UAMS offers a statewide summer program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) regional campuses will host a statewide virtual summer enrichment program for sophomores, juniors and seniors. current high school seniors interested in learning more about healthcare careers.

“Find Your Future in Healthcare,” a free virtual event open to Arkansas students in grades 10-12, will be held July 19-20, daily from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During the The two-day program introduces students to a variety of medical careers through hands-on activities and presentations from medical professionals and UAMS students.

“Last summer, we created the Find Your Future in Health Care virtual event in response to the lack of in-person programming due to COVID-19,” said Marcia Byers, Ph.D., RN, Program Director. . “Through this format, we found it was not only a safe alternative for students and staff, but we were also able to extend the reach of the program, engaging with students who would not have been able to travel to attend one of our MASH or CHAMPS camps around the state.

“While some MASH and CHAMPS camps have returned to in-person programming, Find Your Future in Healthcare will remain on our calendar as a two-day virtual event.”

While part of the goal is to promote primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas, the program also aims to introduce students to the idea of ​​team-based care and show them the variety of options. careers available in the health care field.

“One of the goals of the program is to explore the many opportunities that are available in healthcare. Although we encourage students to consider roles as primary care providers, there are a variety of medical specialists who work alongside doctors and nurses,” said Destiny Carter. , recruiting specialist at the UAMS Southwest Regional Campus in Texarkana.

Forms are available at regionalcampuses.uams.edu/find-your-future-in-healthcare-application. Along with registration, students must submit a parental consent and medical clearance form, a confidentiality agreement form, and an up-to-date transcript. Students planning to attend must confirm that they have a computer or tablet with internet access. Registration closes Monday, May 2, with limited places available.

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under an award totaling $10,607,638, funded 50% by UAMS Arkansas AHEC sources /Regional Campuses.

UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. US News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationally for the third year; and named five areas as high performers: colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. Forbes magazine ranked UAMS seventh in the nation on its list of Best Diversity Employers. UAMS also ranked among the top 30% nationally on Forbes’ list of Best Employers for Women and was the only employer in Arkansas included. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Ryan H. Bowman