April 21, 2011 — Kern Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA are coordinating the first-ever Academic & Community Medical Conference at the campus of California State University, Bakersfield, on April 28-30, 2011. Local medical professionals and students interested in health fields will benefit from three days of panels, speakers, and research presentations. Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend any or all segments of the conference.
"CSU Bakersfield is pleased to host this exceptional conference on our campus," said CSUB President, Dr. Horace Mitchell. "It represents a rare opportunity for local students to learn more about health careers directly from distinguished practitioners. Health professionals from this region will also be able to hear the latest information on research and clinical practice in many areas from leading physicians and other outstanding presenters."
Thursday, April 28: Kern Medical Center-UCLA Research Forum, 7-8:45 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose Room. Researchers from Kern Medical Center and UCLA will present posters with findings. Open to participating researchers, medical students, and KMC staff.
"KMC holds a Research Forum every year, but this is the first time we are expanding the event into a conference to educate current and potential medical professionals," said Dr. Eric vanSonnenberg, Chief Academic Officer at Kern Medical Center. "Partnering with UCLA and local schools is a great way to reach out to the institutions that can and will supply many of Kern County's doctors, nurses and technologists. The more we can reach out to those with roots in the area, the better chance we have of them remaining or returning here to work which will ultimately benefit patients and the community."
Friday, April 29: Medical Careers Conference, 7:30 a.m. to noon for high school students, 12:05 to 4:50 p.m. for college students, Doré Theatre. Doctors and medical professionals from fields such as nursing, dentistry, psychology, pharmacology, and physical therapy will present lectures and panels about health-related careers. Open to high school and college students in Kern and surrounding counties.
The high school and college student sessions on Friday will highlight the broad spectrum of careers in health care, from highly specialized doctors and hospital administrators, to technologist level positions such as respiratory therapists and dental hygienists. CSUB nursing professor Gail Davidson will speak on "Becoming a Nurse" and CSUB President, Dr. Horace Mitchell, who holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, will speak on "Becoming a Psychologist."
At noon on Friday, the Kern Medical Center-UCLA Forum for high school and college administrators, principals, and counselors features three deans and program directors from The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The focus will be on guiding budding medical and health students to opportunities at UCLA and other UC schools.
Saturday, April 30: Continuing Medical Education Conference, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Doré Theatre. Leading medical professionals from Bakersfield and UCLA will give presentations on hot new topics in medicine and current and impending geriatric challenges. Open to licensed health care professionals and health care students. Pre-registration is requested.
The Kern Medical Center-UCLA Academic & Community Medical Conference welcomes attendees and includes at least one meal (breakfast or lunch) depending on the session. Donations are welcome in lieu of conference registration fees in support of Kern Medical Center educational programs.
To register, or for more information about the conference, contact Debbie Pershadsingh at Kern Medical Center, 661-326-2214.
For more information:Debbie Pershadsingh
Kern Medical Center
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