FAMU Hosts the Tour for Diversity in Medicine

Numerous students went to Perry Paige Auditorium all day. The College of Science and Technology at Florida A&M university, hosted the Tour for Diversity in Medicine. The event was open to all undergraduate and graduate students. For five dollars, students were allowed to network with medical students and physicians to learn test taking skills.

Co-director for the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH was ecstatic about bringing the tour to FAMU.

Landry said, the tour aims to share real-life experiences with students pursuing dentistry or medicine. Doctors, dentist and medical students will be touring four colleges throughout Florida.

“We knew we wanted to come to FAMU because a number of us graduated from a HBCU,” Laudry said. We try to share our mistakes so that these students will not make the same mistakes. We also try to highlight test taking and interviewing skills because we can all be better.”

Associate Dean, Sonya A. F. Stephens, Ph.D. was excited that students were allowed this once of a lifetime opportunity.

“The students were asked to tweet, Instagram and Facebook about their experiences at the event. Also we asked them to like and follow the Tour for Diversity in Medicine Facebook page. Therefore I am not being rude, if you see me on my phone,” Stephens said.

“It was a very good turnout,”Stephens said. “We had approximately 125 students to pre-register and approximately 50 students registered on site. We are very pleased with the turnout especially considering the weather today.”

Many students like Ellen Peterson a junior, biology pre-medicine student from Tallahassee, Fla. made an effort to come to the tour, despite the unpleasant weather.

“I heard about the Tour for Diversity of Medicine from Dr. Coefield.  I was excited to learn a better way to position myself to be a competitive applicant for medical school,”Peterson said. “I would advise all prospective medical school applicants to come because there is so much information to know. The physicians are giving insight on a personal level. It speaks volumes to the students.”

Project Coordinator, Lisa McClelland, Ed.D, was very proud of the event that she had planned.    

“The Tour for Diversity in Medicine has a wonderful group of energetic minority physicians, medical students and health advisors. They provide insight into all aspects of the medical field and share their personal journeys,”said McClelland.

For more information visit http://tour4diversity.org