Sunday, October 11, 2020

From 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM CDT

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This is an online ZOOM event.

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD

Health Sciences 

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Sunny Nakae currently serves as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at University of California Riverside School of Medicine. Each month she will facilitate a session of her "Date with the Dean" series that will allow pre-med students the rare opportunity to interact directly with an expert in Medical School Admissions. Part One


LaMenta Conway , MD, MPH



Becoming M1


Premed Chats with Dr. Nakae 


We are honored that Dean Sunny Nakae, author of Premed Prep - Advice from a Medical School Admissions Dean, will be hosting free premed chats every 2nd Sunday of the month, LIVE on Zoom! This LIVE series, "Premed Chats with Dr. Nakae" is a truly unique opportunity where our students can benefit from the knowledge and guidance of a Medical School Admissions Dean that has served top institutions like Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Loyola Stritch and now the University of California Riverside School of Medicine.  What's more important than her credentials, is her passion to help premed students reach their dreams of becoming Healthcare Heroes.  She has mentored countless students underrepresented in medicine and is committed to helping you properly prepare as well.

Dr. Nakae, has graciously offered to host this live monthly session designed for I AM ABEL FOUNDATION Mentees and several other mentoring groups that she advises and supports.

We enjoyed her speaking at our annual Chicago Health and Medical Careers Citywide Student Conference but recognized that it did not afford us adequate time to truly take a deeper dive into the many questions that our premed students have about the application process and navigating the journey to becoming an M1.

Join us each 2nd Sunday, LIVE on Zoom at 1pm.  Be sure to be on time because there are attendance guest limits.  Each session will be 90 minutes allowing for both content and questions.

Once you have registered for this event, you will be emailed the Zoom link to log on the day of the event.  Make sure to download the Zoom App to your device or computer in advance

Have a burning pre-med question?  Send it to Dr. Nakae in advance and she will tackle them LIVE on air.  Send questions to:



Current Schedule 2020


Sunday, June 14th, 2020 1pm Central

This session will address how to adapt your strategy due to covid-19, and how to apply if you have a later MCAT date.  Plus your questions!

Sunday, July 12th 2020 1pm Central

Navigating the Secondary Applications, organizing your short essays and telling your stories. Plus your questions!

Sunday, August 9th 2020 1pm Central

How admissions committees assess applications and the components of a successful application. Interviewing tips and your questions!   

 Sunday, September 13th 2020 1pm Central

Interview preparation, how to follow up with schools, and your questions

Sunday, October 11th 2020 1pm Central 

Self care, mental health, and thriving. Plus your questions 

Sunday, November 8th 2020 1pm Central


Sunday, December 13th 2020 1pm


 Stay Tuned For 2021 Dates at Times!