The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Diversity Affairs (CDA) hosting Diversity Day for undergraduate college students on Friday, March 10, 2017. This event is designed to inform underrepresented and disadvantaged students about the variety of career options available on campus. Students will be exposed to all six (6) UAMS colleges and school by receiving admissions information, participating in rotations through various clinical sites, touring with hands-on activities in the simulation center, and interactions with current health professional students.
Representatives from each UAMS colleges and school will be present for students to meet throughout the day. Formal breakout session targeting each college discipline will be held during the morning session. Student-guided tours of UAMS will be available to visiting students, faculty, and staff. The event is meant to give students a sense of life at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as well as to celebrate and embrace students of diverse backgrounds.
Conference Day Overview
College of Medicine (COM) will discuss the application process for premedical students, including extracurricular activities to enhance your application and experience base prior to applying. We will go over the pre-matriculation course requirements and address possible accepted substitutions depending on the requirements for your individual major. This presentation will also include the rules governing AP credit, on-line courses, and the specifics for the genetics course requirement prior to entering medical school. We will also address MCAT prep, the importance of the medical school interview and provide guidance and tips to present yourself as an applicant in the best possible light. The COM Office of Admissions is here to encourage and support all applicants through the admissions process and we look forward to meeting you.
College of Pharmacy (COP) will bring in the perspectives of the profession of pharmacy from all angles. From college coursework, shadowing, and deciding on the profession — all the way to what career options there are beyond the traditional role of a retail pharmacist. This presentation will allow you to see yourself as a pharmacist and the steps it took to get you there.
College of Nursing (CON) will offer students an overview of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) admission process. This will allow interested students to learn more about the admission requirements and application process for the BSN program. CON will offer advisors an opportunity to learn more about our nursing programs and admission requirements for all programs. We will also show tools that they can use to better assist their students who are interested in applying to the College of Nursing.
CON will offer an interactive tour of the CON Innovative Practice Center, where nursing students practice and perfect their skills by engaging in hands on simulations.
College of Health Professions (CHP) breakout sessions will task students to picture themselves and their future career in one of 24 programs offered in what is sometimes referred to as the allied health field. From working in a hospital setting to private practice, allied health professionals have variety of options to consider and this presentation will share just how students can begin the journey of joining the 5 million people in the U.S. who work in the field. CHP awards 29 certificates and degrees including 5 Certificates, 5 Associate degrees, 10 Bachelor’s degrees, 6 Master’s degrees, and 3 Doctorate’s degrees.
CHP Advisors Session — Our two Student Service Specialist will provide advisors with additional information and guidance on the various admission requirements including the necessary prerequisite for each program, deadline dates, and tips on how to navigate the CHP website.
CHP Interactive Tours — Six (6) interactive tour sites will be offered by CHP that will allow students to gain a better understanding of how allied health professionals play an integral part of providing patient-centered health care to patients. The sites include: (1.) Jones Eye Clinic – Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program, (2.) Imaging and Radiation Sciences Program, (3.) Laboratory Sciences and Cytotechnology Program, (4.) Respiratory and Surgical Technology Program, (5.) Physician Assistant Program, and (6.) Dental Clinic.
College of Public Health (COPH) breakout sessions for students will focus on “Discover Public Health”- Students will learn how public health professionals focus on preventing disease and injury by promoting healthy lifestyles, implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems to achieve these goals. (Presented by Kristy Jones Caldwell, COPH recruiter)
COPH small group for advisors will focus on the following: public health career options, admissions and application process, degree programs, application deadlines, tips, and resources. (Presented by Jordan O’Roark, COPH Director of Admissions)
COPH interactive tour will feature “This is Public Health” – attendees will interact with Public Health faculty and researchers who will discuss current issues in public health and various research experiences and opportunities from a personal perspective.
Graduate School (GS) will offer students and advisors the opportunity to learn about graduate research programs at UAMS and the importance of research to health care. Information will be provided on summer research opportunities for students and what makes a competitive application. Career options following graduate study will also be discussed. Programs offered in the Graduate School include the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (PhD, MS), Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD, MS), Nursing Science (PhD), Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD), Clinical Nutrition (MS), Regulatory Science (Cert), and Clinical and Translation Sciences (Cert, MS, and PhD).
If you have ever thought about conducting research, UAMS Graduate school is for you! Visit us during the breakout session and the interactive tour!
Regional Programs (REP) offers three (3) breakout sessions for students:
- REP Information Session — Regional Programs provides support for undergraduate students as they are considering careers in healthcare and applying for professional school, including academic advising, MCAT prep, mock interviews, job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, and much more. Hear what all we have to offer then speak with a recruiter to find opportunities in your area.
- REP Application and Personal Statement Review — Students who are ready to apply for professional school may bring a copy of their applications and/or personal statements for pre-health recruiters to review and provide feedback.
- REP Mock Interview — Students who are ready to interview for professional school have the opportunity to brush up on interview skills and become familiar with common interview questions.
REP Information Session for Advisors — UAMS Regional Programs is committed to rural health care and the success of Arkansas students. With an emphasis on primary care, UAMS pre-health recruiters guide undergraduate students who are interested in health careers by providing job shadowing, mentor and volunteer opportunities, MCAT prep, mock interviews and much more at 8 regional centers across the state. They also find scholarships to help students with the cost of professional school. Learn about the various opportunities provided by UAMS Regional Programs to help students succeed.
8:30 AM Check-In and Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome
9:20 AM Presentation of UAMS Colleges and School
College of Medicine (COM)
College of Pharmacy (COP)
College of Nursing (CON)
College of Health Professions (CHP)
College of Public Health (COPH)
Graduate School (GS)
Regional Programs (REP)
10:00 AM Student Breakout Sessions / Advisor Small Groups
11:05 AM Student Panel Discussion 1
11:35 AM Lunch Break / Advisor Lunch Session
12:00 PM Student Panel Discussion 2
12:30 PM Presentation on Professional School Application and Interview
12:45 PM Moving to Interactive Tour Sites
1:00 PM Interactive Tour of Selected UAMS Sites
2:00 PM CDA Summer Enrichment Programs and Research
2:15 PM Closing Remarks and Event Survey
2017 Diversity Day Conference Coordinator:
Senior Diversity Specialist
Center for Diversity Affairs