SOM Community, UCR Alums Gather to Help Students Pursue a Career in Medicine

Annual Career Exploration Conference in Health and Medicine Conference was hosted by the Student Alumni Association and presented by The Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine

The Career Exploration Conference for Health and Medicine was held on Oct. 28, 2017.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Students, faculty and staff from the School of Medicine and UC Riverside alumni who work in the fields of healthcare shared their knowledge with 153 current UCR students considering careers in medicine at the annual Career Exploration Conference in Health and Medicine on Oct. 28, 2017 at the UCR Alumni and Visitors Center.

The conference was hosted by the Student Alumni Association and presented by The Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine. A photo gallery from the event is available on the Student Alumni Association Facebook page.

Haider served as the event’s keynote speaker. A world-renowned spinal surgeon who has developed and patented surgical instrumentation for use in spinal surgery, he shared the story of his path to a career in medicine and why he and his wife Salma are so passionately committed to helping students from underserved communities.

“The Haider Program is the best way to provide the opportunity for the underserved to become physicians, provide healthcare for their community and become role models for others,” Haider said.

The conference also included a number of panel sessions, a networking luncheon, a presentation from the UCR SOM admissions team, and a mock Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) session.

“It was a great chance to hear about Dr. Haider’s inspirational life experiences,” said Christian Agatep, president of the Student Alumni Association and a peer mentor with the Health Professions Advising Center. “This year’s Career Exploration Conference in Health and Medicine is our most successful one yet. Moving forward, we hope that our program continues to grow and serve as a resource for pre-health and pre-med students.”

Dr. Dori Cage, an orthopedic surgeon at the UC San Diego who graduated from UCR in 1981 with degrees in biology and sociology, said she was excited to participate in the conference.

“It is a great opportunity to share the career that I love and the ways that UCR prepared me. The students are enthusiastic and ask insightful questions. I easily get as much for the conference as they do; their enthusiasm is contagious,” she said.

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