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Tour for Diversity in Medicines 5th Bus Tour Crosses the Southwest to Mentor the Next Generation of Minority Medical Students


Albuquerque, N.M. (PRWEB) February 03, 2014

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine, a volunteer initiative developed by two young physicians, will travel across the Southwest from February 3 7, 2014 during its fifth bus Tour to help minority students pursue careers in medicine and dentistry. Reaching five universities and colleges in just five days, 15 doctors, dentists and medical school students from across the country will provide free, full-day workshops to local college students. For the first time the Tour also will offer a new combined curriculum highlighting college readiness for high school and college students in Albuquerque, N.M. In addition, the Tour will provide courses customized for the needs of community college students when it meets with them for the first time in Phoenix.

Sponsored in part by the U.S. Army, the Tour for Diversity in Medicine aims to help diversify the health care profession by giving minority students the advice and tools they will need to pursue medical careers. Although African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise more than 26 percent of the U.S. population, they represent only six percent of practicing physicians and five percent of dentists, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). However, research shows that patients who receive care from doctors of the same background are more satisfied and engaged in their care.

Were working community-by-community to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and make a positive impact on the current state of diversity in the medical profession, said Alden Landry, M.D., co-founder of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine and an emergency department physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Our new curriculum for high school and community college students will help even more students better understand how they can overcome perceived barriers of pursuing a medical career. Through in-person meetings and ongoing mentorship after our Tours, were making a tangible difference in the lives of future doctors across the country.

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine will travel more than 1,700 miles to visit the following schools:

Bike Commuters to University of Chicago Medical Campus Gain Security with New Sentry Shelter by Duo-Gard


Canton, Michigan (PRWEB) July 30, 2013

Bike commuters to the University of Chicago Medical campus can now wheel into its first covered, enclosed shelter specifically for employees. The new bike shelter was designed, engineered, fabricated and installed by Duo-Gard Industries Inc. in Canton MI, a leading innovator in outdoor structures.

Located in an enclosed, low-profile courtyard on the academic medical centers Hyde Park campus, the 16-ft.-wide by 24-ft.-long shelter is Duo-Gards Sentry model from its standard line. This one features a bronze metal, barrel-vault roof and glass walls; an open front doorway provides ventilation. Equipped with inverted-U parking racks, the structure holds up to 28 bikes. The fenced courtyards iron gate requires a swipe from the employees ID badge for entry.

We have a number of employees who regularly bike to work. Safety and security for them and their expensive bikes was a major factor, said Dave Hicks, UCMs Vice-President of Pharmacy and Laboratory Services. We needed some place secure, protected from the regions wind and snow, and readily accessible.

Response has been quite positive, Hicks said, with some 15 to 20 bikers a day taking advantage of the shelter. Hicks is one of them. Four days out of five, he bikes the 10 miles from his home in downtown Chicago to the Hyde Park location. He added that, as a user, he appreciates the open air flow and glass panels, plus the concrete floor and its good drainage. And, he said, bikers dont like carrying their locks around, so the shelters rafters provide a convenient place to clip them.

Bicycling is no longer relegated to recreation in parks and off-road environments. Commuting to work on bikes is a growing trend. The League of American Bicyclists cites a U.S. Census Bureau survey that shows a whopping 80 percent increase in bike commuting from 2000 to 2011 in large, bike-friendly cities. Combining increasing concern for the environment, as well as employee well-being, this form of alternative transportation is gaining growing respect.

Employers are encouraging this with accommodation that includes covered, enclosed bike shelters that provide both protection from the weather and security for bike and rider. Companies want to make it safe and easy for employees to bike to work, said Michael Arvidson, Duo-Gards Executive Vice-President. Our shelters help them accomplish this goal, and were on the front lines of sustainable, LEED-compatible design.

He said a major topic at the 2013 National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. was the fact that the younger generation coming into the work force is moving closer to the job, and many are committed to the environmental advantages of alternative transportation.

The shelter helped us achieve exactly what everyone was looking for, said Dave Hicks.

About Duo-Gard Industries Inc.:

Duo-Gard Industries Inc. is a leading innovator in special-purpose shelters, high-performance translucent daylighting systems and architectural illumination, as well as custom canopies including solar photovoltaics and outdoor structures. For over 29 years, Duo-Gard has advanced translucent technology with design, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom architectural products that enhance sustainability. Duo-Gard was established in 1984 and is based in Canton MI. The company was honored in May 2012 as one of the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2012. For additional information, please visit http://www.duo-gard.com.

Editorial Contact:

Julie Mead, Marketing Manager

810-623-0561 / jmead(at)duo-gard(dot)com

Linda Byam, Marketing Consultant

248-761-7990 / lbyam(at)duo-gard(dot)com