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DREXEL UNIVERSITY AMSA

The Pre-medical Professional Development


Conference Staff: Presents its:

AMSA’s Pre-Medical Trustee: Tej Nuthulaganti 2ND ANNUAL


PRE-MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Conference Director: Mandi Spears DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
Drexel’s Executive Board: FEBRUARY 7, 2009
President: Opal Thakar
Vice President: Morganne Philips
Secretary: Christopher Vargas
Treasurer: Milind Patel
Public Relations Chair: Amit Kumar
Global Health Chair: Jay Patel
Community & Public Health Chair: Seema Samuel
Health Policy Chair: Kevin Maloney
Underclassman Representative: Aaishah Raquib

Shout-out to:
Pre-Med Regional Director: Dave Ciaccia
&
The Philadelphia AMSA Chapters Bossone Research Enterprise
Center
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA 19104
7:30-8:50am: Breakfast and Sign-in
9:00 Sharp-9:50am: Opening Ceremonies
Special Thanks To:
Welcome: Opal Thakar, President Drexel Chapter of AMSA
Introduction: Mandi Spears, Conference Director
Featuring: Keynote Speaker– Dr. Mike Ehlert AMSA National President
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Ehlert
studied Bioengineering at the University of Toledo
before moving to Bonn, Germany where he studied
international leadership and European Policy. In
2003 he returned to Cleveland for medical school
and earned his MD from Case Western Reserve
University. A Dean’s Scholar and member of the
Alpha Omega Alpha honors society, he has been
active in health care reform
and public health with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA),
both locally and nationally. As chapter president he a rally on healthcare
reform at the Vice Presidential Debates in 2004. This event garnered
national press. He served on AMSA’s Board of Trustees representing the
Ohio and Michigan chapters before being elected National Vice President
in 2006. During his tenure as VP he spearheaded initiatives on leadership All speakers who came today to help our attendees in their goal toward
and chapter development, regional conferences and developing strategic becoming successful doctors
partnerships with the AAMC, AOA and SNMA. His academic interests in-
cluded research in spinal instrumentation and novel devices at the Cleve- Dr. Stacey Ake, Drexel AMSA’s Faculty Advisor
land Clinic before becoming involved in the solid organ transplant pro-
gram. This experience is where he was exposed to the field of Urology. Joe Gonzalez, Budget Coordinator for Drexel’s Student Fee Allocation
Michael is currently taking the year off as the AMSA National President Committee
and pursuing a residency in Urology for 2008. For these duties he lives
and works full time in Washington D.C. representing over 68,000 mem- Drexel University Student Technicians
bers and U.S. medical students alike. As a year of growth and opportu-
nity, he hopes to develop a solid diversity initiative – both internal as well Drexel’s Event Services
as in the US health care workforce – and continue the momentum around
global health equity, the National Health Service Corp, health care for all, All of our conference attendees for supporting us in our second Pre-
and student debt issues. He serves on the national advisory board for the Medical Professional Development Conference at Drexel University
Medical Education Futures Study, chairs the search committee for
AMSA’s next executive director, and recently led a strategic retreat set-
ting AMSA’s external strategic priorities for the next four years.
3:30-4:20pm: Time Speaker/Event
Drexel College of Medicine – Mitchell Auditorium 7:30-9:00 Registration - Lobby
Dr. Hanau, DUCOMs Director of Admissions, will present infor- Fair - Lobby
mation on its unique opportunities and curriculum. Drexel Med Breakfast - Atrium
has the largest medical student enrollment of any private medi-
cal school in the nation. Learn about the exciting opportunities 9:00-9:50 Opening and Keynote - Mitchell Auditorium
you could have as a Drexel Med student!
Student MCAT Panel –Randell 238B
Studying for the MCATs but still want to improve your score? 10:00-10:50 Temple Dean of Admissions: Ms. Demmler - Mitchell
This student panel will give you a sense of how other students
Medical School Timeline: Mr. Coyne - Randell 238B
have studied, which test prep courses they’ve taken, and how
they’ve dealt with reaching plateaus in their scores. Personal Statement - Kaplan - ECE 302
Volunteer Opportunities in Philadelphia – ECE 302 11:00-11:50 Jefferson Med Dean: Dr. Brooks - Mitchell Auditorium
Volunteer experience is essential for all pre-medical students. Medical School Timeline: Mr. Coyne - Randell 238B
Come meet the Volunteer Coordinator of the Children’s Hospital
MCAT Practice Problem Session - Kaplan - ECE 302
of Philadelphia, Sarah Schank, to get involved with one of the
most prestigious hospitals in the United States. 12:00-1:30 Lunch - 3rd Floor Atrium
Fair - Lobby
4:30-5:20pm:
Osteopathic Medical Schools –Mitchell Auditorium
1:30-2:20 RWJMS Assoc. Dean: Carol A. Terregino - Mitchell
Heard of osteopathic medical schools, but aren’t sure about
what they have to offer? This session is led by the Director of Life of a Medical Student - Randell 238B
Admissions of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Deb- What are the AMCAS? Neida Perez - ECE 302
orah Benvenger. Learn about PCOM, and their curricula. 2:30-3:20 Penn Med: Dean Sheffler - Mitchell Auditorium
Student MCAT Panel– Randell 238B Life of a Medical Student - Randell 238B
Studying for the MCATs but still want to improve your score?
Dual Degree - Marc Sterns -ECE 302
This student panel will give you a sense of how other students
have studied, which test prep courses they’ve taken, and how 3:30-4:20 DUCOM: Cheryl Hanau - Mitchell Auditorium
they’ve dealt with reaching plateaus in their scores. MCAT Student Panel - Randell 238B
Research Opportunities in Philadelphia- ECE 302 Volunteer - ECE 302
Interested in research but not yet involved in a study? This ses-
4:30-5:20 PCOM Dir. of Admissions: Ms. Benvenger - Mitchell
sion is hosted by a Representative from the Cooper/HUP Aca-
demic Associate Program, Dan Glickman, and a representative MCAT Student Panel - Randell 238B
from the Wistar Institute, Alfonso Lopez Coral. Research - ECE 302
5:30-6:00 Closing Ceremonies - Mitchell Auditorium
5:30-6:00pm:
Closing Ceremonies- Mitchell Auditorium
10-10:50am: 12:00-1:20pm:
Temple University School of Medicine Admissions- Mitchell Auditorium Lunch and Fair- 3rd floor atrium
Director of Admissions, Maria Demmler, from Temple Medical Enjoy a catered lunch and fair in the atrium! Kaplan is raffling
School is hosting this session on Temple Med’s exciting opportu- off a FREE MCAT course so make sure to drop by their table to
nities and curriculum. You’ll get to ask questions and learn get a ticket! Other companies and organizations, including
more about Temple Med. …..will have information regarding their programs.
Medical Application Calendar – Randell 238B
Thinking about applying to medical school but not sure when to 1:30-2:20pm:
do what? This session led by Thomas Coyne, Drexel’s Pre-health Robert Wood Johnson Medical School—Mitchell Auditorium
Coordinator, will give you an idea of how to pace yourself and Dr. Carol A. Terregino, Associate Dean at Robert-Wood Johnson
meet all the deadlines necessary to apply to medical school. Medical School will be discussing the unique curriculum and
Writing Your Personal Statement, by Kaplan- ECE 302 opportunities that RWJMS offers.
This personal statement workshop helps students understand Life of a Medical Student– Randell 238B
―Why‖ the personal statement is a part of the admissions proc- You may have heard about medical school from deans and vari
ess. A Kaplan representative will help students brainstorm to ous other officials, now hear directly from current medical
start the process, focus the student’s ideas into themes and school students.
discuss editing and writing. What’s AMCAS? Medical School App Process– ECE 302
Unfamiliar with the medical school application (AMCAS)? Medi-
11-11:50am: cal school applications require different procedures than col-
Jefferson Medical College Admissions- Mitchell Auditorium lege admissions. Learn about the application from Temple Uni-
Director of Admissions, Dr. Elizabeth Brooks, from Jefferson versity’s Pre-health Advisor, Neida Perez.
Medical College will discuss Jefferson’s unique programs, cur-
riculum, and activities. 2:30-3:20pm:
Medical Application Calendar – Randell 238B UPenn School of Medicine– Mitchell Auditorium
Thinking about applying to medical school but not sure when to Dean Sheffler will present information on the Univer sity of
do what? This session led by Thomas Coyne, Drexel’s Pre-health Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Learn about their interesting
Coordinator, will give you an idea of how to pace yourself and opportunities, curriculum, and pro grams!
meet all the deadlines necessary to apply to medical school. Life of a Medical Student– Randell 238B
MCAT Practice Problem Session by Kaplan– ECE 302 You may have heard about medical school from deans and
Studying for the MCATs? Want a practice session? Kaplan Test various other officials, now hear directly from current medical
Prep will be conducting a Practice Problem Session! school students.
Dual Degree– ECE 302
Interested in a dual degree? Marc Sterns, Director of
Recruitment and Admissions at Jefferson College of Graduate
Studies will be discussing the various options available to you.