PPA Mentorship Program and Week 2 Meeting


Hope everyone has enjoyed their long weekend so far. We would like you to know that the mentorship program is re-opened for those who are still interested. To clarify, if you already have a mentor/mentee, you DO NOT need to fill out the application again. We are looking especially for new mentors. If you know anyone that is interested in a mentorship/volunteer position, we would really appreciate it if you could mention this program to them. Deadline is 1/21/2018, 11:59 PM for both applications!!!

In this program, we will pair up people based on their needs and experiences. For example, if a mentee is looking for a research position, we will do our best to pair him/her with a mentor with some research experience.

You need to be in your 2nd year or higher to be a mentor. Keep in mind that you are expected to keep contact with your mentee throughout the year. In addition, there occasionally will be mandatory meet-ups where you have to help with a specific subject, such as class planning.

Although PPA would like to accept everyone applying to be a mentee, we may have limited spots if not enough mentors sign up.

Mentor application is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJag7fuuP5GngFn1j2GA6z5qp6acEuLRtV-tL4ooSxCkSs8A/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Mentee application is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUihVu25MUr1biVZIPULrKlG2IiRQn1R9Og3hKDP5eVEuHIg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Week 2 Meeting Announcement!

We would like to welcome you to this week’s meeting featuring Dr. Russell Kerbel who specializes in internal medicine and hospitalist. He works at both the UCLA medical centers works at both the UCLA medical centers in Westwood and Santa Monica. He will be with us and will share insight in regards to what the speciality of being a hospitalist entitles. He will also share with us his medical school journey/ experience, and answer any questions we may have.

Hospital medicine is a type of practice within internal medicine in which the clinical focus is caring for hospitalized patients. It would be a good idea to do some research beforehand so that you are prepared to ask Dr. Kerbel more in-depth questions!!!

Again, all meetings for this quarter will be at 5-6pm in Ackerman 2408! See you there 🙂


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Week 1 PPA Meeting Announcement

Hi Bruins,

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!!! Hope everyone has had a good break spending time with family and friends. And hope those who are taking the MCAT are studying well and taking care of your body. You guys will be GREAT!!!

Based on many requests of yours due to class conflicts, our new meeting time will be on Thursday 5pm -6pm in the same room Ackerman 2408. For this winter quarter, we will focus on looking at different specialties and options in the medical field. Therefore we will have a presentation that briefly goes over some over these specialties for this week’s meeting!!!

The mentorship program applications will open again this quarter for mentees/mentors, and further details will be sent out after Thursday’s meeting. We are looking especially for more mentors, and feel free to spread the words to your friends who are interested in this mentorship positions. This is a great opportunity to build on your leadership and interpersonal skills for med school!!!


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Tonight’s speaker event is postponed!

“Dear MiOra Participants,
I’m sorry to have to cancel my scheduled visit with you tonight. I have been advised by Pfizer’s Corporate Safety experts to postpone travel to the campus due to the tragic fires in the Los Angeles region. I hope all of you are safe and secure.
I will be returning to LA several times in early 2018 and will soon arrange an alternate date to be with you.
Thanks so much for your interest in my visit. I have received your questions and looking forward to answering them face to face, and also to hearing your thoughts and ideas about improving access to healthcare.  
All the best,
Freda Lewis-Hall, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Pfizer Inc.”

Useful information regarding asking a professor for a letter of recommendation!

Hi everybody!
Here is link of a article that describes useful information regrading asking a professor for a letter of recommendation.
Hopefully it’s helpful for older members as you prep these next few months and for newer members to keep in mind:

PPA Last Event: A Night with a Health Professional

Hi Bruins, 

Hope everyone is studying well for finals and finishing up papers! If you don’t feel too motivated, it is okay to take a little break by taking a nap or hanging out with friends. We have all been there struggling with o-chem, history, or sleep-deprivation. But Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and we ALL can do it!!!

Here is a quick reminder about our Q&A event with Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall this Wednesday 6:30 pm in UCLA Young Hall CS76!!! Have some questions in mind and bring a friend. This event is not just limited to PPA members!

Freda Lewis-Hall leads Pfizer Medical, the division of the company responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of Pfizer medicines and vaccines around the world. She is trained as a psychiatrist and works with mental illness in families & communities and health disparities. She is also part of the American Psychiatric Association, the inaugural Board of Governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Institute of Heath, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative, Harvard Medical School, Save the Children, and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. She earned her undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.

We hope to see you there!

– PPA Leadership 2017 – 2018

PPA Week 9 Announcement

Hi Bruins, 

Hope everyone has had a relaxing Thanksgiving with family, friends, and lots of good food! Can’t believe it is already week 9 but Christmas season is just around the corner 😀 We are almost there!!!

We have two announcements for Week 9 and Week 10 events. 
1) PPA weekly meeting this Thursday 4:00 – 4:50 pm in Ackerman 2408. We will be welcoming Vince Caserio to speak about Alternative Careers in Healthcare (such as DO, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapy) more particularly what he does as a Physician Assistant.  

2) Pre-Medical Peers Association[PPA] is presenting a special Q&A event with Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall who is the Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President of Pfizer Medical. For anyone who is interested in a career in healthcare, communications, or business, you are welcomed to come Next Wednesday December 6, at 6:30pm in UCLA Young Hall CS76!!! Here attached is the flyer for you if you would like to invite a friend.


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Week 7 PPA Meeting

Hey Bruins !! 

Hope you have had a relaxing and fun weekend! Let’s study hard for these two weeks and get ready for Thanksgiving break next week!!!!

For this week, we have an opportunity to learn about the MCAT from a Kaplan representative. It IS a daunting and challenging 7-hour exam for all of us. But it CAN be defeated and we all have the abilities and motivations if we have the right plan and strategies. We will be introduce each section/topics on the MCAT and useful resources for you. Please come with questions in mind and take advantages of those who have MCAT experiences during the meeting!!

The meeting will be THIS THURSDAY, 11/16 from 4-4:50pm in the ACKERMAN 2408. Hope to see you all there!

All meeting notes/PPT are updated on the PPA website!!! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email us at premedpa@gmail.com.

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