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UC Davis hosts 7,000 future faces of medicine and other health careers

October 10, 2013

About 7,000 high school, community college, and university students will learn about educational and career opportunities in the health and medical fields as they engage with people from more than 400 medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing and public health schools and programs at the University of California, Davis, campus this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.

The 11th national conference, “Passion for Life, Education, Service, and Your Future in Healthcare,” is planned, staffed, coordinated and funded by the UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance, a partnership among pre-medical and pre-health student organizations, fraternities and sororities at UC Davis and other local colleges in the Sacramento area. Students from all over California and the nation will attend.

“We are excited to host this year’s conference at the UC Davis campus where student leaders made a tremendous effort to bring nationally renowned experts in health care and health-care policy to inspire and engage the next generation of leaders,” said Adela de la Torre, vice chancellor for student affairs and director of the Center for Transnational Health at UC Davis. “These participants are striving for excellence and I look forward to seeing the impact of this conference on the students and their communities.”

The event features more than 200 workshops and panel discussions covering topics such as preparing for standard graduate school entrance examinations; primary care and nursing; financing medical and health-care education; and options for combined programs for doctoral and medical degree studies.

Speakers include: Dr. Arthur Chen, Time Magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year and a  graduate of both the UC Davis undergraduate and medical school programs; Dr. Ernie Bodai, co-founder of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp, also an alumnus of the UC Davis School of Medicine; Dr. Isaac Yang, neurosurgeon at UCLA Medical Center; Dr. Jeffrey Cain, board chair and former president, American Academy of Family Physicians; and many others from medical and health professions including dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

Keynote talks will be given by: Lucinda L. Maine, executive vice president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Carol A. Robinson, chief nursing officer, UC Davis Health System; Loel Solomon, vice president for community health, Kaiser Permanente; and Richard W. Valachovic, president and CEO, American Dental Education Association.

Discussion panels will include deans and directors of admissions from more than 70 of the nation’s top medical schools including UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Stanford, Yale, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. School deans will discuss their respective institutions, including admission requirements and qualities desired in prospective students. They will also take part in a moderated question-and-answer session.

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The Pre-Health Professions Fair will provide attendees an opportunity to interact with admissions personnel, financial aid officers, faculty, staff and students from more than 400 programs.

About the conference

It is the mission of UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance to keep the event affordable and accessible to all students, regardless of socioeconomic standing. UCDPHSA is dedicated to reducing health-care disparities through increased access to pre-medical and pre-health preparatory education. Because of this, general registration begins at just $30 for both days, and more than 1,500 fee waivers are available, as well as free overnight housing in Davis. Additional admission packages, including round-trip bus transportation from 13 California locations, overnight housing and additional meals are available.

For complete details, please visit the conference website. Speakers and panels from previous years can be viewed on the conference YouTube channel.

About UC Davis

UC Davis is a global community of individuals united to better humanity and our natural world while seeking solutions to some of our most pressing challenges. Located near the California state capital, UC Davis has more than 34,000 students, and the full-time equivalent of 4,100 faculty and other academics and 17,400 staff. The campus has an annual research budget of over $750 million, a comprehensive health system and about two dozen specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and 99 undergraduate majors in four colleges and six professional schools.

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