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July 25, 2002 -- No. 406

Congressman to speak at closing ceremony for UNC medical school special programs

8 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Saturday (July 27)

George Watts Hill Alumni Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., will be the featured guest speaker on Saturday (July 27) at the closing ceremony for two programs aimed at preparing students for health professional training.

The ceremony will honor high school and college students who participated this summer in the Research Apprenticeship Program or the Medical Education Development Program. Both are special programs of the Office of Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Twenty-two 11th-grade students from across North Carolina participated in the Research Apprenticeship Program, developed by the School of Medicine to increase the number of minority and disadvantaged students who enter careers in science. They also took a course to help them prepare for the SAT. Three distinct types of apprenticeships were available to these students: basic science laboratory research, operating room observation coupled with library research or analysis of radiology data in mammography study.

Also, 77 college undergraduates nationwide participated in the Medical Education Development Program. The MED Program offers a structured, rigorous summer curriculum aimed at increasing the ability of pre-professional candidates, especially those who are disadvantaged, to compete successfully for admission to health profession schools. These students took more than 200 scheduled class and lab hours in gross anatomy, clinical biochemistry, microbiology, physiology and histology. A special dental theory and technique course was provided for students interested in dental school.

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Note: For more information about either of these programs, or to arrange for media coverage, contact Special Programs director Larry Keith at (919) 966-7673.