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November 19, 2002

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Adele Savage Wilson, a health and career guidance specialist, has been appointed coordinator of the Health and Medical Professionals Preparation Program (HMP³) at the University of California, San Diego. The position is significant to UCSD’s mission of preparing more undergraduates for health and medical professions.

HMP³, a unit of UCSD’s Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) in the division of Student Educational Advancement, offers undergraduates experiences and informational resources that enhance their preparation for admission to professional schools in the fields of medicine and health.

Wilson’s hiring comes at a pivotal time for both HMP³ and AEP, as the Student Affairs unit works to extend its collaborations with the UCSD School of Medicine, the new UCSD School of Pharmacy, faculty, and community health care providers to encourage student interest and entry into the health and medical professions.

“I’m extremely excited about these growing relationships,” says Wilson, “and the opportunities they provide HMP³ to reach out to more UCSD undergraduates through various services that expose them to career possibilities and information to assist them as they prepare for post-graduate study in medicine and health.”

HMP³ reaches out to more than 700 UCSD undergraduates each year by providing such services as mentoring with faculty, pre-professional seminars, volunteer opportunities in health professions, student peer discussion groups, and opportunities to apply for various scholarships and fellowships. The program exposes undergraduates to such fields as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health, pharmacy, physical therapy, optometry and nursing. Additionally, HMP³ students often participate in hands-on health-related research through AEP’s Faculty Mentor Program.

Wilson is particularly enthused about several new HMP³ initiatives, which she says will personalize services even more for students. These include: a newly launched program called “Real Life Scrubs” which gives undergraduates a chance each quarter to meet and converse with medical students at the UCSD School of Medicine on medical school life. Another program, “Inside the Doctor’s Lounge,” allows students to speak informally with a UCSD physician each quarter on a full spectrum of related topics, including the occasional intersection of personal and professional choices.

Wilson joined UCSD in 1989 after serving 15 years as a prenatal health educator, including five years at Planned Parenthood of San Diego. At UCSD, she has worked in Career Services as a professional school advisor, career advisor and as an employer relations coordinator.

Wilson received both her bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts, and master’s in Guidance and Counseling from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Poway.

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