Fall Quarter 2018

Week 1: PPA introduction + pre med opportunities on campus

Week 2: Presentation from a 4th year medical school student who is also a former PPA president.

Week 3: Presentation from Kaplan about MCAT + mentee / mentor applications

Week 4: Midterms! No meeting

Week 5: Geriatric physician from the VA will be speaking at our meeting

Week 6: Dr. Aldrovandi (Pediatrician at the Mattel’s Children Hospital) will be speaking at our meeting

Week 7: Dr. Mills (urologist from Ronald Reagan) will be speaking at our meeting


Week 1: PPA introduction + general guide on the steps 1st ~ 4th year students at UCLA should take right now to prepare for medical school

Week 2: presentation on selecting which medical schools to apply, and online resources to prepare for the applications/interviews for these schools

Week 3: Learning about the MCAT, from Kaplan representative Simon

Week 4: Learn about the different volunteering and extracurricular opportunities given on campus presented from our own officers and interns!

Week 5: Dr. Andrew Charles (UCLA Neurology & Pain Medicine). He will be talking about his specialty and about medicine in general. In addition, everyone will have the opportunity to ask him any questions that you may have about medicine. Please come out and take advantage of this great opportunity!

Week 6: As for this week, we will be having Dr. Jason Lee from the UCLA anesthesiology department ( Similar to last week he will mostly be talking about his specialty and medicine in general. Everyone will have the opportunity to ask questions again!! Come out and take advantage of yet another AWESOME opportunity! 🙂

Week 7: This week we will be having another speaker, Dr. Shefizadeh! He is a former president of PPA and he is also a former UCLA medical student and has been part of the admissions committee! He will be giving a presentation on some tips and tricks about getting into medical school. But don’t hesitate to come with questions for Dr. Shefizadeh! 

Week 8: To relieve some stress this week, we have decided to have a social at Yogurtland! It will take place this Thursday and we will be meeting at the Bruin bear at 5 pm. Come out and get to know some other people in PPA and enjoy a little break from studying!

Week 9: This year we will be having no more meetings. *sad face*
We hope that everyone enjoyed all the meetings, speakers, and opportunities that we provided! Next year we hope to continue to bring lots of more exciting things for you guys! We will send updates on the meetings for next year right before the start of Fall quarter so be on the lookout for that.


Week 1: A presentation about a brief overview of different options/specialities within the medical field.

Week 2: Dr. Russell Kerbel (Internal Medicine, speciality: hospitalist)

=>Topic: Dr. Kerbel is an internal medicine hospitalist who works both at 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. Come prepared with question, because last time Dr. Kerbel came he was AMAZING !!

Week 3 (January 25th): Simon, Kaplan representative, will be giving us an overview of the following exams and application processes: MCAT, PCAT, DAT, OAT, and GRE. This is a great and helpful meeting for any pre-health student who is not 100% sure whether to go to medical school or not. This will give an overview of these other examinations, and give insight on the differences between them all.

Week 4: More information about the MCAT (types of questions, structure, etc.)

Week 6: Social

Week 7: Dr. Lee: radiation oncologist from UCLA Medical Centers

Week 8: Dr. Avital Harari from UCLA’s Endocrine surgery team

Week 9: 3rd year MD-PhD UCLA student Maani Archang

Week 10 and finals: NO MEETING !



=>Topic: Introductions + Volunteering Part 1: guest talks about the importance of volunteering as a pre-medical student in college (in terms of medical school and for future)

Week 2:

=>Topic: Volunteering Part 2: Information on volunteering opportunities both on campus and outside out of UCLA.

Week 3:

=>Topic: Research Part 1: what does it mean to do research now as a pre-medical student + how does a doctor balance a life which involved seeing patients and always doing research as well.

Week 4:

=>Topic: Shadowing: MiOra Virtual Shadowing Program Presentation- the founder of the program will come speak to our members about his program and how it can benefit our members and any pre-medical students.

=>Guest: Dr. Ozlem Equils (Founder of MiOra Virtual Shadowing Program)

Week 5:

=>Topic: What Does It Take To Be A Doctor?- Part 1

Week 6:

=>Topic: Engaging in Pre-med Students and Healthcare Nonprofits/Advocacy. We will be learning how we, as future clinicians, can benefit from participating in these organizations.

Guest Speaker: Amy Bugwadia

Week 7:

=>Topic: The MCAT !

=>Guest: Kaplan representative Simon will come to give us a presentation on the MCAT


Week 9:

=>Topic: Exploring Alternative Careers In Healthcare (such as DO, PA, NP, etc.)



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