Taison Bell, MD, Discusses Summer Programs for Disadvantaged Premedical Students

February 21, 2024 by

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Taison Bell, MD, MBA

Taison Bell, MD, MBA, an associate professor in the Department of Medicine’s Divisions of Infectious Disease and Pulmonary and Critical Care, was featured in an American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) article about summer programs that prepare disadvantaged students to apply to medical school.

In the article, Dr. Bell shares about his own experience attending the Summer Health Professions Education Program at Columbia University while he was an undergrad at UVA. He said, “I was surrounded by like-minded people with similar backgrounds as me and had the same dream who needed to have someone believe in them.”

Dr. Bell leads a similar program at UVA called the Summer Medical Leadership Program (SMLP), an intensive six-week residential summer program for first and second-year students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine. During the program, students attend MCAT preparation sessions, shadow physicians, engage with healthcare leaders and administrators, among other exciting opportunities.

Read the article in AAMC news and learn more about the SMLP at the UVA School of Medicine. 





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