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ULAA Winter Career Panel

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Date and Time

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, 6:30 p.m. PDT






Join the UCLA Latino Alumni Association (ULAA) as they host their winter career panel featuring Dra. Erica Lubliner '06, M.D. '11 and Dra. Brenda Abarca '13, M.P.H. '19, M.D. '20.

This session will feature careers that focus on mental health and well-being.

More about our panelists:

Dra. Erica Lubliner grew up in an immigrant Latino community and was the first in her family to receive a higher education at UCLA where she double majored in History and Women’s Studies with a minor Chicana/o Studies. While finishing her premedical studies after UCLA, she served as a College Advisor at a Wilson High School in East Los Angeles, director of a non-profit scholarship organization called the Scholarship Association for English as a Second Language Students (SAESL), and business partner of a small jewelry design company, Mio Designs. She attended the UC Irvine Post-Bacc Program and worked for the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s PRIME-LC (Program for the Medical Education of the Latino Community). She was admitted to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in the Drew Medical Program where she took on leadership roles in the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) as Co-Chair, and served as Editor-in-Chief of UCLA School of Medicine’s Humanities Journal—The BEAT. She was a Medical Education Fellow for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA’s Center of Excellence. Her research explored female medical student perspectives on their clinical interactions with female superiors.  Dra. Lubliner completed a combined adult and child adolescent psychiatry program at the UCLA/VA working with diverse families in the community, military, and schools. She currently serves as Associate Program Director at the UCLA/VA GLA Psychiatry Program and also has a private practice.

Dr. Brenda Abarca was born and raised in Julian, CA, a rural community east of San Diego County. She grew up in a tight-knit single-parent household with a younger sister. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish at UCLA in 2013. While at UCLA, she was involved in Chicanos for Community Medicine, a premedical-mentorship organization for first-generation students. Being a student leader in LSHP-CCM cultivated her interest in medicine. By organizing multiple health fairs and talks throughout Los Angeles, she gained a better understanding of the socioeconomic factors that impact her family and underserved communities. Brenda was part of the following pipeline programs and is always eager to share what she learned on her path to medicine: NIH Biomedical Science Enrichment Program (BISEP), UCLA Pre-medical/Pre-dental Enrichment Program (PREP), Summer Urban Health Fellowship (SUHF), & UC Davis Postbaccalaureate Program. When she is not in the books or involved with LMSA you can find her at the gym, running marathons, hiking, or hanging out with her sister and family.

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