High school and college students from across the country learn how to best prepare themselves to apply to medical school and get a feel for medical school life at a one-day conference or a longer intensive summer program, both hosted by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Applications are now open for the 7th annual the Igniting the Dream of Medicine Conference, sponsored by the MCG Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs and the medical school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, being held Saturday, Feb. 24, on campus.
The daylong conference gives students an overview of the medical school admissions process, opportunities to network, and the opportunity for “hands-on” experience in the state-of-the-art, high tech simulation center, physical exam instruction, and even a suture clinic. Representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges will also be on hand to talk with students about the Medical College Admission Test and the American Medical College Application Service. Mock interviews for those applying to MCG and research poster presentations will also be held.
The opening session starts at 8:30 a.m. in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons and the conference continues until 4 p.m. Registration is $20 until Feb. 10 and $25 after.
Applications are also being accepted for the 48-year-old Student Educational Enrichment Program, or SEEP, a seven-week summer program that helps prepare underrepresented high school juniors and seniors as well as college students for a future career in the health sciences. Students take part in an extensive academic program that includes courses in biomedical sciences, hands-on labs and clinical shadowing, networking opportunities and guest speakers.