On February 1, 2006, Dr. Charles Alexander from the University of San Francisco School of Dentistry met with five California medical schools to discuss the Pipeline program. Dr. Alexander represented the California Endowment Pipeline schools by highlighting the positive outcomes of their joint efforts in minority and underrepresented student recruitment and community clinic experiences.
Five University of California medical schools were present: Davis, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. “The schools were very impressed by what we [Pipeline schools] are doing,” says Dr. Alexander. “They want to create a joint office for post-baccalaureate admissions and enrollment.”
Dr. Alexander was eager to note that there were impressive initiatives being taken within the medical schools already. One such action was the increased involvement of faculty in admissions reviews. Some of the schools have implemented “conditional admissions” where faculty can admit a student to a post-baccalaureate program under the condition that he/she fulfills specific requirements. Once those requirements are met, the student is fully enrolled. “It is a wonderful way for faculty to champion students who they are confident will succeed in their program,” says Dr. Alexander.
This recent meeting with the California medical schools emphasizes the growing interest that has developed about the Pipeline program and its successes. The five medical schools plan on meeting again to create one California medical pipeline center to organize their future efforts.
12 Schools and Graduate Programs of Public Health Selected by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health for Engaged Institutions Initiative Focused on Eliminating Health Disparities
Drs. Alexander and Grumbach have been selected by The California Endowment to perform a rigorous data analysis of enrollment records from several large undergraduate degree institutions in California. As part of this study, the project staff will need the assistance of institutional research directors and registrars at The University of California and The California State University to identify students that have enrolled in lower division science courses and to extract enrollment and some demographic data for this sample of students.
Drs. Alexander and Grumbach intend to track two cohorts of first-time freshmen at participating UC and CSU campuses (see table), the first cohort entering college in Fall 1999 and the second cohort entering college in Fall 2000. Students will be included in the cohorts if they registered for at least one of the pre-health career gateway courses during any period of their enrollment. The doctors will track these students over the course of their college enrollment and create a record for each student indicating the total number of gateway courses for which the student registered, and the outcome for each course (completed vs. dropped, and grade for completed course). Drs. Alexander and Grumbach will compare the number and outcomes of students from different ethnic groups.
At the conclusion of data analysis in 2007, the project staff will prepare a campus-specific report to the Institutional Research Office comparing the minority attrition and completion rates for courses at each school compared against the aggregate rates calculated from the other participating schools. The report will not be disseminated to any bodies outside the Institutional Research Office. We will prepare a report for the California Endowment that lists the aggregate attrition and completion rates in the University of California system and the California State University system. We will not report any school-specific results to the Endowment.
For any questions or concerns regarding this evaluation, please contact:
Charles Alexander, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)
Kevin Grumbach, M.D. (Co-Principal Investigator)
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is accepting applications for their 9th
Service-learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their civic roles. Service-learning helps to equip future health professionals with the community-oriented competencies and commitment to civic engagement they will need to be effective as practitioners and community leaders.
The institute has tracks for both novice and experienced service-learning practitioners. Applications, due April 7, 2006, are available at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/servicelearning.html.
The institute curriculum combines experiential and didactic approaches to teaching and learning. A unique and effective aspect of the institute's approach is inclusion of a mentoring model in which participants work in small groups and as individuals with mentors to further shape their own action plans for developing and sustaining service-learning courses and programs. A peer-reviewed paper on the institute's proven success in fostering curricular change is available at http://www.academicmedicine.org/cgi/content/full/75/5/533.
During intensive interactive workshops and small group sessions, participants learn about these topics and more:
Curricular models of service-learning in a variety of health professions disciplines, including interdisciplinary models
For more information on this program, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/mentor.html
RWJF Dental Pipeline Scholar Award winner (2005) and fourth year dental student at UNC, Ms. Jonelle S. Grant, was awarded the UNC Chancellor's Award entitled the Boka W. Hadzija Award. Boka W. Hadzija was an outstanding scholar, teacher and mentor of students in the School of Pharmacy and throughout the University for nearly three decades. She has been an inspiration to generations of students. In her honor, the award recognizes the graduate or professional student who has been judged most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership. Congratulations to Ms. Jonelle S. Grant on her accomplishments!
Dr. George Blue Spruce (Assistant Dean at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and President of the Society of American Indian Dentists) will be moderating a panel on the Recruitment and Retention of American Indian students into the profession of Dentistry at the ADEA conference in Orlando, FL. The panel will take place on Friday, March 10, 2006. Serving on the panel with be Dr. Kevin Avery (associate dean--University of Oklahoma) Dr. Frank Ayers (associate dean--Creighton University) Dr. Christopher Halliday (Director of Indian Health Service dental programs) and DezBaa Damon (American Indian dental student at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health).
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