Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
At UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
High School Students Statewide Enroll in Mini-Medical School Program
One hundred sixty-three high school students throughout New Jersey,
who were selected from more than 400 applicants, will participate
in a Mini-Medical School Program at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
This year's program, called Achieving Excellence in the Sciences,
begins on February 25 with a general overview of the medical school
and the admissions process by Dr. Carol Terregino, assistant dean
for admissions and associate professor of medicine, and a panel
of medical students. The session begins at 7 p.m. in the courtyard
of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, a
principal hospital of the medical school.
The Mini-Medical School Program is an outstanding example of
how seriously we take the medical school 's community service
mission, said Dr. Harold L. Paz, dean of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School. One of our goals in developing the program is
to encourage New Jersey's best and brightest students who are
interested in a career in medicine or science to pursue their
education in their home state.
We are delighted with the overall response to the program and
encouraged that there is such a high level of interest among high
school students in learning about science and medicine, Dr. Terregino
The lecturers at the six-session Mini-Medical School are faculty
from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School who will present
on topics including anatomy, cardiology, stem cell research and
ethics. Below is a partial list of students who are participating
and their high schools. They reside in the following counties:
Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson,
Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Somerset,
The other sessions, which will be held at the medical school's
Piscataway campus, are:
March 10: The Upper Extremity - Anatomic and Functional Wonder,
a presentation by Dr. David Seiden, associate dean of student affairs
and professor of neuroscience and cell biology, and Dr. Robert Ford,
clinical assistant professor of radiology.
March 17: Integrated Learning in Cardiology: Physiology and
Electrophysiology, the Heart Murmur Sudden Death, a presentation
by Dr. John Kostis, chairman and professor of medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School, and Dr. Mark Preminger, associate professor
of medicine, director of cardiac electrophysiology laboratory and
associate professor of medicine at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
April 7: The Art and Science of Physical Diagnosis, a presentation
by Dr. Terregino and medical students.
April 21: Diabetes Mellitus: Biochemistry, Pathophysiology,
and Clinical Care, a presentation by Dr. William Zehring, associate
professor of biochemistry at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical
School, and Dr. Stephen Schneider, professor of medicine at the
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
April 28: Stem Cell Research and Ethical Issues in Medicine,
a presentation by Dr. Ira Black, chair and professor of neuroscience
and cell biology at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,
and Dr. Russell McIntyre, professor of environmental and community
medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
This program is sponsored through an educational grant from Pfizer,