Med-Start Tucson participants make generic hand sanitizer gel and sun-blocking lip balm

Friday, July 1, 2011 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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.
 
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.
 
As part of their introduction to careers in the pharmacy sciences, Med-Start participants will make generic hand sanitizer gel and sun-blocking lip balm from “scratch.”
 
David Lee, BSPharm, clinical instructor, UA College of Pharmacy, will teach basic compounding skills by having students measure and combine isopropyl alcohol, carbomer and other ingredients to make a hand-sanitizing gel, and titanium dioxide, canola oil, wax and other components to create UVA- and UVB-blocking lip balm.
 
After packaging and labeling the products, students will leave the dispensing lab with the results of their work and a new appreciation of the wide variety of roles a pharmacist fills in the health-care system.
 
For more information about Med-Start, visit the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs website, www.diversity.medicine.arizona.edu