In a growing relationship with Arizona State University, Mayo Clinic physicians are mentoring premedical students through the Barrett Honors College Premedical Scholars Program and preparing them for the next generation of medical science and patient care.
Students chosen for the summer internship program shadow a Mayo physician, practicing laboratory procedures, performing research assignments and preparing a strong medical school application.
Madeline Grade, one of the Barrett Honors College students who participated in the summer program in 2010, recently became the first student in the program — and possibly the first in Arizona State University history — to have three abstracts accepted by the American Academy of Neurology, with two as platform presentations.
Her summer project mentor, Katherine Noe, M.D., Ph.D., Neurology explains what an honor this is — for her and the student. Only a few abstracts are selected for platform presentations, and very few certified neurologists have had the honor, much less a premed student.
The academy will hold its annual meeting in Honolulu where Grade will share findings from "Counseling on Teratogenic Risk in Women of Childbearing Potential Prescribed Valproic Acid."
When deciding where to go to college, Grade learned about the Barrett Honors College. The opportunities it provided for undergraduate research in premed and biomedical engineering made ASU an equally attractive, and less expensive, choice when compared with Duke or Northwestern.
Should she choose to apply, Grade will be well positioned for acceptance into Mayo Medical School upon college graduation. The school accepts only 50 applicants each year and focuses on preparing students to be the best physicians possible in the 21st century. Students immediately apply the state-of-the-art curriculum to preeminent patient care, biomedical research and scholarly academic medicine.