Launched in the Spring of 2015, Spectator's Pre-Med Summit was created by pre-med students at Spectator to connect a community passionate about medicine and invested in using their lives to save others. A collaboration between Spectator, Administrators, and student groups, this event introduces students to the diversity in the world of medicine and gives them the tools to decide if medicine is right for them. 

Through conversations with leading medical professionals, discussions about the medical school admissions process, internship opportunities, and more, the Pre-Med Summit will answer questions, provide perspective, and give students the confidence and support to move forward with their aspirations.

October 3, 2015, 12 p.M.
Diana Center events Oval

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Register for a seat at our fall 2015 conference

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LEARN how doctors knew medicine was right for them.

The doctors are in the house! Hear from professionals as they divulge the challenges, triumphs, and moments that sparked their passion for medicine. Students will have the opportunity ask questions in a Q&A following the panel.

CHAT WITH med students.

Enjoy lunch and network with some of the leaders in the field. Engage with professionals, current students, and advisors about particular aspects of making the decision. Then listen to a presentation about MCAT and its shift in focus after the 2015 redesign. Hear from the experts of The Princeton Review as they share with you tips and tricks for tackling the new test! 

navigate the pre-med process.

So...what can I do now? Hear from Pre-Med advisors at Columbia and Barnard to gain insight into the med school application process. Learn about the experiences and opportunities awaiting, while discovering with the resources that will help you get there. 

discover where a medical degree can take you.

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Dr. Manuela Orjuela-grimm

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center

Manuela Orjuela is a molecular epidemiologist and pediatric oncologist whose research focuses on gene-nutrient/ environment during pregnancy and early childhood and the development of later genetic and epigenetic changes in childhood disease. She leads a collaboration examining specific pre-leukemic genetic changes with the Leukemia Research Laboratory of the UK Institute for Cancer Research, and with the Combustion Products and Persistent Pollutants Biomonitoring Laboratory CDC examining PAH exposure and clastogenesis. In collaboration with INSP researchers, Dr Orjuela is involved in multiple studies assessing dietary intake in Mexico and in recent Mexican immigrants. A member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma team in Pediatric Oncology, she leads an NCI funded Cancer Center project to facilitate understanding of genetics in low literacy Latino immigrants.

Dr. Michael Argenziano

Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center

Michael Argenziano, MD, is the Chief of Adult Cardiac surgery, associate professor of surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Laboratory and Clinical Research Program, and program director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency program. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his postgraduate training at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He is the immediate past president of the New York Society for Thoracic Surgery and has authored more than 100 publications, presented at numerous scientific conferences, and received several grants and awards for his research. He currently serves as Columbia’s principal investigator in the NIH/NHLBI Network for Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigations. 

DR. Stephen Cagliostro

Director of Anesthesiology at Crystal Run Ambulatory Surgery Center

Stephen Cagliostro, M.D., is a founding member of Northeastern Anesthesia Services, a single-specialty practice providing anesthesia services to hospitals, surgery centers and office-based practices. In this role, he has served as the Director of Anesthesiology at multiple hospitals and currently is the Medical Director and Director of Anesthesiology at Crystal Run Ambulatory Surgery Center. His chief interests are in regional anesthesia for orthopedic, general and vascular surgery. He developed the Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia program for all Northeastern facilities and is a resource for the physicians in the group with respect to regional anesthesia and use of ultrasound for imaging of neurologic, vascular, pulmonary and cardiac structures.

Dr. Jaqueline Jones

Pediatric ENT Specialist, Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology

Dr. Jones graduated with honors from Smith College and completed her medical school training at Cornell University Medical College. Her internship in General Surgery and residency in Otorhinolaryngology were completed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Boston/Harvard Medical School and now serves as an Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She has served as an Executive Board Member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology as well as an Advisory Member to the National Institute of Health. Her practice emphasizes the treatment of children and adults with diseases of the ear, nose and throat. Her special interests include the medical and surgical treatment of sinus disease in adults and children.

Dr. Jordan Swartz

Emergency Medicine

Jordan Swartz is a faculty member in the department of emergency medicine at NYU School of Medicine who is both a practicing emergency medicine physician as well as a clinical informaticist. After receiving his training in clinical informatics from Columbia University, Dr. Swartz worked with multiple health-tech startups in the New York City area before returning to his alma mater to direct the clinical informatics strategy for the emergency department. 


Moderated By: Zahrah Taufique


12:00 P.m. - panel: the road to medicine

This panel will detail physicians’ journeys to the medical field and the challenges associated with the choice to pursue medicine.

1:10 p.m. - MCAT 101

1:30 P.M. - Mentoring & Networking Breakout 

Chat directly with the doctors about their experiences in medicine. Grab some refreshments and get your questions answered!  

2:00 p.m. - Panel: med Students + Residents speak 

Alums return to campus to share their experiences transitioning from life in the "Heights" to life in the hospital. Come hear what lies just around the bend!

2:45 p.m. - Medical School 101 breakout

So...what do I do now? Learn how to navigate the pre-med process at Columbia and Barnard from the pre-medical advisors.