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Megan's 3-day-weekend Announcements

posted Feb 27, 2011, 12:46 PM by Jeffrey Baitis

  1. USC Global Health Club Presentations: Alex Raffle to present!

    On February 28, 2011, we are having a student panel consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students. They will provide visuals and deliver small presentations regarding the projects they have worked on in other countries. Come joins us for the wonderful opportunity to interact with these students and ask them anything you would like to know with regards to either how to do research in other countries, what are the steps necessary to accomplish such projects, how to apply for programs that offer such opportunities, etc. Come see the diversity of interests stretching from Pharmaceutical Candidacy to Neuroscience & Economics. This event will be a great way to not only learn much more about public health and different projects of interest, but also learn from actual students who have gotten to that stage of involvement and discipline. Thus far, we are still trying to get a room. I will be sending an email later on this week about the room. However, the panel will probably start around 7:30 PM, which is not too late in my opinion, and will stretch to about 9:00 PM. Let me know if you guys have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. My email is if you need to contact me for whatever reason. Bring your friends for this wonderful event! Hope to see you all there! :)

    These are the students who are going to be part of the panel:

    Alex Chehrazi-Raffle
    , Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical student: Diarrhea Disease & Sanitation in Guatemala
    Ruth Idowu Awosika, Pharm. D. Candidate: Health Promotion in Jamaica
    Abim Oduguwa, International Relations Undergraduate Student: Taught healthy lifestyles to orphans in Jamaica
    Amitha Ganti, Global Health Undergraduate Student: Effectiveness of Mime and Theater in Health Education in India
    Rachel Schwartz, 2nd-year medical student: Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Mumbai, India
    Jenn Chiam, Masters Student in Biostatistics: Alcohol & Smoking in Russia
    Saumil Maheshvari, Neuroscience & Economics Undergraduate Student: Uganda Epilepsy Research

  2. Vive Peru: Summer Trips

    My name is Rachel Jurkowski, and I work with a non-profit organization called VivePeru that organizes volunteer internships for pre-medicine students abroad in Peru, where they have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Peruvian medical staff to learn about the Peruvian medical system as well as gain hands-on experience with patients in medical and health education campaigns.  As part of the program, students will also participate in a medical skills and medical Spanish course to enrich their work in the clinics and with underprivileged communities in Peru. It's a life-changing opportunity that challenges students to grow both personally and professionally.  Please feel free to contact me to learn more about our organization or visit our website at

    Thank you for supporting our mission!


    Rachel Jurkowski
    Executive Director, VivePerú

  3. LMSA National Conferece

    We are pleased to announce that the Eventbrite Registration site for the 2011 Latino Medical Student Association National Conference is now live! Entitled "Uniting Our Voices for Justice in Healthcare", this conference is designed to foster the pipeline of undergraduate, post baccalaureate, medical students, and physicians throughout the entire country. The University of California at Irvine LMSA Chapter is looking forward to welcoming you to the first National conference held on the West Coast!  Please forward the link below to all undergraduate and medical students within your reach as we hope to provide immense resources for these students being that they are the future and engines of social change in medicine.

    All the information that you will need for the conference can be located at the link below:

    You will be directed to other registration pages specifically for the Research Symposium/Exhibitors Information/Graduation Gala from this primary site. We look forward to seeing you all on April 1-2, 2011! If you have any questions please contact Claudia Sevilla, VP of Conference, at or (619) 977-0464.

Automatically emailing updates to all postbacs

posted Feb 27, 2011, 12:37 PM by Jeffrey Baitis

In an attempt to reduce "information fragmentation," all postbacs have been subscribed to posts to the "Announcements" page (hopefully, this will be helpful). If you want to be removed from this list, please email me ( and I'll take you off the announcements list (responding to the main announcement email messages will email all postbacs).

Another benefit of this change -- if you have an announcement to make to all postbacs, just log into the website and post it. It will be propagated to everyone via email.

I'm going to re-post a few announcements made by Megan in order to keep the information on the website cohesive and available to all.

Have a great Sunday!


Call for Proposals for the Undergraduate Research Associates Program

posted Jan 21, 2011, 7:38 AM by Postbacc Coordinator

Hi all!

I just received this. Past PPP students have received funding through Rose Hills. For those of you beginning to do volunteer research or interested in starting a project, this could be the source of funding for a summer research fellowship.


Uploaded BISC220, 320 lectures

posted Jan 11, 2011, 12:52 PM by Jeffrey Baitis

I've uploaded transcripts of BISC220 and BISC320 lectures (take a look at the Files section.)

Good luck with the new semester!

Spring Semester Kickoff Reception and HBO Documentary

posted Jan 4, 2011, 8:41 AM by Postbacc Coordinator

Hi all!

I hope you are enjoying the last few days of a well-deserved break! Just a few quick things:

-Postbacc Reception this Friday (2-4pm) in SGM 414 (usual reception room). As usual, this is an informal meeting, so please come and go as you need. Dr. Singer and I will go over a few announcements for both 1st years and 2nd years and then we will have a chance to hear from some postbaccs and what activities/experiences they are involved in. Hope to see you all there!

-2nd year Neda Shefari passed on some information about a documentary screening:
 A 30-minute HBO documentary about a doctor who changes lives in Ethiopia.

Thursday, January 6, 2011
The Cinefamily Theatre (611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.)


Featuring: A discussion with special guest Adam Angel, former JDC Jewish Service Corps Fellow in Ethiopia

Chairs: Lauren Klein, Julie Auerbach, and Mandy Misle
Light refreshments will be provided.

Limited space available. For questions, please e-mail In association with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

Let's Celebrate (and support Global Medical Brigades!!)

posted Nov 9, 2010, 5:34 PM by Jeffrey Baitis

Hi all!  It's been a while since we've all just hung out and relaxed!  So here's the deal!  This thursday, a bunch of us are getting together at the 9-0 for a couple reasons.  
  1. Our 3rd Ochem midterm will be over!! 
  2. 20% of sales at the 9-0 that night from 8-11pm will go directly to helping kids and their families in Honduras.

I'm sure most of you have heard about Global Medical Brigades (GMB) so I'll keep this brief!

GMB Is a group of over 50 USC students will be traveling to Honduras in January to treat villagers who have little to no medical aid. We will be going on four different brigades (in different cities in Honduras) and will be seeing thousands of patients. Unfortunately, we must fund our entire trip (including airfare AND medication), which is not cheap. Therefore, we could use a helping hand... The villagers will thank you

Soooooooo......Come join us for dinner or drinks (or both!) from 8pm -close this Thursday, November, 11 and 20% of what you spend will benefit an amazing cause!  Plus, you get to see everyone and relax for a few hours!!!

After 11pm, if you order one of our specialty drinks, the Hondirty Shirleys and Adios Medical Brigaders, 10% will go to helping Hondurans!  This is going to be a great time and everyone has to eat at some point on Thursday!  Why not support your fellow post bac's in GMB and have a great time all at once!!! 

So head over to the 9-0 this Thursday!  I hope to see you guys there!!!

901 Bar and Grill

Good Luck With O Chem and any other upcoming tests!!!

PPP Mid-Semester Reception

posted Oct 29, 2010, 12:22 AM by Jeffrey Baitis   [ updated Oct 29, 2010, 12:22 AM ]

Just wanted to send a quick reminder regarding our PPP Mid-Semester Reception. 

When: THIS Friday (October 29th), 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: SGM 414 (usual reception room)

This is a casual affair, so please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits. Dr. Singer and I will go over a few points on Spring registration, the upcoming pre-application workshop for 2nd years, and general academic progress. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to get to know others in the program and hear about some of the unique opportunities and experiences others have taken part in.

-Megan Chinen Oakes

Public Health Speaker Event Oct 7!

posted Oct 6, 2010, 12:34 PM by Hannah Kim   [ updated Oct 11, 2010, 11:23 AM by Jeffrey Baitis ]

Hey guys,

As a part of an educational series for Public Health Brigades, we're bringing in Dr. Rishi Manchanda to speak about the work he does in south LA. He is a primary care physician at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, one of LA's largest clinics. As a social medicine doctor, he uses medicine from both a clinical and human rights approach. Come to campus tomorrow (Thursday, Oct 7th) at 7 pm, ZHS 352, to listen to him talk about health issues in our own community and what is being done to empower members of south LA! Call me if you have questions 574-360-5021.


Alternative Winter Break -- Mayan Medical Aid in Guatemala

posted Oct 3, 2010, 2:14 PM by Jeffrey Baitis

Hello my fellow postbaccers,

Hope you all are having a great semester so far.

I wanted to let you all know about a winter break volunteer opportunity I am involved with for anyone interested in global health, clinical experience, and working on your Spanish skills. The clinic is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, and services a community of roughly 14,000 indigenous Mayan residents. Also, the program includes Medical Spanish classes taught by local doctors who will familiarize you with the terminology and etiquette involved with working in a Guatemalan clinical setting. For more information, check out the program's site:

Also, if you would like more detailed information than what is outlined on the site, feel free to reach out to me directly and I'd be happy to give you a more detailed breakdown.

Alex Chehrazi-Raffle

Translator Position-Violence Intervention Program

posted Sep 16, 2010, 2:19 PM by Postbacc Coordinator

Hi all,

I just received this email from the Violence Intervention Program about a PAID position for an English/Spanish translator. Could be a good experience for those of you who wish to keep up your Spanish skills. If you are interested, contact Kitty Dillavou and feel free to mention my name. They are always looking for mentors and tutors if that is something you are interested in.

Megan Chinen Oakes

We need some help with translation from English to Spanish and vice versa. We have support staff who does this regularly but we are still short in the afternoons for help.
If you wish to help out with translating and think you have good command of Spanish language and would be able to help with some clinical language, please let me know.

Kitty Dillavou, M.S.W.

Program Director

Violence Intervention Program

323-221-4134 ext. 109

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