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Year-End Celebrations

It’s a busy time of year for a university. Classes ended, finals came and went, and the seniors are having one last hurrah before commencement. We found a little bit of time to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating Health Careers Fellows and the students completing our Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. Check out some photos from the events.

HCF Dessert Party

Students hug at HCF party

Underclassman introduces graduating senior

Postbac Premed Breakfast

Postbacs at breakfast

The director hugs the tutor

Congratulations to everyone!

Register for the Latino Medical Student Association Conference

Today is the last day for discounted advanced registration for the 43rd Annual Northeast Regional Latino Medical Student Association Conference. We received the following invitation from the Executive Council of the Northeast Latino Medical Student Association and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth:

LMSA Conference

The conference will take place at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Our theme for the conference, “Fortaleciendo Raíces: Uniting efforts in the changing face of healthcare,” represents the desire of our organization to address the health of Latinos through partnerships with academic institutions, medical educators, government officials, and the community.

The purpose of our regional conference is to bring together more than 200 high school students, premedical students, medical students, graduating physicians, residents, and practicing physicians interested in serving the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community. To this end, the conference will include a series of workshops on the healthcare needs of the Latino community, student leadership training, and healthcare policy as well as several networking events.  Given the theme this year on collaboration in health care, our conference will especially focus on how to partner with each other, with medical and research institutions, and with the Latino community itself to address Latino health disparities.

Gingerbread House Competition


Yesterday was the last day of final exams at Tufts. Congratulations, everyone! Happy holidays, and enjoy your time off!

On Reading Day last week, students from Health Careers Fellows and Minority Association of Pre-Health Students took a break from studying to participate in a gingerbread house competition. Sweet snacks accompanied merry holiday tunes.

Students build gingerbread houses

The group

Up-close view of gingerbread house-making

The building

Gingerbread house materials

The materials


The judging

The winning gingerbread house and its creators

The winners!

Goodbye, HCF Seniors

Health Careers Fellows enjoyed a dessert reception on April 29 as they celebrated the accomplishments of the 13 seniors who will graduate on Sunday. Younger students introduced their older “siblings” to loud applause. Shaneece Lane remembers reading and being inspired by the admissions blog of Jasmine Bland, who will go on to complete her bachelor’s/MPH next year on the Boston campus.

Jasmine Bland and Li LIang show off their parting gifts

Jasmine Bland and Li LIang show off their parting gifts.

Senior Nick Macaluso talking with Jasper Du at HCF dessert reception

Jasper Du was awed at how much his fellow Long Islander, Nick Macaluso, had accomplished during his time at Tufts, including his work in Nepal with GlobeMed and PHASE.

Tenzin Chokki praised senior Varun Vadlapatla, who served as the greatly appreciated biology tutor for Health Careers Fellows. Christin Mujica highlighted Yareliz Diaz’s leadership role in the Tufts Latino community.

Seniors Yareliz Diaz and Victoria Oliva at HCF dessert reception

Yareliz Diaz and Victoria Oliva will bring their broad-based community health education and commitment to serving the underserved to the public health world in the coming year.

Ryan Leung introduced senior John Thompson at HCF dessert reception

Ryan Leung introduced his fraternity brother, John Thompson, who will be teaching next year before going on to medical school.

All of the Fellows enjoyed the camaraderie and mutual support that is the hallmark of the Health Careers Fellows program.

Seniors at HCF dessert reception

Photos courtesy of Yareliz Diaz

MAPS Symposium: Diversity in the Health Professions

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the Tufts chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) held its fourth symposium on Diversity in the Health Professions. With generous support from the Tufts AS&E Diversity Fund, students planned a full day of speakers and discussions with a number of health professionals.

This year’s theme was “Integrated Care: Exploring Diverse Approaches to Health.” Approximately seventy students heard a keynote address by Dr. Ather Ali of Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a panel and breakout discussion rooms. Here is what some of the students had to say:

This past Saturday, I had the wonderful opportunity to be present with many different leaders in integrative medicine. At the MAPS Symposium, I spoke with a doctor of Osteopathy [who immigrated from China], an integrative M.D. from Peru, and an acupuncturist from Russia and was fortunate to hear about their stories as well as the story of a doctor of naturopathy and a dentist. Being present among five extremely well-traveled, dynamic, and passionate health providers was not only enlightening but also inspiring. These five individuals shared how they came to their positions today, their challenges, and what they love most about their jobs.

As an aspiring integrative physician graduating this spring, I found this the perfect place to collaborate with those who have been down the long path to medicine. It was a wonderful experience Tufts provided and I hope to stay in touch with those I met.

~ Leah Petrucelli ,‘15

Student speaking at MAPS Symposium

Danna Nisai ’15, President of Tufts MAPS

A significant take-away from the MAPS Symposium is that those medical professionals shared a strong sense of dedication to the communities they serve. For example, Dr. Timothe, the dentist, continues to focus her attention on underserved communities and community-based health promotion, over and above her work at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. No matter the direction these professionals’ careers have gone, there remains the same dedication to the core of medicine, which is helping to heal those in need. 

~ Jason L. Shaffer

The Director for Health Professions Advising speaking at the MAPS Symposium

The Director for Health Professions Advising speaking at the MAPS Symposium

I was really struck by Dr. Chang’s remark about being doers in whatever you do in life. His proactive and compassionate approach to medicine was both humbling and inspiring. It was excellent seeing so many professionals speaking about the diverse and holistic components of an integrated healthcare system.

~ Bryce Pepin, ’18 

Speaker at MAPS Symposium

Keynote speaker Dr. Ather Ali

Even in the healthcare profession, the path to your career is not set in stone. So be open to new experiences and opportunities that you might find yourself given.

It was a very interesting and informative session.

Tyler Chan, ‘15

Audience at MAPS Symposium

When I envision the future of medicine, I do not see a single individual. Keeping the best interests of my patients in mind I will have to collaborate with those who approach medicine differently. So maybe a patient needs to lose weight — I’d encourage them to work with a personal trainer, a nutritionist, a physician, a naturopath, and a case manager because all of these healthcare providers have something valuable to contribute. I really enjoyed what Dr. Ali said about complementary medicine going hand in hand with conventional medicine and will probably promote this in the future when I am a physician!

-Nathaniel Tran, ’17

More audience at MAPS Symposium

It was a pleasure to attend the event, and here are my greatest takeaways:

1. Do not meet antagonism with antagonism – verbatim from Dr. Napadow

2. The journey begins with a dream

3. The future of integrative medicine calls for “integration” itself of members of the low income community and underrepresented minorities within the existing system.

Palak Khanna, 18

Photos courtesy of Sydney Char

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