UMKC School of Medicine Summer Scholars conclude 32nd year

Brenelle Knight, who will be a senior at Barat Academy in Creve Couer, Mo., examines a human heart with her classmates during a recent session of the UMKC School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program.

A group of 58 high school students mostly from the Kansas City area concluded the 32nd year of the UMKC School of Medicine’s Summer Scholars program with an awards luncheon on July 12 at UMKC Student Union.

The four-week program for minority and disadvantaged students immerses the students in classroom and clinical activities to help prepare them for a future career in the health care profession or simply to improve their chances for success in college.

Each student received a certificate for completing the program and an inspirational book.

Two students were selected to give presentations on class projects in chemistry and the program’s 10 Advanced Summer Scholars participated in a pair of research projects investigating various diseases and gave presentations that focused on descriptions and origins of the diseases, treatments and preventative care, and various side effects of the treatments.

The luncheon also included a scholar’s forum in which the students heard from UMKC representatives discussing admissions, success strategies and learning resources, and financial aid for attending medical school.

Summer Scholars is primarily a classroom based program conducted each July with components in basic science enrichment, exposure to various aspects of the health care field, interviewing and personal development skills, and preparing to apply to a medical school. It also provides the students — who are high school juniors and seniors — with the opportunity to interact with medical students and professionals.

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