The rising high school juniors and seniors from throughout the southeast are experiencing college life as they learn what it takes to pursue a medical career.
The 2013 M.D. Calling program offers 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 are leading sessions on subjects ranging from medical research to interview skills.
Samford alumnus Bradley Dennis, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Birmingham’s Brookwood Hospital, gave the students a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of that facility on Tuesday.
Nathan Smith, M.D., addressed attendees at dinner Sunday. Medical student Katie Snider will discuss her experiences Tuesday evening.
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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.