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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 04/16/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Members of the College of Medicine's Class of 2006 Get a Preview of their Future

Cincinnati—On April 16 and 17, the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine will host more than 40 college students, their parents, and premedical advisors for a Dual Admissions Program Workshop. The students are exceptional students who were accepted into a unique program, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dual Admissions Program, during their senior year of high school.

On April 16, the students will attend regularly scheduled medical school classes and meet with medical students who will serve as their big brothers and sisters. On April 17, the program will focus on the UC College of Medicine faculty, facilities, and medical education programs. There will be faculty presentations, laboratory and clinical demonstrations, a medical student panel, and an introduction to financial planning for medical school. A medical school tour will highlight the facilities of the Medical Center.

The Dual Admissions Program was initiated in four Ohio universities and colleges last year and offers academically talented high school seniors a guaranteed admission to the UC College of Medicine upon completion of their undergraduate studies. Participating in this program with the UC College of Medicine are Xavier University, Miami University, University of Dayton, and John Carroll University in Cleveland. A joint committee consisting of faculty from both the College of Medicine and the undergraduate university review the student's high school academic and personal achievements. A select number of students are invited to participate in a personal interview. Ten high school seniors are selected from a large number of applicants for admission to the program at each institution. The UC College of Engineering has had a Dual Admissions Program since 1996 and accepts five students annually. An additional University of Cincinnati Dual Admissions Program will matriculate 10 students beginning in the 1999 fall quarter.

"This program provides a head start for outstanding high school students who know they are interested in medicine," says Clarice Fooks, assistant dean of UC College of Medicine. "It eliminates the anxiety and stress usually associated with medical school admissions in the junior and senior year of college and provides an early introduction into medical education as well as early insight into the profession." Faculty at both the undergraduate university and the College of Medicine will offer guidance and mentoring through the program.

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