UM Program Preps Youth for Healthcare Careers
University of Miami Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, Ph.D., and Miller School of Medicine Interim Dean Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., are continuing the healthcare-mentorship model that taps into educational strengths of the University’s Coral Gables and Miller School campuses.
Known as the Miami Model for Health Professions Education, the objective behind this initiative is to prepare high school and college students from backgrounds to successfully pursue a broad array of healthcare professions, including becoming a physician.
Stephen N. Symes, M.D., FACP the Miller School Associate Dean’s for Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a long with Nanette Vega , Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusions and UM’s Office of Academic Enhancement, will jointly lead this collaboration.
The Miami Model for Health Professions Education builds upon the lifelong work of Astrid Mack, Ph.D. , formerly the Miller School’s associate dean for minority affairs. Mack played a pivotal role in helping hundreds of disadvantaged youths to secure productive healthcare careers.
Ms. Vega is looking to take Mack’s invaluable efforts to new heights, and will be aided by operational funding the Miller School has obtained from the federal Health Resources Services Administration.
The Miami Model for Health Professions Education will prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully compete for admission to, and graduation from, allied and health professional schools, especially medicine. In past years, the program has had an amazing success rate of 90%: 60% of the participants going onto medical school and 30% continuing onto various health professional programs.
An additional objective is to reach out to disadvantaged youths who may not be aware of the broad spectrum of vocational opportunities afforded by the healthcare profession. This will be facilitated through partnerships that have been established with several local schools and community-based organizations.
Finally, the Miami Model for Health Professions Education will offer a sequence of initiatives from the high school to the undergraduate level that will enable more disadvantaged students to progress from one stage of the healthcare-education continuum to the next.
For more information please contact us at Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (305) 243-7156 or using our contact form.