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Goals & Expectations

Program Goals:

  • Increase the awareness of underrepresented and minority high school students of opportunities available in the health professions.
  • Increase the number of minorities and underrepresented students entering the health professions, allied health fields, and graduate sciences.
  • Facilitate interactions between underrepresented high school students, medical students, and faculty at medical institutions.
  • Increase high school student awareness of the unique healthcare needs of minority and economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Strengthen high school student motivation to pursue a career in the sciences via creative, intellectual, and sociocultural mechanisms.
  • Counsel serious college-bound minority and underrepresented high school students on college survival skills and the premedical curriculum.

To achieve these goals, we have allotted time for mentors to assist students with the final presentation assignment, interviewing, and personal statement writing. Students are also given detailed feedback for each graded category at the conclusion of the program.

Participant Expectations

  1. Attend at least 6 sessions (8 total)
  2. Be on time!
  3. Ask questions.
  4. Participate actively in-group discussions.
  5. Complete assignments in a timely fashion.
  6. Have fun!!

Assignments

Case Competition

  • Each participant will be assigned a team and compete in a case competition at the end of the program.
    • Time will be allotted during every session to allow participants to work on completing the necessary duties for the case competition.
  • Teams will be graded by a panel of judges during the last session. The top performers will receive special recognition.

Personal Statement

  • Each participant will be required to write a personal statement or a reflection regarding their interests in medicine. Medical students will review drafts, and a final submission will be due at the end of the program.

Mock Interview

  • Each participant is required to participate in a 5-10 minute mock interview with a medical student.
  • Interviewers will ask college interview style questions.
  • You will be asked to dress professionally and will be expected to answer questions as though you are applying to an undergraduate institution.