Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Hosts 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted the 2015 National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine on June 29 at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Berrocal Auditorium. Founded in 1992, the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) helps high-achieving high school students gain real-world career experience and explore professional career opportunities in the fields of medicine and health care.

Participants from throughout the U.S. traveled to Miami for the day-long forum.

Nanette Vega, Executive Director of Programs for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, served as the forum organizer and opened the program.

Meredith Coen, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, delivered the first presentation, which focused on UM’s admission process. She was followed by a panel discussion featuring medical students Rudolph Davis, Matthew Crenshaw, Samuel Huntley and Shaunak Varma.

Students then toured the campus and were joined by medical students for lunch in the Jackson Memorial Hospital cafeteria.

Interactive presentations in the form of mock medical classes were delivered by two faculty members. Robert B. Levy, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, presented “The Newest Pillar in the Anti-Cancer Arsenal: The Immunology Tsunami,” and Stephen Roper, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics, presented “Hearing with Toes: Pacinian Corpuscles and Other Somatosensory Receptors.”

“We have hosted the NYLF for the past three years,” said Vega. “It’s an opportunity to expose students to health professions and showcase all that we have to offer at the U.”

The students found the day both informative and impressive.

“This experience was very interactive and provided me with great insight into medical school,” said program participant Sophie Hill, a rising high school sophomore from Kansas City, Mo.

Timothy Hasemeir, a rising high school senior from Sevierville, Tenn., was excited to finally visit his “dream school.” The University of Miami surpassed his expectations, he said, and he will definitely be applying.

Stephen N. Symes, M.D., Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, thanked the students for visiting the Miller School and encouraged them all to apply.

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