2018 "LIVES IN MEDICINE" CONFERENCE
McCormick Lounge Auditorium in Coffey Hall on the Loyola University Chicago Lakeshore Campus on March 24, 2018
The 2018 Conference hosted about 70 participants. Over two-thirds were undergraduate students with the remaining being high school and post graduates. Seventy percent were interested in the MD/DO route, twenty percent in the nurse practitioner and physician assistant route, and ten percent in other health care related routes. The day was highlighted by various presentations detailing the general process of admissions into various graduate health care programs and the life as a health care professional.
The day started with greetings from Co-Chairs Marysia Szpindor-Watson and Elizabeth Zborek who along with the entire SPAPP team, navigated the day between the various presentations and events. The presentations began with Dr. Kornelia Krol going over the process of attending medical school abroad followed by Dr. Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach detailing what a good student needs to do in order to successfully prepare for a graduate program. Next, Elizabeth Zborek discussed the relative costs of attending various graduate programs and smart financial strategies to be aware of. After this, six graduate students and working young professionals discussed their experiences applying to MD, DO, PA, NP, Dentistry, Pharmacy programs as well as some of the lessons they have learned along the way. The morning was concluded with Bozena Nowicka McLees of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago explaining the importance of learning the Polish language as a health care professional. During lunch, participants had the opportunity to directly speak with and network to various mentors that included students and medical professionals representing fields in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and physician's assistant. The day transitioned into a breakout sessions where participants rotated through a resource fair, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Workshop, Nurse Practitioner vs. Physician's Assistant presentation, vital signs station, and suture workshop. The highlight of the day featured Dr. Piotr Witkowski, MD/PhD, a leading expert in islet transplantation at the University of Chicago, discuss his inspiring path to medicine and the challenges he faced during his successful career as both a physician and widely published researcher. The day was concluded with scholarship presentations from the Chicago Intercollegiate Council and Polish American Medical Society.