In December 2016, MCW hosted more than 150 Milwaukee-area middle/high school students who learned about StEP-UP (Student Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions in Medicine) – a new pipeline program in which they will be able to participate.
StEP-UP, supported by funding from the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, helps address the gap between the diversity of the medical workforce that MCW educates and the diversity of the populations cared for by this workforce.
Starting in fall 2017, MCW will host quarterly weekend programs for 50-65 StEP-UP middle and high school participants. In addition to a science enrichment curriculum, the Program will address practical skills, such as test-taking strategies and how to pursue a path to medical or graduate school. A goal of StEP-UP is to give students the academic preparation, mentorship and other tools they need to be strong candidates for medical or graduate school.
During the December visit, students got a taste of what StEP-UP will offer. Five 20-minute sessions led by MCW medical and graduate students covered such topics as brain anatomy, auscultation, vitals, bedside manner and ultrasound – followed by a panel discussion.
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