Eighth and ninth grade students from the Hempstead School District celebrated the completion of the Medical Science Youth Program (MSYP) established by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell with a closing ceremony held on Dec. 1, 2018. Now in its second year, the MSYP exists to enhance academic success for underserved youth and foster an interest in a career in medicine. Zucker School of Medicine third-year student, Elizabeth Lynch, and second-year student, Marcel Souffrant, created the program.
During a rigorous two-month medical science curriculum, 30 students from Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School and Hempstead High School were introduced to the Zucker School of Medicine and formed relationships with medical students. These relationships exposed program participants to the demanding yet rewarding path toward a future in healthcare. In the MSYP, students learn mindfulness, reflection and presentation skills while tackling topics such as basic physiology, wellness, nutrition, self-esteem, hygiene, and professionalism.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to deserving students in our community. Their hard work, enthusiasm, and desire to learn inspire our medical students and faculty with every interaction,” said Gina Granger, MSEd, program manager for medical science youth programs at Zucker School of Medicine. “Our goal is to continue to expand the program and strengthen the bond with our local schools, youth and families.”
For more information about pipeline programs at the Zucker School of Medicine, visit medicine.hofstra.edu/pipeline.