ODMA has held several summer pathway programs at the Medical School for high school and undergraduate students underrepresented in medicine (URM), including Month of Medicine and Week of Medicine. These programs introduce students to the opportunities that are available to them in the field of medicine.
This summer, seven undergraduate students from Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island, and Providence College participated in the second annual Month of Medicine Program, a three-week experience that exposes students to medical school-level coursework and promotes their academic development while enhancing their competitiveness as medical school applicants. Participants were able to take part in lectures that replicate course materials covered in the first few weeks of medical school, panels/workshops about applying to medical school and careers in medicine, and clinical skills workshops and activities. Anyone who participated in this program will have the opportunity to shadow physicians during the upcoming academic year.
During the Week of Medicine, the Medical School hosted 18 high school students, the majority from Central Falls High School, as they participated in a rigorous, fast-paced, nine-day summer course that exposed students to medical skills, concepts and careers in health professions. Additionally, they were paired with mentors that included health professionals and medical students. Students learned about the human brain and the cardiovascular system and were excited to visit the anatomy lab. Program attendees also had the opportunity to tour Brown University and receive college access tips as they prepare for their post-secondary journeys.