For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2003

Applications Are Now Available for
WSU's Horizons in Medicine Program

DAYTON, OHIO--Over the last 24 summers the Horizons in Medicine program at Wright State University has offered Dayton area high school students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, the opportunity to see first hand the science and delivery of health care that forms the foundation of a career in medicine. In this unique program students can begin to prepare for careers in science and health care, get a summer job that pays, and earn a college2002 HIM Image scholarship.

Wright State is now taking applications for the 2003 Horizons in Medicine program, which is scheduled for June 16 through July 25, 2003. To request an application and learn more about the program visit the School of Medicine online at http://www.med.wright.edu/him/ or contact the Office of Student Affairs at 937/775-2934. The application deadline is March 3, 2003.

Horizons in Medicine is designed to give local students a sense of the career possibilities in health care and to show them the kind of serious preparation needed to enter such careers. Students spend mornings in classrooms and laboratories at Wright State, where they are introduced to subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. They spend afternoons working in hospitals, community clinics, and other clinical sites throughout the community.
Horizons students earn stipends for afternoon work assignments. All students who complete the Horizons program receive one-year scholarships to Wright State University.

"We are excited that this summer, for the 25th time we will provide talented, bright young people the chance to better understand what the future can hold for them and what that future will require of them," states Alonzo Patterson, M.D., assistant dean for student affairs at Wright State School of Medicine.

Now a pediatrician who practices in Huber Heights, Patterson participated in the first Horizons in Medicine program in 1979 when he was a student at Wilbur Wright High School. "By working with students before they reach college we can help them match preparation with desire. We prepare them to reach a career in medicine that waits at the end of the education pipeline. Students have to keep their eyes and ears open for opportunities like Horizons. Those opportunities may not be glamorous or star-studded, but if they help you get where you want to be, they're worthwhile," Patterson adds.

Few educational initiatives have stood the test of time as well as Horizons in Medicine. Since 1979, a total of 461 high school students have completed Horizons in Medicine with more than 90 percent of past participants entering college and approximately 80 percent of them graduating from college. Many Horizons alumni are now M.D.'s and six former Horizon participants are currently enrolled at the Wright State University School of Medicine.