ERIC Number: ED201259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Description and Evaluation of the 1980 Summer Scholars Program.
Mares, Kenneth R.; And Others
The University of Missouri, under a contract with the Health Resources Administration, has planned and developed an Area Health Education Center (AHEC), whose purpose is to address the problem of underrepresentation of minority and educationally disadvantaged students in educational programs for health professions. Activities range from early identification of promising students to provision of continuing education for practicing professionals. A committee developed the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine's Summer Scholars Program, focusing on two priorities: student identification and selection, and curriculum development. Five program objectives were determined: (1) to help students solidify decisions to enter the health professions; (2) where appropriate, to encourage students to pursue careers at the UMKC School of Health Sciences; (3) to help develop academic study skills, interpersonal and communication skills, and interview skills needed to enroll in and successfully complete educational programs; (4) to provide realistic information about education requirements; and (5) to provide experiences to clarify perceptions of career roles. The curriculum includes learning and interview skills and introductions to the fields of nutrition, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, child health care, dentistry, the emergency room, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, support services, and surgery. The program was introduced in July 1980. Student reactions to the program, recorded in student logs and by survey, were very positive, although some felt that certain program elements were repetitive and could have been more tightly scheduled or focused. Student statements are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Western Missouri Area Health Education Center, Kansas City.