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Date: Aug 04, 2015
School of Medicine’s Medical Scholars Pipeline Program Celebrates a Successful Summer of Education and Exploration
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine celebrated the completion of its sixth Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP), a four-week, summertime initiative at the School of Medicine designed to expose high-achieving minority high school students to careers in the healthcare professions.
The MSPP at the School of Medicine, which ran June 29 through July 23, held a spirited closing ceremony to commemorate the last day of programming. Closing ceremony remarks were given by Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the School of Medicine, Gina Granger, MA, coordinator for special programs, Adam Aponte, MD, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, in addition to an inspiring keynote address by Milton O.C. Haynes, MD, a highly respected obstetrician/gynecologist at NSLIJ-Lenox Hill in New York City in practice for over 45 years.
“Dream your dream, always reach for the stars, and never give up,” said Dr. Haynes in his speech to 60 MSPP participant scholars. “The Pipeline Program gives the desire and will to dream in spite of obstacles.”
Thanks to a $50,000 grant renewal from the Pinkerton Foundation, an independent organization that supports academic programming for economically disadvantaged students in New York City, the 2015 MSPP students enjoyed off-campus excursions including a trip to the Oyster Bay Marine Education Center to collect and observe specimens and explore the importance of plankton; a visit to the United Nations in Manhattan; a tour of Columbia University; as well as time spent at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center serving as volunteers in the PEACE (Patient Engagement and Communication Enhancement) Program (photo, above left).
On-campus, the young scholars participated in interactive lectures with School of Medicine faculty and NSLIJ physicians; learned about techniques, tools, and approaches to patient care; and made critical connections with mentors from various professions and all walks of life. First-year scholars also became CPR certified and video-conferenced with a pre-med student studying abroad in Spain through the Reach the World program, while high school junior and senior students received academic assistance from a professional college consultant and completed P/SAT test prep courses. In addition, rising college freshmen completed a Mini Medical School session, taught by two School of Medicine students, and spent one day touring the operating room, cardiac catheterization laboratory, and other units at NSLIJ’s Southside Hospital, including quality time with several hospital clinicians and administrators (photo, below right).
“The ability to work with a college consultant, interaction with our faculty, staff and medical students, and exposure to the inner-workings of our healthcare facilities was priceless for students preparing for the next phase of their education and life,” said Mrs. Granger. “They feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead.”
In fact, 12 MSPP scholars and recent high school graduates are off to college in fall 2015 to schools such as M.I.T., Yale University, Trinity College, Cornell University, and Syracuse University. Three students are now enrolled at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York and one plans to continue undergraduate studies in the BS-BA/MD program at Hofstra University. This year’s Pipeline Program includes 25 rising 11th graders, 24 rising 12th graders, and 11 upcoming college freshmen.
“This program reminds us what a great success we can and will be,” said first-year MSPP scholar, Brandon Ramirez, reflecting on his summer experience at the School of Medicine. “We’re all so thankful for this opportunity—and already look forward to next year!”
For more information about the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, please visit medicine.hofstra.edu/about/diversity/diversity_pipeline.html or contact Gina Granger at 516-463-7550.
About The Pinkerton Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation is an independent grant-making organization founded by Robert Allan Pinkerton, the Chairman and CEO of Pinkerton’s, Inc., one of the nation’s oldest and largest security companies. Established in 1966, the Pinkerton Foundation supports community-based programming that combines capable leadership, engaging activities, mentoring by caring adults, and academic training to further economically disadvantaged students in New York City.