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Early Medical School Program Presentation, Interviews Set Jan. 28 on St. Thomas Campus

Virgin Islands high school students interested in medical school careers are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. Jonathan Woodson, MD, associate dean for students and minority affairs at Boston University (BU) School of Medicine. Dr. Woodson will discuss BU's Early Medical School Selection Program from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. The lecture will take place in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with a video conference link to the Theatre (EC-401) on the St. Croix campus.

UVI is among 14 undergraduate institutions participating in the BU Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP). Students accepted into the program remain at their undergraduate institutions through their junior year and pursue programs of study that will best prepare them to spend their senior year at Boston University. The students are also required to enroll in at least one six-week summer course at Boston University during each of two summers prior to spending their senior year at Boston University.

UVI has participated in the program for more than a decade and has had more than 25 students participate. At least 20 of these students have gone on to earn medical degrees through the program and to pursue successful careers. Two UVI seniors, Elisha Jno-Baptiste and Juarel Harley are currently in Boston studying at BU as part of the early admission program. A third UVI student, Delia Smith, was accepted to the program in 2009, took part in a six-week summer program at BU and is currently back on the UVI-St. Thomas campus completing her junior year.

A new round of student interviews with Dr. Woodson will be held on Jan. 28. Those who are interested in arranging an interview may do so by contacting Amanda Wright at 693-1397.

More information about the program is available on the Division of Science and Mathematics page at the UVI website, www.uvi.edu. For questions concerning the program, contact UVI Professor and BU EMSSP liaison Dr. Sandra Romano at sromano@uvi.edu or call 693-1389.