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College students attend Summer Careers Academy at MUSC

By Ragan DuBose-Morris
S.C. Area Health Education Consortium

Since 2004, the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium Summer Careers Academy has provided the opportunity for college students who are pursuing careers in health care to participate in a health professions education immersion program.

Above, Summer Careers Academy fellows learn how to intubate a patient. The program was held June 2-7.
Summer Careers Academy fellows learn how to intubate a patient. The program was held June 2-7.

Participants are selected through a highly competitive application process and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must be South Carolina residents or be enrolled in a South Carolina school, college or university. In addition to a completed application form, a 700-word essay is required along with two letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

The one-week program, held at MUSC, includes activities that are designed to increase the acceptance and graduation rates of under-represented minority and disadvantaged students in dental, medicine, pharmacy and occupational therapy education training programs in South Carolina.

A large percentage of Summer Careers Academy fellows, who often attend during their freshman year, remain in the health professions matriculation pipeline.

Left, the “Childhood Obesity - Take Control” team won the Summer Careers Academy presentation contest. The winners were Lativia Williams, Houston Rhodes, Kimberly Bui, Shanice Bennett and Jasmyne Brown-Bellinger.
The “Childhood Obesity - Take Control” team won the Summer Careers Academy presentation contest. The winners were Lativia Williams, Houston Rhodes, Kimberly Bui, Shanice Bennett and Jasmyne Brown-Bellinger.

The academy is sponsored and facilitated in collaboration with the MUSC library, Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness, and the MUSC colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, and Pharmacy.

The 2013 Summer Careers Academy was held June 2-7 and included students from the College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Duke University, Francis Marion University, Wofford College, Coastal Carolina University, Webster University and others.

Jamine Butler, who attended the 2013 academy, reported immediate benefits.

“Because of the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the program, I was awarded a position at the veteran’s hospital as a summer intern in the outpatient pharmacy,” Butler said.

For more information about the academy, call 792-4443 or visit https://www.scahec.net/hcp/hcp.html.

July 10, 2013
 
 
 

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