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High School Students get Hands-On Medical School Experience

MU School of Medicine hosts High School Mini Medical School for more than 100 students interested in becoming physicians

High school students from around the state have converged at the University of Missouri School of Medicine for the next two weeks, as the school hosts its 17 annual High School Mini Medical School for students who are interested in becoming physicians.

This year, there are two week-long sessions of mini medical school with 56 students per session. The first group of students arrived Sunday, June 21. The second session begins Sunday, June 28.

During the week, high school seniors take part in medical school-style curriculum used at MU known as patient-based learning. Students will take those skills and work in small groups to solve a case study. The mini medical students also get hands-on experience in anatomy and suture labs and take part in simulations in the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center.

“This is a unique experience for high school students who are exploring their career paths and taking pre-college opportunities,” said Rachel Brown, M.D., associate dean for student programs and professional development at the MU School of Medicine. “These students are learning from our medical students and get to know what medical school is really like. We have students from rural and urban areas of Missouri all getting exposure to the classroom setting, to the lab and even to the hospital, giving them a better idea of what goes into becoming a physician.”

Current MU medical students, faculty and staff also work with the groups, giving them information about what life is like in medical school and how to prepare for it.

The students accepted for High School Mini Medical School were evaluated by academic effort and success, responses to essay questions on the application, recommendations from a high school teacher and their involvement in extracurricular activities.

Each year, several students who apply to the MU School of Medicine are graduates of High School Mini Medical School.

Posted June 22, 2015

MU Health Magazine


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