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Greetings from Columbia University
We welcomed 80 scholars this year from across the country to participate in SHPEP that included medicine, dentistry, nursing, and physical therapy tracks. They were enriched with workshops, seminars, and lectures that exposed them to the world’s leading researchers and clinicians. Topics ranged from stem cell research, occupational justice, narrative medicine, and nutrition.
In addition to other courses, designed to strengthen their academic performance, scholars were given the opportunity to explore New York City. They visited the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and Times Square. Scholars also went to see, “A Raisin in the Sun”, at the Harlem Repertory Theatre. The scholars were able to meet with the performers after the play and discuss a number of topics, including feminism, equity, and inclusion within the theatre world.
Our program has been a memorable one for the scholars and we are excited to see them excel and break glass ceilings when they return to their institutions.
Job well done Columbia SHPEP scholars!
Greetings from Howard University
The 2017 SHPEP scholars comprised of dental, medical, nursing, and pharmacy scholars from colleges and universities throughout the US. To include a scholar from Hawaii for the first time.
SHPEP at Howard opened with an opening ceremony where scholars formally meet staff, tutors, resident advisers (mentors) as well as each other. This introduction helps to spark positive life-long friendships.
Howard scholars were invited to presentations from numerous speakers who guided them through the next six weeks in their journey of becoming future health care professionals. They were introduced to interprofessional practice and education (IPE) concepts. Diverse speakers from the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine (USUHS) presented opportunities in the military for physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists.
Female scholars participated in a Girls Talk- Inside Knowledge workshop which consisted of presentations on female gynecological health and cancer survivors, games, and surveys from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC). Simultaneously, male scholars participated in the Guys Talk: Chat and Chew event, which was sponsored by Delta Mu Chi (DMX) Dental, Medical, and Pharmacy Fraternity. Activities included fellowship, games, professional mentorship, presentations, a session on etiquette with an emphasis on how to successfully make suit bow-ties, ties and more.
In the final weeks of the program, several scholars conduct novel research with the Dr. William Montague Cobb Research Laboratory Group (CRL) led by Dr. Fatimah Jackson, Cobb Lab Director and Professor of Biology. The Cobb Collection (CC) is unique to the Howard program site. SHPEP scholars conducted case studies on a selection of CC individuals. While given only scarce details, they worked to provide a history and background of their CC individual. The final essays contained colorful descriptions of the CC individual, details about their life story, migration patterns, standard of living, and neighborhood history. At the end of their time with the CRL, each scholar was presented a certificate of meritorious research. Currently, each essay is being reviewed for publication.
In conclusion of the program, the scholars visited the National Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland where they enjoyed a two-hour cruise aboard the Spirit of Baltimore filled with fun, food, and dancing. The program ended with a talent show and closing ceremony with special gusts, Young Doctors DC.
The SHPEP staff would like to thank the SHPEP National Program Office, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Howard University Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy for their continued support of SHPEP at Howard University.
Inspirational Words from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans 2017 SHPEP Alumna, Glory Ogunyinka
This summer I had the privilege to meet some of the most elite professors at Louisiana State University (LSUHSC), New Orleans. Every professor took the time to let us ask questions, share their experience, and give us vital study skills and positive tips for success. I also received a three-hour course credit at my institution which was officially credited as an internship course.
The hands-on lab demonstrations were unparalleled to any of my previous lab experiences. My favorite hands-on demonstration was with dentistry when we worked in the chalk carving. The labs also gave us insight into what we could expect once we made it to our respective graduate schools.
The academic portion of the curriculum helped me to improve my time management, organizational and interactive skills. The cultural enrichment portion of the curriculum helped me confirm my decision to pursue a career in the health care industry.
I would recommend SHPEP to every high-achieving student who expects the best for themselves and their future. This program was more than the classwork and hands-on clinical labs. It taught me how to be more focused and understand what I am working hard to accomplish. This program is an eye-opener.
“I began as a worrisome, confused pre-medical student and completed the program as an optimistic, confident, and jubilant pre-dental student.”
Glory Ogunyinka is a junior at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Her experience with SHPEP at LSU – New Orleans is a testament to the curriculum, mentorship, and experiential learning activities developed for its SHPEP scholars.