Intermountain Healthcare and Black Physicians of Utah Group to Host First Medicine Immersion Day for Black Students to Learn About Careers in Medicine

WHAT: 
Intermountain Healthcare is collaborating with the Black Physicians of Utah for the first ever Medicine Immersion Day, a community mentorship event to benefit students of color from communities across the state. 

News media are invited. 

The 1st annual Medicine Immersion Day will be hosted at Intermountain Alta View Hospital and provide the opportunity for Black high school seniors and college students pursuing careers in medicine to gain mentorship from doctors in various specialties to learn about the path into medicine. 

“Alta View Hospital is proud to partner with Black Physicians of Utah for this first ever event,” said Scott Roberson, administrator of Intermountain Alta View Hospital. “Our hope is that this Immersive Medicine Day will inspire young Black students across the state to consider careers in medicine. Since education and vocation are such important social determinants of health, inspiring Black youth to consider a career in medicine will go a long way toward fulfilling our mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible.”

This full day event will include various workshops, panels, and more, to fully immerse the students into a day in the life of a physician. This will allow them to better understand the experiences of Black physicians who followed their paths into medical careers.

“I strongly believe in the saying ‘If you can see it, you can be it’,” says Richard Ferguson, MD, from Black Physicians of Utah and chief medical officer for Health Choice Utah. “Mentorship by Black and allied providers gives guidance and opportunities to groups, like African-Americans in Utah, who may be overlooked for opportunities in medicine. I would not be where I am today if it were not for the mentors that fostered my interests in science and medicine at an early age.”

WHEN:
10 am – 12 pm, MT, Saturday, Sept 24, 2022

WHERE:
Alta View Hospital 
Blanch Family Education Center
9660 South 1300 East
Sandy, UT 84094

 

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The first annual Medicine Immersion Day will provide the opportunity for Black high school seniors and college students to learn about the path into medicine.