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CSUB Hosts Medical and Health Professions Conference for College Students

Local college students are invited to the CSU Bakersfield campus to attend a Medical and Health Professions Conference on Friday, February 8, 2013. Presented by Kern Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in partnership with CSUB, the conference is designed to encourage local students to enter the medical and health professions to meet the growing health care needs in the Central Valley. In addition to making students aware of the variety of career options available, the conference also presents pathways to medical, nursing, and professional schools, including information on how to pay for what can be an expensive education. Presentations include live demonstrations, networking, and question-and-answer sessions in addition to dynamic panels of health care professionals.

"The goal is to attract local students from diverse backgrounds to be educated, trained, and equipped in the medical and health care professions, who will then come back home to Kern County to provide excellent, culturally competent care to patients of different backgrounds," said Eric vanSonnenberg, MD, Chief Academic Officer at Kern Medical Center. "We are facing a shortage of primary care physicians and high-skills health care professionals across the country, but particularly here in Kern County and the Central Valley. KMC, UCLA, and CSUB are partnering to build an educational pipeline to fill that skills gap.”

The conference kicks off at 1pm with a welcome from CSUB President and psychologist, Dr. Horace Mitchell. Immediately following are panel presentations including: “The Satisfaction and Excitement of Being a Physician”; “Getting Into Medical Schools: The UCLA Connection; and “Your Medical and Health Career Options: Introduction to Professionals Who Know How to Get There,” which includes outstanding health care professionals in dentistry, nursing, pharmacology, physical therapy, and radiologic technology. Live demonstrations will engage students in the challenges pharmacists encounter, real-time ultrasound, and CSI-CSUB. Students also will be afforded the opportunity to network and speak one-on-one with practicing professionals, medical students from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and residents at KMC and the Ross School of Medicine.

Students seeking information on how to finance their education can attend the workshop “Finances: the Challenges, the Solutions.” There, they can speak with financial services professionals from CSUB, the UCLA Scholarship Program, Kern Community College District, Ross School of Medicine Finance, and Military Medicine.

"This is an exceptional conference and we are pleased to offer it on our campus," said President Horace Mitchell. "It represents a rare opportunity for local students to learn about health careers directly from distinguished practitioners. The conference puts students in direct contact with local practitioners who went to the same high schools they did, to learn the pathways they took, the kinds of financial assistance they received, the careers they began, and the contributions they are making to improve the quality of life for residents in our community."

There is no cost to attend the conference. Interested students may register on line at For more information about the conference, contact Joan Buddecke at Kern Medical Center, 661-326-2896. 

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