This section will spotlight a student who has come through the Health Professions Advising office at CSUF on their journey to professional school, and wishes to share his or her experiences and advice with current and future students.
Jenny Vang - Future Physician
I finished my undergraduate studies at San Jose State University and received a B.S. in Heath Science with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Unsatisfied with my career, I reached out to a good friend and professor who encourage me to pursue a career in Osteopathic medicine. After hours of online researching, I found the Health Profession Certificate Program at California State University Fullerton and was captivated with their emphasis in Osteopathic Medicine. I knew this program was right for me and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.
I chose Osteopathic Medicine because of its values in holistic and preventive care. As well as, the incorporated training of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), which is a therapeutic techniques that is very similar to my own cultural medical practices.
Before I started the program, I worked in various sector of the health care system. My first internship took place at Ford Family Surgery Department in Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. I gained many clinical hours and was later hired. At another internship, I worked in the Emergency Room at Santa Clara County Hospital doing patient registration, and counseling for financial health coverage programs. I also volunteered in a Health Insurance Wellness Program assisting in many preventative care events.
The Pre-health Certificate Program is a very fast pace program. I started my first semester in August 2013 and applied for the linkage program by December 2013. I felt rushed applying to medical school, knowing I had only taken my general chemistry courses, but excited for such an opportunity. My first interview took place at beginning of the second semester and my second interview shortly afterwards. As the end of my first year finished, I received the best news ever, my linkage acceptance to the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Science.
Some advice for the application process is to have your official transcripts ordered and ready. Get your letters of recommendations done early as well. Also, have your personal statements read by friends, family, advisors, and professors who you believe will give you the best advices. I cannot stress enough that you should always practice, practice, and practice for the interview process.
This path, especially for career changer like myself, is a real test of character, self-reliance, and motivation. I learn so much about my strengths, weaknesses, and myself. While in this program, I made many lifelong friends, your cohort will be your support group. My best advices are: be self-discipline, focus on your goals, time management, and be prepare to make sacrifices.