Presbyterian Hospital Launches Science Education for Teens
Presbyterian Hospital has joined forces with philanthropist Eugene
M. Lang to create a pilot program designed to both foster academic
success for low-income neighborhood youth and to facilitate their
entry into health careers. The Lang Youth Medical Program at Columbia
Presbyterian Medical Center, funded by a $1.25 million grant from
the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, will serve as a model for healthcare
institutions nationwide to provide an opportunity for inner-city
children to participate in a health sciences education program.
Through this collaborative
effort, each year 15 seventh-grade New York City public school
students who exhibit academic promise are selected to enter a
six-year program to inspire them to develop and pursue career
and life goals, particularly in medicine, nursing, healthcare,
and the sciences. The students, known as the Lang Youth Medical
Team, will undertake a year-round medical and health-oriented
educational and service curriculum at the Columbia Presbyterian
Medical Center campus in Washington Heights.
Each student will
participate in the program from seventh through 12th grades. Those
who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school
will receive scholarships support for college. “Young people are
the future of health care and the future of our city. Through
this program and the generosity of Eugene Lang, we will be able
to impact the lives of these students and our community in a positive
way, says Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and chief executive officer
of the NewYork Presbyterian Healthcare System.
Students and faculty
from all of the Health Sciences schools and others at Columbia
University will participate in the mentoring program. The program
curriculum is designed to provide an educational experience calibrated
to the progression of the students’ teenage years.
Through their participation in the year-round program, students
will be exposed to a wide variety of clinical and scientific activities
and objectives. Mentoring and teaching relationships with medical
students, residents, faculty, staff, and administration will help
foster students’ ambitions and self-esteem, and develop an appreciation
of the meaning of sustained commitment and responsibility.
attend a brief orientation session during the summer preceding
seventh grade and then will meet on Saturdays and participate
in a four-week summer program. The first three years of the program
are designed to develop a basic understanding oý the life sciences
and to familiarize students with Columbia Presbyterian Medical
Center and its role in the community. They will have the opportunity
to act as liaisons between the Hospital and the community, and
to engage in community outreach and education projects. The final
three years of the program will focus on students’ individual
interests and provide opportunities for meaningful employment,
including research work with Hospital faculty.#
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