Pre-Health Conference - Philadelphia, PA

By Volunteers Around the World (other events)

Fri, Nov 3 2017 5:00 PM Sat, Nov 4 2017 8:00 PM

First Annual Pre-Health Conference

Beneficial to students in Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Nursing, and other Health Related industries.

Come learn what it takes to get into the grad school of your choice.  Listen to the top people in the industry discuss what it takes.  Network with fellow students, industry leaders, current medical and dental students, and school admissions officers. As a college student striving to become a leading health professional, it’s time for you to begin attending professional conferences and learning how to network to better yourself.

Here are some of the great topics we will be discussing:

·       Leadership and overcoming challenges

·       Interview skills

·       What school admissions interviewers are looking for on your resume and application

·       Working in an age diverse environment – what to expect and how to best succeed

·       Global health perspectives

·       Volunteering 

·       MCAT and DAT preparation tricks

       Working for a private practice vs working for a large company


Come learn what it takes to be successful and how to best set yourself on the course to become a health professional!

Seats are going fast!  Registration will end on October 25, 2017.

Location:  Dave and Busters – Downtown Philadelphia, PA

Date:  November 3rd and 4th

Price $89.99  *Includes food and drinks at a social event on the 3rd, breakfast and lunch on the 4th, registration to the conference, and a free $20 Dave and Busters Power Card!

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms if you need a hotel in Philadelphia – additional fees will apply for the hotel.  See tickets for more information.


Dr. Katrina Lewis, MD
A World of Pain - an MD perspective on chronic pain and worldwide approaches and impacts

Katrina Lewis, MD, is Board certified in both Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. She has been a physician for over 30 years. She specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and is currently a consultant at a hospital-based state of the art pain centre in Great Falls, Montana (Benefis Pain Centre).

She attained her medical degrees, as well as an additional B.Sc. research degree in Immunology (with honors) and Physiological Chemistry, in South Africa. Following medical school and internship there, she spent several years in the fields of emergency medicine and general surgery, and worked overseas in England as well for a brief period. 

In addition to her MD and B.Sc. degrees, Dr Lewis also holds a degree in clinical nutrition, and has completed Board certification in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). She completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, and her Pain Management Fellowship at Tufts University in Massachusetts. 

She is a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, American Society of Regional Anesthesia, the American Pain Society, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography, and the World Institute of Pain.

Neal Petersen:  Keynote speaker
There Are No Barriers -- Only Solutions!

South African-born, Neal Petersen is a world-class, history-making solo around-the-world racing yachtsman, global investor and award-winning author of Journey of a Hope Merchant, an autobiography. 

Petersen has faced many challenges in life - childhood physical disability, economic hardship, prejudice during the harsh Apartheid era, and other insurmountable barriers and he always responded by turning them into opportunities — then solutions!

His experience shows that imagination coupled with determination to achieve, can break through the toughest challenges. Neal completed the 1998-99 "Around Alone", a 27,000 mile yacht race, nine months at sea, around Cape Horn alone — and in the smallest yacht, he designed and built himself.
In sharing his high-impact, unique and extraordinary life-story, documented for PBS, Neal delivers a powerful message that "There Are No Barriers — Only Solutions!"

Mark Stanley
How a Foreign Medical/Dental Internship Will Improve Your Resume While Providing Care to Those Who Need It Most

Mark is the founder of Volunteers Around the World -- a humanitarian organization that provides medical and dental care to people in the poorest communities around the world.

VAW currently operates clinics in six countries. Mark has traveled all around the world. His innovative ideas create opportunities for people from around the globe to come together, to share ideas, and to work towards improving lives.  

Darlene Kristi
How to Prepare for a Successful Interview

With a passion for travelling the world and flair for cooking diverse cultural cuisines, Darlene Kristi has extensively experienced the uniqueness of many global locales.  

Darlene’s career has spanned numerous sales position including spending 13 years as CEO of her international recruiting company Kristi Executive Search, dedicated to finding the best management talent globally for large manufacturing companies.

Not only did she source the best talent, she had to dig down to better understand what unique qualities and accomplishments they would bring to an organization, how they would sell their personal qualities in an interview and determine if their personality would fit the culture of the company.    

Katie Dreiling
Working in a Generationally Diverse Work Environment:
How Millennials, X Gens, and Baby Boomers Can Work Together Successfully

Katie has over 10 years of experience in business development, fundraising, and marketing.  Earlier in her career, she served as the campaign finance director for a United States Senator and United States Governor — leading their fundraising efforts. 

For the past six years, she has been with Colonial Life, a voluntary benefits company, serving in several capacities focused on the national broker market, and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President of National Broker Partners.

David Liberman
What I Wish I Had Known as a Pre-health Student

David Liberman fell in love with both travel and global outreach when he began working with Volunteers Around the World as an undergrad at the University of Southern California.

He wanted to expand the support of the organization to encompass dentistry as well as medicine for that is where his passion lies. He worked to open international dental clinics with VAW.  

David is currently a third year student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and a recipient of the U.S. Army Health Professions Scholarship Program where he will serve as a Captain for the Army Dental Corps after graduation.

Tony Bartelme
Mission Possible: The World Desperately Needs More Doctors, Dentists and Nurses. Be Part of the Solution

Tony Bartelme, a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is a special projects reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. 

His investigative reporting has exposed government corruption and explored diverse issues ranging from changes in ocean plankton to the global shortage of doctors. His work has received the highest honors in journalism, including awards from the Gerald Loeb and Scripps foundations and Sigma Delta Chi. 

He is the author or co-author of several books, including A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa. Published this year by Beacon Press, The Washington Post calls it a “harrowing and important book,” and NBC broadcaster Tom Brokaw described it as “lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding.” 

He was awarded a prestigious Harvard Nieman Fellowship in 2010 and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He lives in Charleston with his partner, Annie, and has one son, Luke. In his off time, he enjoys doing marathons and triathlons.

Volunteers Around the World