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Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to host summer academy

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, in conjunction with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is offering a summer residential academy for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

The academy is an extension of the medical school's pipeline program for high school students, which began in 2004. Through the program, which spans 14 counties and 31 schools, high school students are encouraged to consider medicine as a career.

"We are excited to launch this outreach program to college students," said Jennifer Plymale, director of the Byrd Center for Rural Health and associate dean for admissions at the medical school.

She said students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities and offered instruction on Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparation and interviewing skills, along with traditional lectures.

The academy is scheduled for June 3-7, at Marshall and is free to students who are selected. Applicants must be West Virginia residents who are currently enrolled in a West Virginia public or private accredited college or university.

Other requirements include a grade point average of at least 3.0; a minimum of 22 on the ACT or SAT equivalent; have a demonstrated interested in the medical field; and have earned between 30 and 60 credits hours.

The deadline to apply is April 15.