The MUSC Center for Academic Excellence held the first Mini Medical School November 14 and 15, 2008. This special event targeted South Carolina college juniors and seniors who are being advised on a pre-medicine track.
This mini-college event exposed these bright and capable future physicians (and their parents) to real medical school presentations by MUSC faculty in the College of Medicine (COM), a formal panel of current medical students, and talks from advisors who shared their stories and suggestions for success. Featured speakers for the Friday sessions were Mr. Tom Waldrep who opened the event by presenting an overview of the mini-conference and introduced the speakers, Drs. Gabe Virella, who spoke about immunology and vaccines; Debra Hazen-Martin, who discussed the role of anatomy in medicine; Jeffrey Wong, who described the attributes of the ideal physician and medical student; Chris Pelic, who shared information about how MUSC prepares and nurtures the COM student, and Lynn Manfred who described the intricate planning involved in a medical school curriculum. After the presentations, a reception was held in the lobby of the Basic Sciences Building, catered by Mrs. Hamby’s of Charleston.
On Saturday, a continental breakfast was served while Wanda Taylor, COM Director of Admissions, shared admissions strategies and offered advice for applicants. Dr. Jennie Ariail and Mr. Tom Waldrep shared the vision and mission of the Center for Academic Excellence (COE), and described how this center is a unique component of the MUSC medical school experience. Then, tours of the campus, health services medical simulation laboratory, gross anatomy laboratory, Ashley River Tower, and Harper Student Wellness Center were led by 1st and 2nd year COM students. This Mini Medical School event was created by Dr. Jennifer Schnellmann to honor the COE’s mission of facilitating the acquisition of knowledge and skills for a successful career in healthcare. The COE serves every MUSC college in this capacity, enabling student success at every level of achievement. This program served as a recruitment tool for the COM and an outreach effort to raise the visibility of MUSC within the state. Dr. Schnellmann anticipates future mini-school event for other MUSC Colleges if there is sufficient interest in the program.