Explore the foundational sciences related to careers in medicine and human health. Improving human health is a complex endeavor involving everything from basic scientific research to clinical care, ethics, public health, and social justice. Future pre-health college students are expected to demonstrate this kind of diverse insight into the human experience. The objective of this program is to expose students to a broad range of experiences that reflect the many facets of medicine they will encounter as healthcare professionals, as well as the training they will receive as part of a pre-health program. In the foundational sciences, students will use the principles and skills of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, toxicology, microbiology, and neuroscience to address health-related problems in the classroom and the laboratory.
- June 19-24, 2022
- Price includes lodging, meals, all course materials, activities, and excursions
- Students reside in campus residence hall and dine in campus dining hall
- Due to the continued effects of COVID-19, we are maintaining a flexible refund policy. There is a full refund available minus a $50 administrative processing fee
- Enrollment is open until spaces are filled
- Students that register for two back-to-back Pre-College programs, have the option to also register for an optional stayover weekend in-between programs for an additional $350. The stayover weekend is all-inclusive of housing, meals and activities in and around Asheville
- Anatomy and physiology
- 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. – Tour of local healthcare facility and lab
- 12 p.m. – Lunch & free time
- 1:00 p.m. – Pig Heart dissection
- 5:00 p.m. – Dinner
- 6:30 p.m. – Activities / recreation / free time
Options include: swimming, beach volleyball, Asheville Tourists game, observatory, game night, movie
- 11 p.m. – Lights out
- On the clinical side, students will gain practice in physical exams, discuss the ethics of quality care, practice patient interview skills, and explore local healthcare facilities and laboratories.
- Throughout the program, students will interact with faculty who specialize in these disciplines, as well as healthcare providers who apply these principles in everyday clinical practice.
Amanda Maxwell, M.D.
Dr. Maxwell is a pre-health Professions advisor and committee coordinator. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from UNC Asheville and an M.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Maxwell trained in rural family medicine and has been involved with multiple international medical programs to address different aspects of health. These experiences include a position as an HIV educator in rural primary schools in Malawi, assisting an indigenous midwife in Guatemala, co-founding a program to provide HIV and cardiovascular health screenings, along with education and risk reduction in rural Mexico. Dr. Maxwell has been teaching in the Chemistry and Health and Wellness departments at UNC Asheville since 2015, and coordinates the pre-health advising program, professional speakers, and volunteer/internship experiences for our pre-health professional students.
Ryan Steed, Ph.D.
Dr. Steed has been teaching chemistry and biochemistry at UNC Asheville since 2016. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied the mechanism of ATP synthase, an essential protein complex involved in energy conversion in all cells. Afterward, he did post-doctoral research at Vanderbilt University on the biochemistry and biophysics of multi drug resistance. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Dr. Steed taught for two years at Carleton College in Minnesota, including a summer pre-college program that involved students in a laboratory project on biological energy conversion. At UNC Asheville, Dr. Steed and his students are continuing research on the mechanism of ATP synthase with the support of the National Institutes of Health and helping to develop and test antibiotics that target ATP synthase of pathogenic bacteria.
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