Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FAMU and FSU Host Student Symposium on Health Professions

The “Getting Prepared for Your Future Career: Student Symposium on Health Professions” will be held on Friday, April 24, from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in room 104, at the Florida A&M University (FAMU) New Pharmacy Building.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by FAMU and Florida State University (FSU), in conjunction with the Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity. The symposium targets undergraduate pre-health students at FAMU, FSU and Tallahassee Community College. Faculty, advisors and health professionals are welcome to attend. The event, which requires pre-registration, is free of charge.

The keynote speaker will be Deanna Wathington, M.D., MPH, interim associate dean for Academic and Student Affairs for the College of Public Health at University of South Florida. She will address developing a competitive application for graduate and the professional school.

In addition, a panel of graduates in the health professions will speak on their journeys to becoming successful. The panel will include Shayla Gray, M.D.; Makeba Earst, DDS; Dianne Speake, Ph.D.; and Marlon Honeywell, Pharm.D.

The closing session, led by Cathy Levenson, Ph.D., and a panel of students, will focus on identifying research and clinical experiences. It will also focus on garnering scholarships and fellowships.

About the Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity

The Florida Alliance for Health Professions Diversity was established in 2007 with the mission of increasing the number of diverse health professionals and researchers to mirror the composition of the state’s population and to reduce disparities in access to quality health care for Floridians.

The Florida Alliance fulfills this mission by 1) providing collaborative opportunities and creating innovative higher education partnerships among research universities, minority serving universities, community colleges, health-related corporations and medical specialty organizations; 2) promoting and accepting culture change and a climate to encourage research and clinical opportunities for underrepresented minority students and faculty; and 3) promoting health and prevention of disease for underrepresented minorities and other underserved populations. Health professions involved include allied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.

Currently, 14 universities, community colleges, and stakeholder organizations are members of the Florida Alliance.

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