Future doctors studying at Alcorn State University recently attended a summer enrichment program that strengthens a student’s ability to earn conditional acceptance into medical school.
A total of 15 Alcorn students majoring in biological sciences and chemistry participated in Meharry Medical College's Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine [BS/MD] Program in Nashville, Tennessee this summer.
The program is designed to develop HBCU students with excellent academic credentials, competitive MCAT scores, and the personal, professional, leadership, and psychological attributes to be competitive for medical school admission while also providing a training and exposure launchpad that prepares them to be great physicians.
The program was an excellent step for Alcorn students in their pursuit of a medical career. Patrick Mason, a junior biology major from Indianapolis, Indiana, expressed how the program inspired him to earn high marks in his classes so that he can accomplish his goal.
"I had an amazing experience in this year's program," said Mason. "It was good to get to know other students from HBCUs and learn that we all have a strong desire to become doctors. The program was very enriching, and it inspired me to work even harder to get into medical school."
The students' eyes were opened to new knowledge that would benefit them in the future. Kaziah Robinson, a junior biology pre-medicine major from Bastrop, Louisiana, appreciates the hands-on skills that she learned over the summer.
"The program gave me an idea of how medical school would be daily," said Robinson. "The professors provided us with insight into the strenuous workload that medical school puts on its students."
Dr. Thomas Sturgis, director of the Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs, applauded the students for their continued success at Meharry.
"The students from Alcorn did an excellent job in the program," said Sturgis. "Their work has been exemplary, and I'm confident that they will have success in medical school and their careers."