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Students learn about careers in medicine at URMC event

Posted at: 01/26/2013 7:30 PM

Area high school and college students interested in careers in health care spent the day learning how to make that dream come true.

The University of Rochester Medical Center hosted its fourth annual "I AM MEDICINE" conference on Saturday.

The idea is to help young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, overcome barriers and work toward earning degrees in health care.

News10NBC talked with student organizers about the excitement surrounding today's event.

“The day has been busy. They woke up bright and early to get here. Staff was here at six a.m., students were here by seven waiting for the doors to open. It's just great to see everyone out here so excited,” said Myra Mathis, a second-year URMC student.

The young participants got hands-on experience in simulated labs, got to interact and get advice from medical students, ate lunch with URMC physicians, and learned about medical school admissions and financing.