HPREP Program Description:
The Health Profession Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is a program that aims to provide professional development and mentoring to historically underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in health care. With the help of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are medical students and professional faculty, HPREP seeks to provide not only role models who are pursuing careers in healthcare, but also multiple experiences and interactions with medicine.
Sessions are held on Saturday mornings and include hands-on activities such as CPR training and small group activities to allow for team-building and interactions with mentors. During the group sessions, mentors generally share their experiences, offer advice to students, and provide feedback to students regarding writing, public speaking, and interviewing. Many of our participants find this to be a very valuable time.
Participants are required to compete in a case competition, perform a mock interview, and submit a personal statement/reflection.
It is our tradition to award exceptional participants in the program with special recognition during the closing ceremony. Criteria for the awards will be based on performance on the case competition, team building activities, personal statement, attendance, and mock-interview.
Statement regarding COVID-19:
Based on the current COVID-19 guidelines, our sessions in 2024 will be IN PERSON.
Meet our co-directors:
Adwoa is an MD student from Ghana who grew up in Tampa, FL. She majored in Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating from UNC in 2021, Adwoa took a gap year which she spent conducting Women’s Health Research. Her interests include global public health, and all things creative including painting, photography, and various at home DIY projects.
Sam is an MD student from Raleigh, NC who grew up playing basketball and running track. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. After graduation, Sam spent 2 gap years working as a medical assistant, visiting family in Nigeria, learning how to DJ, and acquiring a Masters of Management in Clinical Informatics from Duke University. His interests include sports, old school music, faith, and food.