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2019-04

Contains all seminars from April 2019.

Careers in Mental Health

Are you interested in a career in mental health? Want to know what's difficult/interesting about being a Mental Health Provider working in local communities here in NYC? Interested in culturally competent approaches to mental health? Interested to learn more about grad school programs? Deciding between an MSW, LMHC, PsyD or Ph.D.? Join us on for a Panel Discussion where you can hear from a group of Mental Health Clinicians about their career journeys, working with the local Asian/Asian American population in NYC, and their experiences in the field. Free dinner food!

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Paying for Dental School and Personal Statement Workshop

We will be holding our monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events, our monthly volunteer activity and to hear out any suggestions or opinions for the PDS. We will be discussing various opportunities to help pay for your dental school journey, as well as discuss various Person Statement ideas. Two successful applicants will be attending the meeting and will also be there for a Q&A. Please feel free to bring any and all ideas you may have for your own Personal Statement and this will be a great opportunity to discuss various ideas you may have for this upcoming and future application cycles.

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Bioethics Talk with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Matthew McCarthy

Dr. Matthew McCarthy, a hospitalist at Weill Cornell Medicine, will give us a talk on the ethical challenges physicians have when dealing with superbugs, drug-resistant bacteria/fungi. Dr. McCarthy has written an op-ed for the New York Times on the topic and has been quoted as well in another New York Times article. Come join us as we seek to answer the ethical question of "Should hospitals report superbugs to the public?" Matt McCarthy is a graduate of Yale and of Harvard Medical School and a New York Times bestselling author. His new book Superbugs explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability.

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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.

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Student Doctor Speaker Series-Slavena Nissan

Join us for an engaging discussion with Slavena Salve Nissan. Slavena is currently a third-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She graduated from the Macaulay Honors program at Hunter College with a major in biology in 2015, and is an aspiring physician-writer who has interests in poetry and the medical humanities.

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MCAT Study and Review Sessions

The Pre-Health Professions Advising Office is offering free MCAT review/tutoring for students who are taking the MCAT in 2019 and 2020. Participants will work on practice questions together as a class, paying attention to how to determine the right answer. we will have study sessions where students can work together on problems. The instructor will work with students to address questions/difficulties in their MCAT preparation. Bring your laptop so you can access your MCAT materials and practice exams. Do not sign-up if you are not prepared to actively participate. If you choose to participate you are required to attend all review sessions.

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Pre-Health Research Initiative: Meet the Residents

Drs. Brad Bennett and Caled Wutawunashe are first year Internal Medicine residents at Lenox Hill Hospital. Join us for an informative session on applying to and attending medical school. Both Brad and Caled will be available to answer any questions you may have pertaining to medical school as well what it's like to be a resident at a top NYC hospital. Refreshments will be served!

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Sackler School of Medicine Admissions Presentation

Join us for an admissions presentation from Sackler School of Medicine with Barbara Kugel, Director of Academic & Alumni Affairs. The Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program of Tel Aviv University is a partnership between the United States and Israel that has existed since 1976. The program has trained approximately two thousand talented men and women who have become some of the finest physicians in the world. The program, which is a four-year course of study, is chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York State and accredited by the State of Israel. It welcomes qualified citizens or permanent residents of the United States and Canada. Students are taught in English, and class size is limited to 63 students per class. Topics include: 1. Sackler SOM history 2. Program specifics – admissions, FA, curriculum, schedule 3. Electives in the US 4. The Match and Residency in the US 5. Q&A

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Bioethics Debate: Vaccine Hesitancy and Morality Debate + Pizza Party

We will be discussing controversial issues and moral implications involved in the refusal or reluctance of one to be vaccinated or to have one's children vaccinated. Join the Society of Bioethics and Medicine to present your viewpoints and hear those of researchers, doctors, patients, family members, and others involved in the field. Food will be served!

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IV Training for Pre-Health Students

Come and learn how to administer an IV. IV stands for intravenous that is giving medicines or fluids through a needle or tube, which directly goes into a vein. Proper and successful insertion of IV places its own importance as it can even cause discomfort to the patient. This is a hands-on workshop. You will be given the opportunity to practice administering an IV. Seats are limited. RSVP TODAY.

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The Medicine Business Panel Discussion

For anyone who is thinking of having a medical practice -- it is like starting a business. The same way a hospital would look at where to locate their facilities in terms of demographics, competition, convenience for patients, drawing in top clinicians -- these things can come into play for a smaller practice. Also understanding from an entrepreneur both what it takes to start a business, how medical technology gets launched and how it may affect patient care, or how health data can be used for good care (or misused) are all valuable. So it's not just relevant to "Business" but it is relevant to clinical practice too. Join us for an engaging discussion featuring panelists: Marcel Botha is Founder & CEO of 10XBeta , a product development and engineering firm working in consumer and enterprise electronics, medical devices, and specialized robotics. Margaret Burke is the Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Hospital Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Peter Shanley is a co-founder, investor, and strategic advisor to CoverUS Health. Mark Shankar, MD is an Emergency Medicine Physician on faculty at Columbia University and currently in his second year at Harvard Business School. Thomas C. Ahn is the System Vice President for the Real Estate Division of the Mount Sinai Health System (Mount Sinai, St. Luke’s, Mount Sinai West - formerly Roosevelt Hospital, Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Mount Sinai Queens Hospital and The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) a Seven hospital healthcare network with over 37,000 employees. THERE WILL BE FOOD – AND NETWORKING

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Doctor Speaker Series: Dr. Syed Haider

Dr. Syed Haider will be speaking about his journey to Medical School and beyond. Syed Haider is a fourth-year medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who will be starting General Surgery residency at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Syed was born and raised in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States in 2007. He studied biology at City College of New York where he was a Colin Powell Health Scholar, CCNY-Memorial Sloan Kettering Research Fellow, and CUNY Jonas Salk Scholar. As a medical student at ISMMS, he was selected as Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholar and where he co-founded Mount Sinai Human Rights Student Leadership Program that provides educational, research, and advocacy opportunities for students interested in working with refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture. He organized a school-wide conference on Islamophobia and Racism in the Healthcare System and has shared his work on Human Rights at several national meetings, including at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Syed has held several leadership roles at ISMMS. He served as the President of Student Council and was a member of the Student Council Board of Trustees Committee, LCME Accreditation Task Force Committee, and Muslim Students Association at ISMMS. In addition, he has conducted extensive research on sports-related traumatic brain injuries, bibliometrics, and surgical disparities in healthcare. He has additionally co-founded Global Surgery Student Alliance Group at Mount Sinai and is involved in a new curriculum for Global Surgery at ISMMS medical students. Syed intends to combine his clinical interest in General Surgery with his interests in human rights education and refugee healthcare. Outside of academics, Syed has a strong interest in soccer, photo-journalism and traveling.

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Alternative Careers In Medicine Panel

Choosing a road less traveled does not in any way reflect your knowledge and skills, but rather, your interests and values. A small but growing number of students are now reshaping their views and choosing alternative careers in medicine. Please join us as we host 3 panelists who will share their experiences on choosing an alternative career in medicine. Panel Speakers: Samantha Berry: Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Adjunct faculty at Pace University for Physician Assistant Studies Chong Gao, Ph.D. Ph.D. with extensive experience in oncology research. Skilled in Molecular and Cell Biology, Data Mining and Microsoft Office Suite. Outstanding teaching professional at Hunter College. Exposure in business development and market research through consulting competitions and internship. Anastasia Martinova: Current student in the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel pursuing an accelerated second Bachelor’s Degree and will graduate with BSN this December.

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Community Service Volunteering for Pre-Health Students

Marcelle Amiot-Priso, Director of the Be The Match Program will conduct a community service workshop. This presentation will also provide a walk-through of the Be The Match Program’s mission, programs, volunteer opportunities, and community events. Be The Match® is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. The organization conducts research to improve transplant outcomes and to provide support and resources for patients and partner with a global network. This is a required Pre-Health workshop.

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MCAT Strategy Session

Join us for a session packed with effective study strategies for the MCAT. A knowledgeable MCAT instructor and successful Hunter College applicant will walk you through exam questions, offer insights on the types of questions you’ll see and give you helpful strategies you can use on exam day.

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Pre-Health Discussion Forum:Are GMOs Safe?

The issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as they relate to the food supply is an ongoing, nuanced and highly contentious issue. Individuals from the scientific and medical fields fall on both sides of the argument, some claiming that genetically modified crops are helping to solve issues concerning hunger, environmental sustainability and an increasing global population, while others believe they’re doing more harm than good. With studies supporting both sides, many wonder: Who should we believe? Join us for a discussion analyzing both sides of the argument.

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Weill Cornell Medical College’s Research Associate Program Information Session

Billie Johnsson will discuss Weill Cornell Medical College’s Research Associate Program. The Weill Cornell Medical College’s Research Associate Program (RAP) exposes college and post-baccalaureate students to research activities within the emergency department setting, specifically at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine (NYP/WCM). Program participants work in the Emergency Department between 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM, 7 days a week, to recruit patients for participation in research studies. The Research Associate Program is a research program that occurs in a clinical setting. The program is designed to involve Research Associates in many elements of the performance of research while providing opportunities for observing clinical practice in the NYP/WCM emergency department and for extended interaction with clinical providers and patients. The program provides educational and practical experiences that increase knowledge about research methodology and clinical care and may enhance participant’s application to medical or graduate school.

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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. For more information visit http://www.theprivatepracticeexperience.com

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Doctor Speaker Series: Sara Bittman, MD

Join us for an engaging conversation with Dr. Sara Bittman, a practicing OB/GYN physician. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College and has been in practice for 7 years. She will discuss her career path and five mistakes to avoid when applying to medical school.

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Unpacking Gender and Sexuality in Healthcare Context

Gender and Sexuality in Healthcare Context” seeks to provide an introduction to rethinking what we know about gender and sexuality. This is a workshop meant to center LGBTQ+ experiences in healthcare especially in the context of sexual health care. While there is a lot of stigma about these topics, we seek to normalize the experiences of LGBTQ+ folks and talking about sexual health as neither of these things are “niche” or “special topics”, but rather, applicable to all 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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Pre-Health Mentoring Initiative Networking Event

We invite ALL Mentors to come so that you can all talk about your experience with your mentee(s) so far!! This is also a wonderful time to network and get to know each other, you are a group of incredibly accomplished people!! You all deserve recognition for the amazing work you have done so far in the program. There will also be food and drinks (!!).

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Chiropractic Medicine 101: New York Chiropractic College Information Session

What is Chiropractic Medicine? Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Join us for an informative presentation by Bri Printup from the Admissions Office at New York Chiropractic College.

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MCAT Panel Discussion: How to Prepare for the MCAT

Join us for an engaging discussion with Pre-Health students who have been successful in passing the MCAT exam with very high scores(516-526). The panelists will provide you with insights on what taking the test is like, how to study effectively for the exam and strategies for conquering your fear of this dreaded admissions test.

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MetaSUB Research Information Session

Dr. Christopher Mason completed his dual B.S. in Genetics and Biochemistry (2001) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his Ph.D. in Genetics (2006) from Yale University, and then completed post-doctoral training in clinical genetics (2009) at Yale Medical School while jointly a post-doctoral Fellow of Genomics, Ethics, and Law at Yale Law School (2009). He is currently an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, with appointments at the Tri-Institutional Program in Computational Biology and Medicine between Cornell, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University, the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, and the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute. Ebrahim Afshinnekoo is a second year medical student at New York Medical College and a Medical Student Research Fellow in the Mason Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine. He has directed the metagenomics projects in Dr. Mason’s laboratory over the last three years, most notably leading the PathoMap project. Ebrahim co-founded the MetaSUB International Consortium with Dr. Mason in 2015 and now serves as the Director of Metagenomics. He is very passionate about educational and community outreach, leading and designing many workshops and curricula on the subject of the microbiome, metagenomics, and bioinformatics analyses. Ebrahim’s research interests focus on the translation of metagenomics approaches to the clinical arena.

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Dissecting the AMCAS application of A Successful Applicant: Packaging yourself for success

This presentation will cover the anatomy of an AMCAS application. You will receive insights on the application process from a successful 2018-2019applicant to medical school who has been accepted to seven medical schools which include, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Renaissance SOM at Stony Brook University, UMass and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Target audience: 2019-2020 applicants

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Exploring Careers in Behavioral Health Panel Discussion

From direct patient care and one-on-one counseling to research-driven psychology, many fields offer an opportunity to provide valuable care to those suffering from mental disorders. Join us for a discussion with health practitioners who work in various areas of behavioral health. Panelists include: Dr. Anne Ganzer (PhD, PMH-NP) is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing. She holds a PhD in Nursing Research, an MS in Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and an MA in Psychology. Dr. April Kisamore completed her Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University and her M.A. in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. April has worked in the field of behavior analysis over 15 years. Valerie Lyons (MSEd, CRC, LMHC) has worked as a Rehabilitation Professional for over 20 years. She began her career at Samaritan Village, Inc. where she served as the Director of Vocational Educational Services. Upon leaving Samaritan Village, Valerie worked as the Assistant Project Director of the Hunter College/OASAS Work-Study Project. Valerie received her Master of Science Degree in Education from Hunter College and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Valerie also received certification from the International Life Coach Academy as a Life Coach. Dr. Kenneth M. Fifer, MD, is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Fifer received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA, and subsequently completed Internal Medicine Residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, NY. He is also the assistant director of the Collaborative Care Program at Mount Sinai.

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St. George’s University of London School of Medicine Admissions Presentation

Join us for an information session with Andrew Stephens Medical Programs Recruitment Manager at St. George’s University of London School of Medicine. Study medicine at a unique health sciences university in London, UK. St George's, University of London is a highly respected institution within the world of medicine - meaning it is the ideal launchpad for your medical career: Internationally-focused programs preparing you for worldwide medical careers. Over 250 years of excellence and innovation in research and education. A friendly campus welcoming students from over 50 countries. Opportunities to learn from clinical practice at one of the UK’s busiest hospitals.

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Clinical Volunteering 101 for Pre-Health Students

Patricia Cusack, Ed.D., Director of Volunteer Services at MJHS (Metropolitan Jewish Health System, Hospice and Palliative Care,) will conduct an Information Session for students interested in learning about the details of the enrollment process for becoming a hospice volunteer. MJHS is one of the largest hospices in the tri-state area. Once the details are presented, there will be a QA segment so that participants will leave with a solid understanding of 1) the services that are rendered to persons who qualify for the end-of-life hospice support; 2) how volunteers fit into the clinical Interdisciplinary Team work that is unique to the hospice model; 3) what, exactly, volunteers are trained to do and, by contrast, what they are not permitted to do. Hospice volunteers are a vital part of the Interdisciplinary Team and are under the guidance and supervision of a paid Volunteer Coordinator. Hospice volunteers provide companionship for patients and families, engage in leisure activities (reading, music, games, art, etc. with patients), enable “life review” projects for patients who are interested, and a host of other creative activities. Of course, hospice services are rendered amidst a clinical setting – in a home, an IPU in a hospital, a nursing home or a hospice residence. An initial screening process is required, followed by 15 hours of training which is mandated by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). Becoming a hospice volunteer is an effective way for pre-health students to gain exposure to the profound experiences of end-of-life care for patients – emotionally, medically, spiritually and psycho-socially.

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University of Rochester School of Medicine Early Assurance Program Application Workshop

This workshop will assist students who are interested in applying to the University of Rochester School of Medicine’s Early Assurance Program (Rochester EAP). Academically qualified sophomore undergraduates may apply to the Rochester EAP in May and June following the completion of their sophomore year and will not be required to take the MCAT exam. The workshop will feature two Hunter students who were accepted to Rochester’s EAP. They will speak about the application and interview process and be available to answer your questions. The workshop will review the basics of the EAP program and the application and essay prompts with specific emphasis on how to write effective essays and obtain strong letters of recommendation for this program. Rochester School of Medicine is currently ranked 12th in the nation and looks for students who are interested in diversifying their undergraduate education in order to bring new perspectives and insights to their future careers as physicians.

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