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HGA MD/DDS Public Health Speaker Series

The speaker series is for the benefit of college students pursuing a career in medicine or dental medicine. Medical students and dental students in our teaching fellowship program share their wisdom and experiences to help the pre-health students. In addition, the nonprofit hosts these speaker events to raise awareness for our national health project and health campaign.

Medical and Dental Teaching Fellowship Award Recipients receive an annual stipend to support professional activities such as research, conferences, and residency interviews. The annual stipend for each fellow ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 per year based on level of commitment. Fellows are responsible for teaching healthcare topics and advising pre-health students in their journey to medical school and dental school. The nonprofit does not record these talks or distribute media.

If you are interested in becoming a teaching fellow, please contact us at join [at] healthguardians.org with a CV/Resume to learn more about the Health Guardians of America, Medical and Dental Teaching Fellowship.

The Public Health Speaker Series includes a presentation followed by Q&A for pre-health student mentoring.

LOCATION: Online Video Conferencing via ZOOM
ADMISSION: Free for all HGA Active members and invited guests

Session #1: Health Equity as a Human Right
Sunday, 2/3/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST (MD/DDS Speaker)
Sunday, 2/17/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST (MD/DDS Speaker)

Session #2: Health Project and Research Design
Sunday, 3/3/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST (MD/DDS Speaker)
Sunday, 3/17/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST (MD/DDS Speaker)

Session #3: Clinical Relevance and Medical Nutrition
Sunday, 4/7/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST
Sunday, 4/21/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST

Session #4: Admissions-focused Speaker Event
Sunday, 5/5/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST
Sunday, 5/19/2019 @ 4-5pm PST / 7-8pm EST

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Gino Arcilla

M.D. Candidate, University of California, San Francisco
B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Gino Arcilla is a first year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco. He took one gap year after attending the University of California, Berkeley ’17, majoring in Integrative Biology with a minor in Music. He was the previous Health Director for Program Impact at HGA and served as the President of the UC Berkeley HGA chapter. He was also a volunteer at the San Francisco VA Hospital Emergency Department, at a clinic delivering health screenings to low-income minority communities, and at a board and care for elderly patients with dementia. He is happy to answer questions regarding the medical school application process, how to succeed in college, the MCAT, essay application writing, interviews, and more.

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Casey Collet

M.D. Candidate, Keck School of Medicine of USC
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Casey Collet is the recipient of the 2018 Health Guardians of America Public Health Fellowship Award and serves as one of the student directors for our flagship medical health project responsible for the operations across 25-50 college campuses in the United States. Prior to her national role, she was the UCLA HGA President and joined as a founding member in early January 2016. In addition to leading the digital health project, she is involved in the design of several research studies for the project. After graduating summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology, she is now helping children who have autism and tutoring middle and high school students. Besides her professional involvements, Casey enjoys exercising, spending time in nature, and making art.

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Liz Son, DMD

Orthodontics Residency, New York University
D.M.D. University of Pennsylvania
B.Sc. University of Pennsylvania

Liz is currently a D.M.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She will be entering into an orthodontics program at New York University. Liz graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Angela Um

M.D. Candidate, Drexel University College of Medicine
M.P.H. Candidate, Drexel University School of Public Health
B.Sc. Cornell College

Angela is currently an M.D./M.P.H. candidate at the Drexel University College of Medicine. She was a summer research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (UPenn). Prior to medical school, she conducted research at University of Pennsylvania and National institute of Health. She is a graduate of Cornell College majoring in Biological Sciences.

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Chris Sohn

D.M.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Predoctoral Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
B.Sc. Cornell College

Christopher Sohn is a D.M.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is the recipient of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Travel Award. He worked as a full-time research assistant at Hospital for Special Surgery for two years before starting dental school. He has published numerous publications and abstracts in the field of rheumatology. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in biological sciences from Cornell University.

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Arin Kim, MD

Orthopedic Surgery Resident, UCSF Medical Center
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, Harvard Medical School
M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
B.S. Yale College

Arin is now an orthopedic resident at the University of California San Francisco. She volunteered as a medical student from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons while completing her research year at Harvard as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. She graduated from Yale with a double major in Biology and Economics, combining her interests in infectious disease basic science research and the economic burden of infectious disease on developing countries. Through taking a basic science research year, she realized her passion for science and wants to pursue the physician-scientist career path. During her clinical year, she fell in love with surgery and intends to pursue orthopedic surgery. Although surgeon-scientists are a rare breed, she hopes to pave a career combining her two passions. At a speaker event hosted by Health Guardians, she shared her experiences as a medical student, discussed the challenges of balancing a career with multiple interests, and offered advice on how to best prepare for medical school admissions.

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Bruce Youm

M.D. Program, Drexel College of Medicine
M.P.H. Columbia University in the City of New York
B.A. University of California Berkeley, College of Letters and Science
B.S. University of California Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business

Bruce graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley where he founded the digital health nonprofit Health Guardians of America. As an MD/MPH candidate, he studied medicine at Drexel Medicine and public health at Columbia University in the City of New York. Although he was intended on matriculating at Yale University, he received a graduate scholarship to attend Columbia from the Fund for Public Health Leadership. Upon arriving on campus, he was elected into the Columbia University Senate focused on public health initiatives and expanded the medical nonprofit Health Guardians Organization to a national level. Bruce values the importance of a healthy lifestyle, completing his first marathon at the international OSIM Marathon Singapore.

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Matthew Sun, MD

Neurosurgery Resident, UCLA Medical Center
M.D. UCSF School of Medicine
B.S. Stanford University

Dr. Sun advises the management team on strategic direction of the nonprofit. He is currently a neurosurgery resident at the UCLA Medical Center. Prior to residency, he has published in numerous medical journals in the field of neurosurgery as a recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute research grant. He received his medical degree from the UCSF School of Medicine and bachelor’s degrees in biology and film studies from Stanford University where he performed as the concertmaster for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and awarded the Firestone Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.

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Thomas J. Carlson, MD

Nonprofit Advisor at UC Berkeley
Pediatric Physician
Lecturer, University of California Berkeley
Pediatric Residency, Stanford University

Dr. Thomas Carlson M.D. is a pediatrician in the greater Oakland area and senior faculty lecturer of the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California Berkeley. He attended medical school in Michigan and completed his residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He is the course instructor for Medicinal Ethnobotany, Human Anatomy, Human Reproduction, and Evolutionary Medicine at Berkeley. His primary research interests are in medical/nutritional ethnobotany, ethnoecology, ethnoepidemiology, and the ecology and evolution of human disease.