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Samuel Merritt University Joins FACES for the Future to Offer the FACES Summer Medical Academy; Program Designed to Expose High School Students to the Field of Medicine and Health Professions

Samuel Merritt University

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Samuel Merritt University Joins FACES for the Future to Offer the FACES Summer Medical Academy;
Program Designed to Expose High School Students to the Field of Medicine and Health Professions

(July 17, 2012 - Oakland, CA)    More than two dozen high students from across the Bay Area are dedicating two weeks of their summer to participate in the FACES Summer Medical Academy. Established originally in 2005 by Tomás A. Magaña, MD, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a program of the FACES for the Future Coalition at the Public Health Institute.  In partnership with Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA., the FSMA is designed to prepare youth for a career in medicine through educational activities that provide unique exposure to aspects of medical training and clinical practice.

WHY:  The mission of FACES for the Future is to "inspire youth to lead by creating innovative approaches to youth development, health careers preparation and wellness education - through their transformation, we change the face of health".   FACES for the Future was founded on the belief that youth are a source of profound assets and strength, and that diversity among healthcare professionals can contribute to improved healthcare practice and outcomes. 

"The program was created as an opportunity to expose students to different healthcare careers and encourage them to attend college after graduating from high school," said Michael De Rosa, PhD, Chair of the Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) Program.  "At Samuel Merritt University the Summer Medical Academy program allows the young students to experience how simulation based education, human anatomy, and clinical skills are integrated into academic programs."

The FACES programs are widely considered to be one of the best-practice models for healthcare workforce development for youth. The original FACES Program’s success in Oakland and its statewide recognition have led to its replication in three other California communities.  FACES programs now operate in the East Bay in Northern California, San Diego County and the Imperial Valley in Southern California.

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WHAT:  SMU students and faculty from the Physician Assistant program will be leading the teens in clinical skills about labor and delivery.  The young students will watch the process of a simulated birth through a computerized- simulated-mannequin.

WHEN:  Tuesday, July 17 at 10a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Samuel Merritt University 450 30th Street  Oakland (Ground Floor:  HSSC - G-860)

MEDIA CONTACT:  Elizabeth Valente, Media Relations Director, at 510.725.7980

Samuel Merritt University has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.