Keys to Success in Medicine Workshop

Course Code: PBSV.801
Instructor: Grant Hartzog, UC Santa Cruz Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Cost: $1,050

  • Start: Oct. 4, 2023
  • End: Dec. 13, 2023
  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. PT

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In this weekly workshop, students strengthen the personal qualities they need to become successful medical students and superior physicians. They clarify your own learning style and gain practical skills to keep on track with time management, organization, and self-care practices. Students also prepare for high-pressure settings, exam accommodations, and business management.

Through research and discussions about bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion each student is better prepared to make more informed health care decisions. Students will also build their cultural competency and interpersonal communication skills, learn about self and patient advocacy, and explore how to finance a medical education.

This course, co-created by the UCSC Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology department, is taught via UCSC Silicon Valley Extension to support postbaccalaureate students in successfully launching their premed studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify your learning style and preferences
  • Demonstrate time management and organization skills
  • Practice habits of self-care and emotional well-being
  • Describe cultural competency and demonstrate knowledge of how to achieve it
  • Describe the essentials of an effective patient/provider relationship
  • Understand the dangers of bias in medical practice and recognize ways to combat it

Recommended Course Sequence

For students who aim to apply to medical school in 2024, please note when courses will be taught.