About 40 girls who are minority students at Girls Inc. in Omaha spent Monday at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. They received information from eight physicians and second year medical students to encourage them to consider a career in medicine. Denai Fraction is a former Girls Club member and a medical student at UNMC and says she hopes she inspired several girls to follow in her footsteps.
Fraction says, ““I just really hope to inspire them to believe in themselves, encourage them that they can do anything that they want to do, that there’s lots of opportunities for people like them who come from this community, there’s lots of ways that they can accomplish their dreams.”
Dr. Ann Anderson Berry is a newborn medicine specialist for UNMC and Nebraska Medicine and organized the event. She says, “We want to show these students that the sky is the limit when it comes to what they do in their careers. We think it will send a powerful message for them to hear from these female health professionals. There are tons of career opportunities in health care. We want them to get a taste of what health care has to offer.”
The students, ranging in 8th through 12th grade and heard from experts in newborn medicine, allergies, pediatrics, psychiatry, pathology, family medicine, infectious diseases and internal medicine.