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Connecting Students in Arkansas with Rewarding Careers in Healthcare

The deadline for this scholarship is January 31, 2012.

The deadline for this scholarship is Spring of each application cycle..

The deadline for this scholarship is June.

Are you interested in being a part of the 2013 MASH program in Jonesboro? You must be a 10th or 11th grade student in the Northeast region and have a 2.5 GPA or better to apply. For details email Yalanda Young Merrell at Print out an application from the link provided and send it in by March 14, 2013.

Students from all over Northeast Arkansas came together for 2 weeks and experienced life as a medical professional. So what is M.A.S.H.?  It's an acronym for Medical Applications of Science for Health, but the following activities describe it best: heart dissection and suturring, learning about orthopedics and casting, UAMS tour and hands-on heart attack experience, Arkansas State University tour of Nursing, Pre-Med, and other Health programs, DaVinici surgery, shadowing for 5 days, drugs and alcohol abuse education, texting and driving dangers, and much, much more!

At AHEC Northeast, we accept 20 students into our competitive and exceptional program. These students have stellar resumes, touting community service, high GPA's, participation in extra-curricular activities, and excellent recommendations.  Our students not only gain an insight on the careers they are interested in, but they build friendships, make connections, and truly see what the world of health care is all about.

Each day after shadowing, students will share with each other the experiences from the day. In those moments, you see the true effect this program has on each person. The compassion shows as they tell of the elderly man in CCU who coded and had to be brought back to life. Or even when they talk about the funny conversation they had with a family member of a patient at the hospital. M.A.S.H. isn't about the number of students in a program or how many activities they did in a day... it's the impact from that one person or activity that made them realize, "I want a future in healthcare".

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New UAMS photo release form


Homeschooled Students

Over the past year UAMS-West Pre-health Professions Recruiter, Chris Dickens, has done various activities with home school students at several libraries throughout Crawford County. The students have fun while learning all about science. Some of the lessons include learning about Bernoulli’s Principle, Newton’s Laws of Motion, and polymers. The students also learn about medical careers and how science plays a very important part in medicine. If you are interested in joining or want more information, contact Chris Dickens at or contact one of the loc…

Crawford County Library System Embraces UAMS Pre-health Programs

For the past year, UAMS-West Pre-health Professions Recruiter, Christina Dickens, has been partnering with Crawford County Library System. The Crawford County Libraries have invited Mrs. Dickens to participate in their Summer Reading Programs and to present hands-on activities relating to science and math to their Science, Tweens, and Teen Clubs. This is very much a “win-win” situation for everyone involved. The students have a good time while learning about science & math and how they relate to the medical professions.

Mother and daughter learn the science behind…

Club Scrub Starts a New School Year

The Club Scrub at the Paris and Russellville Boys and Girls Club have begun a new school year. Club Scrub has quite a few return students, but there are some new faces, too.

The clubs do a lot of hands-on activities focused on science and the students learn how much of it is related in some way to medicine. The club allows the participating students to learn new information and to reinforce what students have learned in their regular school classes. The students all have a great time while learning more about science, math, and the medical field.

Club Scrub students do hands-0n activity at the Paris…

UAMS Northeast expands MASH program to new areas

The MASH program at UAMS Northeast in Jonesboro has been going strong for 24 years now. Each summer, 20 students embark on a 2-week, life changing adventure. Coordinator, Yalanda Young Merrell says, “We aren’t just investing in these students, we are investing in our future. We are preparing them for their role as a health care provider which includes knowledge and motivation.” And that knowledge and motivation was offered in two new areas in Northeast Arkansas, Blytheville and Newport.

“We’ve had a desire to expand our program to some other rural and u…

MASH 2013

The three Medical Applications in Science for Health (MASH) Programs held at all three Fort Smith and Van Buren hospitals were a great success this year. Summit Medical Center in Van Buren hosted 13 students, Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith hosted 19 students, and Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith hosted 32 students.

The students were able to shadow physicians on their hospital rounds and during surgeries. MASH Program participants were able to dissect Pig lungs and hearts, and were able to study cadaver hearts. Trips were taken to University of Arkansas – Fort Smith School of…