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ERIC Number: EJ780804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Charting the Course
Forde, Dana
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n20 p34-37 Nov 2007
This article describes how Rutgers University's Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) provides step-by-step guidance to help aspiring minority physicians fulfill their dreams. ODASIS works jointly with undergraduate admissions officials at Rutgers to identify all incoming freshman students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds who indicate an interest in studying the sciences. During the school year, students who participate in ODASIS programs attend mandatory tutoring sessions that are provided by subject. Over the last two decades, ODASIS has helped hundreds of undergraduate students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds prepare for careers in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program has turned out 400 doctors, dentists and other health professionals. This year, the program has hit a stride: 33 out of 40 ODASIS students from the Rutgers' class of 2007 started medical, dental and doctoral programs this fall compared to the dozen or fewer ODASIS students that typically get admitted to these programs each year. Another 25 ODASIS alumni--all Black and Hispanic--graduated from medical school this year and are now practicing physicians in hospitals, medical centers, clinics and private practice. Officials credit ODASIS' emphasis on graduate and professional education and its various tutoring initiatives, workshops and summer programs for its continued success in grooming future scientists, physicians, researchers and medical practitioners.
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Language: English
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