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UMKC Summer Scholars program for high school students

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The University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine has again partnered with Truman Medical Center to offer the 32nd Annual Summer Scholars Program, providing high school students with a realistic and hands-on introduction to the field of medicine.

The 4-week Summer Scholars program will take place Monday, June 18 - Friday, July 13, each weekday from 7:50am to 4pm. Students must be available to attend all Summer Scholars sessions during this timeframe.

Rising juniors and seniors (2012-2013 academic year) who attend high schools across the Kansas City metro (Johnson or Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Jackson, Platte, Clay, or Cass Counties in Missouri) are invited to apply.

Summer Scholars is specifically designed to not only attract students from groups who historically have been under-represented in medicine (economically disadvantaged, minority, and rural students), but is also for dedicated students who have expressed interest in medicine or other health related careers and have taken courses and earned grades that clearly demonstrate that interest.

Summer Scholars includes classroom instruction in both Chemistry and Anatomy/Physiology. The courses are not offered at an accelerated pace, but rather, are designed to strengthen the skills of students who likely need additional enrichment. If academically advanced science students plan to participate, they must be willing to engage in daily classroom review. The scholars will also learn interpersonal skills, team work, and test-taking strategies, all of which are critical to success in health careers.

In addition to classes, Summer Scholars students will also participate in a variety of clinical rotations, with emphasis on career exploration directly relevant to the practice of medicine and patient care. This career exposure will focus on giving students tools to determine if a health career is right for them.

There is no fee to participate in Summer Scholars - it is FREE. In addition, lab coats and all educational materials will be provided at no cost to the students or to their families.

Click here to download the application. Letters of recommendation from a high school guidance counselor and from a math or science teacher describing the student’s aptitude for health sciences is requested. The student's resume and an essay about his/her desire to be admitted to the program are also required.

The application deadline is Friday, April 20 and students selected for Summer Scholars will be notified by Friday, May 18.

For questions or to request additional information about Summer Scholars, contact Susan Wilson, PhD at (816) 235-1780 or Kenneth Beene at (816) 235-5434.

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