A group of 50 "Careers in Medicine" students visited the Samuel Merritt University Oakland campus today, July 8, 2014.
They were on campus as part of the partnership SMU has with the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF), a program to “bring various professions to life, empowering outstanding young people with confidence to prepare for and transition into well-informed career choices…high-achieving high school students who wish to make the most of college and career opportunities.”
There are 13 cities across the U.S. that host these Careers in Medicine visits of the NYLF. The students tour and visit all of the medically- and health-based schools in the areas, getting presentations and experiences to help them understand what careers in health care mean.
SMU students give presentations to the visitors on topics they are learning in their courses. Faculty members also present to the young students.
"It is a great opportunity for our students to develop the presentations and teach, demonstrating their own mastery as well as engaging a class," said Craig Elliott, assistant VP of enrollment and student services. "We get great feedback from the participants because they rarely get to 'play' and learn."
The program is similar to the Youth in Medicine model in which students spend five weeks at SMU exploring the possibilities of a healthcare career. Read more about Youth in Medicine on our community outreach page.