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Health Career Opportunity Programs

A top priority for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine has long been the recruitment and retention of students from diverse groups who are underrepresented in American health care professions. The Health Career Opportunity Programs (HCOP) actively recruits minority medical and dental students and supports those who are enrolled throughout the academic year.

 

Admissions

Applications from underrepresented students are reviewed by the Admissions Committee using the same criteria applied to all applications. Candidates for admission receive a full review and are selected on a competitive basis. Underrepresented candidates invited for an interview meet with the HCOP associate dean and/or assistant dean, staff of the HCOP office, and medical or dental students who answer questions in an informal setting. The associate dean and assistant dean for HCOP are members of the Admissions Committee. Students also act as hosts for medical and dental school applicants.

 

Support Programs

Academic support is available in the form of career and academic counseling by the HCOP associate dean and the Medical and Dental Student Affairs associate deans. Upon request, time management and test-taking skills courses are available to all incoming students. In addition, tutorial services and board examination review courses are available.

Social support includes: a welcome reception for incoming freshmen with classmates, upper level students, residents, fellows, faculty, and community physicians and dentists; luncheon meetings and seminars on health care topics throughout the academic year, including the annual Elbert A. Powell and Irma Cheek Powell Minority Enrichment Lecture Series; the Minority Practitioners Mentoring Program with community physicians and dentists, including minority medical and dental alumni serving as mentors for enrolled medical and dental students; and support for student representatives to attend annual meetings of professional associations, including the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Student National Dental Association (SNDA), and the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA).

The SNMA and SNDA/HSDA also offer first-year students assistance with their new educational environment through a peer support network with second-year students and communication of scholarly and socially newsworthy items of interest to enrolled medical and dental students through a department newsletter.

 

Recruitment

Through HCOP, the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine operate an extensive recruitment and outreach program to ensure a diverse applicant pool. Some of the methods used to interest qualified applicants in our program includes: visits to area colleges and to historically Black colleges and universities; representation at recruitment programs throughout the country that are attended by potential applicants from diverse groups; use of community resources; direct mail; and summer enrichment programs. Our own students are actively encouraged to participate in the recruitment program.

 

Enrichment Programs

The Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs sponsors the following Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative (HPPI) summer and academic year programs. This initiative was developed to promote diversity in the health professions and is a formal educational consortium offering a comprehensive program of educational enrichment and support activities for underrepresented, disadvantaged and first generation students applying to medical and dental schools, graduate programs in biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy and allied health programs.

Program elements form a continuous pipeline for middle/junior high school, high school and college level students. The department supports students of diverse backgrounds and has expanded its programs for middle, high school and college students to realize their dreams of becoming health professionals.

The Aetna HPPI programs have proven to be top-notch because many of the program participants have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees have actualized their goals of entering medical, dental and graduate school. We continue to develop new programs and fine-tune existing ones since exposure to the various fields in the biomedical sciences will ultimately increase the diverse pool of students who pursue careers in the health professions.

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College Students

 

The Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, Medical/Dental Preparatory Program, and the Summer Research Fellowship Program also serve as pre-matriculation programs for interested students accepted to the School of Medicine or Dental Medicine. Housing and a stipend are provided.

 

Community Partners

Educators

 

 

Program Assistance

The UConn Health Center’s Health Career Opportunity Programs is partially supported by the following funding sources:

Funding Sources

 

 

Links and Publications

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Medical School and Medical Students

Biomedical Sciences and Research Opportunities

Dental School and Dental Students

Affiliated Centers and Partners

 

Aetna HPPI Newsletter
Upcoming Events

Friday, April 11, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pre-Health Advisors Regional Conference

 

Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bridge to the Future Mentoring Conference

Thinking of a Career in the Health Field?

Come join us at our annual interactive conference for high school and college students.

 

Related Information

 

In the News

 

Message from the Director
Photo of Marja M. Hurley, M.D., Director of HCOP Marja M. Hurley, M.D.

 

Message from the Associate Director
Photo of Granville Wrensford, Ph.D., Associate Director of HCOP Granville Wrensford, Ph.D.
  
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