Med-Start Tucson final activities, July 8 and 9

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 9:00am to Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 12:00pm
EVENTS:                   Med-Start Tucson final activities, July 8 and 9
                                    Participants are introduced to careers in the speech, language and hearing sciences; present projects they developed during Med-Start; and their accomplishments are recognized during the closing ceremony.
                                    9 A.M.-Noon (‘Can You Hear Me Now?’: An Introduction to Careers in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences) 
                                    3-5:30 P.M. (Med-Start Academic Conference)
                                    SATURDAY, JULY 9, 8-10 A.M. (Closing Ceremony)
LOCATIONS:           (see following)
Thirty-six Arizona high school students are spending their summer in Tucson exploring opportunities in health care that could change the direction of their lives, thanks to Med-Start, a five-week academic summer program offered in Tucson and Phoenix by the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs.
Following is information about the program’s remaining hands-on activities, including an introduction to careers in the speech, language and hearing sciences; an academic conference showcasing participants’ projects developed during the program; and the closing ceremony that acknowledges participants’ accomplishments.
Participants in this summer’s Med-Start Tucson include students from Apache Junction, Buckeye, Douglas, Glendale, Holbrook, Laveen, Mesa, Oro Valley, Phoenix, Rio Rico, San Luis, Surprise, Teec Nos Pos, Tuba City, Tucson and Yuma. (A complete list of participants is available in the Med-Start news release on the AHSC Office of Public Affairs website,
For more information about Med-Start, visit the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs website,
EVENT:                     ‘Can You Hear Me Now?’: An Introduction to Careers in the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
                                    Med-Start Tucson participants perform hearing tests on each other and engage in activities to experience life with speech and language difficulties
DATE/TIME:              FRIDAY, JULY 8, 9 A.M. - NOON
LOCATION:              UA Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, various rooms
                                   1131 E. Second St., UA Main Campus, Tucson
Your assignment: give instructions on how, when and where to feed the dog – but you can speak only using nouns! 
That’s just one of the exercises Med-Start participants will engage in as part of an introduction to careers in the speech, language and hearing sciences. That exercise – and others like it, such as communicating using only gestures with one hand – will help students experience what life is like for someone with aphasia – difficulty speaking and understanding spoken or written language due to stroke, traumatic brain injury or degenerative diseases of the brain. 
Other activities will include hearing testing in an audiology sound booth in the UA Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences’ hearing clinic and accessing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), whereby computers synthesize speech for those unable to talk.
Audiology has been named among the best careers by U.S. News & World Report,and speech and language pathologist is one of the top 20 hot jobs for graduates in 2011 according to CareerBliss, the online career community.
The UA Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences was ranked in the top 10 graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2009. The department provides academic and clinical training in the science of human communication and its disorders, with educational programs leading to BS, MS, AuD and PhD degrees. 
EVENT:                     Med-Start Academic Conference
                                    Students present projects they developed during Med-Start Tucson
DATE/TIME:              FRIDAY, JULY 8, 3 – 5:30 P.M.
LOCATION:             Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 141
                                  1500 E. University Blvd., UA Main Campus, Tucson
Just as if they were health-care professionals presenting at an academic conference, Med-Start Tucson participants will present their projects created during Med-Start with the assistance of instructors in English 197A, a UA three-credit writing course, and in Project Time, a course that allows students to develop group or individual projects about their time in Med-Start. 
Projects range from academic and college preparation to daily accounts of students’ Med-Start experiences. Presentations include readings from English 197A coursework, discussions of health-related topics and group projects, including videos produced by several students during Project Time.
EVENT:                     Med-Start Tucson Closing Ceremony
DATE/TIME:             SATURDAY, JULY 9, 8-10 A.M.
LOCATION:             UA Student Union Memorial Center, North Ballroom
                                  1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson
The ceremony culminates the students’ experiences in Med-Start Tucson. Participants’ families will attend.
Keynote speaker will be Med-Start alumna (1992) Ada Wilkinson-Lee, PhD, assistant professor, UA Department of Mexican American Studies. After graduating from Douglas High School in Douglas, Ariz., she attended the UA, where she received bachelor’s degrees in Mexican American studies and molecular and cellular biology, a master’s in Mexican American studies–Latino health and a doctorate in family studies and human development. She completed her postdoctoral work as a WARMER Fellow with the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health (now the Women’s Center of Excellence) at the UA College of Medicine, where she is a research scientist.
Awards will be presented to the students by Med-Start counselors and UA faculty and staff.
A slide show developed by the counselors and resident assistants will conclude the event, wrapping up a summer full of memorable experiences and lasting friendships.