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Spelman College Health Careers Engages in Recruitment Trip

March 2017

Spelman Health Careers RetreatLast month, the Spelman College Health Careers Program took 34 Spelman students on a three-day recruitment visit to the Medical University of South Carolina and Augusta University. While at MUSC, the students took part in the Ernest E. Just Scientific Symposium.

The annual event honors the life and scientific accomplishments of Charleston, South Carolina native Ernest E. Just. Dr. Just authored over 50 scientific papers and is a pioneer in the field of cell biology. Students had the opportunity to meet with admissions counselors, current students and professors.

The two-day symposium also included a tour of the expansive MUSC campus, which included the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Medicine, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions. Students were also treated to a tour of the history and Gullah culture of Charleston, including several of its sea islands.

While in Charleston, the Health Careers Program students had a fellowship dinner at the popular local restaurant, California Dreaming. They were joined by Spelman alumnae and Charleston natives, Patrice Capers, Ph.D., C’2008; Margaret Ball, C’2008, a 2nd year medical student at MUSC; and Domnique Newallo C’2013, a 4th year medical student at MUSC. The alumnae scholars shared their experiences both at Spelman and in their graduate and professional programs.

Capers is finishing a post-doctoral fellowship in Birmingham, Alabama and Newallo will graduate from medical school this year with plans to start her radiology residency this summer. Ultimately, she would like to pursue a career as an interventional radiologist.

Before returning to Atlanta, the students traveled to Augusta University to participate in its “Igniting the Dream of Medicine” medical conference. The conference provided students with first-hand information on the medical school application process from industry professionals as well as hands-on simulation experiences guided by current medical students at Augusta University. Sessions included program talks with AMCAS representatives, mock interviews, resources for the medical school application cycle, and MCAT prep resources.

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