Video - WHEC10 (NBC): Students learn about careers in medicine at URMC event
Article - Democrat and Chronicle: Students learn about a career in medicine at URMC conference
For an hour on Saturday, more than 200 high school and college students sat mesmerized at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
They listened as Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa described jumping the fence from Mexico into the United States at 19 years old, rising from his humble beginnings picking cotton in California to attend the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School. Today, he is a world-renowned neurosurgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins University.
“My patients, they trust me with their lives. They put their most precious thing, their lives, their whole lives in my hands,” he said. “Hopefully in the future, they’ll do the same with you. And I’m not saying that everybody in here needs to be a brain surgeon. I’m not saying that everybody in here needs to be a doctor. You have to be the best at whatever you decide to do.”
Quiñones-Hinojosa’s message of hard work resonated with the students assembled for the fourth annual I am Medicine Conference at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The daylong conference brought high school and college students together to network with physicians and medical students, learn about the MCAT and medical school admissions, and even take simulated lab courses.
The conference was aimed at minority students, but anyone was welcome to attend.
Press Release - URMC Students Helping Disadvantaged Youth Become Doctors
Becoming a physician is not easy, particularly for young people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. With that in mind, University of Rochester Medical Center students are organizing the 4th annual I AM MEDICINEconference on Saturday, January 26. The daylong event will help 200 area high school and college students overcome challenges and realize their dreams.
Participants will receive hands-on experience in simulated labs, interact with medical students, and take part in workshops on medical school admissions and financing. In addition, the young people will break into small groups to eat lunch with URMC physicians. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa from Johns Hopkins University. Quinones-Hinojosa is a former illegal immigrant from Mexico who, against all odds, became one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons and author of the autobiography, Becoming Dr. Q. READ MORE...