Twelve UNCP Grads
Accepted to Health Professional Programs
Three UNC Pembroke
graduates have been accepted this spring into medical schools. In recent
years, the university has had 59 graduates accepted to medical school.
In addition, three
UNCP graduates have been accepted to dental school, three into physician
assistant programs and one student each into physical therapy, occupational
therapy and public health programs.
"We all have
reason to be proud of this achievement," said Chancellor Allen
C. Meadors. "Having this many students accepted into health professional
programs speaks highly of the quality of preparation we give our students
and the quality of students that we attract to the university."
All 12 students
were members of UNCP's Health Careers Club, which is sponsored by the
North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (HCAP). The Health Careers
Club is open to students pursuing careers in nursing, medicine, pharmacy,
physical therapy, dentistry and any other health-related occupation.
"Since I have
been involved with the Health Careers Access Program, this is the best
number of acceptances to health professional programs," said Sylvia
Johnson, director of HCAP at UNCP.
The UNCP chapter
of the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program was organized to
increase the representation of minorities and disadvantaged population
groups in the state's health professions. The office offers counseling
services on health career opportunities, educational field trips, workshops
Jadene Lowry of
Pembroke has been accepted to the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School and
the East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.
Sarah R. Locklear
of Pembroke and Benjamin Gersh of Fayetteville were accepted to East
Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine.
Matthew Davis of
Elizabethtown, Barry Graham of Pembroke and Angela Meredith of Fayetteville
were all accepted to East Carolina's physician assistant program.
of Pembroke and Starlet Chavis of Red Springs were accepted to the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Dentistry. Chrystal Rooks
of Whiteville was accepted to Virginia Commonwealth University's dental
Gina Chavis was
accepted to Winston Salem State University's occupational therapy program,
and Jada Locklear to UNC Chapel Hill's School of Public Health. Both
are from Pembroke. Amanda Hammonds of Shannon was admitted to ECU's
physical therapy program.
Nine UNCP pre-health
students were placed throughout Robeson and Scotland counties to "test
drive" health careers through the Clinical Health Summer Program
(CHSP), sponsored by the North Carolina Health Careers
Access Program (NC-HCAP).
The students are
rotating at Pembroke Family Practice, West Primary Urgent Care, Pembroke
Pediatric, Robeson Health Care Corporation, located in Pembroke; Maxton
Medical Center, Lumberton Health Center, Southeastern Regional Medical
Center in Lumberton; Robeson Family Practice of Red Springs and Scotland
Urgent Care of Laurinburg.
are: Jason Lee Adkins of Laurinburg, Felicia A. Altman of Rowland, Lyn
A. Fanlo of Lumberton, Cherece Nicole Grier of Pembroke, Lenita Hammonds
of Red Springs, Christopher Corbin Locklear of Pembroke, Jason Eric
Lowery of Lumberton, Quincy Dewan Wade of Pembroke and Robert Kenneth
Walker of Hope Mills
provides a super opportunity for college students to look at a variety
of careers in health care and related fields while earning a salary
for seven weeks, said Sylvia Johnson, HCAP director for UNCP. "The
students get practical experience, exposure to real-life situations,
and the opportunity to make valuable contact with health care professionals
by which mentor relationships could form."
The Clinical Health
Summer Program is just one example of how the NC-Health Careers Access
Program is helping to increase the number of racial/ethnic minority
and/or individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are
trained, educated, and employed in the health professions. For more
information about the program contact: Sylvia T. Johnson, Director,
NC-HCAP at UNC Pembroke, at 910.521.6493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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