By Amanda Heersink | University Communications
AURORA, Colo. – The Anschutz Medical Campus was host to Aurora’s Hinkley High School teachers for their annual before school team building meeting. There were many presenters on hand to give the teachers a better idea of what Anschutz has to offer for their students post high school.
On hand to speak with the teachers was the staff of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Anschutz Medical Campus. The first item that was talked about was the relatively new program BA/BS – MD program.
The program is run by Charles Ferguson, PhD, and is in its third year this fall. The program is designed to assemble 8-10 outstanding students from diverse backgrounds that are committed to serving the health care needs of Colorado and take them through an 8 year program to obtain their PhD. The students must maintain a 3.5 grade point average as well as receive no lower than a B in any class.
Also speaking to the teachers was the superintendent of Aurora Public Schools, John L. Barry. Barry pointed out “Everyone needs help at some point, please do not hesitate to ask” also adding “Higher education, not only at Anschutz Medical Campus, wants students that are prepared and it is our job to prepare them accordingly.”
In the afternoon Robert Winn (pictured above), MD, an associate professor in pulmonary sciences, spoke to the teachers about the difference they make to their students. He said “Students reflect the attitude of their teachers” also adding “I am happy you guys are here. You are making a difference in your student’s lives already.”
Winn concluded his speech by saying “We are the agents of change.”
The day was concluded by a tour of the new Health and Wellness Center in which teachers were given the opportunity to learn how to enhance not only their student’s minds but their physical well-being.
Raul Cardenas, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, said “As a community of educators, we know that preparation is a vital key to success in life’s endeavors. Students who prepare to pursue higher education are more likely to accomplish their goals. You are on the front lines and best positioned to ensure the preparation is complete and meaningful to the next generation of college bound students.”
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus will be working with local area high schools in the next few weeks to strengthen ties. Green Mountain High School in Jefferson County will have its teachers on the downtown campus next week.
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