Med-Start Tucson activities, week of June 20

Hands-on experiences encourage Med-Start participants to pursue health-care careers
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.
The Med-Start experience includes hands-on activities to encourage participants to pursue health care careers, including the following activities for the week of June 20.
For more information about Med-Start, visit the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs website,
EVENT:                     Ultraviolet Frisbee: The Goal is Skin Protection
Med-Start Tucson participants learn about sun exposure and skin protection
DATE/TIME:            TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 9 A.M.-Noon
LOCATION:             UA College of Pharmacy, Roy P. Drachman Hall, Room A118
                                  1295 N. Martin Ave., Arizona Health Sciences Center campus, Tucson
Med-Start Tucson participants will learn about sun exposure and skin protection using ultraviolet-sensitive Frisbees that turn from clear to purple when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or other UV-generating light sources such as tanning beds.
Participants will test the effectiveness of a variety of products – sunscreens and lip balms with different SPF (sun protection factor) ratings, sunless tanning lotions, sunglasses, fabrics and plastics – in reducing the skin-damaging effect of UV rays from different sources, including the sun and UV-generating, fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
The activities will be led by UA College of Pharmacy students under the guidance of Marti Lindsey, PhD, assistant director, Center for Toxicology, and outreach director, Community Outreach and Education Program, Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center, UA College of Pharmacy.
EVENT:                     Career Chat
Med-Start alumni Carlos R. Gonzales, MD (1970) and his daughter Evelinda Gonzales (2002) speak with current Med-Start participants
DATE/TIME:            WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 7-8 P.M.
LOCATION:             Pueblo de La Cienega residence hall, Great Room
                                  621 N. Highland Ave., UA main campus, Tucson
Med-Start participants will hear speakers Carlos R. Gonzales, MD, a 1972 Med-Start participant and UA College of Medicine graduate (Class of 1981), and his daughter, Evelinda Gonzales, a 2002 Med-Start participant and member of the UA College of Medicine Class of 2012, followed by a question-and-answer session.
One of the early Med-Start participants, today Dr. Gonzales is an associate professor with the UA College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine, an award-winning family practice physician and a leader in addressing the challenges of border health issues. He recalls that as a student at Pueblo High School, he dreamed about going into medicine, but it was just a dream. Med-Start helped him realize that being part of the medical profession was possible, he says, and he became the first in his family to go on to college. “Med-Start motivated me,” he notes. “Without Med-Start, it wouldn’t have happened.”