Important News and Announcements
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It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr. Michele Mouttapa as the Health Professions Advising Office’s new Interim Director and Advisor. She is an Associate Professor on campus and has previous experience in advising with regards to health promotion and gerontological health. As a statistical analyst and evaluation consultant, Dr. Mouttapa furthers collaborative research with local schools and agencies within Los Angeles and Orange County, focusing on health risk behaviors among underserved minority populations. Her areas of specialization include adolescent substance use, violence, and obesity prevention. As editor of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion (CJHP), Dr. Mouttapa is committed to disseminating collaborative research at the community level.
With that being said, Dr. Mouttapa is very excited to begin advising in our office and to provide guidance to students who are interested in pursuing a health profession.
On a sadder note, it is with great sadness that we announce that Mary Ortiz’s last day will be August 11, 2015. She has been an Administrative Support Assistant II in the Health Professions Advising Office for almost 2 years. She has helped countless students throughout the years and is remembered for her dedication to informing students of the resources our office provides. As she moves on to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, she will be missed greatly by her colleagues, students, and staff. We wish Mary all the happiness and success in her future endeavors.
Guide to Scholarships for Minorities
Description: The guidebook was created to help students from many minority groups – including African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and others – better understand their financial aid options. The guide includes a wealth of resources intended to help minority students and their families through the scholarship and financial aid process. These resources include:
- A list of scholarships available to students from various minority groups
- A step-by-step guide of finding scholarships and grants
- A breakdown of the many types of financial aid available
Podiatry Focus: Footfest
Designed as a day for potential students to experience the world of podiatric medicine, FootFest is paired with an existing podiatric medical clinical conference in various parts of the country. Students are invited to the program and are able to participate in a full day of events including a panel of members within the podiatric medical community, an interactive activity (such as casting), lectures on cutting edge techniques and relevant podiatry topics, a luncheon with mentors (current students, professors and podiatric physicians), and a tour of the exhibit hall at each conference to witness firsthand all of the exciting products being used by podiatrists. The program is completely free of charge (minus transportation costs) and the feedback from students who have participated has been extremely positive.
AACPM is currently planning on holding FootFest events at the American Podiatric Medical Association Region One Conference in Boston, MA on October 16 and the Mid-Atlantic Podiatry Conference in College Park, MD on October 23.
In addition, AACPM will be hosting a virtual FootFest program as part of the first ever Virtual Podiatry Fair on November 18, which will allow students who may not live in an area where FootFest is hosted to participate in a similar event online.
Information for these events is released both on the HealthProf listserv and through AACPM Social Media, so follow AACPM on Facebook and on Twitter.
MEDPEP's 5th Annual Pre-Health Conference and Resource Fair - Admission is Free!
Location: UCLA - Board Art Center/Coral Tree Walk (240 Charles E. Young Dr. North, Los Angeles, CA 90095)
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Description: This conference will cover the following topics:
- Admissions to four-year colleges and professional schoosl
- Health professional panels
- Financial Aid resources: FAFSA, CA DREAM Act, scholarships, etc.
- Updates on DACA, CA DREAM Act, and resources for undocumented students
- Workshops in Spanish for Parents
- Networking opportunities
- Resource fair
All day parking is $12. Registration and breakfast is from 8:30AM-8:50AM.
Next Step Test Prep Webinar
The last webinar in this series is "Med School Selection and Application Strategies" and is Thursday, August 6th @ 8:30PM EST. For this session, we will be joined by Dr. Ryan Gray of the Medical School Headquarters. He will go in depth on school selection strategies and discuss how to put together a high impact application package.
Advising is Now Available!
Our office's new advisor, Dr. Michele Mouttapa, will begin to offer advising starting next week! Click the blue "Schedule an Appointment" tab to the left of this message in order to schedule an appointment. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience.
Job Opportunity! HPAO Student Assistant Position Available
The Health Professions Advising Office is hiring a student assistant to serve as a second front desk receptionist. The work schedule is flexible (10-20 hours per week) with an hourly rate ranging from $9-$11. For further details, please view the job description and application below. Email the application, cover letter, and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately, as the position will remain open until filled. A letter of recommendation is recommended but not required. Should you have questions please contact our office. We look forward to hearing from you.
American Family Housing Hosts 4th Annual Pigs, Ribs, and Watermelons Professional Barbeque Competition and Summer Festival
Location: Huntington State Beach Date: August 7-9th Description: This fun event is being held to raise badly needed funding for the care of homeless families and individuals. AFH is a 30 year old non-profit specialized in the care of homeless families and individuals. Their housing programs provide services including counseling, job coaching, motivational classes, finance management, and 3 kids programs for pre-school, school aged and teenagers. If you are interested in volunteering for the BBQ, please contact any CSUF Pre-Health Clubs you are a member of.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer, click here.
Graduate School Expo
Location: CSUF Quad Date: September 30, 2015 Time: 10AM - 2PM Description: A list of graduate schools has yet to be provided, but this may be an event for students interested in strengthening their professional school applications. Visit the CSUF Career Center website regarding graduate school booth updates. The day of the event will be an opportunity for students to inquire with the Graduate Program requirements regarding your health profession focus.
Marshall B. Ketchum University's Open House for their Pharmacy Program has been rescheduled from June 27, 2015 to September 26, 2015. You can register at mbkucopopenhouse.eventbrite.com or visit their website for more information.
Transcripts: AMCAS works with Clearinghouse for the submission of transcripts. If an applicant is requesting a transcript from a school using Clearinghouse and the school is an approved eTranscript sender (as CSUF is), they will be prompted to enter their Transcript ID Number into the request with Clearinghouse and do not need a Transcript Request
Another route is www.getmytranscript.com
AACOMAS has a new application for the 2016 cycle. Applicants might notice that the new application has no place to indicate a committee packet is being submitted. AACOMAS has stated that the committee packet counts as one letter. Within the application there is a section called "supporting information", you will select that and choose the "evaluations" option. The applicant will then select "create an evaluation" and enter the advisors name (Dr. Christina Goode). This sends a request to our office stating that the applicant is requesting a letter from Dr. Goode. Even though it seems the applicant is only requesting one letter, our office uploads the committee packet. During the process of each application, AACOMAS and professional schools will receive all letters in the committee packet.
You can now update your coursework section on AACOMAS. Newly completed or planned courses can be updated using a system called Academic Update. AACOMAS Academic Update will be available during three time periods throughout the application cycle: September 1 - October 15, 2015 January 1 - February 15, 2016 March 15 - April 15, 2016 The Academic Update feature will not be enabled in your application until your application has been verified. You cannot make any updates to your coursework section until your application is in the "Verified" status.
Please remember, for AACOMAS, you should print and send us a copy of the application after it is submitted.
Intent to Apply Updates
Please remember to send in your completed List of Schools form, which is located on our website.
A copy of your application to each Centralized Application system is also due to the HPAO before the Committee Packet can be uploaded.
If you have any updates to your Intent to Apply packet, such as recent shadowing, please email Ashley at the email address below.
For more information on these updates or help with the Intent to Apply process please contact:
Ashley Chrisakis Intent to Apply Specialist Itoa@fullerton.edu 657-278-3980
Health Professions Career Center Services
Location: Langsdorf Hall, 208 Date: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM Services Offered: Help with writing a Statement of Purpose In-person mock interviews
ScribeConnect is Hiring!
Pre-med students can now gain valuable medical experience as a "medical scribe" by:
- Staying at a physician's side for an 8 hour shift as their right-hand helper
- Experiencing multiple bed side manner
- Learning medical vocabulary in a hands on way
- Developing valuable relationships with physicians
- Apply at www.scribeconnect.com/apply.html
Schedules are student-friendly. We also provide paid training for our scribes including a 40 hour classroom training period and a 40 hour bedside training period. We are looking for highly motivated people with a strong interest in medicine who have great computer skills, communication skills and do well in a fast-paced environment. Please visit our website www.ScribeConnect.com for more information.
Mometrix Test Preparation
If you are studying for the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the website below has free review videos and practice tests.
Altius MCAT Prep Opportunities
Take a free 2015 MCAT test:
- Click here
- Scroll down to "Take a Free Test"
- Enter your information, then check your email for the exam link. If you do not receive your link, check your junk folder. If that doesn't work, add altiustestprep.com to your email white list and repeat the process.
- The exam is half-length and requires a full four hours to complete, so plan accordingly.
Visit their website to learn more about their summer MCAT boot-camp-style program and private 1-on-1 mentoring.
U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program
First Class Sergeant Brooks visited our office yesterday and spoke with our office about the Army Health Professions Scholarship. The Army will pay 100% of your medical school tuition as well as a stipend, however, you do have to commit to being an Army Physician for the same amount of years they paid your tuition. You would become an Army Physician after graduating medical school. Please read over the flyer and if you are interested you may contact our office for more information.
The 13th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference: "Dedication, Compassion, Innovation: Changing Future of Healthcare and Research"
Full Pre-Health Professions Programming:
- Medicine (MD/DO)
- Veterinary Medicine
- Physician Assistant
- Podiatric Medicine
To register and for more information, visit their website.