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Students Capturing the OR Experience - Virtual

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 9:00am to 1:30pm


09:00am - 09:15am:           Welcome and Introduction to SCORE 

09:15am - 10:15am:           Operating Room Experience 

  • Video tour of ORs and interviews of key players
  • Breakout groups for discussion

10:15am - 10:25am:           BREAK

10:25am - 11:15am:           VIP Guest Speakers 

  • Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD - Neurosurgeon
  • Talmadge E. King Jr., MD – Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine

11:15am - 11:20am:           BREAK

11:20am - 12:20pm:           Virtual Simulation Session

  • Learn the importance of vital signs and how to take your own

12:20pm - 12:30pm:           BREAK to gather lunch

12:30pm - 01:00pm:           Mentoring

  • We will pair you with mentor and breakout into smaller groups for discussion
  • Please eat lunch

01:00pm - 01:30pm:           Pipeline Opportunities and Goodbyes

Academic and Enrichment Opportunities for Students Interested in Health Sciences Professions

Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD and the SCORE Committee

UCSF Anesthesia faculty and CRNAs with SCORE 2020 students

Becoming a Physician


Why should I choose to become a Physician?

Being a physician is a very rewarding profession. If you enjoy working with people, taking care of the sick, and positively impacting society, you should consider pursuing a career as a physician. Physicians play essential leadership roles in the health of the community and individuals. The training to become a physician is long; it requires hard work and sacrifice, but the personal and intellectual rewards make being a physician one of the most desired professions. Physicians are kind, hardworking, and have a strong commitment to society. They are role models and obtain expertise in the treatment of different medical conditions. The training requires 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, one year of internship, and 3-7 years of residency training.


How can I prepare myself for a career in medicine? 


  • Start early by participating in summer programs and extracurricular activities Intermediate/High School


  • Opportunities for High School students at UC Berkeley   contact: [email protected]


  • Free SAT Test Preparation at the San Francisco Public Library –


What is the path after high school towards becoming a physician and how long does it usually take?


  • College (4 years) - Undergraduate Summer programs organized by state



  • SCORE 2021 student speaking with UCSF representativeMedical School (4 years) establish a strong relationship with an academic advisor that can provide guidance regarding different residency trainings. Participate in a variety of rotations and electives that will allow you to explore the different career options in medicine. Be an active member of the medical student interest group in the specialty that you are interested. 


  • Residency (3-7 years depending on the specialty) explore options in academia and private practice. Participate in seminars and research symposiums.


  • Fellowship (1-3 years) - optional post-graduate program that allows for even more sub-specialized training in your chosen field. 



Why should I choose to become an Anesthesiologist? 

More than ever, anesthesiologists play a critical role in the care of patients undergoing surgical procedures. Anesthesiologist is one of the top 10 health care jobs in United States in 2021 ( During the COVID pandemic, anesthesiologists are playing a vital role in patient care in intensive care units (ICU). It is an intellectually rewarding job that allows you to combine knowledge and critical decision-making in patients' care. Anesthesiologists do 3 years of residency training in anesthesia. They can further specialize in pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac, pain, critical care, and others. The mean annual salary in California is $290,000.


Becoming a Nurse


Why should I choose to become a Registered Nurse (RN)? 

"Nursing is an art and a science. The art of helping others harmonized with the science of the human body. It takes a person who doesn't scare easily but who isn't afraid to be scared. Nurses are tough but also kind.” 


Nursing is a flexible career that can be achieved with as little education as an Associate’s degree (2 years) or as much as a PhD (approximately 8 years). There is great demand for nurses at present and this demand is projected to rise by 2030, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In California, the average salary for RN is $113,240.


How do I become a Registered Nurse? 

Take college prep courses in high school, including 3-4 years of math and 2-4 years of science. Attend an accredited school of nursing. Choices include a 2-3 years Associate's degree, offered at many community colleges, or a 4-year Bachelor in Science Nursing. The practice of nursing is shifting towards more advanced degrees as the responsibilities of RNs increase. It is still possible to obtain an RN license with an Associate's degree. However, many hospitals will only hire Bachelor's prepared RNs. Some nurses choose first to receive their Associate's degree and then work towards their Bachelor's degree at a later date. Whichever schooling route you select, afterward, you will have to pass the national licensure exam to begin your career at the bedside.


Becoming a CRNA

SCORE 2021 student with Anesthesia faculty Hemra Cil, watching an OR procedure

Why should I choose to become a CRNA? 

CRNAs (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists) are advanced practice nurses who specialize in the administration of anesthesia. It is a competitive, stimulating, and highly desirable line of work within the nursing profession. This can be a very rewarding career choice due to personal satisfaction, serving society, and relatively generous compensation ($227,290 average salary in California). If you enjoy working with people, taking care of the sick, and have an interest in understanding the inner workings of the human body and how it can be manipulated with medicine, this could be an excellent career for you. 


How do I become a CRNA? 

It takes a minimum of 8 years of post-secondary (after high school) education and training to become a CRNA. First, obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and pass the national certification exam to earn a Registered Nurse License. Once you have your RN license, gain bedside nursing experience working in an intensive care unit (ICU) for a minimum of 1 year. After you have sufficient ICU experience, you can apply to a graduate Nurse Anesthesia program. You'll want to pay special attention to your undergraduate grades, as most graduate nurse anesthesia programs require a minimum of 3.0 GPA or higher, particularly in science courses. There are about 120 programs accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, all affiliated with or operated by academic institutions. The program takes a minimum of 3 years to complete and rewards students with either Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) or a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. These programs contain a mixture of classroom and clinical coursework. After graduation, you will take an additional national certification exam to obtain a license to practice as a CRNA. Some CRNAs pursue a fellowship in a specialized anesthesia area, such as chronic pain management, following attainment of their degree in nurse anesthesia. For more information, check out these sites! AANA, CANA, NBCRNA. 



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