. Topics include: • Academic Expectations • Prerequisite courses • How to develop your Pre-Health Portfolio • Characteristics of a Competitive Applicant To register with the Pre-Health Advising Office and to start a Pre-Health file, your attendance is REQUIRED.

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