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Aspiring Health Professionals Begin Studies This Fall

July 30, 2013

Two dozen Cal State Fullerton alumni will begin medical and health studies this fall at institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, USC and UC San Francisco, thanks to the assistance and support they received from the Health Professions Advising Office and Health Professions Committee.

Working in concert, committee members and the Health Professions Advising Office offer students academic advice, mentoring, career counseling and guidance to prepare for the rigorous application process. About 1,200 student meetings per year are scheduled with undergraduate, graduate and postbaccalaureate students, as well as with high school students, said Christina A. Goode, office director since 2008.

Among the support the committee members provide are letters of recommendation, which many schools require as the first step in the screening process, explained Goode, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

"The letter gives a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the student's abilities. It offers a holistic view of the student, highlighting accomplishments, academic strengths, as well as weaknesses, community engagement, research activities and other relevant information to ensure that our students are competitive applicants," she said.

The committee is following in the footsteps of the late Miles D. McCarthy, founding chair of the Biological Science Department and professor emeritus of biology, who began advising pre-med students in 1959. Since 1963, faculty and administrators serving on the committee have been providing guidance and letters of recommendation to enhance student acceptance at health professional schools. 

As the fifth faculty member to direct the Health Professions Advising Office, Goode said the singular goal set by McCarthy continues today: "We are committed to preparing Cal State Fullerton students to be the best possible applicants for health professional schools."

CSUF alumni entering medical, dental, pharmacy or other health professions programs are listed below with city of residence, degree earned and degree objective:

  • Yohannes Assefa, Anaheim, '12 (B.S. biological science), doctor of osteopathic medicine, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Jacqueline Brambila, Los Angeles, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), physician's assistant, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Simona Bor , Yorba Linda, '13 (B.S. biochemistry), doctor of medicine/Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Ernesto Casillas , Desert Hot Springs, '11 (B.S. biological science), doctor of medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Heather Cohen, Yorba Linda, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of dental medicine, USC Ostrow School of Dentistry
  • Krystle Collins, Long Beach, '13 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Janine Dang, Buena Park, '13 (B.S. health science), pharmacy, Shenandoah University Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy
  • Nnaemeka Daniel Diribe, Corona, '13 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of osteopathic medicine, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Joel Johnson, Irvine, '13 (M.A. psychology), doctor of medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Benjamin Kamel, West Covina, '12 (B.S. kinesiology), doctor of podiatry, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Rubina Khorana, Rowland Heights, '12 (B.S. biological science), doctor of dental medicine, University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Crystal Lestari, Rowland Heights, '13 (B.S. biological science), doctor of pharmacy, Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy
  • Edward Lin, Riverside, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, Des Moines University
  • Kuan-Chang (Tim) Lu, Arcadia, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, Des Moines University
  • Victoria (Traynor) McCoskey, Albuquerque, N.M., '10 (pre-health professions studies certificate) physician's assistant, University of New Mexico
  • Timothy Ng, Arcadia, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of dental medicine, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • Diane Padre, Cerritos, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of osteopathic medicine, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Laura Pasternack , Santa Ana, '11 (B.S. biological science) doctor of medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Stephanie Rakowitz, Mission Viejo, '10 (B.S. health science), master of science in nursing, Rush University
  • Aaron Renfeldt , Corona, '13 (B.S. biological science), doctor of podiatry, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Elizabeth Shuman , Long Beach, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, UC San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Derrick Tran, Lake Forest, '12 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, Saba University School of Medicine
  • Vinod Valluri , Anaheim, '12 (B.S. biological science), doctor of medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Eric Wagreich, Palos Verdes Estates, '11 (pre-health professions studies certificate), doctor of medicine, Pennsylvania State University

 

For more information about the health professions program, visit the website

By: Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027

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