School of Medicine Receives $50,000 HRSA Grant to Advance Healthcare Career Opportunities for Students In Need

Adam Aponte, MD,
Adam Aponte, MD, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Hempstead, NY—The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s efforts to enhance opportunity and exposure to careers in healthcare for underserved populations will be bolstered by a three-year $50,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Health Careers and Financial Support awarded more than $11 million to select institutions through its Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), an initiative to support projects that expand and support diversity in the healthcare workforce.

In conjunction with the Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA), a partnership between five outstanding New York metro medical schools, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine was chosen to receive project funding beginning Sept. 1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2018.  Out of nearly 160 applications submitted from accredited medical schools and healthcare institutions across the country, only 17 received the grant award. 

“The success of our Medical Scholars Pipeline Program for high-achieving, high school students has enabled us to receive the support needed to open another door of opportunity for these inspired young people,” said Adam Aponte, MD, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion. “Into their college years, MSPP graduates will have the resources to maintain their career focus and momentum by taking full advantage of our collaboration with NERA.”

NERA MedPrep is a free summer enrichment program for under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college students interested in the medical field.  A three-year summer commitment, the program is designed to give participants a chance to develop key skills and competencies that are important to success on route to medical school.  Students benefit from the collaborative expertise of the 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 North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.  As a result of the HRSA award, the School of Medicine is now a fully funded partner of NERA.

“It’s about helping our rising scholars fulfill their lifelong goals and potential,” said Dr. Aponte, “and another way to narrow the medical education and professional gap one deserving student at a time.”

About Medical Scholars Pipeline Program at the School of Medicine
In its seventh year, the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP) is designed as a multi-year four-week summer program for young scholars from economically disadvantaged areas, and serves as an integral part of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine's core mission to advance and nurture a diverse and inclusive learning community. The MSPP 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. 
For more information about the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, visit or contact Gina Granger, MA, coordinator for special programs, at 516-463-7550.

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