Alison Juray, an emerging junior and a biochemistry major at the City University of New York-Hunter College, attended the UMass Chan Medical School Summer Enrichment Program this summer to bolster her efforts to apply for and succeed in medical school.
“Clarifying the medical school application process is especially important for first-generation students who don’t know what to do and when to do it,” said Juray, one of 39 students who completed the four-week intensive immersion program. which is designed to help students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds improve their qualifications and competitiveness for medical school admission. “The best thing about this program are the little things, like the clarifications from the AMCAS application, when to take the MCAT and what to expect with it.”
Juray, a New York native whose parents immigrated to the US from Tajikistan, is one of the first out-of-state students to attend the UMass Chan program and is considering a medical career in pulmonary medicine and endocrinology to treat asthma and diabetes. to target disadvantaged groups. communities. Her older sisters, who work in health care in underserved communities, have guided and inspired her.
“What first interested me in medicine was growing up in a low-income area and experiencing my family and I wasn’t getting the best care,” Juray said. “When I was seen by doctors in more affluent areas with the resources they need, I was inspired to bring those kinds of resources back to my community.”
Run by the UMass Chan Office of Outreach Programs and the TH Chan School of Medicine Office of Admissions, the tuition-free educational immersion aims to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce. Students commit to academics; attend community and cultural health seminars; and improving preparation, study, time management and organizational skills. Meeting medical students and teachers, taking a medical school admissions test, and attending mock medical school interviews give them an idea of what to expect. During the program, students live in dormitories at Worcester State University.
Emerging UMass Boston junior Ahmed Elamin came with his family from Sudan to the United States five years ago for better educational opportunities and access to health care.
“In Sudan, the medical system is contaminated and dominated by financial considerations rather than human needs,” Elamin said. “I hope to bring back the knowledge I gained here to improve healthcare in Sudan.”
Elamin’s favorite part of the program was the series of speakers.
“Everyone has exposed me to something I never knew existed and now my horizons have broadened,” he said. “I also learned about communication skills, teamwork and time management.”
Like many of the program participants who visit UMass campuses, Elamin is a member of the UMass Baccalaureate MD Pathway program. Completion of two summer enrichment experiences is a requirement for Pathway Program Scholars, who are from racial or ethnic groups who are underrepresented in medicine or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are first-generation college students. Students who meet all Bacc/MD requirements from their sophomore year have the option of provisional admission to TH Chan School of Medicine.
Summer enrichment program leaders look forward to expanding the program in 2023, when it will admit more students from both Massachusetts and out of state.
Summer Enrichment/BaccMD Program Class of 2022
Antonia Amonu McCarthy, UMass Amherst ’24*
Adama Bangura, Fitchburg State ’24
Taitu Battiste, Brandeis University ’24
Syrah Bradley, UMass Amherst ’24*
Eve-Landy Charles, UMass Amherst ’24*
Alexzander Cook, UMass Amherst ’24*
Reinaldo Costa, UMass Boston ’24*
Caroline DeSouza, UMass Lowell ’24*
Kerleene Dorceus, UMass Amherst ’24*
Ahmed Elamin, UMass Boston ’24*
Altagracia Garcia Padilla, Framingham State ’23
Ashley Greene, UMass Lowell ’24*
Buuthien Hang, UMass Amherst ’24*
Lauren Hunter, Framingham State ’23
Chisom Ibe, CUNY – City College ’23
Alison Juray, CUNY – Hunter College ’24
Angelina Khiem, UMass Lowell ’24*
Tea Kushmerek, UMass Lowell ’24*
Alexander Le, UMass Dartmouth ’24*
Racheal Lefevre, Fitchburg State ’23
Angeannie Lefevre, UMass Amherst ’23*
William Miguel, UMass Lowell ’24*
Abanob Mikhail, UMass Dartmouth ’23
Tran Nguyen, UMass Lowell ’24*
Chibuikem Onwuogu, UMass Amherst ’23
Kanitha Ork, UMass Lowell ’24*
Hirni Patel, UMass Amherst ’24*
Shivani Patel, UMass Lowell ’24*
Liana Pereira, UMass Boston ’24*
Edward Pham, UMass Amherst ’24*
Tiffany Pham, UMass Amherst ’24*
Naylene Rivera, Suffolk University ’23
Shamsa Roshan, Mount Saint Vincent ’24
Dorcas Ruhamya, UMass Lowell ’24*
Antonio Santana, UMass Amherst ’24*
Akua Serebou, Fitchburg State ’23
Katherine Dan, MCPHS ’24
Samantha Truong, Tufts University ’24
Melissa Vieira, UMass Boston ’24*
*UMass Baccalaureate/MD Pathway Program Medical Scholars
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