PUMC exchange applications

Posted August 10, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine has an ongoing exchange agreement with the Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China. There will be four available spots for UCSF medical students on the 2013 exchange program, which will run from February 27 – April 21, 2013. This program includes 8 weeks of clinical rotations in Beijing, round trip airfare between SFO and Beijing, housing for 2 months and 6 units of elective credit in MED 140.02. Speaking Mandarin is of real benefit in patient care — ideally at least 2 of the UCSF students will be able to speak Mandarin and translate for any non-fluent students.

The application deadline for this program is August 30, 2013. Please see:
http://medschool.ucsf.edu/intlprograms/Programs/UCSF-PUMC.aspx to find the application and more information.

Good luck with your applications!

Med Students wanted for CareerMD Event

Posted August 3, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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CareerMD (www.careermd.com) is in search of a medical student, who is able to assist as a registration staff person at a doctor recruitment event in San Francisco on Thursday, August 23. This event is part of a nationwide series and is a forum for residents and fellows to meet face-to-face with prospective employers for career planning and networking. The on-site responsibilities will include checking in attendees as they arrive and reporting to the on-site supervisor. The registration assistant will need to be on-site at 4:00 p.m. and will be dismissed no later than 9:00 p.m. CareerMD will pay $100.00 as well as reimbursement of parking, if applicable. Details of the event will be forwarded upon confirmation of employment. Students, who are interested and available, may contact: Soon Benham (sbenham@careermd.com).

Understanding PM&R: A Medical Student’s Guide – Summer 2012

Posted July 27, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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Deciding if PM&R is Right for You

Felicia Skelton, MD (PGY2—UWA)

Choosing which specialty to pursue is one of the most exciting, yet challenging parts of medical school. With so many opportunities available, it’s often difficult to learn enough about each specialty to feel like you’re making a truly informed decision. Especially in the case of PM&R, many medical students receive little to no exposure to the field, or often learn about it too late in the residency application process. Here are a few tips to help you gain a broader understanding of the field so that you can decide if it’s right for you.

Determine Your Interests, and Explore How PM&R Fits With Those Interests

Knowing what you enjoy and are passionate about can help refine the decision making process. Do you prefer treating patients with chronic illnesses over long periods of time or briefer encounters where patients get better quickly? Do you prefer working in an inpatient (hospital-based) setting or outpatient (clinic) type setting? Do you prefer more or less procedures? One of the best aspects of PM&R is that if you answered yes to any (or all) of those questions, there is a place in this field for you! Physiatrists treat a broad spectrum of illnesses across the entire life span, from spinal cord injury to sports medicine. The AAPM&R Web site has a dedicated Medical Student Center with a wealth of information. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Medical Student Guide to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation—Answers frequently asked questions, lists common diagnoses physiatrist treat and procedures we perform
  • About PM&R Podcasts—Interviews with physiatrists describing varying practice settings, including lifestyle considerations and salary
  • Mentoring program—Pair up with resident or physician members willing to share their experiences, including possible shadowing opportunities

Other Resources to Consider

Here are a few general texts that are helpful in learning more about the practice of PM&R.

  • PM&R Secrets, 3rd edition (O’Young, Young, and Steins)—Written in question and answer format, many students find this a useful text as they are starting out to find answers to most commonly asked questions on clinical rotations.
  • PM&R Pocketpedia (Choi, et al.)—A “white-coat essential” text that has very useful tables, pictures, and diagrams for quick learning at the bedside or on rounds.
  • AAPM&R Knowledge NOW—This ever-evolving online resource is quickly becoming the go-to reference for the specialty.

Now that you know more about the field, the next step is tackling clinical rotations to gain hands-on experience and solidify that this is the specialty for you. Stay tuned for more information on selecting PM&R rotations.

Free Medical Student Program at AAPM&R Annual Assembly

Continuing an annual tradition, AAPM&R welcomes all medical students to attend a free lecture program and PM&R residency fair which will be held in conjunction with our AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

“Understanding PM&R” is a free program that will be held Saturday, November 17, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from 8:30 am–6 pm.

After a free breakfast, the morning lecture program features PM&R physicians explaining the various practice settings they practice in. A residency program director will provide advice about how to apply for PM&R residencies, and current residents in PM&R programs from across the US will give you the inside scoop on what it is like to be a PM&R resident.

After a lunch break, medical students will see demonstrations of medical procedures performed in PM&R. Then residents will have time to meet face to face with representatives from PM&R residencies from across the country.

Medical students who register for this program have access to attend courses and events at the AAPM&R Annual Assembly and Exhibit Hall on Saturday, November 17. The AAPM&R Annual Assembly will be held November 15–18, 2012. Those who would like to attend the entire Annual Assembly can register for $100 ($75 if you register before September 19, 2012) at www.aapmr.org/assembly.

Full details on the program and fair are on the AAPM&R Web site.

To register for the program, click here. A limited number of travel stipends will be offered. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing when you register for the program.

Why Did You Choose PM&R?

Ai Mukai, MD

I initially chose PM&R because I liked the personality of the physiatrists I met when I was a medical student (e.g., Steven Kirshblum, MD, at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation), and I wanted a lot of depth and breadth in my practice.

With physiatry, I feel like I am an expert in neurological and musculoskeletal conditions and issues, but with more emphasis on what happens outside of the medical care setting—like how people function at home and at work. I also like that I can grow and adapt to the changing environment by keeping my options open in terms of the types of work I can do and procedures I can perform.

Fred Bagares, DO

I chose PM&R because of its focus on function. I remember as a medical student wondering, “now that the patient is stable, what happens to the patient when he or she is discharged?”

Keeping a person alive is different from helping them live, and this is exactly how PM&R is different. We focus on using medical management to maximize patients’ functional abilities so they can live their life how they want to. I’m very proud and happy to be a physiatrist!

Connect with a Mentor in PM&R

If you are interested in the skills unique to physical medicine and rehabilitation or have questions about the specialty, sign up to be connected with a medical student mentor. The AAPM&R Medical Student Mentor Program provides medical students a way to connect with the Academy’s members—PM&R physicians—even when their school does not have an in-house PM&R department or associated residency. Mentors are paired with medical students based on areas of interest, geographic location, and level of commitment, and there are a variety of ways to interact with a mentor, ranging from asking questions via email to shadowing a mentor at work.

Learn more about the specialty, PM&R residencies, and the life of a physiatrist by clicking here to fill out a Medical Student Mentor Request form today. Contact medstumentors@aapmr.org for more information.

Learn More About PM&R by Becoming a Member of AAPM&R—
No Dues for Medical Students

Beginning this year, medical students can join AAPM&R at no charge. The Academy’s Board of Governors recently voted to eliminate the membership fee for medical students as a way to increase its outreach efforts and spread the word about PM&R.

To apply, click here to print the membership application for medical students. There is no charge to become a member. On the application you have the option to also subscribe to the Academy’s official scientific journal, PM&R, for $30.

Once you become a member, you will receive the Academy’s monthly newsletter, The Physiatrist, along with the biweekly e-newsletter AAPM&R Connection. You’ll be connected to residents and physicians who practice this specialty across the country.

BCM announces 10th annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award

Posted July 12, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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BCM announces 10th annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award

HOUSTON — (July 2, 2012) — Baylor College of Medicine announces the Tenth Annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award.

This annual contest honors the pre-eminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world.  Dr. Michael E. DeBakey has long advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life.


1. Only original poetry on a medical subject and by undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited United States medical schools is eligible.

2. By a copy of the student photograph I.D. card, entrants must document enrollment in an accredited American medical school in pursuit of the M.D. degree.

3. Each medical student may submit only one poem, not to exceed 2 pages.

4. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.

5. Poems must be on a medical subject.

6. Poems must be:
a. Original, not published or under consideration for publication, and not having previously received a poetry award.

b. Limited to 2 pages, double-spaced.

c. In English; no translations from other languages.

d. Printed on 8.5 x 11 inch bond paper.
e. Accompanied by a cover page, with the following information:
Poet’s name
Current mailing and e-mailing addresses, telephone, and fax numbers if available.

Copy of photographed student I.D. card documenting medical school enrollment.

f. Submitted in five hard (print) copies, as well as one compact disk (CD) in Microsoft Word (not DVD or floppy diskette).

7. Entries will not be acknowledged.

8. A distinguished panel of qualified judges will assess the poems.

9. Winners will be announced on July 1, 2013.

The first prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00

The second prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $500.00

The third prize recipient will receive a cash prize of $250.00

10. The first-prize poem will become the property of the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award program and will be submitted to a major medical periodical for consideration for publication.  If it is accepted for publication, the publisher will own copyright.

Submissions should be sent to:

David H. Berger, M.D., M.H.C.M.
Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award Professor and Vice-Chairman, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine Surgery 112OCL
2002 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77030

Exploring Career Decision-Making of Underrepresented Minority Medical Students and Diversity Environment at U.S. Medical Schools

Posted July 12, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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This study involves a survey about career decision-making of underrepresented minority medical students and diversity environment at U.S. Medical Schools. We estimate that approximately 6,000 will take part in this study. You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires about 15 in number.  This should take about 3 minutes.  There is a smallchance that some of the questions may make you feel uncomfortable. You don’t have to answer those questions if you don’t want to. In fact you don’t have to answer any question that you choose not to answer. Just skip that question and go on to the next one.

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You are free not toparticipate or to withdraw at any time, for whatever reason without penalty or loss of benefit to which you are otherwise entitled.

All the information received from you, including your name and any other identifying information {if applicable}, will be strictly confidential and will be kept under lock and key. I will not identify you or use any information that would make it possible for anyone to identify you in any presentation or written reports about this study. Only summarized data will be presented at meetings or in any publications.

You should be aware, however there is a small possibility that responses could be viewed by unauthorized parties (e.g. computer hackers because your responses are being entered and stored on a web server). There are no other expected risks to you for helping me with this study. There are also no expected benefits for you either.

For more information or questions about this research you may call Amber Robins at 225-938-4478. If you have questions, concerns or complaints about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, Human Subjects Protection Specialist at the University of Rochester Research Subjects Review Board, Box 315, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642-8315, Telephone 1-(585) 276-0005. For long distance you may call toll-free, 1-(877) 449-4441. You may also call these numbers if you cannot reach the research staff or wish to talk to someone else.


U.S. Fullbright Program

Posted July 5, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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U.S. Fulbright Student Program 2012-2013 Application

 UCSF campus deadline is Monday September 23rd, 2012.

Campus website:


 Be sure to look at the application process:

Application website:


Start here:


Check out these tips:


Follow this checklist:


Look under countries to find contacts for information about your particular country of interest:  http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/regions

Information sessions:


 For additional questions, please contact: 

Christopher C. Stewart, MD

Director, Global Health Pathway to Discovery Program
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
San Francisco General Hospital,  MS6E
1001 Potrero Ave.
San Francisco, CA, 94110
Office: 415 206-6723
Fax: 415 206-3686

Posted May 22, 2012 by ucsfmedschool
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National Convention in Long Beach, California. June 27th – July 1, 2012 This year’s AAPI convention for medical students, residents and fellows (AAPI-MSRF members) will feature engaging and interactive daytime sessions throughout the conference. These include a mentorship session for trainees with attending physicians recently out training as well as engaging speakers and our annual research competition featuring for the first time this year, awards in both clinical and basic science research.

Additionally, we have planned for the first time at our convention, a health fair for patients in Southern California. After these engaging day sessions, we have planned for exciting evening entertainment, unique to Long Beach and Southern California aboard the historic Queen Mary and at the beautiful Sky Lounge. Additional convention events include:

– The AAPI annual women’s forum – Our annual CME series, with this year’s specialties in focus including: Cardiology, Neurology, Allergy & Immunology, Oncology, General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.

Our CME program qualifies for 20 hours of Category 1 Credit.

Please visit http://www.aapiconvention.org/ for additional details and to register for convention.

Please do not hesitate to email us at convention@aapimsr.org if you have any further questions.


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