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  1. OldManDave

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    I wish to make you aware of the existence of the National Society for Non-Traditional Pre-Medical & Medical Students <informally known as OldPreMeds>. We are a new, but rapidly growing, non-profit organization who focuses our efforts on gathering and exchanging information that will benefit non-traditional students getting into & succeeding in medical school. We have members who are attendings, residents, med students & pre-meds at all stages who are willing to share their advice, experience and wisdom merely for the asking. We make no differentiation b/t those who are interested in either the allopathic or osteopathic educational paradigms -- we feel the we are all part of the same profession -- the healing arts. OPM does exclude anyone from joining based upon their age -- we welcome mature pre-meds & med students who wish to come & interact with our community.

    OldPreMeds has recently launched a new web site. It is still a work in progress, but is coming along very nicely. SDN has graciously consented to be our web host & you can find links to our home page in various spots on SDN. Currently, our web developer is building our resources & links sections to be added to the web site very soon. In these areas you will find various study guides and articles offering guidance for both med students & pre-meds.

    The web address is: <a href="http://www.studentdoctor.net/opm" target="_blank">www.studentdoctor.net/opm</a>

    Our 2nd National Convention & Workshop will be held in Dallas, TX this year. The weekend of 30 May through 2 June OldPreMeds will gather to hear presentations and a workshop by several notable speakers that will focus on strategies for the non-traditional applicant. Among our presenters are Dr. John Pelley (TX Tech med school BioChem professor, past Dean of Admissions, author of "Success Types" & pre-med guru) and Jane Anderson (Dir of Admissions for TCOM).

    Information on how to join OldPreMeds & attend the 2002 Convention & Workshop in Dallas are both accessible from the web site home page. Membership in OPM is free.

    Please drop by & consider joining us. We'd be glad to have you!

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  2. OldManDave

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    Just moving this back to the first page...

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    OPM is great!! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />

    Seriously, when you get depressed and wonder just why the hell you're doing this to yourself...go to OPM and read all the "success stories". Very supportive group of people.
     
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    Since you obviously like what we, OPM, has to offer -- do OPM a favor and endorse us on SDN. Try to recruit people whom you feel would either benefit from OPM or would prove to be an asset to OPM. And, even though we focus our efforts toward the benefit of non-trads, all ages are welcome, as long as they can conduct themselves maturely and professionally.

    So drop by to <a href="http://www.studentdoctor.net/opm" target="_blank">www.studentdoctor.net/opm</a> and take us for a test drive.
     
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    When or at what age is one considered a "non-trad." student?
     
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    "Non-trad" is really not age-specific. Generally, is you took a route other than the traditional hs -&gt; college -&gt; med school -- meaning married, with kids, time off to relax...you are a non-trad.

    Now, if you wondering what our conditions for membership are...well, to be perfectly honest, even though we focus our efforts on the needs of non-trad, you can imagine that there is substantial overlap with traditional needs. So, we have quite a few tradtionally aged members as well. All we ask is that whoever joins abides by our rules & regs that you must agree to complete the registration process. Simply put, you are expected to conduct yourself in a mature, professioal manner.

    Please drop by and see what you think.
     
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    THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR NON-TRADITIONAL
    PRE-MEDICAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
    AKA: OLDPREMEDS

    2002 CONVENTION & WORKSHOP

    Speakers

    JOHN PELLEY, PH.D. ? Professor of Biochemistry and prior Dean of Admissions at the Texas Tech University School of Medicine & author of ?Success Types?
    TOPIC: Studying & Learning Effectively & How to Construct an Effective Application Package

    JUDY COLWELL, MA ? Medical Student Admissions Consultant, previously the Asst Director of Admissions for the Stanford University Medical School
    Topic: Portraying Yourself to the Admissions Committee in the Most Positive Light

    DAVE ?OLDMANDAVE? KELLEY, RRT, MS-III ? Student at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Topic: Networking ? A Critical Avenue to Achieving Your Goals as a Non-Traditional

    KRISTI WHITENTON, BFA, MS-II ? Student at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Topic: Age Before Beauty--Learn to use Your Life Experiences to Your Advantage

    JANE ANDERSON, MS ? Director of Admissions, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Topic: What Does an Admissions Committee Look for in a Non-Traditional Applicant?

    JOANNE SANDERS, MD ? Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Cook Children?s Medical Center, Ft. Worth, TX
    Topic: Careers and the State of Medicine in the Immediate Practice Future

    Carmen Stanton ? Marketing Representative for NOWLoan$
    Topic: Financing Medical School

    Please note that elements of this speaker list are malleable and are subject to change. However, you will be notified of any significant changes in the most expeditious manner possible.
    THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR NON-TRADITIONAL
    PRE-MEDICAL AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
    AKA: OLDPREMEDS

    2002 CONVENTION & WORKSHOP

    TO ATTEND, YOU MUST SUBMIT A REGISTRATION FORM -- I WILL PASTE IT INTO THE POST BELOW OR YOU CAN E-MAIL ME TO REQUEST ONE E-MAILED TO YOU.

    WHERE? DALLAS, TEXAS ? BEST WESTERN IN NORTH DALLAS
    Phone: 972-241-8521
    Tell the desk that you are with the OldPreMeds convention.

    WHEN? THE WEEKEND OF 3O MAY - 2 JUNE, 2002

    INTERESTED? CONTACT: LINDA WILSON, CONVENTION COORDINATOR
    [email protected]
    DAVID W KELLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
    [email protected]

    PLEASE MONITOR THE WEB SITE (WWW.STUDENTDOCTOR.NET/OPM) AND THE LIST SERVE (HTTP://GROUPS.YAHOO.COM/OLDPREMEDS) FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS. IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF EITHER AREA, PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROVIDED LINK AND JOIN ? IT IS FREE AND NONE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFO WILL EVER BE PROVIDED BY OLDPREMEDS TO ANYONE WITHOUT YOUR EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION, I PROMISE!

    SINCERELY,
     
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    OPM Convention Registration Form

    Please Print or Type

    ________________________________ _____________________________
    Last name First Name

    ______________________________________________________________
    Street address

    _____________________ ________ _______________
    City State Zip Code

    Contact phone (______) ________ - __________

    E-mail: __________________________________

    Number of people attending ( ) @ $20 per person, early registration

    (Registrations postmarked after April 15, 2002 will be $25 per person)

    Total amount enclosed: $ ____________

    Check ____ Money Order ____

    Will you need transportation assistance from the Airport? Yes ____ No ____
    (No promises, but we?ll try to assist in the formation of car pools)

    Can you assist in transporting others if you are flying in and will have a rental?
    Yes ____ No ____

    Make checks payable to: OldPreMeds, Inc. or National Society for Non-Traditional Pre-Medical & Medical Students, Inc. [you choose which name to use]

    Please mail registration form & payment to:
    OldPreMeds, Inc.
    PMB #363
    5065 State Street
    Saginaw, MI 48603
     
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    Victory or Defeat?

    ?It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory or defeat.?

    --Theodore Roosevelt
     
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    I've only been registered at OPM for a week, but I have already benefitted from hanging around the site. Sometimes I need a little convincing that I am doing the right thing, and I sometimes feel advice for trad premeds is focused on "Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons and aren't making a mistake." On the other hand, as a nontrad, I need to be talked into it! I know medicine is right for me and it is not a mistake, but I get nervous and doubtful of my abilities. OPM helps me get my mindset back where it needs to be.

    This is a longwinded way to say Thanks to Dave and please visit if you haven't!
     
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    I've only been registered at OPM for a week, but I have already benefitted from hanging around the site. Sometimes I need a little convincing that I am doing the right thing, and I sometimes feel advice for trad premeds is focused on "Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons and aren't making a mistake." On the other hand, as a nontrad, I need to be talked into it! I know medicine is right for me and it is not a mistake, but I get nervous and doubtful of my abilities. OPM helps me get my mindset back where it needs to be.

    This is a longwinded way to say Thanks to Dave and please visit if you haven't!
     
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    hannacanna;

    Thanks! I am flattered, but OPM is far more than just me...it is a large group and we truly desire to help each other learn how to get into & succeed in medical school.

    Again, thanks for your kind words! I hope to meet you in Dallas for the conference. If not, then maybe in Washington DC for next year's conference?
     
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    The conf. sounds interesting. I'll be there.
     
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    Excellent! Just fill out the registration form and follow the directions on that form.

    I will e-mail you additional information...or, you can visit our web site -- <a href="http://www.studentdoctor.net/opm" target="_blank">www.studentdoctor.net/opm</a> & get it there.
     
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    Hey Dave...been to the old OPM site, before it moved to SDN, and I was gratified to learn that I was not alone (sometimes feel that way when sitting in a sea of teenagers in PChem)! Question: do you have a preliminary schedule of events for the convention? Not sure I can make it until Friday, and I don't want to miss much! And thank you for all you do---truly a labor of love!

    me ke aloha pumehana
     

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