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New Summer Scholars program opens the door of opportunity in health professions to college undergrads

Paul Ganss, EMS Education Program Director, used a mannequin to show STAHR Summer Scholar students how to apply a bag valve mask on a patient.

Two years ago, Karlin Byrd was a Kansas City high school student exploring her options in the health care professions through the UMKC School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program. Now, getting ready for her second year of college, Byrd is back for more as part of the inaugural class of the school’s new Summer Scholars program for college students.

“My first time in the program, I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician,” said Byrd, who attended Lincoln Prep High School. “I did the clinical rotations in Summer Scholars and realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

After spending her freshman year at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she is now studying to become a pharmacist, Byrd has recently joined other college students from Kansas City in the new STAHR Summer Scholars program.

Much like the high school version of Summer Scholars, it provides experiences in clinical settings, supplemental instruction in the sciences, research opportunities, and reinforced skill development to support student academic progression and retention. This six-week program goes even further. It provides college students insights into the professions of pharmacy and dentistry as well as medicine and more.

More photos from STAHR Summer Scholars

“Our objective is to increase the diversity of applicants to each of the schools and of those who are going into each of the health care professions,” said Allan Davis, program coordinator. “We want to open up the options to undergrads so they can explore the programs, find what fits for them and what they’re interested in. We’re providing an experience to prepare students to come into these professional programs.”

Last October, the School of Medicine, in collaboration with the UMKC schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry, received a $3.2-million STAHR Partnership grant to help students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds enter and succeed in health profession degree programs. Part of that grant is supporting the new college Summer Scholars program.

Ten Kansas City residents attending college at UMKC, Johnson County Community College, Kansas State, Rockhurst, Metropolitan Community College, Haskell Indian Nations University, Donnelly College and Hampton University are participating in the STAHR Summer Scholars. Another group of 12 college students from across the country who are nearing completion of their undergraduate degree with plans to enter dental school are participating in a School of Dentistry program that includes a one-and-a-half-week component of Summer Scholars and its own eight-week online program.

Students spent the first week in a series of personal development workshops focused on things from how to write a resume and prepare for professional program entry exams to learning basic research skills.

As the program continues, the students will get an overview of the medicine and pharmacy professions through shadowing experiences at Truman Medical Center and the medical, pharmacy and dental schools, and hands-on experiences and spend time learning medical terminology.

They are also exposed to the School of Medicine’s graduate programs for physician assistants and anesthesiologist assistants.

“These students get an intense look at a day in the life of a health care provider as well as some clinical experiences,” Davis said.

For Byrd, it’s been an eye-opening experience.

“Hampton has a six-year pharmacy program and I discovered I could still see patients but it would be a different experience than being a physician,” she said. “I came back to ask more questions about the health care professions. Now, I’m learning about all the opportunities. I still want to continue in pharmacy, but going through this program is really opening my eyes to all the other professions like physician assistant and the anesthesiologist assistants.”

Summer Scholars wrap up 31st year of classes

High school students in the UMKC School of Medicine Summer Scholars program participated in an experience in the UMKC cadaver lab.

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
Lauren Brown
Adrian Falcon
Alexis Ford
Corina Guzman
Jessica Idowu
Melissa Ingram
Alex Jacob
Allyssa Kays
Malynsia Mason
Jade Miles
Katie Witherow
Harris Zamir
Summer Scholars
Oladapo Akinmoladun
Cullen Buford
Lela Campbell
Daja Canada
Destinee Clayton
Cynthia Conchas
Valerie Contreras
Jackie Crawford
Dana Draper
Thomas Finn
T’Keaya Gaines
Jon Gardner
Sugey Gonzalez
Devon Hood
Christina Jones
Marissa Jones
Halima Kamara
Jade Latson
Halima Kamara
Jade Latson
Fredrick Leonce
Aramis Mendez
Justin Mitchell
Michelle Mwangi
Maya Neal
Michael Price
Salvador Rios
Amber Smith
Jayla Smith
Timaira Smith
Keanon Swan
Olivia Talavera
Ashlie Thomas
Kalan Tucker
Tasha Tuong
James Wilborn, Jr.
Madison Willenborg