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AMSA/Pre-Health Club DPC Events

AMSA/Pre-Health Club DPC Events

Upcoming AMSA Meetings

January 16th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 1101st AMSA Meeting/Team Builder
January 30th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 110Mayo Clinic Medical Student Panel
Thursday, February 15th 7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 110Physician Assistant
February 27th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 110TBD
March 13th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 110Midwestern University
March 27th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 110Student Spotlight Panel
April 10th7:00 - 8:00 PMHealth North Room 1104th Year UA Medical Student

ASU Pre-Health Events (All Campuses)

ASU Pre-Health Events (All Campuses)

“We Need to Talk” Series

The "We Need to Talk" series brings together experts from the fields of medicine, business and the law to examine the medical, ethical, and legal issues surrounding such hot-button health topics such as artificial medical devises, end-of-life care decisions, and medical mistakes. Each conversation will begin with a guest interview followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Topic: Runaway medical costs are a huge concern for patients needing expensive end-of-life care.  Exorbitant ambulance, emergency room and hospital charges can financially ruin a family without providing a higher quality of life for the patient.  

Guest: Tom R. Fitch, M.D Consultant and Director, Center for Palliative Medicine and the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Mayo Clinic 

Gobi Paramanandam, M.D., Director, Arizona Palliative Home Care

When: February 7, 2018 

Reception: 4:30-5:00pm

Discussion: 5:00-6:00pm 

Where: Health North 110, ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus

To RSVPhere

2018 Health Professions Fair

What: The Health Fair is your chance to learn the ins and outs of planning and preparing for a career in healthcare from the experts. Admissions representatives and recent graduates from schools nationwide will be on-hand to speak with students and answer questions to help you make informed decisions about various programs.

When: February 14, 2018 from 10am-2pm

Where: Sun Devil Fitness Center-Maroon Gym on the Tempe Campus

The Impact of Hurricane Maria on U.S. Health Care Delivery

What: Shortly after Hurricane Maria, the American Red Cross was faced with a shortage of bags for collecting blood. Hospitals across the U.S. have recorded periods of limited operations due to hurricane related shortages. Join us to explore perspectives from suppliers, providers, distributors, and policy makers. We will consider consequences to patients, understand the role of supply chain strategy to mitigate risk, and assess strategies/regulations designed to assure a steady supply of needed products.

When: March 14, 2018 (This event precedes the McKenna Lecture) 1:30-4:30pm

Where: Memorial Union-Pima Auditorium, ASU Tempe Campus

RSVP by March 7: Here

2018 Mark McKenna Healthcare Management Lecture

In today's highly partisan healthcare environment, Governor Leavitt is widely known and respected for his ability to bring people and organizations together to focus on what needs to be done to build a sustainable healthcare system that contributes to overall population health and a strong economy. As founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners, he advises clients on how to use collaboration to solve problems, boost competitiveness, and strengthen resilience in healthcare.

When: March 14, 2018 from 5-8:30pm

Where: Marston Exploration Theater, ASU Tempe Campus

RSVP by March 7: Here

Local and Regional Pre-Health Events

Local and Regional Pre-Health Events

Volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul

Located throughout Phoenix, St. Vincent de Paul serves different communities through shelters, a food warehouse, as well as medical and dental clinics.

Application:St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer Application

Volunteer Opportunities:Volunteer Opportunities  

St. Vincent de Paul is in need of Spanish speaking volunteers.

Questions: Please contact Volunteer Services at (602)261-6886


D.O for a Day at A.T. Still University

ATSU-SOMA’s Student Government Association encourages pre-med students to attend ATSU-SOMA DO for a day.  Students should attend who are interested in learning about osteopathic medicine and A.T. Still University.  Students will attend class, small group activities, eat lunch with student ambassadors, and observe a lab. 

When: 8am-5pm on the below dates:

January 26, 2018

February 2, 2018

February 16, 2018

March 9, 2018

March 30, 2018

April 20, 2018

RSVP: RSVP is required.  Email your desired date, name, email address, and phone number to or call (480) 219-6025.  


Mayo Clinic Diversity Summit

What: This summit is designed to generate a national conversation on current challenges and future solutions to enlarging the pipeline for underrepresented students in medical education. Participants will engage in deconstructing the MD/PhD pathway to identify ways to increase diversity in medicine.

When: February 9-10, 2018

Where: Mayo Clinic Education Center Phoenix, AZ


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National Pre-Health Events

National Pre-Health Events

2018 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event

What: The ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event is an opportunity to gain insider knowledge and learn tips on how to be a successful dental school applicant. The event will feature over 50 U.S dental school exhibitors and an opportunity to observe a Mock Dental School Admissions Committee Meeting.

When: March 17, 2018 from 10:30am-3pm

Where: Orlando, FL

More Information (registration is free): Here



Pre Health Internships

Now you can view the full list of clinical internship sites available through the Office of Clinical Partnership’s Pre-Health Internship Program!

To search internships and apply for clinical placement, please visit the Office of Clinical Partnership’s new website:

Application deadlines:

Application OpensApplication Closes
Spring 2018Aug. 17, 2017Oct. 20, 2017
Summer 2018  Jan. 8, 2018Mar. 9, 2018

Courses of Interest

Courses of Interest

HCD 497 Honors Colloquium: Lesson from the Zombie Apocalypse From Patient Zero to the Science of Health Care Delivery

This course is a multidisciplinary look at the phenomenon of zombies and what it teaches us about medicine today.  From its roots in Haiti voodoo faith, zombies have now become one of the most popular genres of horror dominating film, theatre, television, and books for years.

We will discuss potential medical conditions that might explain the clinical presentation of ‘patient zero’ in an emergency room.  We will review the pathology and etiology of potential conditions.  Comparisons to present day infections such as HIV, Ebola Virus, and Zika will all be examined and explored.

Lastly, what lessons from a cultural standpoint do zombies provide? What makes them so popular?  What makes them so frightening?  Why are they so enduring? These are all questions to be explored utilizing ideas from multiple disciplines.  At the end of the day the student will have understood why zombies are so popular and more importantly how one would deal with an apocalyptic situation should a zombie apocalypse occur?

HCD 497: Lessons from the Zombie Apocalypse will be offered during Session B of Spring 2018. 

HCR 394: Fundamentals of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a serious crime and a  grave violation of human rights.  Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, with thousands of men, women, and children falling into the hands of traffickers every year. 

This in-person, upper division elective provides students with a global understanding of what human trafficking is, awareness of how trafficking is presented in popular culture, and how it relates to health care.  Enrolled students will learn from guest speakers with a wide variety of viewpoints throughout society.

HCR 394 emphasizes the development of real-world solutions to real human trafficking problems enabling students to work on projects alongside community organizations and local non-profits.

This course will be taught by Samantha L. Calvin, MHI, MBA and will be offered during the Spring 2018 semester.  HCR 394 may also be taken for honors credit.   


HCD 498: Pro-Seminar

Engage in special projects with persons with dementia and their caregivers, including analyzing medications; testing musical interventions; testing art-related interventions; interviewing caregivers regarding stress and coping mechanisms; studying personality changes in dementia, etc.  This course is independent study to be arranged with faculty with flexible meeting days/times.  If interested, contact Gillian Hamilton, MD, PhD,

HCD 498: Pro-Seminar will be offered during Session B of Spring 2018. 

BIO 494 Special Topics: Applied Neuroscience for the Health Professions

Cover the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, as well as development of the nervous system. We will explore the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological disorders and impairments. We will discuss neuroscience principles in a contextual manner designed for student pursuing careers in an array of health professions. This course is an online course taking place during summer session A (May 16-June 26).

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities offered through ASU for students who are interested in health and health care to study abroad.

"(Health care) is an increasingly dynamic and interconnected field. Students benefit directly from time spent working or studying overseas in a way that concretely benefits the rest of their academic and professional career. Study abroad programs allow students to learn firsthand the issues surrounding health and understanding diverse populations in practical ways". – Lauren Savaglio, Program Coordinator for Public Health

"Study Abroad is an excellent opportunity for students to experience unique cultures, systems (including health care), and perspectives. Studying abroad is one of the best college experiences a student can have, because it challenges them to grow personally, professionally, and academically. It is also a fantastic way for students to get to know their professors. If a student has the opportunity to embark on a meaningful study abroad experience, I highly recommend them to seize the chance". – Nate Wade, Senior Director of Pre-Health Advising

"Whether you are looking to set yourself apart in a job interview, stand out from the crowd of applicants for professional or graduate school, or simply expand your cultural worldview by having a global experience, studying abroad can open doors to rich opportunities throughout your life. Also remember that there are a variety of study abroad options available, from semester- and year-long programs, summer programs, to shorter global intensive experiences that take place over breaks. This means that no matter what your schedule, you can enjoy the benefits of study abroad and gain a competitive advantage for your future.” – Christy Lespron, Assistant Dean of Student Services