Published on June 21, 2013  

Samford University’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences will welcome 42 high school students to its second annual M.D. Calling summer camp June 23-26. 

The group of rising high school juniors and seniors from throughout the southeast will live on campus as they learn what it takes to pursue a medical career.
The 2013 M.D. Calling program will include sessions with Samford faculty and staff, meetings with healthcare professionals and medical students, teambuilding exercises and fun medical-themed activities.

Samford professors and staff members Charlotte Brammer, Dave Garza, George Keller and Brent Latta will lead sessions on subjects ranging from medical research to interview skills.

Samford alumnus Bradley Dennis, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Birmingham’s Brookwood Hospital, will give the students a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of that facility.

Nathan Smith, M.D., and medical student Katie Snider will address the students at dinner Sunday and Tuesday.

Other medical students and healthcare professionals will take part in panel discussions and “speed interview” sessions.

Organizer and college assistant dean Dana Basinger said the goal of the camp is not simply to prepare students to apply for medical school, but also to explore a personal calling to the practice of medicine.

Samford pre-med student Brooke Bailey, a counselor for the 2012 program, described a conversation with a female participant last year that summed up the unique mission of the project. ‘She asked me tons of questions about my own faith and passion for people, and eventually, she began tying together everything we learned from the camp,” Bailey said. “She learned that her passion to work with people in a medically-related way is driven by her faith and love for others”.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.