Fort Worth Medical Students Inspire Young Latina Women

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine collaborated with Tarrant County College and their Latina STEM Fellowship program.

By Prescotte Stokes III

FORT WORTH – A group of young women from area schools in Fort Worth got a hands-on medical experience thanks to medical students at TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine.

In late April 2021, the medical school held a Mini Medical School program in collaboration with Tarrant County College and their Latina STEM Fellowship (LSF).

The LSF program in Fort Worth encourages local Latina youth to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through skill building, career exploration, education planning and mentorship. The group is made up of young Latinas, ranging from middle-school students to community college students, who have shown an interest in STEM and attended monthly LSF workshops.

During the virtual Mini Medical School program, the young women were given suturing kits and were able to follow along in a suturing exercise with TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine medical students, Juhi Shah and Briana Collins.

As part of the program the young women were also able to hear stories from Bianka Soria-Olmos, M.D., pediatrician at Cook Children’s and Maria Manriquez, M.D., FACOG, Professor Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix about their journeys to medicine.