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[Stanford Premed] SPA Newsletter #11

Aline Zorian azorian at
Mon Jan 4 18:14:14 PST 2010 

Dedicated to helping Stanford undergrads make an informed decision about pursuing medicine 

and to facilitating a supportive premedical community at Stanford. 

Newsletter #11 

Special Edition: Winter Quarter Courses 

*In addition to core premed courses in Biology, Chemistry, etc. Stanford offers a wide range of classes which can be of interest to premeds. 

Here are a few fun and interesting courses that you may want to check out for the winter quarter.* 

1. MED 149/249: Medical Interpreting: Skills and Etiquette 





Winter Quarter, 2009-2010 

Location 420-050, Thursdays, 12:15-1:05 p.m. 

2 units CR/NC 

Students will learn about the skills and etiquette of medical interpretation from a cross-cultural perspective. Class is in a seminar format, with all students required to volunteer one shift at the Arbor Free Clinic. No additional assignments or tests. The course will also include a brief overview of the US healthcare system and as well as guest lectures on humanistic medicine by Drs. Peter Pompei, MD and Lars Osterberg, MD MPH. Students who pass this class have the option of becoming volunteer interpreters at Arbor Free Clinic. 

Sign up on axess by searching for Med 149/249 under MED Medicine. Undergraduates please sign up for 149. 

2. SURG 102: Principles and Practice of International Medical Humanitarianism 

Are you interested in: 

How international aid can be a weapon of foreign policy ? 
Why Dr. Paul Farmer calls surgery “the neglected stepchild of global health ”? 
“ Outsourcing ethics ”: Why do things in foreign countries that would be considered unethical in our own? 
Mobile high-tech surgery in the jungles of Ecuador? 
Surgical care in disaster and war conditions: Katrina and Bosnia? 
Is international medical aid: Humanitarian or Development? 
Exploring the Business and Medicine Synergy ? 

Then sign up for “Principles and Practice of International Medical Humanitarianism” . We bring a series of world-class lecturers to Stanford who lead personal discussions and offer actual spring and summer global health volunteer opportunities. Undergraduate and graduate students from all fields welcome. 

AXESS: Undergraduate SURG 102 Course Nbr 78995/ Graduate SURG 202 Course Nbr 78996, 

Instructors: Dr. Donald Laub M.D./F.A.C.S., Dr. James Chang M.D./F.A.C.S, Sanjum Samagh M.D./M.B.A candidate, Sonia Samagh M.D./M.B.A candidate, 

Tu/Th 11:00am-12:50pm, Wallenberg Hall. 

Over 30 Speakers, Including: 
Dr. Donald Laub – Founder, Interplast, Inc. Former Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University 
Dr. Edgar Rodas – Former Minister of Health, Ecuador , Innovator of Safe and Effective Mobile Surgery 
Dr. Sheri Fink – Stanford M.D, Ph.D. and New York Times Journalist, Author of “ War Hospital ” 
Dr. Larry Rinsky - Chief, Pediatric Orthopedics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Orthopedics Nicaragua and China 
Dr. Eid Mustafa – International Trustee, Physicians for Peace, Founder, Physicians for Peace Palestine 
Dr. Robert Chase – Former Chairman of Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Leprosy and Cataracts in India 
Dr. Mark Gorney – Chief of Surgery and Medical Director, Project Hope Peru , Founder of Doctor’s Company , World’s Leading Physician Owned Medical Malpractice Carrier 

3. NENS 25SI: Discoveries and Debates in Neuroscience Research 

Winter quarter, 1 unit, S/NC 

Tuesdays 5:15-6:30 pm, Room 200-013 

Neuroscience is an accelerating field, and this fast pace of discovery has generated many contradictory results and models that remain unresolved. In this course students will critically examine controversial subjects: the genetic determination of intelligence, the neurobiological correlates of consciousness, adult neural stem cell function and therapeutic potential, interpretation of cognitive tests in animals, the origin of brain tumors, the biology of addiction, and gender differences in brain function and disease. Students will become familiar with neuroscience research and learn how to analyze scientific experiments and models with a critical eye. 

For more information, contact Lauren Wood ( lswood at ) or Quynh Anh Nguyen ( qanguyen at ) 

4. INDE 208: Conversational Medical Mandarin 

Want to communicate more effectively with Chinese patients? Looking for early “hands-on patient contact? 
Sign up now! 

Conversational Medical Mandarin Course (Inde208) 

Chinese for Medical and Pre-med students 

§ * Practice knowledge and skills for communicating with Chinese patients 
§ * Learn how to do a patient history and physical exam in Mandarin 
§ * Acquire independent problem-soling abilities when Chinese language is needed in a medical environment 
§ * Practice what you learn in the clinic, and participate in outreach activities at the Asian Liver Center 
§ * Learn to access medical information in Chinese 
§ * Do some online work to arrange your studies with flexibilty 

Elementary Medical Mandarin (1-2 credits) is for students who have no Chinese language background: INDE 208A 
Intermediate Medical Mandarin (1-2 credits) is for students who can speak some Chinese, equal to 1-year Chinese learning but no written skills are required: INDE 208B 
Advanced Medical Mandarin (1-2 credits): INDE 208C 

FRIDAYS, 1:00-2:00pm(elementary) 12:00-1:00pm (intermediate) 2:00-3:00pm (advanced) at CCSR0236 
Interested? Contact: xiaowa at 

5. MED 242: Physicians & Human Rights 

Interested in global health? Human Rights? Medical mission? Medical-legal issues? (See flyer for more info!) 

Winter 2010 Lecture Series (Axess # 75127) 

Monday 12:15-1:05 pm (Jan 4- Mar 8), Alway M104, Lunch served 

*Medicin San Frontier in Congo by Dr. Sherry Wren 
*Peace Through Health by Dr. Neil Arya 
*Poverty & Children’s Health by Dr. Paul Wise 
*Humanitarian Assistance in Vietnam by Dr. Bruce Lehnert 
*International Human Rights Law by Attorney Charles Printz 
*Medical Consequences of Iraq War by Dr. Jeff Ritterman 
*Multidisciplinary Torture Panel by Dr. Ami Laws, Dr. Daryn Reicherter, etc 
*Death Penalty by Attorney William Abrams 
and MORE! 

Register now #75127 on Axess 

Physicians & Human Rights lecture series is open to medical students, undergraduate and undergraduate students, and anyone on Stanford Campus. It is a pass-fail one-unit course with NO attendance requirement . Lecture videos are accessible for registered students. Lunch is provided. Your registration in this course funds this course to continue bringing human rights speakers to you! 

Questions? Contact TA Chloe Chien ( aichien at ) 

6. PEDS 204: Access and Delivery of Essential Medicines to Poor and Undeserved Communities 

Interested in learning more about international health, neglected diseases , and ways to improve access to lifesaving medicines for underserved populations in the developing world? Then register for " Access and Delivery of Essential Medicines to Poor and Underserved Communities" (PEDS 204, AXESS # 78645 ) , a winter quarter lecture series-based course brought to you by ADEM (Access and Delivery of Essential Medicines)! 

Topics to be covered include neglected diseases, underserved and impoverished markets, disease profiles of lower and middle income countries, pricing and distribution of biomedical end products, and intellectual property in medicine and its effect on the delivery of healthcare. Lectures will be followed by Q&A and discussion. 

This is a one-credit, pass/fail course open to all students. Recommended readings will be provided for each speaker, but there are no formal assignments and the class can be fit into a busy schedule. You can attend the lectures if you are not registered, but by registering you help support the lecture series and ensure that we will be able to continue it in future years . 

Speakers include: 

· Jim McKerrow of Berkeley’s Sandler Institute, a research center focused on neglected tropical diseases 

· Carol Mimura of Berkeley's Office of Technology Licensing 

· Richard Chin, CEO of Institute for One World Health 

· Jay Keasling*, Synthetic Biologist and maker of yeast-derived artemisinin 

*A few of the registered students will go to dinner with Jay Keasling after the lecture ( ) 

What: ADEM (Peds 204; Axess # 78645 ) 

When : Tuesdays 5:15-6:15pm, starting Jan 5 th 

Where: Alway M114 (Medical School) 

Stanford Events and Announcements: 

1. Mock Interviews for Medical School at the UAR 

If you are a current applicant, this is a unique opportunity for you to practice your interviewing skills. Judy Colwell, a senior pre-health advisor and long-time Assistant Director of Admissions for Stanford University Medical School, will be conducting mock interviews at the UAR in Sweet Hall, beginning Wednesday , December 2 nd . 

To make an appointment, please call the front desk at 650-723-2426 . You need to bring a printed copy of your VERIFIED AMCAS application. 

MCAT Test Prep: 

1. The Princeton Review: Further Discount 

The Princeton Review is going to have a $200 grad promotion beginning January 5 th . That means members can get a total of $250 off a course. I wanted to give your members a heads up so they might want to talk to their parents over the break – an awesome test score is a great gift! 

Promo Code: SANSPA 

2. Examkrackers Test Prep 

Find out why students across the nation are turning to EXAMKRACKERS to improve their MCAT scores. Our top-ranked program offers: 

· 9 weeks of comprehensive MCAT review 

· 2 classes each week 

· 5 full-length simulated MCATs 

· Unique class format with each consisting of: 

· a 50-minute lecture 

· a 10-minute break 

· a 30-minute practice exam 

· a 25-minute review of the exam 

· Timed and proctored testing in the MCAT format every class 

· A complete set of manuals covering everything tested on the MCAT including thousands of questions 






Research & Internship Opportunities: 

1. Research Position at the Life Span Development Lab 

Looking to gain research experience? 

Become a research assistant in the Life-span Development Lab! 

Earn credit through Psychology 171 (4 credits/quarter for 2 quarters) or Psychology 195 (3 credits = 9 hrs/wk, 2 credits = 6 hrs/wk) or volunteer. Work study positions are available for eligible students. 

About the Life-span Development Lab : 

In the broadest sense, our research focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that people use to adapt to life circumstances as they age. Research from our laboratory has contributed to a growing literature suggesting that the emotion system "works" well even in very old age, and that the ability to experience emotions deeply and regulate them effectively may even improve with age. Current projects also focus on end of life decision making and health behavior in older adults. 

For more information please e-mail lifespan at or call 650-725-6855 

2. Clinical Lab Opportunity for Gap Year Students 

The Chu Lab in the Department of Anesthesia in the Stanford Medical School seeks a motivated senior with a strong science background to begin working immediately as a part-time research assistant. Responsibilities will include managing clinical trials investigating tolerance, withdrawal and hyperalgesia; writing scholarly articles and grants; and serving as the teaching assistant for an online educational program for anesthesia interns at Stanford. Research assistants will be expected to interact with patients in a clinical setting. Ideal candidates should be planning to take a gap year before matriculating into medical school in the fall of 2011. If interested, please send a transcript, resume, and cover letter to Chelsea at stanfordbackpain at . 

For more info about Dr. Chu and his research, please see 

3. Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Program 

See attached flyer 

4. Unite for Sight: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity 

Unite For Sight has been featured weekly on CNN International and in The New York Times 

Unite For Sight is the world's leader in socially responsible, effective volunteering abroad. Unite For Sight's Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. All volunteers participating in Unite For Sight's international programs are Global Impact Fellows. 

What do students do as Global Impact Fellows? They participate daily with local ophthalmic nurses, local optometrists, and local ophthalmologists to eliminate patient barriers to care and to facilitate comprehensive year-round eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, data compilation and analysis, and other necessary support tasks. Through hands-on, structured training, volunteers gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in community eye health, global health, and international development. Global Impact Fellows gain skills and are nurtured to become new leaders in global health, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for volunteers interested in pursuing global health research. 

Locations of Year-Round Program Delivery: 
(volunteer for 7 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more) 

· Accra and Kumasi Regions, Ghana 

· Ashanti and Northern Regions, Ghana 

· Varying Rural Villages, Ghana 

· Tegucigalpa, Honduras 

· Bihar, India 

· Chennai, India 

· New Delhi, India 

· Orissa, India 

Academic Credit Option: Many students choose to pursue the Unite For Sight program for academic credit and/or medical electives at their home institution. We also encourage students to pursue research studies that contribute to knowledge about global eye care needs and solutions. We work closely with students on both of these options. 

Complete Details: 

5. Research Position(s) at UC San Francisco 

The laboratory of Donald M. McDonald, M.D. Ph.D., at the University of California, San Francisco has openings for a full-time post-graduate researcher in the field of angiogenesis and vascular biology. We are seeking a bright, highly motivated, recent college graduate with a strong background in the biological sciences. The appointment is for two years. Applicants available for only one year will not be considered. This is an exciting opportunity for students whose career goals include medical school or graduate school and who want to gain research experience at a world-class institution. The position is described in more detail below. Interested students should contact us directly by e-mail at the address below. The position will be available beginning in May or early June, with the goal of having overlap with the postgraduate research currently in the position. The successful candidate should plan to start no later than June. Resumes should be sent to current post-graduate researcher, Ryan Naylor (ryan.naylor at Sincerely, Ryan Naylor McDonald Lab Department of Anatomy Cardiovascular Research Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center University of California, San Francisco E-mail: ryan.naylor at 

Other Announcements: 

1. MCAT Books for Sale – Please contact arsani at 

Cancer Bio (CBIO 101): Brand New Book-- $100 (Bookstore $120) 

Bio 42 The Cell; A Molecular Approach-- $85 (Bookstore $125) 

Chem 33/35/131: Organic Chemistry Vollhardt & Shore + Study Guide and Solutions Manual + Model Kit--$115 


Arsani William 

arsani at 

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