Undergrads interested in medicine and science take part in three-week enrichment program

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BOSTON (Jan. 9, 2017)—Last week, 28 undergraduate students from the University of Massachusetts Boston began a three-week pipeline program at Tufts University School of Medicine to build connections and gain an intensive introduction to life as a physician or scientist. The annual Tufts University School of Medicine/University of Massachusetts Boston Enrichment Program (TUSM/UMass Boston) provides UMass Boston students, many of whom come from communities underrepresented in medicine, with valuable insights as they consider futures in medicine or research. This is the program’s fifth year running.“As we train future doctors and researchers, we must address the need for a diverse workforce to combat disparities in health and health care. This collaborative program seeks to increase opportunities and support for students interested in healthcare and the health sciences as well as ultimately increase the range of perspectives in these fields,” said Joyce A. Sackey, M.D., dean for multicultural affairs and global health at Tufts University School of Medicine.
The TUSM/UMass Boston Enrichment Program offers two tracks depending on students’ interests: the Pathway to Clinical and Health Careers for those interested in working in a clinical setting, and the Pathway to Ph.D. for those interested in a career in basic science research.
Students who choose the clinical track shadow medical students and clinicians, learn how to identify health challenges and describe potential approaches to finding solutions, and complete introductory work for traditional medical school courses. Students who choose the research track shadow graduate students at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts and learn laboratory and research techniques.
“Our two institutions share a commitment to eliminating health disparities and training health care professionals who resemble the communities they serve,” said UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “We’re proud to be a founding partner of the TUSM/UMass Boston program, and we’re thrilled to send …

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