North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
The Clinical Health Summer Program (CHSP) is designed to increase underrepresented students’ potential for success in health training programs by allowing them to experience a health delivery system in their educational training. The CHSP is a seven to ten week paid summer program conducted each year in conjunction with Duke University Medical Center. It is an educational work learning experience in which students are placed in a 40 hour per week position directly under the supervision of health and medical professionals. Health science seminars are conducted providing an opportunity to network and interact with a variety of health care professionals.
This program is designed to provide an early decompressed transition into the medical school curriculum through provisional acceptance into medical school at the completion of two years of undergraduate study.
Students accepted into the Boston University School of Medicine Early Medical School Selection Program remain at their undergraduate colleges through their junior year and pursue programs of study that will best prepare them to spend their senior year at Boston University. Students enroll in at least one six-week summer course at Boston University in each of two summers prior to spending their senior year at Boston University.
Students should complete the maximum number of science courses required by NCCU prior to spending their senior year at Boston University. During their senior year at Boston University, students retain degree candidacy at NCCU while participating in individualized programs of study, satisfying the undergraduate academic requirements and participating in a decompressed transition into the medical school curriculum.
After earning a baccalaureate degree from NCCU, a student who preformed at the prescribed level may matriculate at the Boston University School of Medicine during the next academic year. Having already fulfilled the requirements for certain medical school courses (those modular medical courses in which students obtained a grade of B or better); students are able to pursue a decompressed medical school curriculum. Upon completion of the medical school requirements (normally requiring four years), the degree of Doctor of Medicine is granted by Boston University.
This initiative prepares students for successful matriculation in allied health degree programs. Students participate in five teleconference broadcasts of the “Introduction to the Health Professions” course. The course is taught by a NCCU faculty member and along with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members, administrators and admissions committee personnel provide information about application and admission processes, academic requirements and professional opportunities in the Allied Health Sciences. A mentor is provided for each participant. Students become a part of a sustained network of Allied Health professionals and NC-ARC partners ensure that dedicated students are admitted and complete a degree program of their choice in the allied health sciences.
The NCCU Health Careers Clinical Shadowing Program gives qualified students interested in attending professional schools of medicine and health an opportunity to observe a practicing health or medical professional close-up. These are invaluable learning experiences for the students, even if all they do is watch. Students are encouraged to participate during their free time. All students must comply with established requirements set by the Center and the participating office or health facility. Students must be willing to sign “Clinical Shadowing Forms” stating the nature of the shadowing experience which are also signed by the attending physician, a facility administrator and the Director of Health Careers at NCCU. The list of preceptors has grown since the program was announced last year. For more information, contact the Health Careers Center.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Dental School and the NCCU Health Careers Center sponsor an Annual Dental Symposium which is conducted by dental school administrators, UMDNJ recruiters, and the NCCU Health Careers staff. The symposium which is presented during the spring semester is offered to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing dental careers. Invitations are sent to college and university pre-health advisors throughout the State of North Carolina informing students of the program and the opportunities it will provide. The 2008 meeting is expected to be a well attended event with the first announcements distributed in late 2007.
Former NCCU students who are currently in professional school are invited to speak with students about their undergraduate experiences which led them to enroll in their respective career programs. Also, former students who are now practicing in their chosen medical or health careers are asked to discuss their practices and share any information that is helpful to students seeking to follow their similar career paths. The presentations are usually offered on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during the student activity hour which begins at 10:40 A.M. Announcements of these events are posted on campus prior to the scheduled events.