On September 25, 2018, Drs. Deborah Kittrell-Mikell, Director of Academic Support Services on the East Georgia State College-Augusta campus and David Chevalier, Chair of the EGSC Biology Department, attended the 2018 Health Sciences Advisors’ Symposium at Augusta University. Other attendees included academic advisors and instructors for higher education institutions from Georgia and South Carolina.
During this symposium, representatives from the Medical College of Georgia, Dental School of Georgia, Graduate School, College of Nursing and College of Allied Health Sciences discussed different programs and admission requirements. Attendees also toured the simulation lab, which included multiple life-like mannequins in an authentic clinical environment. These mannequins allow nursing and medical students, as well as residents to students, to acquire valuable skills and confidence in diagnosing and treating patients. Dr. Kittrell-Mikell even practiced delivering a baby with a birthing mother mannequin.
“A plethora of information was provided and several discussions resonated with me, but what stood out the most was when the representative from the School of Nursing provided tips on writing an essay and interviewing,” said Dr. Kittrell-Mikell. “Interviewers would prefer students to know themselves and identify a struggle, then explain how they were able to overcome the obstacles. Other than practice interviewing, there were five suggestions that the recommended: know themselves, create their story, show their passion, be confident and be able to articulate it.”
“The workshop was informative,” added Dr. Chevalier. “I have a greater knowledge of the diverse healthcare degrees offered by Augusta University and the admission requirements to these programs, and I will be able to provide improved advising to the EGSC students interested in healthcare professions.”