The Medical Experience Academy, or the MedEx Academy is a one-of-a-kind program developed to create more interest among young people in pursuing careers in health care. Students accepted into the academy have the unique opportunity to explore health care through simulations, lectures, workshops, research and community service. In the past 5 years, the program has graduated almost 400 students and has become a pipeline for many students enrolled at USC School of Medicine Greenville.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville first-year student Darrell Wright shares his journey to medical school, including his vision for healthcare as a way to give back to his community and why his scholarship is such an incredible help in making that vision a reality.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville first-year student Jensyn Cone shares her journey to medical school, including why she chose USC School of Medicine Greenville over schools in her home state of Michigan and why her scholarship was such a pivotal part of that decision.
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville first-year student and Wofford graduate Jessica Himmelstein shares her journey to medical school, including why family played such an important part in chosing the USC School of Medicine Greenville, how she hopes to impact the Hispanic community in the Upstate and why her scholarship is such a vital part of becoming a physician.
Kelsey Williams, Southside High School graduate and University of South Carolina student, has dreamed of a career in health care since the third grade.
“I spent a lot of time around the hospital when I was little,” Williams explained. “Watching family members get treatment for health problems fascinated me.”
Williams was a shining star in the inaugural MedEx Academy Tier 1 class in 2011, and shares her experience here:
“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the GHS Medical Experience Academy! I loved the exposure to different areas of medicine and all of the hands-on activities. Helping people has always been my passion, and participating in the emergency room simulation and elder care simulation opened my eyes to the challenges patients face. I’m really excited to pursue a career in medicine to make a difference in lives!”
Williams already is making a difference for many lives in the Upstate as an active volunteer. She has given her time to the Red Cross, A Child’s Haven, the Rotary Club, the Ambulatory Infusion Center at GHS and other organizations. She also served as the student president of the Medical Explorers program.
Williams is grateful to everyone who supports the Medical Experience Academy through philanthropy.
“Giving to the MedEx Academy is a contagious investment,” she said.”By donating, you are empowering us [students] to give back to our community when we become physicians, nurses and therapists.”
Max Huang has always wanted to be a physician.
The recent Furman graduate is well on his way after participating in Tier 2 of the MedEx Academy.
“MedEx Academy gave me a realistic view of what medical school and life as a doctor are like,” he reported. “It even provided instruction on preparing for the MCAT exam and medical school application.”
His most memorable experience from MedEx Academy occurred when he observed a surgery.
“I was fortunate to see a brand new anesthesiology procedure first-hand,” Huang said. “It worked
well. I found that health care is full of constant learning and improving procedures. That made me even more excited to work toward a career in medicine.”
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville first-year student Thomas Cochran shares his journey to medical school, including his unexpected path to medical school and why his scholarship is such a pivotal part of preparing for his future.