American Medical Student Association holds inaugural Pre-Medical Conference

AMSA officers pose with Dr. Arscott, the keynote speaker.
AMSA officers pose with Dr. Arscott, the keynote speaker.

The Misericordia University American Medical Association’s inaugural Pre-Medical Conference, “Why Medicine?,’’ attracted more than 90 high school and colleges students, and their families to campus for a series of guest speakers and workshops aimed at careers in the medical fields.

The “Why Medicine?” Conference was hosted by the Misericordia University Pre-Medicine Club. The forum was for high school and college students who are interested in a career in medicine. Guest lecturers discussed the rigor of pre-medicine curriculum, the role of the physician assistant in the health care industry today, and what type of hands-on research are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students.
Karen A. Arscott, D.O., M.S.c., associate professor of clinical sciences at The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pa., was the keynote speaker. During her presentation, Dr. Arscott discussed her path to a career in medicine and much more.
“Several of us have been to different conferences and recognized the motivational, professional and leadership skills that it brings to attendees,’’ said Misericordia University pre-med major Donna Castelblanco of Edison, N.J., president of the Misericordia University American Medical Student Association. “Before three of our founding officers graduate, we wanted to host the first pre-medical conference with the anticipation that it will turn into an annual forum. We want northeastern Pennsylvania to know that Misericordia University is an educational institution that provides pre-medical students and other health science students with great opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.’’
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The Misericordia University AMSA held the inaugural Pre-Medical Conference, “Why Medicine?,’’ in March. AMSA officers Anna Konstas, vice president, Montrose, Pa.; Donna Castelblanco, president, Edison, N.J.; Matt Essington, treasurer, Brick, N.J., and Alexandra Wagner, president elect, Tamaqua, Pa., pose with keynote speaker Dr. Karen Arscott.