Minority and disadvantaged students Kansas City area high schools spent the past month immersed in activities at the UMKC School of Medicine in hopes getting a leg up on their future as a health care professional or simply improve their changes of success as a college student.
The 31st class of Summer Scholars wrapped up a four-week session of lectures, classroom work, and clinical rotations Friday afternoon with a scholars forum at the UMKC Student Union.
Each year, high school juniors and seniors selected to participate in the program receive educational and preparatory experience in areas of basic science, various aspects of the medical field, interviewing and personal development skills, and information about applying to medical school. Many graduates of the Summer Scholars program have gone on to attend and earn their medical degree from the UMKC School of Medicine.
The 2011 class of 48 Summer Scholars included 11 high school seniors participating in the program for a second year as Advanced Summer Scholars.
Participants receive daily instruction in academic areas including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and language arts, as well as classroom experiences that range from medical terminology and understanding health disparities to ACT and standardized test taking. Summer Scholars experiences also include clinical rotations such as emergency, outpatient, rehabilitation and nursing services, surgery, and the cadaver lab.
2011 UMKC School of Medicine
Advanced Summer Scholars
James Wilborn, Jr.