Paving the Way for Tomorrow's Physicians

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Paving the Way for Tomorrow's Physicians

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Partners Create Successful Mini-Medical School program for Monmouth and Ocean County High School Students

On November 12, 2014, Jersey Shore University Medical Center celebrated the second annual graduation ceremony of Mini-Medical School - a unique medical education program for Monmouth & Ocean County high school students. The commencement ceremony, held at the Michael T. Lake Performing Arts Center at Neptune High School, marked the end of a six week educational seminar series developed in partnership by Jersey Shore, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Neptune High School, the New Jersey Hospital Association and the Monmouth-Ocean Medical Society.

Moderated by David S. Kountz, M.D., vice president, Academic Affairs, Jersey Shore, the Mini-Medical School 2014 session provided 133 motivated high school students from ten schools with valuable information about medical careers through lectures and discussions with leading physicians and educators. Graduates of the program received a certificate, along with letters of congratulations from Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Vicente Gracias, M.D., Dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Topics covered the program included: The Science of Trauma Care; Sudden Cardiac Death; Mysteries & Magic of Pregnancy; Preventing & Treating Lung Cancer; Podiatry, Dentistry & Pharmacy; and Sports Medicine & Concussions.

"The Mini-Medical School program gives high school students direct access to top physicians, and provides a behind-the-scenes perspective of life in medicine," says Dr. Kountz. "New Jersey is facing an impending physician shortage, and one of the program's goals is to attract talented students to health care careers. Our hope is that students are inspired by each physician's commitment to science and service, and seriously consider pursuing a career in medicine."

"My daughter Kyla Aiyeku attended the mini-medical school, and truly benefited from the experience. The courses were well structured and informative, and the program impacted her in a meaningful way. We were very happy that she participated, and encourage any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine to enroll," remarks Ulanda Marcus-Aiyeku, DNP, MSN, RN, clinical program manager, Orthopedics at Jersey Shore.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital's clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit