Meet the UCI Board!

Jinseor Kim

Jinseor Kim

President | Fourth Year

Joining GMMA has reminded me of my true impetus for pursuing a career in medicine—to glorify God by giving back to the community through my services. Working with like-minded, Christ-centered students and professionals whom I can call family, who humbly love and serve God, really encourages me to do the same and work for Him in all that I do. I hope that as a board member I can continue to make GMMA a community to foster relationships with God in context of academic aspirations.

Sophie Lee

Sophie Lee

Vice President | Third Year

GMMA is a lifelong relationship and a growing family that becomes more and more powerful over time. It‘s such a blessing to meet like-minded people who seek to glorify God through every aspect of their lives. In that sense, GMMA is not just a club or a non-profit organization, it is one body of Christ-lovers who share one vision: to make the Lord’s name known and ensure that the gospel and the love of Christ reaches the other side of this world.

Lydia Jeong

Lydia Jeong

Secretary | Third Year

GMMA caught my attention initially in high school, and was something I wanted to invest in all throughout my years in UCI. Coming from a church that emphasizes the importance of making disciples of Jesus Christ in the local community as well as globally, I’ve cultivated a heart for world missions. During my first medical mission trip to Honduras, I got to witness God’s miraculous power through medicine! Ever since that marking, my heart and my lifelong aspiration is to share God’s love to His children through medical missions. Personally, GMMA’s unique mission statement has been and will continue to be a reminder to die to my selfish ambitions and serve God all the days of my life. Not only is GMMA preparing me for the future reaping, but also providing a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who are willing to sow together.

Austin Hong

Austin Hong

Treasurer | Third Year

GMMA first caught my interest due to the fact that it provided a bridge that allowed me to simultaneously develop my academic and spiritual disciplines. During my freshman year of college, I always found myself at the center of a struggle that came from the feeling of having to choose one of the two, the feeling that if I was to grow spiritually I would have to sacrifice my academics and vice versa. GMMA allowed me to contextualize all of the efforts I put into my academics in God’s kingdom. GMMA is a wonderful support system full of like-minded individuals who struggle together to achieve their individual goals, and to me, the greatest privilege is to be able to serve and give back to a community that has done so much for me. As I make progress towards my career goals, I am confident that I will be able to better serve my community and carry out God’s kingdom-building with the skills I develop.

Valen Yoon

Valen Yoon

Fundraising Chair | Third Year

My freshman year, my roommate (Lydia) and I went to the “anteater involvement fair.” Back then, I didn’t know colleges even had clubs and I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to join one or not. Lydia said “I heard this club is good, why don’t we sign up for it?” And without much thought, I did. After going to the general meetings I started developing a heart for GMMA. We saw documentaries on very heavy topics and listened to medical professionals talk about their jobs and how these connect to their faith. Personally, GMMA is meaningful because it allowed me to understand the role of a healthcare professional. Being able to serve individuals not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually was an eye-opening experience for me. It is a huge privilege to be part of the UCI GMMA board. Through my dear board members I am learning discipline, accountability, and the heart of serving. Hopefully by being on board, I am able to serve and love on others just like Jesus did.

Lauren Kim

Lauren Kim

Missions Coordinator| Third Year

GMMA has taught me that my mission field is not only in another state or country but also within my own community. Through this organization, I was able to serve alongside brothers and sisters who humbly and lovingly seek to build up Christ’s kingdom and His people. It’s been such a blessing to be able to share encouragements and prayers through vulnerability and accountability. Excited to see how much God works within each and every member to exalt His name, pour an overflow of love to neighbors, and bring Him all the praise and glory.

Romelia Lee

Romelia Lee

Public Relations | Third Year

GMMA is meaningful to me because it allows me to be bonded with a Christ-like community and challenges me to surrender my career passions to God. As a student who wants to pursue a healthcare profession, I become so fixated on how God can use me in this specific field, and I see how my desires override my identity as a child of God. So GMMA has been a great reminder that no matter where I am or what I’m pursuing, I am a servant of the Living God and to practice the missional mindset no matter where I am.

ABOUT UCI GMMA

The UCI GMMA student chapter started in 2013 as KAMHC @ UCI student chapter. Dr. David Choi and Dr. Sanghoon Ahn both contributed significantly to making of KAMHC @ UCI student chapter and the other student chapters as well. The purpose of student chapters was to allow networking and mentorship between students and doctors with Christ in the center. We aspire to bring pre-health students in college into realms of Christian doctors who vision the Great Commission together with these students. This is done through opportunities that are provided, such as medical missions and volunteering.

Contact Information: Jinseor Kim ucigmma@gmail.com Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about UCI GMMA and our vision. Please let us know if you have a similar vision, and would like to collaborate or support. John 13:35

Meet our Mentors!

Dr. Scott Choi

Dr. Scott Choi

Mentor | Dentist

Dr. Lee

Dr. Lee

Mentor | Pharmacist

Melody Lee

Melody Lee

Student Mentor

Information

Meeting

Meeting

We meet odd weeks on Mondays @7:30 PM (links and dates found on FB page). Meetings consist of prayer, worship, a guest speaker, and fellowship afterward. This quarter we plan to have joint meetings with another UC GMMA chapter, a hands-on workshop, and more. Please come and join us!

For Fall 2020,

GM #1: Info Night

GM #2: UCI x UCSD: Marriage and Family Therapy w/ Paul Park, AMFT

GM#3: West Coast Health Panel

GM#4: Stay tuned!

GM#5: Stay tuned!

Missions

Missions

  • 3 Day March Mission Trip – 3/21 – 3/23/20
    • Location: Ensenada, Mexico
  • Local Missions #1 – 1/26/20
    • Clothing the Homeless
    • See below for pictures and updates!
  • Local Missions #2
    • Care Package
Updates

Updates

  • We are sponsoring a child from Korea! If you are interested in donating, please go to the Facebook page for more updates on how you can!
  • Sign up for membership! It is NOT mandatory to be a “member” to attend GMMA general meetings. You may still be a part of GMMA as a general member. The purpose of membership is to encourage greater participation and commitment throughout the year. 
  • We are starting GMMA FAM again! If you are not yet part of a GMMA FAM and would like to be part of one, please reach out to us.

What’s UCI been up to?

General Meetings

General Meetings for Summer 2020! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

 

UCI GMMA would like to thank everyone for a fun infosession meeting to kick off the new 2020/2021 school year!
Even with the school year being completely online, they were incredibly grateful to see the new and old faces through the virtual meeting. Praise the Lord!

For the first meeting, the members had a time of worship, meeting the new UCI GMMA mentors/board, and went over the history and values of GMMA! Afterwards, the members had a great time of fellowship by playing Skribbl.io together!

UCI GMMA had a great time getting to know everyone, and can’t wait to meet again soon!

Helllooo everybody!!
Just to recap our third GM, UCI and UCSD came together to meet with guest speaker Paul Park, AMFT! love these collabs WOO!

We had a great time of worship, icebreakers, and learning about Paul’s occupation as a marriage and family therapist as he shared how he brings God into the therapy room. After a time of Q&A, we got to play a fun round of codenames!

We are so grateful to dive deeper into mental health and to learn about being an encouraging friend to those around us. Thank you so much Paul for taking the time to be a part of the general meeting!
Please stay tuned for more updates because we have some exciting events coming up for fall quarter!! ᕙ(^▿^-ᕙ)

Paul Park’s prayer requests:
– Prayer for his new job; providing therapy to his clients and to see his job as something God as called him to do
– Love God

Hello UCI GMMA!

We had the privilege to hear Dr. Jane’s testimony to becoming a pharmacist. She endured various trials such as going to school in the East Coast, and having to take multiple board exams due to unforeseen and unfair circumstances. She contemplated if this route was her calling, but this process has allowed her to pray more and depend on God as she surrendered her career to Him. In the end, God proves to be faithful in her life as she was offered a staff position at a high credentialed pharmacy!

As a source of encouragement, she shared Matthew 7:7-8:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

For her prayer requests, she asked if GMMA could pray for her next steps and peace during COVID-19. Thank you so much for these words of encouragement Dr. Jane!

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General Meetings for Summer 2020! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

For the summer, UCI GMMA has partnered with UCSD, Emery, and Drexel GMMA to have monthly GMs! For this meeting, we had a time of praise and had some great fellowship trying to guess if certain song lyrics were part of a worship or secular song. It was fun to relax and spend time with everyone from all different states! 🙂

Hello everyone!
UCI, UCSD, Binghamton, Emory, and Drexel got together to meet and had the opportunity to hear Dr. Sewng Choi’s testimony!

He correlated his testimony with the passage of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-21). During his time at university, he alluded the the younger son having total freedom with whatever he wanted to do. Despite straying away from God and facing many uncertainties, he was able to meet a Christian community who encouraged him which helped him to trust in God and learn about the meaning of repentance. Swipe left to see the four points he gave us!

Through his testimony, he encouraged us that God uses difficult times to train us, and to put trust in God especially during such times of uncertainty. Thank you Dr. Choi for these words of wisdom!

Prayer requests:
For his daughter, who is currently a senior, to have a smooth process with online school and college applications.
For GMMA to be able to come together during times of online meetings.

Hello UCI GMMA!

We had the privilege to hear Dr. Jane’s testimony to becoming a pharmacist. She endured various trials such as going to school in the East Coast, and having to take multiple board exams due to unforeseen and unfair circumstances. She contemplated if this route was her calling, but this process has allowed her to pray more and depend on God as she surrendered her career to Him. In the end, God proves to be faithful in her life as she was offered a staff position at a high credentialed pharmacy!

As a source of encouragement, she shared Matthew 7:7-8:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

For her prayer requests, she asked if GMMA could pray for her next steps and peace during COVID-19. Thank you so much for these words of encouragement Dr. Jane!

General Meetings for Winter Quarter 2020! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂
UCI GMMA started the winter quarter of 2020 with a fun meeting with Dr. Tae Lee! It was an amazing, interactive time with stretching ice breakers and and an informative meeting!
Big shoutout to Dr. Tae Lee who came to share about physical therapy and his experiences as a PT in the workplace and abroad on mission trips! He explained how vast and diverse physical therapy is, what it means to have patient focused care, the requirements and journey to becoming a PT, and the role of PT both locally and abroad for missions. He also left for a mission trip this morning, so please keep him, Frank, and the team in your prayers!
We also announced our GMMA FAM yesterday!!  So excited to start the new quarter with our GMMA FAMs! If anyone has any questions about it or is not yet in one and wants to join, please let us know

What does Dr. Nguyen do as a plastic surgeon:
– facial traumas, wound cares, restruction
– hand surgeries (started from plastic surgery)
– burn wounds

His journey as a Christian:
– offers prayers before the surgeries
– relatively a new believer (about 3 years since he became a Christian)
– read Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
– seeking to heal people rather than feeding vanities

Life as a plastic surgeon

– life of a surgeon: do i want to be a surgeon? Do i want to be an OR? (Touch shifts) – requires sacrifices that you might think that isn’t worth
– business minded people usually do better (for private practice)
– work on all areas of the body
– Timothy keller: the reason for God
– Rick warren: what on earth am I here for?
– wanted to prove the resurrection of Jesus wrong, but couldn’t help but to be convincted: that’s how he became the Christian

– ongoing process as a Christian

What should students keep as a person of faith in midst of busywork?
– keep the Sabbath
– keep your eyes on the bigger picture of God’s plan for your life “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
– build margin into your life

“The gladiators of today are the memories of tomorrow”
– the more important question is: did God bring him to the kingdom?

 

7 aspects of life by dave ramsey: physical appearance is important, but it shouldn’t be too focused nor not cared; balance is needed

Julie Kwak (Nurse)
Julie Kwak chose nursing because of the versatility and broadness of the career that allows for both horizontal and vertical growth. She feels like she thrives in the hospital and really enjoys being in the hospital with patients. She has never doubted her career choice and believes that it is by God’s grace that she is where she is at today. She will continue to work hard where she is at to pursue her calling.

Advice:
It will all work out in the end.
It is easy to become comfortable with your own time, but don’t get comfortable.

Prayer request: trust that God will place her in the right job with the right people

Contact infohyunjkwak@gmail.com

Nhi Nguyen (PharmD)
Nhi Nguyen chose pharmacy because of the patient interaction and one factor was her experience on a mission trip through GMMA. She always knew she wanted to do something healthcare related but realized she didn’t like the hospital setting. After going to Cambodia, she feels like her passion for pharmacy was confirmed.

Advice:
Trust in God.
For pre-pharm students, get a job as a tech or clerk or volunteer for experience and exposure that will be beneficial once you are in pharmacy school.

Prayer request: for strength and wisdom in shcool; finals next week

Contact info: nhin5@uci.edu

Michelle Park (pre-PA)
She chose PA because of the versatility and available options as well as the fact that they are clinical care extenderes. She currently works as a medical assistant and a scribe for pediatrics as well as dermatology. She had always wanted to go into healthcare and was greatly influenced during a GMMA Mexico trip. She believes that God opened door and paths to get her to where she is today. If this is where God wants her to be, she needs to be faithful in the moment.

Advice:
Study harder.
Don’t let your fears control what you do or don’t do.

Prayer request: strength in God so she can do everything for His glory

Contact info: michelyp@uci.edu

Thomas Won (pre-MD)
He chose MD because he has always had a passion and wants to bring healthcare services to underserved area. He wants to use his degree as a platform to bring services to such areas, and it will allow him to help patients directly. He just couldn’t see himself going into any other field and feels like he would regret it if he were not to continue on this path. He has had doubts since it is a long journey and big commitment to be a doctor, but he feels like the outcome and what you can get out of the result will outweigh everthing. He remembers to walk by faith and not by sight and to do everything with excellence.

Advice:
Don’t be afraid to pursue something you are interested in.
Try out new things. If it doesn’t work out, you will learn.
Don’t compare yourself. Just do your best!!

Prayer request: reliance on God for application process

Contact infowont@usc.edu

Joanne Lee (DDS)

Check out this doc link for answers to the panel questions!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QYgG-Uwt2zaafKef9E5synAtnrP6MTilEr3mccyJL94/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

After doing some fun charades icebreaker, UCI GMMA students had the amazing chance to hear Nurse Virginia share about her journey from pursuing education to healthcare and how God has sovereignly planned every step. After doing some fun charades icebreaker, UCI GMMA students had the amazing chance to hear Nurse Virginia share about her journey from pursuing education to healthcare and how God has sovereignly planned every step. 

Nurse Virginia shared that she is not where she thought she would be since she was pursuing education and even started a PhD program. After a missions trip to Indonesia, however, a seed for healthcare was planted within her as she saw the disparities and poor conditions that contributed to malnutrition and other diseases. She was also able to see healthcare services in other countries that broke her heart for the patients. Although she had started her doctoral studies, she made a huge decision to forgo her studies and go to nursing school to more tangibly help people. She placed her fear and inhibitions at His feet and trusted in Him to come to a place where she could have peace and excitement for such a big change. She reflected on how she saw God’s faithfulness in her doubts. After working as a cardiac nurse where she was more frontline in helping patients, she now is a case manager where she can impact people more behind the scenes. Throughout her journey, she has seen that there are so many avenues to use the gifts given by God.

She realized:

  1. Whatever field you may end up in, you may not be that in the future
  2. Don’t ask God to bless your plans, but ask Him what His plans are for our lives.

Advice on being a witness in the workplace:

  1. Put Christ on the table
    1. Don’t be afraid to publicly identify yourself as Christian
  2. Work with excellence
    1. Work in a way that reflects Him
    2. Allow people to see the love of Christ through your life
  3. Love your peers
    1. Invest into friendships; extend hospitality; share life; listen well
  4. Prepare to evangelize and pray

Prayer Requests:

– That she may be able to have intentional and vulnerable conversations with her coworker at a conference; that God would open the door to plant seed of the gospel

– For her family; parenthood

General Meetings for Fall Quarter 2019! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

UCI GMMA kicked off the new school year with an Ice Cream and Churros Social and an informational meeting! What a wonderful time of getting to know new and returning members, mentors, and supporters over a delicious snack and icebreakers! Here’s to an amazing school year full of bonding, serving, and growing in our knowledge and in Christ!!

Thank you Dr. Christine Jun for coming to talk about her experience as a physician and for sharing about her missions life, both locally and globally! She shared about specializing in palliative care in which she will work with an interdisciplinary team to treat the whole person. It was amazing to get to know how her faith plays a role in her work as she strives to show Christ’s love through her actions!

“We live in our own bubble, and there is this whole world out there that we will never know if we never see.”

Tip: Before choosing your career path, know yourself (identity, purpose, strengths, weaknesses, passions)!

 

We had our first hands-on workshop of the year yesterday with Nurse Eveline!! Big thank you to Nurse Eveline for teaching about triage, putting together a super fun and interactive triage workshop, and sharing her experiences as a nurse!!

And thank you to those who came and participated!! Hope you all had a fun time

 

Thank you to those who came out to our 3rd GM of the quarter last night!! It was a truly blessed time full of learning and laughter as we heard Dr. Scott Choi share about his journey to becoming a dentist from a theater major and really just how God has been so faithful and sovereign in guiding him to where he is today! Big thanks to Dr. Choi for also teaching us about dental and oral hygiene too!!

Please keep praying that he would be a blessing to the staff at his workplace and can share God’s love through his interactions with the patients!!

   

Our UCI GMMA members, Jacob and Paul, also shared about their experience on the Mexico mission trip this past weekend. What an amazing testimony of how God is at work through them and the whole Nov team to be a light to those around them both locally and abroad!

General Meetings for Fall Quarter 2019! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

Welcome to our first GM of Winter quarter! Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Kevin Ma came to talk to us today about his career. He works as a specialist at different schools, always enthusiastic and looking forward to working with kids with special needs. He works alongside other health professionals such as an occupational therapist and physical therapist, collaborating with them in order to better help the children. When he isn’t working at the schools, he teaches VBS at his church. He taught us how VBS really shares the story about the gospel through physical actions, connecting us with those who don’t speak the same language as us. 

Here he is teaching some of the moves to a VBS song.

Thank you Kevin Ma for sharing your experience and teaching us some dance moves!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our meeting, especially our grad panelists who took the time out of their busy schedules to share their journey to where they are today! Here are some of the advice that they had shared with us.

Karo, third year (D.O):

  • School
    • 1st and 2nd year is mostly in the classroom while 3rd and 4th are clinical rotations
    • Work with a different specialist each rotation
    • Schedule varies based on the doctor or whatever the hospital has sent to you; typical hours are from 9-5
  • Why he chose his field
    • Enjoyed biology and chemistry classes
    • Explored different fields with volunteer opportunities and lab and found himself as a natural fit
    • Enjoyed working with the clinicians
  • Advice
    • Take what you learn and apply it to the real world

Audrey, gap year (Pre-med):

  • Wants to do medicine and law
    • Dermatologist (own products and patent)
  • Postdoc at UCLA for science classes
  • Currently a medical assistant at a cardiologist clinic; gets 40 clinical hours a week
  • Why she chose her field
    • Passionate about what she’s doing
      • Loves reading, writing, makeup and skincare
    • GMMA mission trip helped her; hoping to go on more mission trips in the future
  • Advice
    • Dream big, if you want to do something, go for it
    • Think broadly and be creative with what you want to do in the future
    • Think longterm on what you’re going to do in the future; be passionate about it

Serena, first year (PT):

  • Currently doing mostly didactic courses
  • Why she chose her field
    • Went into undergrad thinking she would become a doctor
    • Did an internship for different careers
    • Ultimately chose PT to have a relationship with her patients and to continue to be active

Eveline (Nurse):

  • Got license as a nurse and is currently working as a patient caregiver (personal nurse for the family)
  • Why she chose her field
    • Originally wanted to be a pediatrician but saw how the nurses were the ones who were interacting and taking care of the patients
    • Didn’t want to do all the years of school if she were to pursue pediatrics
    • Many options that comes with nursing
      • Business, teaching

Joanne (DH):

  • Dental hygiene program at USC; overall hygiene and health of her patient (health of mouth, gums, oral health)
  • 2 year program; Associates, Bachelors, or Masters
  • Currently applying to DDS
  • Why she chose her field
    • Originally premed (pediatrician)
    • Took intro to Occupational Therapy and enjoyed it; wanted to become an OT but her parents were not okay with it
    • Liked the aspect of helping older adults
    • Initially forced into dentistry, but gave it a try and volunteered and shadowed dental students
  • Advice
    • You can go into the health field even with a bad GPA! You may have to work harder and it may take longer, but it will be okay!
  •  

FELLOWSHIP

A couple of our members and post-grad, Audrey, went to UTC for fellowship! 

 

Nurse Eveline Jho and fellow UCI alum taught us how to do an IV injection, one of the more simple injections that nurses have to do. We provided insulin, alcohol swabs, needles, and oranges in order to practice giving the injection. She demonstrated by:

  1. Taking the cap off the needle provided and injecting it into the insulin
  2. Carefully putting the cap back on the needle by putting the cap on the table or a flat surface and scooping it back on the needle. Once the cap is on the needle, push it down and secure it.
  3. Use the alcohol swab to clean the orange
  4. Take off the cap and make sure there are no bubbles, if there is, tap the needle on the side until there are no more bubbles
  5. Inject the needle into the orange
  6. Once insulin is injected, put the cap back on in the same fashion stated in step 2.
  7. You’re all done!

Here are some pictures of our members giving in injection to their “patients”

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Nurse Eveline for teaching how to do an injection!

 

Kwang Kim gave a presentation about how we should format our resumes, what activities we should put, what we should exclude, and even showed his very own resume! 

General Meetings for Winter Quarter 2018! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

For the first meeting of Spring Quarter, we will be having a grad student health panel! In addition, the new board members will be revealed and March mission testimonies will be shared! Click here to RSVP

General Meetings for Spring Quarter 2020! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

UCI x UCSD GMMA: Praise & Prayer Night

Despite Spring Quarter being remote this year, GMMA meetings continue to happen via zoom! For the first GM this quarter, UCI and UCSD GMMA came together and had a time of worship and prayer for this world, healthcare workers, and the leadership of GMMA during this time where fears and worries are rampant with the pandemic of COVID-19. In addition, we broke out into separate breakout sessions to intentionally share updates about our lives and taking some time to pray for one another!

Even though we are unable to meet together physically, it is such a blessing to still meet via online and to have this opportunity to still have fellowship and commune with different campuses such as UCSD!

Resume Workshop w/ Jennifer Nam

For GM #2, we had the privilege to get some advice on how to write our resumes through Jennifer Nam, a UCI medical student and upcoming intern, and once again was able to have a joint meeting with UCSD GMMA! We also got have a time of worship, fellowship, and learned some tips on how to make our resume stand out through factors such as intentional diction and went over the overall format of what our resume should entail,

Jennifer also took the time to answer any questions and encouraged us to stay faithful to God in these stressful times. Her prayer request currently is to be reminded why she is in the field she is in, so let us continue to pray for her in that God may truly be glorfied in the places God has placed her in. Thank you Jennifer for coming and showing such love to us!!!

** all pointers for resume writing will be found in the link below **

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ERzcKRhs9Kfm7dclh1cTh7LX-TDYdDGD93ur962jpFw/edit?ts=5e9e785c

UCI x UCSD GMMA GM#3: Palliative Care w/ Dr. Christine Jun

For GM#3, Dr. Christine Jun was able to talk about her experience working in palliative care. In her presentation, we learned how palliative care is a subspeciality of various fields and focuses on treating people suffering from symptoms/stresses of serious illnesses. It is more of a holistic approach as it helps improve the quality of life for patients and deals with many factors such as disease management, physical issues, loss/grief, etc. Palliative care is different from hospice in which hospice is more grounded upon caring for patients w/ terminal diagnosis, end of life care, and more of a comfort based approach of care.

When implementing the gospel in palliative care, it is important to understand the sanctitiy of life, God’s authority over life/death, mercy and compassion, and hope in Christ. With COVID-19 still affecting this generation, Dr. Jun emphasized the encouragement to hold onto the promises of God during times of fear/anxiety and gave us some bible verses to reflect upon during this time!

2 Corinthians 4: 7-12

Proverbs 16:9

Isaiah 41:10

For prayer requests, Dr. Jun is moving to LA for a new job w/ City of Hope! During this transition, let us continue to pray that God would bring her peace during this transition filled w/ many unknowns and fears. With her last job, she detailed feeling burnout, so she wants to remain faithful and set her gaze on God. Thank you Dr. Jun for speaking about palliative care and using your life shining God’s light through your profession! We pray that God will continue to equip you and use you for His kingdom. 

For GM#4, UCI, UCSD, and UCR teamed up to have a time of worship, fellowship, and had the opportunity to hear Dr. Marden’s, a neurobiologist, testimony and her experience serving at missions.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Marden, shared her testimony. When accepting Jesus Christ, God was able to use her mightily as she served in missions where she had the opportunity to share the gospel to refugees in Lebanon and Syria! Through these experiences, it fueled her passion to live out the Great Commission to her patients back home and greatly expressed the relief and joy she feels knowing that God is by her side. She also explained how as potential healthcare professionals, we are already in a special relationship as people are able to confide and trust in us. By simply praying for those around her, Dr. Marden is actively making God’s presence be known to this generation.

Her prayer requests is to pray during this time and for people to know more about God. Thank you Dr. Marden for such encouraging words and being used by God.

General Meetings for Spring Quarter 2020! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

Hospice Care with Joseph Choi

Joseph talked about his time in Hospice Care as a Chaplain and the link between volunteers and hospice patients. Instead of focusing purely on the physical aspect of healing, he presented us with the idea of holistic healing and how everyone in addition to physical health has emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health. He believes that one of the biggest lies in the world is the saying that “You can do anything if you put the effort into it; the sky is the limit”. We are all born with physical limitations even though it might not be as obvious. We all have limitations in all 5 aspects of life, but we can always be better than yesterday. 

If you are interested in volunteering, go to CareChoices and sign up! If you happen to know Korean and are available Thursdays 10AM to 2PM (you don’t have to be there the entire time), volunteer to be with patients with dementia at Irvine Bethel Church!

Guest Speaker NP Sofia

NP Sofia shared about her career and her current student life as she is a seminary student. Rather than focusing too much on career, however, she spoke about taking a pause, connecting it to the Sabbath Year in Leviticus 24:1-7 when God tells the Israelites to pause, to Mark 6:31 when Jesus tells the apostles to rest, and Luke 10:38-42 in the contrast between Martha the anxious toiler and Mary who was resting and listening to Jesus. As the students are restlessly working towards their healthcare goals, it is easy to forget to rest–to take a pause. Instead of constantly working and saying everything is for God, it is important to see the difference between working for God and working with God. Working with Him will also encompass working for Him, and there will be time to enjoy the moment. Being with God, we can bring our worries and negative emotions to Him, asking Him to walk with us rather than taking our worries away.

Selah: “Pause and think calmly on that.”

Case Studies and Ultrasound Workshop with MD student, Jennifer Nam

MD student Jennifer Nam went over a couple case studies to introduce UCI GMMA members to FAST Scan, an essential way to check for internal bleeding in the ER using ultrasound. She gave a demonstration on how ultrasound works using a portable ultrasound machine that connects to her phone! Students were also able to try the ultrasound machine on 4 different parts of the body to see organs like the spleen, kidneys, lungs, a BEATING heart (!!!), and eyes!

 

GM #4: Understanding Mental Health through the Lens of the Gospel

  • 1 suicide every 15 minutes
  • 38,000 suicides in the US each year
    • 90% of suicides related to mental illness
  • 30% of all disability from all medical causes can be attributed to mental disorders (major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc)
  • ⅕ people suffer from a mental illness currently
  • 50% will have onset by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  • Psych: Greek word “Psukhe”
    • Breath, life, soul, mind/reason
    • Genesis 1:27-28 (image of God, Genesis 2:7)
  • The Genesis 3 Incident:
      • Before the incident, everyone was blissful and mentally level
    • After following the lie of Satan, it lead to a fatal independence from God; led to a captivity of the spirit/mind/soul by Satan
      • Inhabited by sin
        • Changed identity to child of the devil (not because of a sinful life, but because of the INTRODUCTION of sin)
      • Natural consequences of curses such as mental problems
  • Good News: Salvation in Jesus Christ
    • Trying to be good to others, trying to be a good person
      • Is not a BAD thing, but it’s INEFFECTIVE
        • Impossible to take out sin and Satan’s control without God’s help
    • Spirit of God enters; a gift not to be paid for, but to be received
    • Sin removed
    • New identity: child of God
    • Remaining body/mind/spirit state
      • Our mind is part of the flesh
  • “In God’s economy, if He paid for you, He paid for you; once you’re adopted, you’re forever adopted”
  • All people are susceptible to mental suffering, from mild temporary symptoms to severe disease chronic states
    • Flesh level has a sickness; sin is not in the spirit—it’s a battle of the flesh with the spirit

 

Thank you to Dr. Esther Park and Oak Health Foundation for bringing an evangelistic message about mental health to UCI GMMA!! UCI GMMA members also received their cute shirts after the meeting 🙂

General Meetings for Spring Quarter 2019! Click the tabs above to check out what UCI GMMA has been up to!! 🙂

Hospice Care with Joseph Choi

Joseph talked about his time in Hospice Care as a Chaplain and the link between volunteers and hospice patients. Instead of focusing purely on the physical aspect of healing, he presented us with the idea of holistic healing and how everyone in addition to physical health has emotional, mental, spiritual, and social health. He believes that one of the biggest lies in the world is the saying that “You can do anything if you put the effort into it; the sky is the limit”. We are all born with physical limitations even though it might not be as obvious. We all have limitations in all 5 aspects of life, but we can always be better than yesterday. 

If you are interested in volunteering, go to CareChoices and sign up! If you happen to know Korean and are available Thursdays 10AM to 2PM (you don’t have to be there the entire time), volunteer to be with patients with dementia at Irvine Bethel Church!

Guest Speaker NP Sofia

NP Sofia shared about her career and her current student life as she is a seminary student. Rather than focusing too much on career, however, she spoke about taking a pause, connecting it to the Sabbath Year in Leviticus 24:1-7 when God tells the Israelites to pause, to Mark 6:31 when Jesus tells the apostles to rest, and Luke 10:38-42 in the contrast between Martha the anxious toiler and Mary who was resting and listening to Jesus. As the students are restlessly working towards their healthcare goals, it is easy to forget to rest–to take a pause. Instead of constantly working and saying everything is for God, it is important to see the difference between working for God and working with God. Working with Him will also encompass working for Him, and there will be time to enjoy the moment. Being with God, we can bring our worries and negative emotions to Him, asking Him to walk with us rather than taking our worries away.

Selah: “Pause and think calmly on that.”

Case Studies and Ultrasound Workshop with MD student, Jennifer Nam

MD student Jennifer Nam went over a couple case studies to introduce UCI GMMA members to FAST Scan, an essential way to check for internal bleeding in the ER using ultrasound. She gave a demonstration on how ultrasound works using a portable ultrasound machine that connects to her phone! Students were also able to try the ultrasound machine on 4 different parts of the body to see organs like the spleen, kidneys, lungs, a BEATING heart (!!!), and eyes!

 

GM #4: Understanding Mental Health through the Lens of the Gospel

  • 1 suicide every 15 minutes
  • 38,000 suicides in the US each year
    • 90% of suicides related to mental illness
  • 30% of all disability from all medical causes can be attributed to mental disorders (major depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc)
  • ⅕ people suffer from a mental illness currently
  • 50% will have onset by age 14, and 75% by age 24
  • Psych: Greek word “Psukhe”
    • Breath, life, soul, mind/reason
    • Genesis 1:27-28 (image of God, Genesis 2:7)
  • The Genesis 3 Incident:
      • Before the incident, everyone was blissful and mentally level
    • After following the lie of Satan, it lead to a fatal independence from God; led to a captivity of the spirit/mind/soul by Satan
      • Inhabited by sin
        • Changed identity to child of the devil (not because of a sinful life, but because of the INTRODUCTION of sin)
      • Natural consequences of curses such as mental problems
  • Good News: Salvation in Jesus Christ
    • Trying to be good to others, trying to be a good person
      • Is not a BAD thing, but it’s INEFFECTIVE
        • Impossible to take out sin and Satan’s control without God’s help
    • Spirit of God enters; a gift not to be paid for, but to be received
    • Sin removed
    • New identity: child of God
    • Remaining body/mind/spirit state
      • Our mind is part of the flesh
  • “In God’s economy, if He paid for you, He paid for you; once you’re adopted, you’re forever adopted”
  • All people are susceptible to mental suffering, from mild temporary symptoms to severe disease chronic states
    • Flesh level has a sickness; sin is not in the spirit—it’s a battle of the flesh with the spirit

 

Thank you to Dr. Esther Park and Oak Health Foundation for bringing an evangelistic message about mental health to UCI GMMA!! UCI GMMA members also received their cute shirts after the meeting 🙂

Missions

Click the tabs above to check out what local missions UCI GMMA has been involved in!! 🙂

#UCIGMMA had an amazing opportunity to serve the homeless community in Santa Ana, CA for their first local mission of the quarter!! They had the chance to have one on one interactions with the people, listening to their stories and praying for them. Seeing how numerous people are in severely underprivileged conditions and how the organization (Clothing the Homeless) provides for their physical, psychological, and spiritual needs, the members and volunteers were able to love and serve the people like how Jesus did.

“We sincerely thank God and this wonderful organization for such an incredible experience, and we will keep the people we met in our prayers.” -UCI GMMA members

“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’” Mark 12:31

Our first local missions project of the quarter is a virtual collection drive for Direct Relief, an organization that provides personal protective equipment (masks, gowns, gloves, etc.) to healthcare providers around the nation. So many healthcare providers are currently struggling to find appropriate protective equipment, endangering the health of both themselves and their families. To honor their sacrifice and help make things a little easier, we want to donate financially to allow Direct Relief to buy and distribute more equipment.

Although we will NOT be enforcing membership requirements this quarter since we understand that many people are facing various challenges in this difficult season, we also want to do what we can to help those who are fighting on the front lines. As such, if you feel like God has moved your heart to help please venmo me (@Grace-Lee-456) ASAP so I can transfer your donation as quickly as possible! No amount is too little!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to our meeting, especially our grad panelists who took the time out of their busy schedules to share their journey to where they are today! Here are some of the advice that they had shared with us.

Karo, third year (D.O):

  • School
    • 1st and 2nd year is mostly in the classroom while 3rd and 4th are clinical rotations
    • Work with a different specialist each rotation
    • Schedule varies based on the doctor or whatever the hospital has sent to you; typical hours are from 9-5
  • Why he chose his field
    • Enjoyed biology and chemistry classes
    • Explored different fields with volunteer opportunities and lab and found himself as a natural fit
    • Enjoyed working with the clinicians
  • Advice
    • Take what you learn and apply it to the real world

Audrey, gap year (Pre-med):

  • Wants to do medicine and law
    • Dermatologist (own products and patent)
  • Postdoc at UCLA for science classes
  • Currently a medical assistant at a cardiologist clinic; gets 40 clinical hours a week
  • Why she chose her field
    • Passionate about what she’s doing
      • Loves reading, writing, makeup and skincare
    • GMMA mission trip helped her; hoping to go on more mission trips in the future
  • Advice
    • Dream big, if you want to do something, go for it
    • Think broadly and be creative with what you want to do in the future
    • Think longterm on what you’re going to do in the future; be passionate about it

Serena, first year (PT):

  • Currently doing mostly didactic courses
  • Why she chose her field
    • Went into undergrad thinking she would become a doctor
    • Did an internship for different careers
    • Ultimately chose PT to have a relationship with her patients and to continue to be active

Eveline (Nurse):

  • Got license as a nurse and is currently working as a patient caregiver (personal nurse for the family)
  • Why she chose her field
    • Originally wanted to be a pediatrician but saw how the nurses were the ones who were interacting and taking care of the patients
    • Didn’t want to do all the years of school if she were to pursue pediatrics
    • Many options that comes with nursing
      • Business, teaching

Joanne (DH):

  • Dental hygiene program at USC; overall hygiene and health of her patient (health of mouth, gums, oral health)
  • 2 year program; Associates, Bachelors, or Masters
  • Currently applying to DDS
  • Why she chose her field
    • Originally premed (pediatrician)
    • Took intro to Occupational Therapy and enjoyed it; wanted to become an OT but her parents were not okay with it
    • Liked the aspect of helping older adults
    • Initially forced into dentistry, but gave it a try and volunteered and shadowed dental students
  • Advice
    • You can go into the health field even with a bad GPA! You may have to work harder and it may take longer, but it will be okay!
  •  

FELLOWSHIP

A couple of our members and post-grad, Audrey, went to UTC for fellowship! 

 

Older Events and More!

November Mission Trip

Missions testimonies:

Diane Hong (3rd year, Anthropology Major) : Even though Mexico is so broken and torn apart the people continue to find ways and reasons to keep smiling. They choose to look at the good over the bad, and always find the silver lining in every situation. Every single child and patient that I interacted with made me realize how thankful I need to be for God because even in our brokenness he loves us endlessly and continues to pour onto us. He never stops stirring that fire in our hearts. Irene Jung (1st year, biology): From this mission trip, I could realize how big is our God’s love. Seeing this ordinary family building and running a clinic to serve the entire community! How can this happen without God’s amazing grace and love?! I am so grateful that our God is loving and caring God, and we are all his children 🙂 Runrong Kuang (1st year, biology): Going on mission trip to Sileo allowed me find my faith for the first time. It was such a powerful experience, for I had grown spiritually stronger and stronger as I get to know God more. To top off the whole mission trip, I was able to interact with health professionals, which solidified my goals for the future. *check out the photo gallery below for more pictures!

2017 Health Panel

UCI GMMA will be hosting a mini health panel TONIGHT (10/6) @ 7:30PM at SSL270 with the following health professionals who graciously took the time out of their super busy schedules to come to our campus and meet you guys: – Oncologist- Dr. Choi – Anesthesiologist- Dr. Michelle – Podiatrist- Dr. Charles – Family practice/Urology- Dr. Michael – 2 medical students- Simon Kim and Alex Nam

Come with questions and be met with wisdom from and opportunities to network with these health care professionals!!
GMMA Fellowship Night
We are having a fellowship night on October 2, 2017 at 7PM. We’ll be introducing the board members and what we do as a club. We will also be playing a lot of fun games and the winner will get a yummy surprise (You also get free food). Come and join us! Please RSVP by Sunday, October 1, so we can have an accurate head count of who’s coming. P.S. Don’t lose. RSVP HERE!
Post Fellowship Night

Thank you to everyone who came out!

Fellowship night

The punishment for the losing team during fellowship night

GM #1 (Week 2, Oct 3)

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Thank you to those of you that made it to the fellowship event or helped us out at the Spam Musubi fundraiser! We sold out by the end of the day! PTL.
We just wanted to remind you that UCI GMMA will be having our FIRST general meeting on OCT. 3RD, MONDAY, 7:30 pm at the social sciences plaza A 1100 (map attached). We’ll be using this time to get to know you on a professional level in terms of your career path, career goals, and introducing you healthcare professionals to network and build relationships.
Check out the GMMA introduction pdf if you haven’t already and make sure you are a part of our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ucigmma/

Post meeting:

14606543_1311030628908763_9109651545682791456_n “What is the most important thing in your life? Some people may say God, but what is the second most important thing? Your spouse to be. If your spouse is messed up, your whole life will be messed up. So forget your profession. Forget everything. Start praying for your spouse to be.” Important life tips from Dr. Choi, our very own love guru :’) Thank you to those of you that came out today! Come out to GM #2 to start vitals training with our one and only President, Bryan who was an Emergency Medical Technician and now works as a Medical Assistant! #cyamonday

UCIxBiolaxUCR GMMA Fellowship
Come out to meet other students from 3 chapters! Pizza and churros will be provided and we will be playing a fun game of Jeopardy as we get to know each other! Please click here in order to RSVP and please click here to sign up for rides!
GM #3 (@Biola)
14632974_1340260889319070_3743556445838401464_n Did you guys have fun with our Biola sisters, Rachel and Janice, at Irvine Lanes last night?! If you’d like to join us next Monday, Nov 7th at Biola to support our sister chapter, please let us know ASAP! Rides will be provided. It’ll be a great opportunity to review your vitals checking skills AND meet our GMMA brothers and sisters! See you there~

General Meeting #1
Hi! We’re having out first general meeting on 10/9 at 7:30PM in SSL 270! We’ll be discussing about the history of GMMA and what we do as an organization. We will also be having mission testimonies from the recent trip to Cambodia. If you have any questions, please refer to the facebook page, thank you!
Post Meeting #1

First general meeting! (10/9)

Our VP Liz

Thanks Bryan for coming out and talking to us.

 

First general meeting

Thanks to everyone for coming to our first general meeting! We had our past president Bryan Yi give us wonderful advice on what to do to prepare for post-grad.

GM #1 WINTER QUARTER (Week 4, Jan 30th 2017)
The man behind it all, DOCTOR SANG HOON AHN, AKA Doctor Jimmy, AKA Jimmy Hyung, is speaking on our first general meeting of winter quarter 2017! In case you don’t know, Doctor Ahn is the president of the student chapter. But to get to the point, he’s HILARIOUS. He’s an amazing doctor who SPOILS us…a lot. (If you went on mission with Dr. Ahn as the leader, you know exactly what’s up). Everyone really loves this guy, and we’re extremely excited for him to come all the way from LA in his super busy schedule to come and share his insights of his career and how God carried him and continues to carry him in his life. RSVP on our facebook event page! https://www.facebook.com/events/242512599507274/ Location: Social Science Hall 100 Date & Time: January 30th, 2017. 7:30 PM See you guys there!      
GM #2 (Week 4, Oct 17)
14639604_1317550988256727_3211643926062605571_n FREE VITALS TRAINING AND VALUABLE RESOURCES ON WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL JOBS YOU CAN TAKE AS AN UNDERGRAD??!? What is this you ask? Join us next Monday, Oct 17th at SSPA 1100 to find out more! Missions applications are also coming out so you won’t want to miss out! https://www.facebook.com/events/1619047361727674/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1476208885519646#

Post-meeting:

Hey guys! Hope everyone is studying well for their midterms! Enjoy this little clip highlighting our meeting yesterday 🙂

General Meeting #2
We had Nurse Jennifer come and speak about her journey in becoming a nurse. Afterwards, we had the Nursing Organization come and help us with vitals!
2018 Fall GM #1: Medical Missions

Come out to GMMA’s first general meeting! Dr. Sarah Oh, DDS will be speaking about her experiences on both the mission field and in a clinical environment. We will also be sharing more about the upcoming missions trip as well! Click here to RSVP 😀

GM #3 (Week 8, Nov 14)
15036442_1353335914678234_7083739060184226652_n Our very own GMMA members, along with UCLA just came back from Mexico! Diane Hong, Irene Jung, and Runrong Kuang are sharing their mission testimonies, as it’s some of their first time going on a mission trip! Pastor Justin from Bethel English Church is also speaking on what it looks like to be a Christian healthcare professional in today’s world. Pretty heavy stuff! He’s an amazing pastor and a really loving mentor. He’s extremely excited to meet with you students, so I hope you’re excited to meet him as well =) https://www.facebook.com/events/1787785664827629/

Post-meeting:

Live-stream of mission testimonies and special sermon by Pastor Justin! https://www.facebook.com/bryan.yi/videos/vb.1077300424/10209214046403038/?type=3&theater    

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