Medical School Trips

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - 2014

March 23, 2014

Jessica Escorcia - Developmental Specialist

The trip to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on March 23rd was truly educational for the students and it definitely taught them the difference between what to expect from a DO program versus an MD program.  The day started with breakfast and some welcoming remarks by Ms. Marsha Williams.  Then they had a panel of 7 currently attending PCOM students who discussed their backgrounds and it was interesting to see how they were all so extremely different.  They mentioned that if someone’s grades are not as high as they would like, they suggest enrolling in their master’s program because it shows that one is capable of handling upper level coursework.  This increases one’s chances of getting into PCOM for the DO program.

The students asked many questions about how to stand out as a candidate, how to network, and how to fund their education.

Then we split up into two groups and went to the Anatomy Lab and the Simulation Lab.  I believe that most students felt that the Anatomy lab was the highlight of the trip.  There were many different cadavers and we were allowed to put on gloves and touch everything.  There were PCOM professors and students to help explain what we were looking at.   Then we went to the Simulation lab which had state of the art mannequins that had vital signs so that students could practice how to handle emergencies.

After attending both Mini Labs, we were all brought together again to witness an OMM Demonstration.  The presenter went into the entire history of how Osteopathic Medicine came to be its own specialty.  Then he manipulated a student’s neck and demonstrated how flexibility of leg muscles can be visibly improved by some very simple techniques.  Lunch was served at the end of this demonstration.

Overall, the student guides were very informative and they were members of ODASIS so that made the experience better for us because there was a sense of shared experiences.  In addition, Marsha Williams seemed very willing to help our students if they decide that PCOM is the right school for them!

Temple University School of Medicine - 2014

April 11, 2014

Frank Brifu - Developmental Specialist

Dear Germyce Harris,

On behalf of the Office of Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences at Rutgers University, I just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful event at the Temple University School of Medicine this past Friday- the students loved every minute of the day and truly enjoyed their time getting to speak with the current students as well as yourself and Dr. Cadena.

The day gave them insight to the application process as well as motivation to excel even further to reach their ultimate goal of medical school.

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine - 2014

April 12, 2014


Jonathan Langowski - Developmental Specialist

The day consisted of:

Overview of school and podiatry

  • Tour of classes, labs, library, gross anatomy, museum, etc.
  • Panel of student speakers
  • Panel of admissions members
  • Lunch to ask one-on-one questions
  • They offer a week long summer program in June for 2nd and 3rd year students.  

Stroke in the Minority Community - RWJUH, New Brunswick NJ - 2014

April 23rd, 2014

Frank Brifu - Developmental Specialist

The event on Wednesday morning was hosted Dr. Sunanda Guar who is professor of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who is the Director of the South Asian Total Health Initiative.  The event spoke about the prevalence of Stroke in the Minority community. It is has been known that it is prevalent in the African American Community as well as the Hispanic Community, but it is also extremely prevalent in the South East Asian community due to the diet and lifestyle.

Dr. James McKinney and Dr. Gaurav Gupta gave a walkthrough on Stroke and the surgical approaches they use in treatment of stroke and sub-arachnoid hemorrhages. They were some bloody videos and pictures, which helped keep everyone’s attention.

 Overall it was a good learning experience for the students I took (Victor Mensah, Henry Uran, Jeffrey Addy, Nikki Animasaun, Daphney Noel and Ikenna Obiakwata). It was important for them to see what they working so hard towards as finals approaches.