COC held it’s first annual Pre-Health Symposium in the University Center on April 20 to inform students and citizens in the community about different aspects of the medical field. Zachary Lundby, an ICC representative for the honors club Phi Theta Kappa and the vice president of COC’s Health and Medical Society, played a big part in coordinating the event.
The idea began in January, and was inspired by other cities and schools that have already made these Pre-Health Symposiums an annual event. Schools like Cal State Northridge and UC Davis, and even the city of Washington D.C., already hold these symposiums and influenced the president of the American Medical Student Association, also known as AMSA, to bring this event to COC. Organizations represented in the event included Stanford University, Kaplan University, the Army, AMSA and the COC nursing department.
Students, graduates and even people that have already worked in the field for several years came to gather any new information that may give them an advantage in a very competitive career field. It was not just people from the community that were present, people from all over California drove out to attend. The sizeable and diverse turnout made this event a big success. Lundby fully expects the Pre-Health Symposium to become an annual event here at COC.