Chelsea Clayton, a sophomore biology, chemistry and biochemistry triple major at Buena Vista University from Early, is one of 10 students selected for Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program.
“I am one of two students from the state of Iowa that will be participating in this program,” Chelsea says. “The other eight students come from Washington, Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, California and Michigan.”
This three-week program exposes students to the four advanced clinical degrees offered at DMU. All costs associated with accommodations, transportation and food are covered by DMU.
“Through this program, I will have the opportunity to learn from lectures and presentations in DMU's four clinical areas - osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, physical therapy and physician assistant studies,” says Chelsea. “I will also have the opportunity for hands-on experiences as well as job shadowing doctors and other care providers in the DMU clinic. On top of all that, I will learn how to plan for medical/health professions school and participate in mock interviews to enhance my preparation for medical school. I believe this program will impact my career goals by helping me decide what area of medicine I actually want to go into. It will give me the additional tools I need to get into medical school and accomplish my dream of becoming a doctor.”
Chelsea learned of the opportunity from BVU faculty and says her relationships with her professors have had a major impact on her learning and career decisions.
“Aside from being exceptionally well at what they do in the classroom, BVU's professors have also encouraged me outside the classroom and I know that I am more than just ‘another student’ to them. I know that my professors truly care about me, and because of that it has motivated me to accomplish even more than what I would have anywhere else,” says Chelsea. “BVU's facilities and programs have also helped to prepare me for this program. I believe that BVU has one of the nicest science centers I have seen, and the access to the research equipment that BVU has available to students is amazing.”