May 1, 2012

CBC Scholar mentors students at Thomas Jefferson HS

CBC Scholar Lila Glotfelty (class of 2010) was recently invited to lead an information session on medical degree programs for students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (TJHSST) in Alexandria, Virginia. She used a small portion of her CBC grant to fund her trip.

TJHSST is a publicly funded high school with a highly selective admissions process and has been rated the #1 high school in the country since 2007. TJHSST students participate in an integrated humanities and science curriculum and continue their studies at excellent universities in the USA and overseas. TJHSST has also produced 7 Rhodes scholars since its inception in 1985, more than multiple universities.

Working with TJHSST career counselor Mrs. Laurie Kobick and the Deans of University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, Lila put together a talk about MD, BA/BS/MD and MD/PhD programs that involved interactive exercises and audience participation. The program was repeated for two groups of 60 students, all of whom registered in advance in order to attend. A lively question and answer session followed with several students staying afterwards to ask more specific questions.

TJHSST students found the info session extremely helpful and have since emailed Lila with additional questions. Mrs. Kobick was very pleased with the student turnout and Lila’s talk, and has invited her back to TJHSST "any time."

The CBC is delighted that Lila was able to participate in this worthwhile event. Congratulations!