2020 ROAD Conference

*To view presentation slides, click on the title of the session you are interested in reviewing.


Friday, September 25, 2020

*Unless otherwise noted below,please use the unique link that was emailed to you to access the sessions.

12:00 PM


Keynote Speakers


Saturday, September 26, 2020

*Unless otherwise noted below, please use the unique link that was emailed to you to access the sessions.

12:15 PM

Lunch Break (on own)

1:00 PM

Concurrent Session Options:

  1. Your First Patient: Improving the Health Of Your Own Community Through Inter-Professional Collaborative Partnerships (This is a 2 hour session from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM) 
  2. How to Write an Amazing Personal Statement for Medical School (This is a 1 Hour Session from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)

4:15 PM



Click here for session Video Recordings

2020 Featured Speakers 

2020 Session Description

Successful Mentoring Strategies

Friday, September 25 – 1:00PM

Pre-health students need to seek out a mentor who can assist them with the career pathway to medicine. A mentor can provide guidance and advice along the pathway to assist with successfully applying to health profession school. This session will help those seeking out a professional mentor identify the necessary attributes of a successful mentoring relationship.

Charles J. Alexander, PhD

Associate Vice Provost/Director
Adjunct Associate Professor

UCLA, Advancement Program (AAP)


Financing Your Medical Education

Friday, September 25 – 2:15PM

In this session, you will learn about the financial aid process, the costs associated with applying and paying for medical school, and the AAMC's resources and tools that can prepare you to borrow wisely so that you can later repay your loan debt responsibly. During this time, in addition to having your questions answered, you will also learn about the AAMC’s Financial Wellness program and how the program can assist you with general money management information, before, during, and after medical school.

Julie Gilbert, BS Education

Senior Education Debt Management Specialist

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)


Military Medicine: Opportunities and Adventures

Friday, September 25 – 3:30PM

Participants will learn about the vast array of opportunities and adventures that a career in military medicine has to offer.  The different routes to becoming a military physician will also be explained.  Specific details about applying to medical school at the Uniformed Services University and through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) will also be provided for interested applicants. 

Robert A. Liotta, MD

Captain; Associate Dean, Recruitment and Admissions; Assistant Professor of Radiology
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine Uniformed Services University

United States Navy Medical Corps



Pre-Health Jobs During Undergrad

Friday, September 25 – 4:45PM

This session will include examples of different jobs a pre-health student can consider while completing their undergrad degree. Possibilities discussed will benefit students in gaining some exposure in a medical setting, or related field. Some of the occupations in this session will be CNA, PCA, Scribe, and more. As well as learning the process to obtain these jobs, and how they may be beneficial during their pre-health journey.

Yesenia Buenrostro Ramirez

Bachelor of Science

Kinesiology- Exercise Science

Click here for presentation slides

Friday, September 25 – 4:45PM

MiMentor’s mission is to develop and support innovative and inclusive mentoring opportunities to inspire the next generation of diverse healthcare leaders for underserved communities. During this session, students will learn about MiMentor and the opportunities it has to offer. MiMentor provides pre-health students with a platform to find a mentor through our Together We Mentor (TWM) events. Students also gain guidance in applying to medical school through our Medical School Ready (MSR) series.
As a student-led organization, students can also develop and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition,  on our website www.mimentor.org, students can find scholarships and other extracurricular activities.
This workshop consists of a PowerPoint presentation, students will have the opportunity to create a MiMentor account  and learn how to navigate our website to meet their specific needs.

Alexa Lopez

Central California Internal President

Atziri Barboza

Central California Vice President of Outreach and Recruitment



Guide to Choosing an International Medical School

Friday, September 25 – 6:00PM

MCAT, Pre-requisites, Extracurriculars, oh my! Many students feel overwhelmed during the medical school application process, fixating their time and energy on checking the application boxes. However, it's important to also fully research your options on where to attend medical school so that you can apply to best fit institutions where you can work toward your goals!
Join the Associate Director of Admissions to learn more about your options to attend medical school internationally, gain exposure to global health systems, and then return to the US to help address our physician shortage. We'll discuss the nine factors to consider as you evaluate medical schools and provide more information on how to research international options so that you can put your best foot forward in beginning your medical education. Presentation to be followed by Q & A.

Wendy Mathis, MBA, MAED

Associate Director of Admissions

St. Georges University

Grenada, West Indies

For inquiries: [email protected]

Preparing for Health Professions School: What It Takes to be A Competitive Medical School Applicant

Friday, September 25 – 6:00PM

Are you interested in a professional career in healthcare? This session will introduce the pathway to becoming a healthcare professional, including prerequisite courses, required exams, and how you can start preparing right now!  Special attention is given to the AAMC Core Competencies for Entering Medical

Erica Robbins, MS

Director of Student Services and Pre-Health Advisor

Jenn Souza, MS

Academic Advisor & Pre-Health Advisor

UC Merced, School of Natural Sciences


Journey Towards Medical School

Friday, September 25 – 6:00PM

I would like to go to medical, but where do I even start? This session will discuss the academics, extracurricular activities, research, personal statement, and letter of recommendations that are needed to apply to medical school.

Larry Riley, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Premedical advisor

Fresno State University


My Journey to Becoming a Family Medicine Physician

Saturday, September 26 – 9:00AM

Dr. Solis is the daughter of farmworkers and was raised in the rural city of Selma, CA. She is the first in her family to become a physician. She attended college at Stanford University and later went to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She also obtained a masters in public health degree from Johns Hopkins. She then completed her family medicine residency at UCLA health, where she stayed on for 2 years as faculty/community health physician. Dr. Solis recently relocated back to the Central Valley and is excited to give back to the community where she grew up. She will share her journey into medicine and highlight tips that she felt helped her succeed. She will also discuss life lessons that she learned from attending medical school/residency. Lastly, she will talk about why she chose family medicine and how she is currently doing both clinical and public health work.

Trinidad Solis MD, MPH

Family Medicine Physician

Fresno Department of Public Health

San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education (SJV PRIME) Panel Discussion

Saturday, September 26 – 10:15AM

This session will be a panel presentation led by the Director of the SJV PRIME Program, Dr. Alving. Current SJV PRIME medical students will also be in attendance to share about their experiences. Special attention will be given to the "Valley 6" which are the most common health issues that occur within the San Joaquin Valley and integrated into the medical school curriculum.

Loren Alving, MD

Clinical Professor of Neurology

 Director, UCSF Fresno Alzheimer & Memory Center

Director, SJV PRIME

UCSF Fresno

Medical Student Panelists:

Jacqueline Annette Leon, Third Year

Jeffrey Rilveria, Third Year

Rey Berry, Second Year

Vanessa Mora, First Year

Jacob  Perez-Stringer, First Year

Your First Patient: Improving the Health of Your Own Community Through Inter-Professional Collaborative Partnerships

Saturday, September 26 – 1:00PM

Interested in becoming a doctor? Or a public health worker? Or something else in the medical field? Ever heard of health inequities? Or the Social Determinants of Health? Well, you don’t have to wait until professional school to have your first patient. Instead, your first patient could be your local community.  Instead of working to improve the health of one individual, you have the chance to change the health of your entire community. How? By partnering with physicians, other health care professionals, and/or community agencies to improve community health. What if you partnered with local community agencies to provide a youth viewpoint on things such as human trafficking and STDs or to reach your fellow youth through mediums such as Instagram, Tik Tok, and the like. And what if this type of collaboration could be the steppingstone to increasing the number of under-represented minorities in the health care professions? 

Renee Kinman, MD, PhD, MA Ed

Medical Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, UCSF Fresno Department of Pediatrics
Clinical Associate Professor, UCSF
Member, UCSF Academy of Medical Educators

UCSF School of Medicine

Student Assistants

Keyara Piri, Fresno State University

Alyssa Rivera,  Fresno State University

How To Write an Amazing Personal Statement for Medical School

Saturday, September 26 – 1:00PM

This session is designed to discuss with students how to craft an effective personal statement for a medical school application.  There will be an overview of the specific details of a personal statement, included what is allowable and recommended for both medical school application services, AMCAS and AACOMAS, the important details to keep in mind in writing it, with practical dos and don'ts. There will be an additional hands-on portion, where students will brainstorm ideas and get started with answering some questions on paper that are designed to start inspiring and focusing thoughts, to get started with the process.

Anne VanGarsse, MD

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Community Engagement and Population Health

California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Click to View presentation slides

Click for Personal Statement Activity Sheet

Overcoming Academic Barriers: Numbers Aren't Everything: How to Repair a Damaged GPA

Saturday, September 26 – 2:00PM

Many students experience academic difficulty in college. At the end of the day, your numbers alone do not predict your chances of getting into medical school, as many students with lower GPAs get in and many with very high GPAs do not. Successful applicants need an upward trend. This session will discuss strategies for students at all levels for building an upward trend either through staying a fifth year, taking community college courses after graduating, doing a formal post-bac program, or completing a master’s degree. We’ll discuss how each impacts AMCAS GPAs and what to consider when making those decisions. Additionally, I will share what else is necessary for a successful applicant.

Joanne Snapp, MA, MS Ed

Director, Health Professions Advising; Health Professions Post-Bac Program

UC Davis

Click to View Presentation Slides

UCSF School of Medicine: An Overview of the Admissions Process*

Saturday, September 26 – 3:15PM

The University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine director of admissions will be providing a comprehensive overview of the admissions process from start to finish. This session will include a question and answer period.

Hallen Chung

Director of Admissions


*This session will not be recorded.