MED 2014 Updates!

In less than two weeks...

...the 2014 MED program will start! For those of you already in the United States, welcome! In preparation for your journey to California, please read the content below very carefully as it contains important information. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or Sherry.



  • PRC passport holders, I hope you got your B1/B2 tourist visas!
  • Japanese & Taiwanese passport holders, register through ESTA and make sure to bring a copy of the confirmation page with you since you will need that when you enter the U.S.


If you have not purchased your travel insurance, please do so BEFORE departing from your home country, and bring a copy of your documents with you. Remember, you must have travel insurance in order to participate in MED, and you cannot purchase it once you arrive to the U.S.


  • Next week you will receive an email containing important details on where and when to meet us at the airport.
  • If you arrive before August 3rd, we will also let you know where to meet us in the airport.



The much anticipated program calendar has finally gone live, and you can access it by visiting our website. Please note that the schedules listed on the calendar are tentative and may be subject to change in the coming weeks. However, this should provide you with a general idea of the types of activities and events you can expect to participate in this summer.

Upon the start of the program, you will receive a more detailed program calendar.


In addition to the program director and the assistant program director, the MED 2014 staff team will also include 5 coordinators (Grace Tam, Leandra Barnes, Sherry Chen, Melissa Wibowo, and Jimin Choi), who will each lead or support a coordinator group. Each of you have been assigned to a group, and we will share your group designation during orientation.

Each coordinator has posted a self-introduction on Facebook, as well as on our website. Feel free to read their self-introductions to get to know them. Don't forget to post your own self-introduction on Facebook so that the coordinators can get a chance to know you, too!


This summer will be a great opportunity for all of you to make new friends and establish or deepen your professional networks. Feel free to bring small gifts that you may want to give to your new friends, as well as the various professionals you may meet (small and not heavy is best!).

Please limit your luggage to ONE suitcase and one other bag, such as a backpack.

Remember to bring your laptop, or tablet!

Business casual attire is a must to attend medical events, such as shadowing, visiting clinics, etc. You will also want to bring casual clothing for trips to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and everyday activities on campus.

Please keep in mind that free laundry facilities are available at the dormitory and we will provide detergent as well.

Here is the suggested packing list information you received at orientation:


  • Tshirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweater or sweatshirt, jacket
  • Pants, shorts, skirts
  • Business Casual attire (blouses, skirts, pants, professional button down shirts)
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Business Casual shoes
  • Sportswear for exercise
  • Warm pajamas
  • For men: a suit for special occasions
  • For women: one nice dress/outfit


  • Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc
  • Bath towel
  • Shower slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Alarm clock
  • Extra pair of eye glasses and/or contact lenses
  • Medication
  • hangers


For those of you that have ranked your preference for shadowing opportunities, thank you for completing the survey! We have received your responses and are working very hard to place you in one of your top choices. You will receive your assignments during orientation. Depending on which doctor you shadow, you may have to complete additional paperwork prior to orientation. Please be on the lookout for emails regarding shadowing assignments later this week, and next week!

We will send a final flyer with more important information next week!