Introduction to the medical professions through an innovative medical student-run pipeline program

Nair, Navya, Marciscano, Ariel E., Vivar, Karina L., Schaeffer, Sarah, LaMont, Elizabeth, and Francois, Fritz (2011) Introduction to the medical professions through an innovative medical student-run pipeline program. Journal of the National Medical Association, 103 (9-10). pp. 832-839.

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Abstract

Underrepresented minorities (URMs) make up a disproportionately small percentage of medical school applicants, matriculants, and physicians relative to the general US population. Preprofessional pipeline programs may help introduce URMs to careers in the medical field. MiniMeds was developed as a paracurricular enrichment program that targeted URM students. The curriculum was designed and administered by medical students, and 2 trials of this program were conducted. Data were collected pre and post program through a survey that assessed knowledge of medical concepts and knowledge of and interest in careers in medicine. Attendance at program sessions correlated with baseline knowledge about medical professions. Knowledge about medical concepts increased significantly from baseline to follow-up for boys, a group significantly represented by URMs in our cohort. Median scores for knowledge of medical careers increased significantly from baseline to followup for URMs as well as for boys and girls. Preprofessional pipeline programs such as MiniMeds are able to engage and develop medical knowledge in URM students at a critical developmental age. Further evaluation and implementation of programs that incorporate medical students to actively develop and lead pipeline programs are warranted.

Item ID: 24242
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0027-9684
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2012 00:40
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