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Blaze a Trail: A Prehealth Student Conference at Knox College

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Blaze a Trail: A Prehealth Student Conference at Knox College

September 28, 2024

The Vovis Center's inaugural Blaze a Trail Conference seeks to connect aspiring future healthcare professionals to expert guidance on how to prepare for standardized exams, how to level up study strategies, and how to be the strongest candidate possible at the time of application. The conference will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Denise Martinez, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, and interactive sessions with academic coach, Amanda Brem, founder of The Brem Method. Students who attend the full conference will get access to comprehensive test prep resources and materials as well as a swag bag of Knox merch.

Conference Schedule

8:45-9:15am Registration and Check-in | Alumni Hall Second Floor Lobby

Register on-site, get a swag bag with Knox merch, and learn how to get discount codes for test prep resources and materials!

9:00-10:00am Opening Breakfast and Keynote Address | Alumni Hall Trustees Room 302

Enjoy a full breakfast and be inspired by keynote speaker, Denise Martinez, MD. As the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Dr. Martinez is a family medicine practitioner and an advocate for culturally responsive healthcare. Learn about her journey as a Latina pre-med student to a family medicine physician – and hear what she wished she knew as a pre-med in college.

10:00-11:50am Study Skills Workshop | Alumni Hall Wallenberg Room 219

Amanda Brem, The Brem Method 

Want to learn how to study more effectively for your classes and exams? Join academic coach Amanda Brem for an interactive workshop on study skills and test preparation. In the workshop, you will learn how to use empirically-validated study techniques to build a realistic and motivating study schedule for any course or exam. You’ll identify the factors that influence your ability to study, and discover techniques for building good study and health habits. 

11:00-11:50am Choose a Session:

MCAT Essentials: Everything You Need To Know

Amanda Brem, The Brem Method | Alumni Hall 115 Lincoln Douglas Room

In this session, academic coach Amanda Brem will introduce you to the MCAT and answer all your questions about this important exam. You’ll learn the 31 content categories and 7 skills tested on the MCAT, how the questions are structured, and what the test day looks like. Amanda will also walk you through the MCAT registration process, how the MCAT is scored, and what you need to know before starting your MCAT prep. There will be time at the end for Q&A, so bring all your MCAT-related questions!

Hear from the Experts: A Healthcare Panel

Moderated by Lisa Harris, Knox Health Professions Advising | Alumni Hall Wallenberg Room 219

Learn from local and alum healthcare professionals from the fields of nursing, physician assistant, athletic training, and dentistry. 

12:00-12:50pm Lunch and Round Table Chats with Healthcare Professionals | Alumni Hall Trustees Room 302

Have an informal conversation with a healthcare professional over lunch. Students will choose where they wish to sit based on the healthcare professional seated there.

1:00-1:50pm Test Taking Anxiety and Stress Management | Alumni Hall Wallenberg Room 219

Amanda Brem, The Brem Method  

Stress and anxiety affects nearly everyone at some point in their academic journey, and can be really hard to overcome without effective tools. In this interactive session, academic coach Amanda Brem will guide you through tools and strategies you can use to manage your study stress and handle anxiety on test day. We’ll also address effective techniques for handling procrastination, burnout, self-sabotage, and imposter syndrome that can come up during your coursework and exam prep. We’ll finish with techniques to address your biggest challenge areas and build confidence in your academic skills!

2:00-2:50pm Choose a session:

MCAT Study Planning & Resources

Amanda Brem, The Brem Method | Alumni Hall Wallenberg Room 219

Ready to start thinking about your MCAT prep? In this session, academic coach Amanda Brem will walk you through a typical MCAT timeline and study plan. You’ll build a sample weekly schedule based on your strengths and weaknesses, and work in small groups to determine the type of resources that will best suit your learning style. We’ll wrap up with a discussion of the various MCAT resources and their pros and cons. 

What Makes for a Strong Prehealth Applicant?

Lisa Harris, Knox Health Professions Advising | Alumni Hall 115 Lincoln Douglas Room

What makes an applicant great? In this session, Prehealth Advising Director Lisa Harris will explain what to expect in the health professions graduate school application process and how to prepare now so you can strengthen your application. We will also explore what things might “set you apart” from other applicants. This session is intended for students interested in health professions outside of medicine.


Stop By Registration Table

Pick up discount codes for study strategies seminar access & MCAT prep.

1:1s with Denise Martinez, MD or Amanda Brem (optional)

Sign up for a 10-minute chat with Dr. Martinez or Amanda Brem!


Amanda Brem

Amanda Brem is the founder of The Brem Method, a holistic academic coaching company that has been helping students reach their academic and testing goals since 2019. She received her Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Boston University on her path to medical school, but pivoted when she found her true calling was teaching and guiding future doctors on their pre-med journey.

She uses her education background combined with her time as a D1 rower and athletic coach to build effective and motivating test prep curriculums. Alongside her deep knowledge of science and test taking strategies, Amanda's programs are rooted in compassionate coaching, a growth mindset, and meeting students where they are at in their path. 

When she isn't teaching science or study skills, Amanda is skiing with her husband, reading Harry Potter by the fire, or whipping up creative meals in her home in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Denise Martinez, MD

Bio coming soon!

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