Pre Med Summer Academy for CTE Students
EMHS -- Five students from Eastside Memorial High School are preparing themselves for a possible future as medical doctors by taking classes in the ACC Pre Med Summer Youth Academy during the upcoming summer.
Students selected for the Pre-Med Summer Youth Academy are Paulina Duelos Coronado, Joseph Ramirez, Lisbeth Hernandez, Carmen Pacheco and Maria Villafuerte. All of the 11th grade students are in CTE courses and will be enrolled in the Health Science program for the upcoming school year. For consideration to attend the Pre-Med Summer Youth Academy, students needed at least a 3.0 GPA and should have taken biology and chemistry. Students had to submit written essays to describe their future goals in medicine and how their selection would benefit their preparation. Students also were required to have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
The ACC Pre Med Summer Youth Academy is designed for junior and senior high school students who are interested in pursuing pre-medical programs at the university level. Through the selection of 1-4 prep courses, out of 7 core subject areas, students will prepare to receive higher grades in medical school pre-requisite courses, learn about careers in the medical field, and discover their future as medical doctors. Students will be taking courses such as Medical Surgery, Medical Terminology, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology and Micro-biology. Students are scheduled to taking morning and afternoon classes divided into two summer sessions. Session I is from June 5-29 and Session II lasts from July 3- August 3. All classes will be taken at the ACC Highland Business Center location and courses also include simulation lab experiences and cadaver dissection.
The Pre-Med Academy will be coordinated by instructors in the Continuing Education Department at ACC. According to its director; Dr. Hector Aguilar, the primary focus of the program is to provide students the types of exposure to the higher education course regimen necessary for future physicians. 'We expect the summer academy will change the lives of these students by giving strong foundations for course preparation', he said.
Representatives of Continuing Education are looking to extend the summer experiences for continuance the following year as well and track the students involved in the youth academy. Further inquiries may be directed to Lonnie Villarino at 512-223-7526.