Cardiology mentoring program starts; 20 Louisiana students
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American College of Cardiology has chosen 13 students at Louisiana high schools and seven at universities in the state to kick off a new one-year mentoring program.
The Young Scholars Program will introduce students to the cardiology and research worlds, a news release said Monday.
Students come from schools in the state where the ACC holds its Annual Scientific Session. This year’s conference begins Saturday in New Orleans.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s doctors, nurses, engineers and scientists, and it is of utmost importance that we cultivate and encourage young students who show early passion in these fields,” ACC President C. Michael Valentine said.
The program will start with young researchers showing the students through the conference. They’ll get to hear results of late-breaking clinical trials, attend research presentations and lectures, and get chances to network.
After the meeting, each student will be paired with an ACC fellow for a year of mentoring. That program will include online webinars, periodic meetings with the faculty mentor, a chance to be part of the mentor’s research projects, and shadowing to watch a cardiologist at work.
Seven of the high-school students attend Benjamin Franklin High, an academic charter school in New Orleans. Cedar Creek High School, a private school in Ruston, and the Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, a charter school in Jefferson Parish, have two students each in the new program. There’s one each from Jennings and Welsh high schools (public schools 10 miles apart in southwest Louisiana) and the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, one of eight Jefferson Parish “advanced study academies.”
Xavier, Dillard, and Tulane universities each have two students in the program. Louisiana State University has one.