Academic outreach: health careers enhancement program for minorities

J Natl Med Assoc. 1990 Dec;82(12):841-6.


This article describes the 6-week Health Careers Enhancement Program for Minorities inaugurated in the summer of 1988 at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The program was developed for minority and economically disadvantaged college undergraduates and postbaccalaureate premedical students. Its major objectives were to stimulate and maintain the interest of minority students in health careers and prepare these students for entry into health professions and for successful completion of these programs. A unique aspect of the program was academic outreach. Case Western Reserve University minority alumni and community minority physicians participated as clinical role models, mentors, and teachers; community and state minority leaders served as inspirational speakers and role models. The program was designed not only to incorporate cognitive and skill development activities, but to also include features distinctive to the Case Western Reserve University curriculum, specifically, organ system teaching, preceptor groups, medical apprenticeship program, and student tutors.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate*
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups*
  • Personnel Selection / methods*
  • Schools, Medical