Program Contact

Contact: Allison Augustus-Wallace, PhD, MS, MNS

Phone Number: (504) 568-3044/(504) 568-8501


Program Information

Location: Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA


Start/End Dates: TBD

Academic Credit: Yes


The Summer Health Professions Education Program at LSUHSC-New Orleans is strongly committed to increasing the number of students from underrepresented/underserved, rural, and/or disadvantaged backgrounds who are skilled, confident, and motivated to remain and succeed in challenging academic programs/majors that are designed to support health sciences careers. Therefore, our program will incorporate our Health Sciences Center’s Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health, with support from our Center for Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (CIPECP) and our HBCU partner Xavier University at Louisiana, College of Pharmacy. The skills that will be addressed support the development of inter/intrapersonal, critical thinking, and reasoning competencies, as well as science competencies as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges, but are also relevant to all health professions disciplines. Our program content is crafted around academic enrichment in selected gateway undergraduate basic science and quantitative courses, such as Organic Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and the Introduction to Biostatistics & Epidemiology, as well as topics such as the Introduction to Public Health and Health Policy. Additionally, our program provides professionalism skills and knowledge development in areas of cultural competency, health equity, and National Program Office (NPO)-direct professional careers’ financial planning, as well as social determinants of health, medical ethics, and patient quality initiatives.

Clinical Experience: Scholars will experience limited clinical exposure through seminars and shadowing of highly experienced clinicians in small-group clinical rotations in medicine and dentistry. Additionally, the Clinical Simulation Laboratory Experiences in Small Learning Groups will introduce scholars to clinical reasoning and practice of patient history taking and healthcare interactions with patients, through role playing. Furthermore, students will be provided the opportunity to study the cardiovascular system from the points of view of public health (chronic disease); medicine & clinical skills integration, dentistry w/clinical skills integration, and pharmacogenetics (in collaboration with our HBCU partner Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy).


Meals: Debit cards will be provided to all participants for their use in the LSHSC-NO dining hall, 7:30 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday, and University Medical Center (UMC) cafeteria, until 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, the UMC cafeteria is available until 2:30 PM. Additionally, on weeknights and weekends, local restaurants are available and their contact and menu information will be provided during orientation.

Travel Assistance: Round-trip coach airfare or economy train fare paid up to $500; car travel will be available for participants traveling from outside of the New Orleans area, however, not within the New Orleans area. All travel plans require prior approval, therefore, please contact program administrator.

Stipend: Two Installments (upon arrival week 1 and Week 4).



Housing: TBA (Specifics to be announced; dormitories either at LSUHSC-NO or Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA (collaborating partner)

Health Insurance: Although not a condition of eligibility to participate in our program, students will be requested to provide proof of their own health insurance. Access to both emergency and non-emergency services are available and information regarding access to these services will be provided. If there are further questions, please feel free to contact the program administrator.

Social Activities: Information will be distributed regarding activities and ways of travel (Uber and Streetcars) during the orientation; activities occur on the weekends.

  • Places To Visit: Congo Square, Jackson Square, The Cabildo; City Park, the World War II Museum.
  • June Activities: New Orleans Oyster Festival, Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, French Market Creole Tomato Festival, New Orleans Pride, City Park Jazz Concert Series (Wednesday and Thursday evenings).
  • July Activities: Fourth of July Fireworks on the River, ESSENCE Festival.