North Carolina United Scholars Program: An early intervention program to increase diversity in the Physician Assistant workforce.
AAPA ePoster library. Rendon A. 05/17/17; 180555; 233
Alejandro Rendon
Alejandro Rendon
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PURPOSE: The North Carolina United Scholars Program (NCUSP) was established to address the recruitment of underrepresented minority (URM) students to the Physician Assistant profession. The purpose is to introduce URM students to the PA profession. The NCUSP provides a hands-on opportunity for high school students where they can apply what they learn in the classroom by engaging in activities that are taught at the graduate level. The NCUSP has adopted a local high school and started a mentorship program which allows participating students to explore the PA career path. The goal of the NCUSP is to provide URMs resources that enable them to become competitive applicants. Programs like the NCUSP can facilitate URM access to educational opportunities which can subsequently lead to increasing diversity in the Physician Assistant workforce. Description/Methods: The participants of the NCUSP are from local high schools and community programs. These students have shown an interest in the medical field. They participate in workshops lasting 60-90 minutes that include an introduction, a skills component, a question and answer session, and a survey. During the introduction participants are exposed to the PA profession, gain knowledge about admission requirements and are introduced to medical case studies. The skills component requires the participants to work in groups and are rotated every 15 minutes through 4-5 different stations that are led by PA students. The design of these stations is similar to an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) format commonly used in Physician Assistant education. These stations incorporate listening to heart and lung sounds, intubation and EKG interpretation. To evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop, participants are given a survey to assess an increased interest in the PA profession. The NCUSP has adopted a local high school and established a mentorship program for students that express an interest in becoming PAs. Students are selected based on their portfolio submission that includes their most recent transcript, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. PA program faculty members and PA student mentors interview each applicant to assess their intent and interest. PA student mentors engage with their assigned mentee during their high school tenure and provide support to the mentee through undergraduate school. This early intervention program is designed to ensure that URM students are given the nec...
PURPOSE: The North Carolina United Scholars Program (NCUSP) was established to address the recruitment of underrepresented minority (URM) students to the Physician Assistant profession. The purpose is to introduce URM students to the PA profession. The NCUSP provides a hands-on opportunity for high school students where they can apply what they learn in the classroom by engaging in activities that are taught at the graduate level. The NCUSP has adopted a local high school and started a mentorship program which allows participating students to explore the PA career path. The goal of the NCUSP is to provide URMs resources that enable them to become competitive applicants. Programs like the NCUSP can facilitate URM access to educational opportunities which can subsequently lead to increasing diversity in the Physician Assistant workforce. Description/Methods: The participants of the NCUSP are from local high schools and community programs. These students have shown an interest in the medical field. They participate in workshops lasting 60-90 minutes that include an introduction, a skills component, a question and answer session, and a survey. During the introduction participants are exposed to the PA profession, gain knowledge about admission requirements and are introduced to medical case studies. The skills component requires the participants to work in groups and are rotated every 15 minutes through 4-5 different stations that are led by PA students. The design of these stations is similar to an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) format commonly used in Physician Assistant education. These stations incorporate listening to heart and lung sounds, intubation and EKG interpretation. To evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop, participants are given a survey to assess an increased interest in the PA profession. The NCUSP has adopted a local high school and established a mentorship program for students that express an interest in becoming PAs. Students are selected based on their portfolio submission that includes their most recent transcript, a personal statement and letters of recommendation. PA program faculty members and PA student mentors interview each applicant to assess their intent and interest. PA student mentors engage with their assigned mentee during their high school tenure and provide support to the mentee through undergraduate school. This early intervention program is designed to ensure that URM students are given the nec...
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