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MU School of Medicine Hosts Minorities in Medicine Outreach Week

MU senior James Ball shadows assistant professor Ravi Shankar, MD, as part of Minorities in Medicine Outreach Week.

MU senior James Ball shadows assistant professor Ravi Shankar, MD, as part of Minorities in Medicine Outreach Week.

The University of Missouri School of Medicine will host its annual Minorities in Medicine Outreach Week from Jan. 23-27. Throughout the week, more than 35 undergraduate minority MU students will shadow MU medical students in the classroom and MU Health Care physicians in clinical settings. 

“Creating easy opportunities for undergraduate students to shadow medical students and physicians can help them make more informed decisions as they consider careers in health care and medicine,” said Rebecca Ringling, a third-year medical student at the MU School of Medicine and coordinator of the event. “Minorities in Medicine Outreach week is just one of many ways we can attempt to open doors for prospective minority medical students.”

The week will culminate with a luncheon and networking event on Friday, Jan. 27. At the luncheon, undergraduate students will have opportunities to network with School of Medicine alumni, faculty and students.

The School of Medicine’s Minority Outreach Week is organized by MU medical students who are members of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). The SNMA supports current and future medical students who are members of underrepresented minority groups. The organization works to address the needs of underserved communities and to increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Download a high-resolution photo of MU Senior James Ball with professor Ravi Shankar, MD.