Hempstead, NY—Entering its seventh summer of success, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine's Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP) welcomed nearly 60 high school students from Brooklyn, Queens, Hempstead and Uniondale on Monday, June 27 at the School of Medicine for their first day of healthcare skills training and instruction.
This year's opening ceremony featured keynote speaker, Bridget I. Earle, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and site director of the geriatric and palliative medicine team at North Shore University Hospital who began her journey into medical practice as a high school pipeline student.
The MSPP is designed as a multi-year four-week summer program for high-achieving young scholars from economically disadvantaged areas, and serves as an integral part of the school's core mission to advance and nurture a diverse and inclusive learning community. In fact, MSPP first-day festivities and educational programming to commence this summer are supported by funding from the Pinkerton Foundation, an independent organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people in underserved communities that graciously renewed a $50,000 grant to benefit MSPP initiatives at Hofstra Northwell.
“Once again, we are honored to receive this award from the Pinkerton Foundation and grateful for their ongoing support of our outreach initiatives that focus on promoting diversity,” said Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the School of Medicine. “The Pipeline Program embodies our school's strong belief that the future of healthcare needs to reflect the varied communities and cultures that make up our country.”
Funds from Pinkerton will help to provide the MSPP with The Princeton Review (P)SAT preparation courses for the 11th and 12th graders, as well as CPR/AED training classes and a host of educational activities for all student participants. The MSPP at the School of Medicine works collaboratively with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education at The City College of New York to recruit and support minority public school students in their higher education goals and pursuit of health careers. It’s a partnership that continues to yield success for hard-working students in need.
This year’s Pipeline Program at the School of Medicine is comprised of 20 rising 11th graders, 23 rising 12th graders, and 15 upcoming college freshmen who will head off to undergraduate studies in the fall 2016 to elite institutions such as Vassar College and Dartmouth, including a fifth MSPP student to enter studies the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. And, highlighting a journey that has come full circle, one college graduate and MSPP alum will return to the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in August as a first-year medical student.
“Thanks to the support of the Pinkerton Foundation and our program mentors, which includes School of Medicine faculty, staff, and professionals from throughout Northwell Health, Hofstra University and beyond,” said Gina Granger, MA, associate director, special programs/alumni relations and spearhead of the MSPP, “we will continue to see our young scholars strengthen the skills and resolve needed to be successful in their academic and professional endeavors.”
In an effort to maintain the MSPP momentum into the collegiate years, the School of Medicine also has 13 MSPP alums that are currently enrolled in the The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep, a free summer enrichment program for under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college students interested in the medical field. A collaborative initiative, NERA is a partnership between Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center and Hofstra Northwell. The program works to expand health careers preparation for minority and disadvantaged students from junior high school through medical school with the goal of increasing competitiveness for medical school.
For more information about the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program and NERA, visit medicine.hofstra.edu 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.