Wright State University is now taking applications for its Horizons in Medicine program, which will run June 15 through July 21, 2010. This unique program offers high school students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, the opportunity to see firsthand the science and delivery of health care that forms the foundation of a career in medicine. The application deadline for this year's program is April 2, 2010.
Few educational initiatives have stood the test of time as well as the Horizons in Medicine program. Since its beginning 31 years ago, more than 90 percent of Horizons in Medicine's participants have entered college and 80 percent of them have graduated from college.
Horizons in Medicine is designed to give students a sense of the career possibilities in health care and to show them the kind of serious preparation needed to enter such careers. Students spend mornings in classrooms and laboratories at Wright State, where they are introduced to subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. They spend afternoons working in hospitals, community clinics, and other clinical sites throughout the community where they can earn stipends for their assignments. All students who successfully complete the Horizons program receive one-year full scholarships to Wright State University.
"For 31 years the Horizons in Medicine program has provided young people interested in medical careers invaluable real-life experience within Dayton's medical community," said Gary LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for Student Affairs and Admissions at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. "I am proud to participate in this opportunity to interact with and train these students during their preparatory years. I wish that more students were given this golden opportunity to spend a few weeks learning what it is really like to be a medical student. It is a challenge that every young mind interested in medical science should be able to experience."