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Surge in donor support for medical scholars pipeline program

MSPP participants celebrate the start of 2017 programming.

Hempstead, NY—Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Medical Scholars Pipeline Program (MSPP) has a lot to celebrate this summer including the start of another season of study and an unprecedented $85k in grant support for this initiative designed to expose high-achieving minority students to careers in the healthcare professions.

Eight years strong, the MSPP welcomed nearly 60 high school students from New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Hempstead and Uniondale on Friday, June 30, 2017, at 9am during an opening ceremony at the School of Medicine. The event featured keynote speaker and Hofstra University alumnus, Yves Duroseau, MD, MPH (pictured above, center), who is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital-Northwell Health and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine.

“We’re excited to embark on another year of programming and so grateful for the interest, time, and tremendous opportunity that these charitable, forward-thinking organizations have brought forth to our initiative and its deserving students,” said Gina Granger, MA, associate director of special programs at the School of Medicine.

Generous recognition of MSPP’s impact in education has come from the Shippy Foundation, with a gift of $20k, in addition to over $13k from the Boulé Foundation, a professional fraternity dedicated to mentoring the young people who will advance the African American community.  Longtime MSPP supporter, The Pinkerton Foundation, also renewed a contribution of $50k for the fourth consecutive year. Other supporters include the New York Smart Set and Dr. Thelma Dye-Holmes. Funding provided by this year’s philanthropists will help to provide the MSPP with Kaplan (P)SAT preparation courses for the 11th and 12th graders, as well as CPR/AED training classes and a host of educational activities for all student participants.

The MSPP at the School of Medicine is designed as a multi-year four-week summer program for young scholars from underserved areas and is an integral part of the school’s core mission to advance and nurture a diverse and inclusive learning community.  The program also works collaboratively with the Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education at The City College of New York to recruit and support minority public school students in their higher education goals and the pursuit of health careers. The MSPP has recently expanded to include Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. To date, 148 students have participated in the School of Medicine’s MSPP, including 75 students who have completed the three-year curriculum and 100 percent rising first-year college students enrolled at prestigious universities such as Dartmouth, Yale, Hofstra, Morehouse, Columbia and Harvard. Nine MSPP graduates have enrolled in professional health care schools, one of whom is a medical student at Hofstra Northwell.

For help in keeping the momentum through higher education, the School of Medicine has approximately 20 MSPP alums currently enrolled in The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep, a free summer enrichment program for under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college students interested in the medical field.  A collaborative initiative, NERA works to expand health careers preparation for minority and disadvantaged students from junior high school through medical school with the goal of increasing competitiveness for medical school.

MSPP 2015 alum, Latanya Coke, is a NERA student and a participant in the student intern program at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. She is also advising rising college sophomores this summer and plans to keep the pace at full speed toward her own goals.

“Through the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, I gained first-hand experience by volunteering in various hospitals and labs across the Northwell Health system.  I was placed in the same rooms as healthcare providers, medical professors and researchers who served as teachers and mentors,” said Ms. Coke, a student at Trinity College who is interested in obtaining an MD/PhD. “The MSPP was the foundation from which I built my dream to become a doctor.”

For more information about the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, please visit medicine.hofstra.edu  or contact Gina Granger at 516-463-7550.

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