Medical student Shawn Gibson, far left, welcomes participants to the Rx for Success program at the Jaocbs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Attendees tour the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building during the Rx for Success program.
UB undergraduate students Bianca S. St. Cilien, left, and Kwesiann C. Regent practice their suturing techniques on pigs’ feet during one of the Rx for Success program’s workshops.
Stuart D. Inglis, PhD, an instructor in pathology and anatomical sciences, gives attendees at Rx for Success an anatomy lesson.
Class of 2022 members of the UB chapter of the Student National Medical Association include, from front left, Sherice Simpson, Nilda Valenzuela and Shanice Guerrier. Back row, from left, are Shawn Gibson, Neneyo Mate-Kole, Aswad Jackson and Jarrett White.
Second-year medical student Eve Kary provides guidance during the suturing workshop that made use of pigs’ feet.
Kenton Forte, MD, a cardiologist at the Heart Beat Center of WNY, speaks to students during the Heart Lab workshop.
Published November 5, 2019
The importance of self-confidence was a key point stressed throughout the annual “Rx for Success: Preparing for Medical School” program held at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Approximately 200 high school and college students from underrepresented groups throughout New York State attended the Oct. 19 event.
The students took part in a variety of activities, among them information sessions on the medical school admissions process, including the MCAT medical school entrance exam and the interview process; workshops where they learned about the clinical practice of medicine and interviewing skills, as well as how to suture using pigs’ feet and perform lab work.
Participants also toured the Jacobs School building and met with current Jacobs School students, who talked about their experiences applying to and attending medical school.
“During my welcome address, I briefly shared with the attendees my journey to medical school as a first-generation college student and the lessons that I needed to learn throughout my academic career to remain confident throughout my journey to medical school,” says second-year medical student Shawn Gibson, president of the Jacobs School’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).
“Lack of confidence may deter someone from achieving their lifelong dream and I hope all students who attended Rx for Success left inspired and confident to continue their path to medicine,” he adds.
Keynote speaker Adam Aponte, MD, chief medical officer of NYC Health + Hospitals, focused on motivating all the attendees to realize that pursuing a career in medicine is possible no matter what type of background they have.
He shared his own story of growing up on the streets of East Harlem and working hard to become a practicing pediatrician.
The free program is sponsored by UB’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program and the SNMA, which supports current and future underrepresented minority medical students.
According to data from the University at Albany Center for Health Workforce Studies, even in a diverse state like New York, where African-Americans, Hispanics and Latinos comprise more than 30 percent of the population, they make up only 12 percent of the physician workforce.
“I believe that Rx for Success 2019 was a huge triumph. We received a lot of positive feedback from many attendees and it was a pleasure to interact with and inspire many high school and college students to continue pursuing a career in medicine,” Gibson says. “I'd like to thank the SNMA Rx for Success committee on a job well done with planning the event.”