Women in Health Care: The Next Generation

Hanna Silverthorne at Women in Health Care 2010

The KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center has created an exciting program exclusive to female high school students in Kansas. Women in Health Care: The Next Generation was created as a way to encourage women to become leaders in health care.

This year, the event will be held November 6-8, 2013.

This exciting 3-day program takes about ten Kansas high school junior and senior female students who have shown a strong interest and commitment to health care careers and provides them with the opportunity to interact with health professions students and faculty at KU Medical Center. Through this program the students have the chance to explore the world of medicine and health care.

The AHEC has partnered with KU Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) to create a unique opportunity for the participants. The students chosen to participate in this year's event will have the opportunity to spend time with KU Medical Center student leaders. Below is a brief introduction to each of the student leaders.

Student Leaders

Kelly Rutherford

wims rutherford

I'm from Goddard, Kan., which is really close to Wichita. I'm currently in my second year of the Occupational Therapy program. I earned an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant degree at Newman University and got my prerequisites for KUMC's OT program from Wichita State University and Emporia State University. I received my Bachelor of Science in occupational studies degree in May from KUMC.  Growing up with an older brother with special needs, I was automatically drawn to work in health care. I want to help people live as independently as possible; that's how I knew occupational therapy was for me!

Asona Lui


I'm from Topeka, KS. I majored in African Studies and Pre-Medical Studies at Washington University in St. Louis where I also worked in a microbiology lab for 2 years. I then earned a Master's of Science in Biology  at Chicago State University in Chicago, Ill. in Dr. He's Immunolgy lab where I did my thesis on T-cell differentiation. I then joined the Physician Scientst Training Program at the University of Kansas where I will recieve my M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. I just completed my first two years of Medical School and I'm now studying treatment resistant breast cancer in Dr. Wambi's Lab in the KU Cancer Center. I am active in the Student Recycling Organization, Doctors' Notes A Capella, Women in Medicine and Science and the MD/PhD Student council.

Ashley Clark

WIMS Clark

I am currently in my second year at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. I grew up in Manhattan, Kan. and stayed there for college. I graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a B.S. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and minor degrees in Spanish and Biology. From there, I attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to complete my M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2012. In graduate school, my thesis was focused on using computer modeling to predict surgical outcomes for patients with cerebral palsy. While I have not yet decided on which field of medicine to focus, I am currently interested in Internal Medicine, and potentially critical care. I recently returned from spending my summer working in the health lodge at Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Whenever I get the chance in my spare time, I love to be active in the outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, jogging. 

Lilly Varner

WIMS Varner

I'm a second year medical student. I grew up on a sheep farm outside of rural Overbrook, which is about an hour southwest of Kansas City. I went to undergrad at Washburn University in Topeka and majored in biology. I have been interested in medicine nearly my whole life. In addition to both of my parents working in health care, I like how interesting, challenging, and rewarding the medical field can be. 

Laura Banks

WIMS Banks

I am a senior in the BSN program. I'm from Topeka, Kan. and I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Psychology. I went into nursing, like many people, because I had the opportunity of seeing what a huge difference nurses can make in the health care setting. I would like to go back to school after a few years to become either a family or acute care Nurse Practitioner.

Adrianne Eyman

I grew up in Topeka, Kan. and went to school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. I majored in Neuroscience and minored in Art History. After college I took a year off to volunteer as a foster parent in Houston, Texas.  I am currently a second year medical student. I love health care because I love science and innovation and I'm also passionate about working to ensure that affordable and accessible health care is available to all people. 

Last modified: Feb 04, 2014
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Applications must be returned no later than October 17, 2013.