New students get a preview of the year ahead at the Health Professions College


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Hundreds of new students to the Health Professions College listen to one of many presentations on August 15 during the New Student Welcome Program.

“Orientation is helpful in getting acclimated to departmental expectations, what we as students will be doing clinically and to study,” said Robert Burton, a new student in the Imaging Science program. in college nuclear medicine. “Seeing everyone remotely on Zoom is one thing, but being able to meet them in person and interact with them is valuable.”

Robert Burton, a new student in the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences program, stands outside an I. Dodd Wilson lecture hall before returning inside the newcomer welcome event students.

A New Orleans native and military veteran who served as a nurse, Burton was drawn to the program because of its structure, which parallels didactic education and hands-on training. Every Monday, Burton will participate in live online classes, but Tuesday through Friday he will train in a clinical setting in Dallas.

Burton said he was impressed with the “wealth of resources” available to students on campus, and that these resources are not only available remotely, but are easily accessible.

“The purpose of the College’s New Student Welcome Program, held on the first morning of fall classes, is to officially welcome students to campus and provide them with a brief overview of student services and support staff. students,” said Phyllis Fields, M.Ed. , the college’s associate dean of student affairs. “We want students to know that they are fully supported mentally, physically and academically.”

Matthew Chandler, a new dental hygiene student from Horatio, Arkansas, also said he felt supported by all the services and amenities available at UAMS, and he found the information presented at the welcome event helpful. , particularly with regard to student health insurance, psychological counseling support and other health services.

Several students said they found it reassuring when welcoming new students to meet their peers in person, even though they had already started communicating via social media to answer each other’s questions.

Students are not the only ones to benefit from presentations during orientation sessions.

“New faculty and staff in attendance receive the same overview of student support services and staff,” Fields said. “For other faculty, staff, and even presenters in attendance, welcoming new students serves as a reminder. A presenter told me he was glad he stayed for the whole program because he learned something new.

Learning new subjects in vocational training can be daunting, but a student success program is available to provide support and instruction on the best ways to learn and prepare to take tests.

New dental hygiene student Allison Tubbs from Cabot said, “I don’t need to be so hard on myself, and I just need to know it’s going to work. I will have to put a lot of work and effort into it to succeed. I’m ready to start.


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