MARCH 8, 2007 | A program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to encourage college students to pursue careers in medicine and science recently received a show of support from the Arkansas Pediatric Clinic in Little Rock.
The UAMS Summer Science Program was presented a $6,000 donation from the clinic’s physicians: Anthony Johnson, M.D.; Diane Freeman, M.D.; Lori Montgomery, M.D.; Eugene Lu, M.D.; Anton Duke, M.D.; Scott Sanders, M.D.; Laura Sanders, M.D.; and Rachel Nazaruk, M.D. The gift represents a pledge of $2,000 per year for three years. The program is sponsored by the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and is led by Joanne Szabo, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics.
“Our state is always in need of highly educated and enthusiastic health care professionals,” Duke said. “The Arkansas Pediatric Clinic is happy to support a program that encourages young people to pursue careers in medicine and science.”
The Summer Science Program gives upper-level college students the opportunity to work with a UAMS faculty member on a research project involving children’s health. From 1992-2005, more than 160 students have participated in the program, which has included involvement by more than 100 pediatric research faculty members.
“Students chosen for the program get to take part in shadowing physicians, attending rounds and clinics, and touring hospital units, as well as participating in a mentored research project,” Szabo said. “It’s such a valuable experience for young people considering careers in medicine, research and pediatrics. We are extremely grateful to the Arkansas Pediatric Clinic for helping ensure that this program will continue in the future.”
In addition to clinical and laboratory work, a lecture series also is offered to participants and includes scientific presentations on research projects in the Department of Pediatrics, as well as information regarding medical careers.
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UAMS Summer Science Program: http://www.uams.edu/pediatrics/other_svcs/summer_science.asp