NATIONAL PREMED DAY 2021
Keynote: Sampson Davis, MD
Dr. Davis is an Emergency Medicine Physician at several New Jersey hospitals. Dr. Davis is a NY Times best-selling author and has co-authored The Pact, We Beat the Street and The Bond. In 2013, Dr. Davis released “Living and Dying in Brick City – An ER Doctor Returns Home.”
In 2000, during his residency, Dr. Davis along with his two best friends felt the burning need to give back and created The Three Doctors Foundation. Operating on the premise of H.E.L.M. (health, education, leadership and mentoring), their non-profit organization offers a series of free public programs to communities throughout the calendar year.
We’ve invited the biggest names in the premed world to share their secrets for getting into medical school. This year, we’re introducing 3 new tracks:
Navigating the Premed Journey
⊕ Extracurriculars: When, Where, and Why?
⊕ I Got In [Panel]
⊕ It’s Never Too Late: The Nontraditional Premed Path
⊕ Keeping Track of Your Premed Progress
⊕ Study with Precision
⊕ Timeline of Premed Years
⊕ What is Med School Really Like? [Panel]
Diversity in Medicine
⊕ Anything Can Happen – MiMentor Panel
⊕ Black Men in White Coats
⊕ Disabilities in Healthcare
⊕ From Hood to MD
⊕ Guide to Med School as an LGBTQ+ Applicant
⊕ Live Openly about your Mental Health
⊕ “Over-Represented” in Medicine? Let’s Talk About It.
Applications and Admissions
⊕ Am I Ready to Apply to Med School?
⊕ Application Renovation
⊕ Applying as an International Applicant
⊕ Applying to Texas Med Schools
⊕ From TakeCasper to TakeAltus: Changes for 2021-2022
⊕ Get the Most out of your Pre-Health Advisor
⊕ How is COVID Affecting Admissions?
⊕ How to Pay for Your Medical Education
⊕ How to Prep for the MCAT
Plus: a mini Track for pre-pa Students
⊕ A Day in the Life of a Surgical PA
⊕ Top 10 Pre-PA FAQs
NATIONAL PREMED DAY KICKOFF
Welcome! What can you expect from today? What are you most excited for? What do you hope to learn? Come join us and share your thoughts and questions.
Sampson Davis is an infectious, compelling storyteller that all should hear. His true rags-to-riches journey leaves audiences inspired and filled with motivation. Growing up in one of America’s toughest cities, he made the transition from life-threatening quarters to a highly sought-after professional speaker, best-selling author and specially skilled, life-saving physician.
APPLYING AS AN INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT
Applying to medical school is tough enough – it’s even tougher when you’re an international student. Only 48 American institutions consider international applicants, and they accept them at about half the rate of U.S. citizens. Come hear from someone who has not only gotten in but formed a mentorship group to help others follow his path.
LIVE OPENLY ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Logan Noone is a fourth-year medical student who lives with bipolar disorder. His podcast is about finding comfort with living openly with mental health. Stress, sleep, studying are hard for all premeds and harder for folks with mental health struggles. Let’s talk about coping.
LATINX in Health Care
Join to hear from a panel of speakers from MiMentor, a group dedicated to mentoring the next generation of diverse healthcare professionals. Each speaker will share her own story, but the unifying theme is “Anything can happen.”
GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PREMED ADVISOR
What courses fulfill my prerequisites? What courses should I take beyond prereqs to do best on MCAT? To be most prepared for med school? Does my school do a committee letter? These are questions that your pre-health advisor can answer! Come learn how to form a valuable relationship with someone who is a key part of your premed process.
TIMELINE OF PREMED YEARS
Many of the timelines for premeds assume you’re doing 4 years of college, then going straight to med school. Rachel and the Mappd team are going to flip that on its head and help you count down to med school, regardless of your starting point.
From Takecasper to takealtus: changes coming in 2021-2022
Casper, the online open-response situational judgment test (SJT) long used for admission into medical school has a new home: TakeAltus.com. With Casper now part of the Altus Suite of assessments, Dr. Kelly Dore will shed light on updates to Casper and answer all your questions about the new non-cognitive requirements for your medical school applications this year.
KEEPING TrACK OF YOUR PREMED (and Pre-PA) PROGRESS
The prehealth professional path is long and complicated. It’s hard enough to do all the work, let alone to keep track of what needs doing. Join us for a demonstration of Mappd and a conversation about tracking progress on the road to a career in health care.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE: THE NONTRADITIONAL PREMED PATH
People start med school in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s! The road may not be smooth or short, but you’ve acquired wisdom and maturity. Let’s talk about how to get started, how to find resources, and how to stay motivated.
Application Renovation is a series from Dr. Ryan Gray of Meded Media, dedicated to helping students figure out why they didn’t get into medical school and showing them (and you) what you need to do to improve an application for the next cycle!
Disabilities in healthcare
How do we combat health inequities and improve access to care and services for patients with disabilities? How do we advocate for accessibility, resources, and disability services for our health care providers, above and beyond that required by law?
STUDY WITH PRECISION
Come learn about a study method designed for the rapid pace of med school that helps you efficiently move the information into your long-term memories for retrieval as needed.
BLACK MEN IN WHITE COATS
Fewer black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being black men, this comes as no surprise. Dale Okorodudu, MD, dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.
HOW TO PAY FOR YOUR MEDICAL EDUCATION
There’s no getting around how expensive medical school is. Is there a way out of this mountain of debt? Is there a way to plan ahead?
“OVER-REPRESENTED” IN MEDICINE? LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
This session gets at the awkward but necessary conversations about race and gender and the admissions process.
Do you need protein? Water? A little stretching? We bet you do! See you again in 30 minutes.
How much of your story do you tell? How do you find schools that are a good fit for you? How can you be a good ally? Let’s discuss.