This past summer, Daniela Acuna, a member of the Kappa Chapter at the University of Washington, was sponsored to participate in a six-week summer program called the "Summer Health Education Program" through the Center for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
The program partnered with the UW School of Public Health and UW School of Dentistry. The program had a 9% acceptance rate; over 900 applied and 84 were admitted. The program split all 84 participants into three specific categories: pre-med, pre-dental, and public health. The curriculum was then specific to each category.
Throughout her time with the Summer Health Education Program, Daniela took five upper-level academic enrichment courses. In addition, she spent a total of approximately 18 hours shadowing physicians within a specialty of choice in the Seattle area, and she spent two hours doing randomly-chosen research. She joined biology researchers looking at the aging process in C.Elegans and yeast. Dani worked to create colonies of the worms and yeast as samples for testing.
She also experienced medical simulations in the same center that residents use to practice in the UW Medical Center. Simulations included practicing inserting IVs, checking pulse/breath with a stethoscope, performing an ultrasound, using the instruments involved in minimally invasive surgery, and more. There were also dental simulations with UW dental students where Dani practiced suturing, making teeth molds, and filling/shaping a chipped tooth.
Dani also had the privilege of hearing countless medical/dental/graduate students, practicing physicians, hospital program directors and professors present during the program.
"All of us at Kappa Chapter are impressed with Daniela's dedication to research and medicine," said Madelyn Sickle, LAMP Editor. "Her participation in the Summer Health Education Program is an incredible achievement!"