Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM CDT

Garage Parking Available at a fee; street parking also available (be careful with signage)

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Rush University Medical School 
1725 W. Harrison
Searle Conference Room, Rush Professional Building
Room 500
Chicago, IL 60612

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LaMenta Conway, MD, MPH 

Urban Bridges International  Medical Scholars 

Kiara Wallace, one of our Scholarship awardees from 2017 class spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica learning the language and shadowing physician.  enjoys bird watching at Arenal Volcano's Hanging Bridges

100 Hearts CPR

Redcross Certified Instructors Sharad Crosby and Corey Conway teach CPR and First Aid to a host of I AM ABEL FOUNDATION scholars.  


Stop the Bleed Workshop was filled to capacity with students wanting to learn what to do in case of traumas.

3rd  Annual Health & Medical Careers Conference

                       For Aspiring Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals 

Rush University Host Sponsor


Saturday, May 18th, 2019

  • So you dream of becoming a doctor but are not sure if it is even possible? Do you desire to be on the front line as a nurse? Are you passionate about research and solving complex clinical queries?  Want to be a pharmacist? Interested in public health? Or maybe you want to jump right in and explore career opportunities like EMT or phlebotomy.  Enjoy lively and inspirational plenary and small group sessions to encourage, motivate and empower Chicago area youth and young adults, particularly those from socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority groups who are interested in exploring careers in medicine and allied healthcare but don’t know how
  • Enjoy “how to” workshops that give you the steps you must take to successfully navigate health care careers.  This track will feature all the information you need to learn how to successfully navigate the pathway to medicine.  We will have specialized workshops for Junior High, High School, College and Post Baccalaureate students interested in becoming physicians.  Parents are welcome and should register separately. 
  • Focus on your areas of need with our phenomenal breakout sessions.
  • Network with physicians and allied health professionals who can share there journey and help you brainstorm your own path
  • Master the MCAT and get the resources you need to score big


  • Visit college and universities and learn about pre-med and post-baccalaureate curriculums and their respective admission criteria
  • Explore Study Abroad opportunities at destinations like Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cuba and learn about other cultures while developing shadowing medical providers and developing second language fluency.
  • Learn how you can serve on medical missions in places like Haiti and Kenya and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity Explore local and national summer STEM research opportunities like NIH, Fermilab, Argonne Labs, etc… 
  • Learn about how to join I AM ABEL FOUNDATION’S Urban Bridges Medical Mentoring Program


  • Middle School
  • High School 
  • Undergraduate
  • Post-baccalaureate
  • Young adults / recent high school and college graduates