Summer Break Offers Workshops for Students Considering Medical Careers

Summer Break Offers Workshops for Students Considering Medical Careers

Summer break is a great time to kick back, go to the pool, vacation with family and friends, and escape the rigors of high school.For two Roger Bacon students and Dr. Deb Luebbe, summer was also a time to attend a workshop at the UC Barrett Cancer Center. The Barrett Center is a nationally know facility for cancer research and treatment.

Assisi Scholars Julie Mumper and Lauren Middendorf participated in two workshops that were designed to generate new ideas on cancer prevention and treatment.Armed with fresh ideas from young people, the UC Barrett Cancer Center hopes to find innovative ways to better serve the Greater Cincinnati population.

Following presentations by Dr. William Barrett and other leaders in cancer research and treatment, teams of physicians, students, and community leaders formed groups of eight to ten participants to discuss new ways to bring information and care to the Cincinnati community.Both Julia and Lauren were members of these teams. For students who are considering medical careers, Julia and Lauren met young men and women who are living the life of a first year medical student or an intern.They learned about the rigors and joys of medical school and internships.According to Julia Mumper, “The U.C. Cancer Research Summit was an absolutely amazing experience.I went to the event expecting to learn facts and statistics about cancer, but I left with so much more than that.Throughout my day I was inspired by all of the gifted scientists around me.I was able to collaborate with my peers, as well as college students and medical professionals to talk about the severity of this life-threatening disease.I left feeling inspired to make a change, and hopeful that my generation would become the pioneers of a cancer-free world.”

During lunch, Julia and Lauren met students from other local high schools and schools to establish new friendships based on shared interests and to further discuss the challenges of cancer education and care.

Lauren Middendorf was particularly impressed by the advice of Abbigail Tissot, Ph.D. Assistant Dean of Admissions and Recruitment.She encouraged students who are applying for admission to medical school to include a wider variety of educational experiences in their application histories.According to Dr. Tissot, while a science background is important for a person entering medical school, the admission committee also values social skills that are often developed in literature and the fine arts. From Lauren Middendorf’s perspective, “The day was informative and exciting…I feel that I have a better understanding of how to move forward in my desire for a career in the medical field.”

The final event of the day included a tour of the Barrett Cancer Center and the state-of-the-art classrooms, study rooms, medical equipment, workout space, and a cadaver lab.

Students who are interested in a career in medicine are urged to visit the UC