University of California, Irvine

Paths to College Conference: In partnership with the UCI chapter of CCM (Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine), we will be putting on a conference aimed at high schoolers and their parents from Santa Ana, CA, a majority-Latino, medically-underserved community close to our campus. The conference will be held on the UCI campus, and LMSA will charter buses to bring the students and their parents between Santa Ana and Irvine. We are collaborating with CCM as well as UCI undergrads from outside the biological sciences, and will present workshops on a variety of topics related to college preparation, financial aid, what to expect in college etc in both English and Spanish. We will provide breakfast and lunch, and will promote the event at Santa Ana high schools, community centers and churches. The event will be in April, and we are so excited!
UCI LMSA Mentorship Program: Undergraduate, post-bacc, and previous graduates were paired with UCI medical student mentors. We do an event a month for the program, including a Meet and Greet, an AMCAS Application Walk-Through Night, an UltrAnatomy Day, Taco Tuesdays, and a Post-Bacc Program Information Session. The mentees are also offered discounted admission to our Pre-Health Conference in November. This year, we have joined UCI SNMA to collectively start the Guiding Hand Project, our new mentorship program that targets underrepresented minority students in the Orange County region.
UltrAnatomy Day: For this event, we brought the LMSA Mentorship Program Mentees along with undergrads from a variety of other UCI campus organizations targeting first-generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds for a day in the life of a medical student one Saturday in April. The students rotated through a series of ~6 stations in our Anatomy Lab where medical students presented mini-lessons on different Anatomy topics, ~3 hands-on Ultrasound stations, lunch, and a Medical Student Q&A Panel.
AMCAS Application Walk-Through Night: Designed for soon-to-be applicants to medical school, we invited undergrads to a night where we presented a PowerPoint including screenshots of basically every page of a fake AMCAS application we made, answered questions, and connected applicants with medical students to review their application materials.

Pre-Health Conference: Each November, the UCI LMSA chapter hosts a Pre-Health Conference for 200 – 250 undergrads from community colleges and four-year colleges/universities throughout SoCal, including everything from keynote speakers and procedural workshops on suturing and knot tying, to medical student, admissions, and Women in Medicine panels, to workshops on Digital Professionalism and a workshop for undocumented students led by representatives of the PreHealth Dreamers organization. This year, our workshop was held
shortly after the presidential election, and we included a processing room with an LMSA advisor
to facilitate discussion, as well as setting up one exterior wall with post-it notes and a big sheet
of blank paper entitled “Build a Mural, Not a Wall,” where students came together to put their
thoughts, worries, and hopes into words.
Post-Bacc Program Information Panel: We hosted a panel in mid-January (during the post-bacc
admissions cycle) led by UCI MS1’s who have completed a post-bacc program and will describe
their programs and answer questions about their experience. Connected post-bacc applicants with
medical students to review their application materials.
Diversity Week Film Screening: Each February, UCI SOM sponsors a series of events aimed at
medical students led by various medical student organizations during Diversity Week. Last year,
UCI LMSA sponsored a screening and discussion of the documentary film No Más Bebés, about
the sterilization of Spanish-speaking Latinas that occurred at LAC + USC Medical Center during
the 1960’s-70’s. This year, we provided a workshop titled “Cultural Sensitivity in Action,” with
the purpose of presenting strategies on working with diverse cultures and backgrounds in the
healthcare setting.
We are completely open to collaborating with or answering questions from other LMSA
chapters, and can’t wait to learn more about what other LMSA chapters do with mentorship as
well! Gracias!

 

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