Medical school to offer program for underrepresented pre-med students
From: The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine is launching The M.E.D.S. Experience — Medical Exposure for Diverse Students. The program targets first-year Virginia Tech students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine and are planning careers in medicine and research.
A primary goal of The MEDS Experience is to expand the students’ network and increase their awareness of opportunities in the health professions, with a specific focus becoming a physician. The weekend experience will include:
- Tour of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
- Overview of the VTCSOM application and admission process, and Early Identification Program
- Online MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) overview
- “Stop The Bleed” Training
- First Aid Course
- Exposure to clinical experiences
The program is FREE, including all meals, course materials, transportation to and from Roanoke!
When: The MEDS Experience will be Friday, Feb. 28- Sunday, March 1, at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.
Target audience and eligibility criteria:
* First-year students at Virginia Tech
* Students who are underrepresented in medicine, defined as:
o Racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population; at VTCSOM, those groups are African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Americans.
o Students from limited socio-economic backgrounds, first-generation college graduates and those with challenging experiences based on family, economic and social situations have a more limited opportunity to attend professional schools.
* Interested in a career in the health professions
* Must be in good academic standing
Program expectations: Students invited to participate in the program must be actively engaged in all facets of The MEDS Experience on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29 at 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1 at 8 a.m.-12 noon.
Questions: Contact Karyna Nevarez at email@example.com if you have questions.