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I have attended PremedFest twice since I joined my AMSA chapter, and I always look forward to the next one. PremedFest is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and of course, have fun! If you are interested in becoming a health professional I would truly recommend attending this conference. You leave with important knowledge in regards to applications, tests like the MCAT, what it means to be a doctor, and many other things that we all know can be very stressful. If you are ready to take a step forward in your path of becoming a physician, attend PremedFest.
- A. Parra
This was my second time being part of AMSA PremedFest and it was an incredible conference just as I expected. My weekend in Tampa started with visiting USF Morsani College of Medicine and being part of the tour gave me not just information but also the opportunity to walk through its corridors and rooms of one of the medical schools I will be applying to in the future. The familiarity I got from USF allowed me to feel ready for the conference itself. I learned a lot of current events around the world in healthcare from Scott Darius in the general session. In one of the workshops I learned how important it is to have a dual degree, at least for me, since I already have a degree in health administration and envision opening my own practice. I learned in the Breaking Bad News workshop something that is very underrated in the path to the medical degree, which is the skill to give someone bad news regarding their health or the health of their loved ones. In addition, I learned the basics of interviewing and the dos and don’ts for that well awaited moment. Overall, it was an amazing experience, especially since I enjoyed with my fellow pre-meds, an experience that I would love to be part of again in the upcoming PremedFest.
- M. Schreiber
My experience at Premed Fest conference itself was very enjoyable and informative. I feel like I gained a lot from it, especially with all the numerous of opportunities they have. My favorite section was the one about organ donation and having three different speakers come out and talk about their experience. The section about assisting the patient with their own death was very intriguing as well since some people see that as going against medicine. I feel like this workshop will help me on my journey to becoming a physician by seeing the difference of how everyone sees medicine. I would strongly suggest this event to any pre-health or pre-med student.
- A. Bautista
The PremedFest that just passed was the first time I attended, and although it wasn't long, I felt that it was a rewarding and enriching experience. With a host of workshops and informational sessions touching on a variety of issues in health and medicine ranging from suturing to assisted suicide, I can confidently say there was something to learn for everyone. And it just scratched the surface of what it means to be a healthcare professional. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on the state of health care in Florida because it is a travesty that so many get by with so little in terms of medical care. I would recommend PremedFest to anyone interested in becoming a physician.
- J. Ordonez
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend to the 2016 National AMSA PremedFest in Tampa, FL for the first time. It was one of the best experiences that I had in the three years that I have been a member of AMSA! I learned how to suture, met different medical school admissions staff, networked with pre-medical and medical students from different states of the country. In addition, I had the opportunity to learn how to approach the new MCAT and strategies that made me feel more confident about the new MCAT as well. After PremedFest, I feel more confident about the medical school application and the admission process. If you have the opportunity to attend to the next PremedFest, I definitely highly recommend it!
- M. Santana
PremedFest gave me the tools necessary to further my journey to becoming a physician. I thought I knew exactly what kind of doctor I wanted to be and how I would accomplish that, but the various workshops gave me a clearer insight how to achieve my goals. The workshops opened my eyes to the doctor that I wanted to become. I was able to register 33 pre-med students to attend the event from my local chapter and next year I plan to bring even more. Being able to interact with other students from all over the country and learn from their experiences was one of the best aspects of PremedFest. The chance to network with other like-minded pre-meds and physicians in a collaborative environment was invaluable. My fellow students and I also gained valuable tips and skills to use when tackling the MCAT. In addition, I found the suturing workshop very interesting and it gave me an opportunity to see what is to come in medical school. I have attended the last three PremedFest events and every year the event is better than the last. Each year, I have experienced or learned something I did not the year before. My friends and I can’t wait for the next PremedFest to help us on our journey to medical school. Since PremedFest was such an awesome experience, I am definitely attending the upcoming AMSA National Convention and Exposition in Washington D.C.!
- H. Retz
When I think of my experience at the 2016 National AMSA PremedFest the word “opportunity” comes to mind! I learned how to suture and I was able to put my suture skills into action, and I had the opportunity to meet and introduce myself to medical school admissions counselors. I networked with board certified physicians, current medical students, and pre-medical students from across the country. I learned how to approach the new MCAT exam, and some tips/tricks to strategically approach the medical school application and admissions process. This was definitely an experience that I recommend.
- V. Melus