How do I pass the class?
In order to pass the class, you must get at least 8/10 points. Each day you miss class, you will lose 1 point. Each survey you miss will result in a one point deduction. Do note that, if you miss a lecture and don’t do the survey for that lecture, you will not be double penalized, but rather, you will loose only 1 point. Besides this, if you come to class 15 or more minutes late or if you leave class 15 or more minutes earlier, it will result in a half of a point reduction. In addition to keeping up with attendance, you must also complete a 1000 word essay on one of the lecture topics. Details about this final paper will be found on the syllabus.
What is the difference between the Leadership Program and planning the PH91 class?
The Leadership program focuses on our individual professional growth, including but not limited to: Public Speaking workshops, Communication workshops, Business Etiquette and Protocol workshops, and more. These skills are then used to plan and contact professionals to guest speak in the Winter for PH91. Coordinator bi-weekly meetings address both the Leadership Program and PH91 class.
What are the commitment hours?
The more hours you can commit to DIM, is the more you will get out from it. During the Fall and Spring quarter there are biweekly meetings and workshops that are planned out to enhance your leadership skills. In the winter quarter meetings are held weekly during Wednesdays. So during the winter quarter you will be meeting before the lecture from 4:30pm-5:00pm and after the lecture from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.
How can I become a DIM Coordinator?
To be eligible, you must take the the Diversity in Medicine course in Winter Quarter and be an undergraduate at UC Irvine. Seniors or graduates who are highly interested in committing their time to the program may email us for further directions.
Can I still become a DIM Coordinator if I am unavailable during the summer?
Yes, you can. There are other means of communication such as email, call-ins, and Skype sessions as a way to be in the loop for meetings and workshops.
How does speaker coordination for a lecture work? Do we choose the speakers?
A lot of DIM speakers are returning speakers due to their level of expertise in the field and the success of their lecture presentations in the past. DIM directors are open to suggestions for new speakers, however, they have the final say for selecting a speaker given their large network in the professional field.
I am really interested in joining the program, but I’m not good at public speaking, and I still need to improve in my communication skills and/or I’m not premed. Can I still be a good candidate?
You most definitely can be a strong candidate! This program, in addition to organizing a class that aims to teach students about cultural competency in the medical field, is the optimal environment for professional growth of our coordinators, regardless of their career aspirations. We have coordinators interested in education, anthropology, and sociology. We all walked in to the program with skills we needed to improve on. On the other hand, we also walked in with a deep passion to be a part of a program aimed at informing our community in relevant matters, and eager to learn the skills necessary to be prepared professionals. Long answer short, with passion for the mission of DIM, you can be a strong candidate!