STANFORD PREMEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Serving the Stanford community since 1967

Don’t Know Where To Find New Opportunities?

Check out our research and service databases under the resources section

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Check out our classes page, peer advising programs, and the Q&A section 

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SPA officer applications for the fall are under “join”

About

The Stanford Pre-Medical Association (SPA) is a student organization serving the entire Stanford pre-medical community. Our mission is to provide pre-meds with every resource necessary to make informed decisions about pursuing medicine and to facilitate a supportive pre-medical community. Towards this end, SPA organizes a variety of programs to prepare pre-medical students for the realities and challenges of pursuing a career in medicine. SPA was founded in 1967 under the guidance of UAR’s premedical advisors, and is currently advised by faculty from the School of Medicine.

People

Ari Brown

Ari Brown

Financial Officer

Major: Undecided

Email: abrown20@stanford.edu

Ari is a sophomore from Los Angeles, California and joined SPA in 2016. She has worked in a neurotrauma laboratory at UCLA and completed independent research on natural anti angiogenic agents in cancer therapy. Ari spent her last summer doing research at an infectious and immunological disease laboratory at Cedar Sinai hospital in Los Angeles. Outside of SPA, Ari is a student lead for Science in Service, and is involved with Stanford Hillel. She enjoys dancing, playing soccer, and hiking.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ari-brown-b8bb3a11b/

Aye Chan Moe

Aye Chan Moe

Executive: Diversity and Empowerment

Major: Human Biology

Email: ayechan@stanford.edu

Aye is a sophomore and a prospective HumBio major from Arcadia, California. Born and raised in Myanmar, she had only moved to L.A. from Singapore four years ago as a high school sophomore. These numerous transitions, alongside her residence in diverse communities, motivate her to serve freshmen and students of color interested in medicine as a Diversity and Empowerment executive. Health literacy is also an issue dear to her heart – she loves volunteering at Arbor Free Clinic as a Patient Health Navigator, and with HELP4Kids as a health educator. She is also involved with United Students for Veterans’ Health and East Palo Alto Stanford Academy, where she spends time with friendly veterans and tutor/mentor feisty middle schoolers respectively. She will be spending the summer before her sophomore year at the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture as a Human Resources Intern. When she is not commiserating over OChem psets with friends, you can find her in Wilbur enjoying a delicious bowl of Pho (or two).

Amy Xu

Amy Xu

Executive: Conference

Major: Human Biology

Email: amyx19@stanford.edu

Amy is currently a senior studying Human Biology with a concentration in Sports Performance and Biomechanics. Following Stanford, she plans to attend medical school with the goal of specializing in orthopedic surgery and becoming a team physician for either a professional or collegiate athletic program. As one of the organizers of the 2018 SPA Conference, she hopes to educate her fellow pre-meds and create an opportunity for them to both learn about the current state of medicine and present their own contributions to the field. She spent this past summer interning at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and can be found in the Professor Heller’s lab on campus working on her honors thesis regarding the genetics behind coordination/motor deficits in Down syndrome mice models. Outside of academics, she is the co-captain of Stanford’s cheerleading team, a coach for recreational gymnastics, and a leader in Cap & Gown.

Haiwen Gui

Haiwen Gui

Executive: Med School Advising

Major: Undeclared (CS)

Email: hgui@stanford.edu

Haiwen is a sophomore from Alpharetta, GA who joined SPA in 2017. She is considering computer science and is interested in the intersection between technology and medicine. She is involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including the Cardinal Free Clinics, Sigma Psi Zeta, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and Common Origins. In her free time, Haiwen can be found making boba runs, and relaxing with friends on campus.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haiwen-gui/

Nikki Apana

Nikki Apana

Executive: Social and Service

Major: Human Biology

Email: napana@stanford.edu

Nikki is a sophomore from Concord, CA interested in majoring in Human Biology. She is passionate about service and health equity, and hopes to obtain her MPH before going to medical school. During her first year at Stanford, she participated in a variety of clubs including Partners in Health, Coaching Corps, and Kaorihiva, the Polynesian dance group. She also volunteered with SHAR(ED) to connect patients in the ED with community health resources, and helped lead the annual Relay For Life event on campus. Over the summer, she collaborated with the Contra Costa Health Equity Team to complete a project on mitigating the effects of implicit bias in hospitals. Nikki is a student assistant for the Community Engaged Learning and Research team at the Haas Center for Public Service. As a co-executive of the Social and Service team, she is excited to spread the word about Cardinal Service and the abundance of other service opportunities available for students interested in the medical field or health equity in general.

Gabrielle Daso

Gabrielle Daso

Executive: Diversity and Empowerment

Major: Biology

Email: gdaso@stanford.edu

Gabrielle is a senior majoring in Biology and pursuing a minor in Modern Languages. She enjoys learning languages and understanding the root causes of health and social disparities in urban communities. During sophomore and junior year, she worked as a Health Advocate in the Emergency Department as a part of SHARED, distributing social resources to patients in need. Last summer, she worked with Alabama Pre-/Post-Adoption Connections, an organization that delivers resources to adoptive families throughout Alabama. Next summer, Gabrielle will be interning at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, working on developmental epigenetics. In her free time, she participates in Stanford Muay Thai Kickboxing for fun relaxation.

Jonathan Mak

Jonathan Mak

Executive: Professional Development

Email: jmak@stanford.edu

Major: Electrical Engineering

Jonathan is a junior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in electrical engineering, and wants to apply his skills into developing new medical devices! He is currently doing research in the Lee Lab for CT Surgery here at Stanford, and loves playing basketball or swimming when he’s not desperately finishing up psets due.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-mak-652373a7/

 

Sarah Hay

Sarah Hay

Executive: Med School Advising

Major: Biology with concentration in biochemistry/biophysics

Email: sarahhay@stanford.edu

Sarah, a senior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Biophysics, is originally from Phoenix, AZ, but has lived in the Bay Area for most of her life. She joined SPA as a member in 2014 and served as an officer in the Professional Development team last year. Since October of her freshman year, she has been a student researcher in the Porteus Lab in the Department of Pediatrics at the medical school, where she is currently investigating the cytotoxicity of gene therapy treatments for sickle cell disease. She’s also a member of the Stanford Khmer Association and Stanford Women in Medicine (SWIM), in which she serves as Co-Exec of Events. If she’s not in lab or class, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find her either exploring new trails or catching some waves!

Ankit Baghel

Ankit Baghel

Executive: Conference

Major: Computer Science

Email: abaghel@stanford.edu

Ankit is a junior from Albany, NY planning to major in Computer Science with a concentration in Biocomputation. He joined SPA in 2016 as an Advising Executive. Outside of SPA, he writes for LYNX, is involved with Stanford Health Innovations in Future Technology (SHIFT), and is a Phoenix Scholars Mentor. He currently works in the Frydman Lab, studying how chaperone proteins mediate and suppress Huntingtin aggregation as a means of understanding and treating Huntington’s Disease. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, running, playing tennis, and watching (too much) anime.

 

Janice Zhang

Janice Zhang

Executive: Pre-Professional

Major:Human Biology

Email: jzhang15@stanford.edu

Janice is a junior from Saratoga, CA who joined SPA in 2015. She is studying Human Biology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology. She is currently doing research on cardiac arrhythmias at the School of Medicine. In her free time, you can find her at the pool doing laps with club swimming, running the dish, or trying new restaurants on University Ave.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janice-zhang-86114b111

Kali Cornn

Executive: Social Media and Marketing

Major: Computer Science

Email: kcornn@stanford.edu

Kali is a senior from Arizona who is majoring in Computer Science and is interested in front-end development, human-computer interaction, and data science. She joined SPA in 2015 and is a former pre-professional executive. On campus, Kali is also involved with such organizations as APAMSA and iThrive@Stanford. In her free time, she enjoys getting boba and going to Starbucks with her friends.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kcornn

Michelle Bach

Michelle Bach

Executive: Service and Social

Major: Undeclared

Email: mspark19@stanford.edu

Michelle is a rising junior from Dallas, Texas and the current VP of Service and Social. She first joined SPA as a freshman and served as VP of Conferences last year. She is currently involved in Testimony A Cappella and Pacific Free Clinic and conducts research at the School of Medicine. Michelle is a huge foodie, and loves to swim, travel, and sing during her free time.

Eric Lin

Eric Lin

Co-President

Major: Chemistry

Email: elin2@stanford.edu

Eric is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona on the Pre-Med track. He joined SPA in 2015 as a core member of the Internal Team and writer of the SPA Weekly Digest. In 2016 he co-founded the SPA Annual Conference with fellow execs Alisha Birk and Michelle Bach. This year, Eric is excited to serve as co-president of SPA with Alisha Birk. Outside of SPA, Eric is also the co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA), is the Outreach Officer for Team HBV, and is a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. Eric loves meeting new people, hanging out with friends, eating good food, working out, playing piano, and listening to music.

Alisha Birk

Alisha Birk

Co-President

Major: Bioengineering

Email: abirk96@stanford.edu

Alisha is a junior from New Hampshire majoring in bioengineering while on the pre-med track. She is involved in a number of other organizations including Stanford Undergraduate Research Association (SURA) and SCOPE. Alisha currently works in the Pitteri Lab at the Canary center, which is dedicated to finding ways to detect cancer at its earliest stages. She also enjoys going camping, skiing, and watching horror movies.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alisha-birk

Vickie Wang

Vickie Wang

Executive: Diversity and Empowerment

Major: Psychology

Email: vjwang@stanford.edu

Vickie is a junior from Cary, NC. This is her second year as exec of the Diversity and Empowerment branch. She hopes to combine her passion for equitable access to healthcare with her work as exec to create a more inclusive pre-med community at Stanford. Other organizations she is involved with include Stanford Queer & Asian, O-Tone East Asian A Cappella, and the Bridge Peer Counseling Center.

Programs

SPA is divided into five sub-teams to organize programs and events.

 

Research and Service

Research and Service

Providing research and service opportunities
Initiatives include SUCRE (clinical research), research showcases, opportunities databases, and faculty lunch series

Pre-Professional

Pre-Professional

Providing med school application info and skills
Initiatives includes application workshops, hard skills workshops, and study sessions

Advising

Advising

Providing students with useful resources
Initiatives include panels, the premed handbook, mentorship, and advisor lunches 

Internal & Finance

Internal & Finance

Providing a backbone for SPA 
Initiatives include socials, recruitment, meeting, publicity, communication, and budgeting

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Opportunities & Resources

Research

Research

Handbook sections: Extracurriculars, Research, and Service
Stanford Medical School Labs
Current Lab Openings

Service

Service

Handbook sections: Extracurriculars, Research, and Service
Haas Center for Public Service
Service Database 

Student Groups

Student Groups

Handbook sections: Extracurriculars, Research, and Service
UAR Advisors 

Applications

Applications

Handbook sections: MCAT & Recommendations
UAR Advisors 

Academics

Academics

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Handbook sections: Study Abroad Programs
UAR Advisors

FAQ

Stanford Premed Piazza

Got a burning question about premed requirements?
Have your question answered by SPA board members and fellow premeds at our Piazza site!

Question: 
I was wondering whether there were any labs in particular known to have great mentors/PI, research opportunities, etc for premed students! Not entirely sure what type of research I want to do, but I am really interested and want to get involved right away!

Answer:
I would recommend looking at the PIs/faculty in the department you are majoring in/might major in. Read their research bios, and then email any whose work interests you. Some of them will not answer. Some of them will answer right away. I haven’t heard of anyone who won’t work with undergrads. Because there are so many labs here, there is no “best lab for undergrads”. If there was, it would be full of undergrads, and it would be chaotic and you would barely be mentored by a grad student, let alone a postdoc or a PI…
Read the rest here

Research Opportunities

Question:
I was debating between the two physics series. I have an extremely heavy courseload (have to take chemistry and organic chemistry the same year), so whichever one is easier/more managable is preferred. I was just wondering what people’s experiences were with the physics series. Specifically, how much work it was to get a good grade?

Answer:
Hi, unfortunately adding either the 20 or 40 series on top of chemistry and organic chemistry will be difficult regardless. I took the 20 series and it was much more work than expected. Do not let the 3 units trick you! The material may be simple in 20 series, but I felt instructors made it more confusing and difficult than it needed to be. It was poorly taught and not the most organized course. I have heard the 40 series is better taught but material is much more difficult, so expect to still put in a lot of time studying. I had to work hard for a decent grade in the 20 series, so I think either way physics is not going to necessarily be an easy A. Is there any chance you can postpone taking physics when you don’t have so many other science courses? I know many that put off physics until senior year, so you can make it work.

Physics Series

Question:
Can someone summarize the steps for sending Stanford transcripts to AMCAS?

Answer:
After you added Stanford in AAMCA, request a transcript in Axess. There should be an “AAMC” option – enter your AAMC ID and transcript ID (from AAMC portal) in there.

Sending Transcripts

Question:
It just occurred to me that both science professors that are writing letters of rec for me are biology professors. Is this a problem? Do med schools want to see two different sciences represented?

Answer:
As long as the second letter adds information not covered in the first one, you should be fine. Make sure you do have at least one recommendation letter from another department.

Letters of Recommendation

Question: 
Has anyone taken the ochem summer series at Stanford? I was wondering how it compared to the ocher series during the year. Also, if anyone has any resources about how to deal with summer logistics (housing, dining, etc), I’d be really grateful to know about them. Thanks!

Answer: 
Well I never took it during the year since I took it in the summer, but i’d recommend the summer series! It was a really nice experience and all you have to do is devote the time to working hard. Do NOT overload yourself like I did (and most overly ambitious stanford peeps do). Summer logistics are basically the same as during the year – you apply to summer housing and then that automatically enrolls you into a meal plan. I think stanford also offers extended stay housing for the gap between summer quarter and spring quarter.

Summer Organic Chemistry

Question:
How important are research and extracurriculars in the med school application?  I have been told by some friends at Ivy league colleges that impressive research is definitely important for applications to top med schools- how true is this and how do extracurricular or volunteering projects compare?

Answer:
Part of it depends on what kind of medicine you’re interested in. If you’re considering MD/PhD or some other kind of academic medicine, you should definitely load up on the research. However, have at least one kind of volunteering or clinical experience. If you’re more focused on community health or want to go into primary care…
Read the rest here

 

Research vs. Extracurriculars

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If you have any questions, please contact either Co-President:
Alex Bourdillon: abourdil@stanford.edu
Ketan Jain-Poster: ketanjp@stanford.edu

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