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Darius Berry Selected for Externship Opportunity with US Public Health Service Program


May 5, 2015 – UC Pharmacy Student Darius Berry has been selected for the US Public Health Service Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP).  The program allows students to gain valuable professional experience while pursuing a college degree. Participants serve throughout the US during school breaks.

Berry has been assigned to the Whiteriver Indian Hospital, located in Whiteriver, Arizona, on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. The facility provides care for about 17,000 tribal members and other Native American communities in the surrounding area.

The JRCOSTEP program provides an “Elite paid internship for undergraduate and graduate students on America’s front lines of public health.” (

Students in health-related undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs who are selected for the program train alongside active-duty Public Health Service officers. Participants become inactive Public Health Service officers upon completion of the program and can activate upon graduation should they wish to join the UC Public Health Service.