Description and Regulations
The Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy (SUMA) program is offered through the Division of Clinical Anatomy of the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). This document outlines the rules and regulations surrounding participation in the series of SUMA activities for the 2016 summer.
All applicants should read and familiarize themselves with the contents of this document and required application, medical release and participation agreement forms. If you have any questions pertaining to this program please contact the Director of the SUMA Program, Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D. by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at 501-686-8192.
Application and acceptance into the program
The Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy is offered to all interested Arkansas resident students who have a declared major in the health related professions and have completed one year of college (i.e., those who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2016-17 school year). Recent health related profession college graduates are also eligible to apply for the program. All participants must complete an application form and submit it to the Director of the SUMA Program by email (email@example.com). A confirmation return email will notify the applicant that a spot is being held for them in a specific course until receipt of the $100 deposit. Applicants will be notified by email if all slots in a specific SUMA course have been reserved and their name has been put on a waiting list. Only after confirmation that a spot has been reserved for the applicant in a specific course should a deposit check be sent by regular mail to:
Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy
c/o Celia Mccaslin/Mailslot 510
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
College of Medicine
4301 West Markham Street,
Little Rock, AR 72205
The Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy reserves the right to cancel the program and return all deposits in the event of insufficient participant registration (minimum 12 students required to offer each course) or for other compelling and unforeseen circumstances of good cause.
The deadline for submission of applications is May 20th, 2016.
A separate deposit is required for each course that the applicant will participate in during the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy.
All participants will be expected to pay the remainder of the registration fees on the morning of the first day of the course. Students who fail to pay the fee at this time will not be allowed into the program. Registration will take place in the Anatomy offices located inside G201 of the College of Public Health (COPH) building. This is located immediately across from Parking Lot #2 (see below). Applicants are advised that the courses offered in the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy are not being offered for credit and the participants will not be enrolled as a student at UAMS.
The $100 application deposit is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled. The registration fees paid by the participants on the first day of the course are non-refundable.
Health Insurance and Medical Treatment
Participants in the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy offered through the Division of Clinical Anatomy of the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine are not provided health coverage by UAMS. All participants must provide proof of health insurance no later than one week prior to the registration on the morning of the first day of the course. This should be sent along with the signed medical release form. Students who fail to provide proof of insurance will not be allowed to participate in the program. In the event of an emergency, participants will be taken to the UAMS Emergency Department or other appropriate health facility. Applicant designated emergency contacts will be notified as soon as possible. In the event of non-emergency health problems, applicant designated contacts will be notified if deemed necessary. All participants are required to sign the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy medical release form as part of the application process.
Anatomy Teaching Facilities
All lectures in the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy will take place in a UAMS lecture room. The ultrasound activities will take place either in a UAMS lecture room or in the UAMS clinical skills center facilities. All laboratory activities will take place in the Patrick W. Tank Memorial Anatomy Teaching Complex located in the basement of the College of Public Health building on the UAMS campus. The laboratory activities will include hand-on use of human plastic embedded cross sections, prosected human specimens, human skeletons, and various plastic models. All participants are advised that the prosected specimens have been preserved with an embalming solution containing phenol and formaldehyde. The laboratory is designed to reduce exposure to harmful vapors. All participants will be instructed as to the location of posted copies of all Material Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS) for chemicals used in the teaching laboratory. Each participant will be provided daily with personal protective equipment including disposable gowns, gloves, masks, and booties. All participants are required to wear the personal protective equipment while in the teaching laboratory. Participants will be instructed as to the location of First Aid stations distributed within the teaching complex.
Participants are encourage to wear comfortable flat shoes (e.g., tennis shoes) and pants that cover the entire leg while in the anatomy teaching laboratory. Booties that will be provided must be worn in the laboratory are not safe to wear with shoes with heels. Students will have access to lockers in the anatomy teaching complex if they want to bring a change of clothes. Locks will be provided to ensure safety of stored items. However, participants are advised that the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy offered through the Division of Clinical Anatomy of the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine at UAMS is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
All faculty involved in teaching in the Summer Undergraduate Medical Academy program are College of Medicine faculty involved in teaching medical students and other health related professions students on the UAMS campus. Current UAMS medical students may be recruited to assist in these courses.
Participants are expected to act in a professional manner at all times including any scheduled interactions with standardized patients. The cadavers used in the anatomy teaching complex should be treated with respect. These donors are fellow Arkansans who want to further health related education in the state of Arkansas. No photography of any kind is allowed in the anatomy teaching complex. Violators will be immediately dismissed from the program. No eating or drinking is allowed in the anatomy teaching complex. Participants are advised that tobacco smoking is prohibited on the UAMS campus.
Participants will not be provided lunch. There are several cafeterias on the UAMS campus and fast food type restaurants within walking distance of the COPH building. Participants are referred to the following website for on-campus facilities: http://www.uamshealth.com/dining
Parking is available on the UAMS campus. The closest parking lot to the anatomy teaching complex is UAMS Parking Lot #2. The College of Public Health (COPH) building is located directly across the street from Parking Lot #2. A link to the location of this lot can be found at: http://www.uams.edu/campusop/depts/po/Docs/UAMS_Parking_Map.pdf
The parking related fees can be found at the following link: http://www.uams.edu/parking/visitor.htm#Rates
Students with friends or family in the Little Rock are encouraged to arrange their own accommodations since housing is not provided as part of the registration fees. However, housing may be available in the residence hall on the UAMS campus. Participants interested in pursuing this option will be responsible for all housing related costs including application fee, deposit and rent. Single rooms are not available in the residence hall. For more information on UAMS housing go to http://studentlife.uams.edu/housing/. Please contact the Director of the SUMA program for a housing application.