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UC Davis School of Medicine

NEWS | October 7, 2011

UC Davis hosts largest pre-medical student event in the country

Top U.S. medical schools, more than 4,000 diverse pre-med students to attend


More than 4,000 pre-medical students from diverse backgrounds from throughout the United States and representatives of 50 of the nation's top medical schools will converge on UC Davis Oct. 8 and 9 for the largest pre-medical student conference in the nation, organized by the American River College/UC Davis chapters of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the country's oldest and largest medical and pre-medical student association.

The event, "Mapping Your Path to Medicine," the Ninth Annual AMSA ARC/UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Public Health National Conference, will be held from 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Activities and Recreation Center Pavilion, 232 ARC One Shields Ave., Davis, Calif. Registration is required to attend the conference.

Undergraduate pre-medical students from more than 100 California colleges, as well as colleges from throughout the state and nation, will attend, said Joubin Afshar, executive director of  AMSA ARC/UC Davis.

"We are very proud that the event attracts a strong showing of underrepresented populations in the medical workforce, which is critical to advancing the association's goal of reducing health-care disparities," Afshar said. "We are excited to host this nationally recognized event that will help young people enter such a wonderful profession and serve the needs of their communities."

The event features addresses by some of the nation's leading health-care voices. Speakers include Richard Carmona, the 17th United States surgeon general; Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, a native of the Central Valley, former migrant farm worker and now associate professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University; and Barbara Numann, the first woman president of the American College of Surgeons.

The conference is planned, organized, funded and sponsored by the members of AMSA ARC/UC Davis. It features more than 85 workshops on topics that include preparing for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); paying for medical school; interviewing for medical school admission; women in medicine; and the benefits of combined doctor of medicine/doctor of philosophy programs. Discussion panels will include deans and directors of admissions from the nation's top medical schools.

The AMSA ARC/UC Davis is committed to supporting academic and admissions preparation for pre-medical and pre-public health students; introducing students underrepresented in medicine to careers in health care; effecting change in medical education to make it more responsive to the needs of students and society; promoting involvement in local and regional communities; and encouraging and maintaining programs that enhance the quality of health care in the community. For further information, visit, or contact Joubin Afshar, at 916-208-0911,

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For more information, visit UC Davis School of Medicine at