UA College of Medicine’s First Med-Start Express Conference in Tucson, June 16-19

Thursday, June 17, 2010 (All day) to Saturday, June 19, 2010 (All day)
EVENT:                     UV Experiment
Med-Start Express participants learn about sun exposure and skin protection during a hands-on activity led by UA College of Pharmacy students.
DATE/TIME:             THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 1:30 - 3 P.M.
LOCATION:             UA College of Pharmacy, Roy P. Drachman Hall, Room A118
                                    1295 N. Martin Ave., Arizona Health Sciences Center campus, Tucson
EVENT:                     College Day Workshops
Students attend workshop sessions about the college admissions process, financial aid and college life. Keynote speaker and former Med-Start participant Andrew Hopper, MD, talks about his experiences in Med-Start and college. Students also meet with representatives from UA Admissions and UA Financial Aid.
DATE/TIME:             FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 9 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
LOCATION:             Integrated Learning Center (ILC)
                                    1500 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
Forty-six Arizona high school students who are interested in health careers are participating in the first Med-Start Express, a four-day, three-night conference on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson Wednesday, June 16 through Saturday, June 19. (Due to budget reductions, this short program is being offered in lieu of the traditional five-week Med-Start Summer Program.)
Med-Start Express targets students who are of under-represented and/or diverse backgrounds, live in rural areas and/or are economically disadvantaged. Med-Start Express participants are a diverse group of 16- to 18-year-olds who share a common interest in and curiosity about health professions and the college experience. They will enter their senior year of high school this fall.
Med-Start Express introduces the students to the variety of career opportunities in the health professions and the educational pathways each requires. Students meet health professionals and health professional students, participate in hands-on demonstrations and tour health-care facilities on the UA campus.
Participants also are provided with information about applying to college, financing their education and the nature of college courses and social culture. One day is dedicated to college preparation workshops: students learn how to apply to college and for financial aid and how to successfully navigate college life.
In addition, students spend three nights in a UA residence hall to experience community living and dorm amenities and services. In the evenings, students have a chance to relax and participate in social events, including a dance featuring a disc jockey and a game night in the UA Student Union Games Room.