OGDEN, Utah – Only 20 percent of all medical school applicants from Utah are women -- far below the national average of 50 percent. To improve those numbers, the Weber State University College of Science has joined with physicians at the Family Medicine residency program at McKay-Dee Hospital to sponsor the second annual “Girls Exploring Medicine” workshop.
The Oct. 29 event will run from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room and education classrooms at McKay-Dee Hospital where approximately 50 WSU premedical students will attend. Female physicians will use life-like models to demonstrate labor and delivery and sonography, as well as provide other medical workshop activities.
“We want to let women in Utah know a career in medicine is an option for them,” said organizer and WSU zoology professor Barb Trask. “Not only do we want to offer encouragement to women, we want to support them through the process.”
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