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    Premedical Program
    University of Southern California
    College of Letter Arts & Sciences
    CAS 120
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0151
    Tel: (213) 821-2354



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Megan Chinen Oakes
BS Nursing University of Virginia 2008
UC Irvine School of Medicine, Class of 2015
Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Why I changed my career (or educational objectives):
I have always been interested in having a career in healthcare. Although medicine was one option I considered early on, I chose to pursue a BS in Nursing because it served as a very practical path that would land me a rewarding job out of college. However, through many hours of clinical work, practicums, and volunteer work, I discovered that it was actually going to be a career in medicine that would provide the training and scope practice that I truly desired. I looked into several postbaccalaureate premedical programs and decided to join USC's PPP upon graduating from college.

Why USC?
USC's PPP had all of the essentials I was looking for: a formalized program with specialized advising, a strong postbacc community, and a high success rate. Choosing a two-year program instead of a one-year program afforded me the time necessary to build myself up as a well-rounded, knowledgeable applicant in addition to successfully completing the coursework.

Favorite Class/Professor at USC:
I thought all of the professors I encountered were strong lecturers, easy to access, and very receptive to postbacc students. In particular, I really enjoyed Dr. Bickers (PHYS 135b). He was able to take a subject I had little experience with and explain it in a way that I was able to grasp. He's one of those professors you can tell enjoys teaching and being with students.

Experiences with medicine
During my time as a postbacc student, I was able to volunteer/shadow physicians at LAC+USC Medical Center through the Collegiate Medical Volunteer Program. I also volunteered with Health 4 Life (an elementary school outreach program through the Joint Educational Project), the Remote Area Medical Clinic-Los Angeles as a volunteer RN, and the House Ear Institute as a research volunteer. Additionally, I served as a mentor through the Violence Intervention Program and an elementary school tutor through the Lake Avenue Church Foundation STARS Program.

When I'm not studying or volunteering
I enjoy running, reading, drinking coffee with friends, spending time with my husband and family, trying new restaurants, and baking.