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Published in Alumni Publications on July 01, 2010

Cason lends expertise in Nigeria

By Matt Westerfield

The Cytotechnology program graduated five students for the 2009-10 academic year. The program currently has five juniors andsix seniors enrolled.

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In May, program director Zelma Cason spent two weeks in Nigeria as a volunteer training pathologists and scientists from across the country in how to screen for cervical cancer.

Cason said the country does not have cytotechnology specialists, and the health-care providers who attended her seminars hope to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam.

Awards and achievements

In May, the program reached a milestone when one of its graduates for the first time completed medical school at UMMC. Dr. Nourelhoda Ibrahim Farah earned her B.S. in Cytotechnology in 2005. She's now undergoing residency training in Pediatrics at UMHC. "Our students are motivated to continue their education," Benghuzzi said.