Applications open for pipeline programs designed to increase access to health professions

Applications are being accepted for two pipeline programs designed to help high school and college students find their way to health professions education.

The annual Igniting the Dream of Medicine Conference, sponsored by the Medical College of Georgia Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs and the Augusta University chapter of the Student National Medical Association, is planned for Saturday, Feb. 25, in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.

The daylong program, which is open to high school and college students from across the state with a focus on groups that are underrepresented in health care education, offers an overview of the medical school admission process, opportunities to network and hands-on experience in a state-of-the-art simulation center, physical exam instruction, a suture clinic and more. Representatives from the Association of American Medical Colleges will also be on hand to talk with students about the Medical College Admission Test and the American Medical College Application Service. For those college students applying to MCG, mock interviews will also be held. New to this year’s conference is a research poster presentation that will give undergraduate students a chance to present their research to a large audience to help enhance their scientific and professional development.

More details and registration are online at Early registration by Feb. 10 is $20. Late registration is $25.

Applications are also now be accepted for the Summer Educational Enrichment Program, or SEEP, which aims to diversify the health care workforce and is targets underrepresented students. It exposes participants to life as a “student” at MCG and The Dental College of Georgia. Participants live on the university’s Health Sciences Campus during the seven-week program and take courses in the biomedical sciences, prepare for admission exams, shadow health care professionals and receive networking opportunities and exposure to insightful guest speakers.

There are two SEEP Pre-College programs, which are open to high school juniors and seniors, one in Augusta and the other in Savannah. The SEEP College Program, which is based in Augusta, has two levels – intermediate and advanced. Participants are assigned a level based on science prerequisite courses. Each track helps prepare students for a future career in the health sciences, with an emphasis on medicine, through an extensive academic program that includes courses in various biomedical sciences, hands-on labs and clinical shadowing, networking opportunities and guest speakers.

For more information or to apply for SEEP, visit Applications are due by March 1, 2017.

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Jennifer Hilliard Scott is Senior Communications Coordinator at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-8604 or

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