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Volume 9, Number 25Space holderJune 24, 2005

School of Medicine launches 2005 summer enrichment programs

The School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA) has launched three six-week summer enrichment programs for students from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged populations who are interested in medical, dental, and other health-related careers.

U-DOC High School Summer Program introduces high school juniors to college life and the health professions. U-DOC is held in each of the five WWAMI states. The Seattle site has 16 students, while the other U-DOC sites support a total of 56 students combined. Students have opportunities to take science classes, writing, anatomy, clinical shadowing, and other enrichment activities. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Careers Opportunities Program, and the UW's Native American Center of Excellence.

The Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP) encourages college students interested in theses careers to prepare for medical and dental school admission. The UW School of Dentistry and the School of Medicine are partners in this endeavor that supports 81 students. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds this program.

The Prematriculation Program is for students who have been accepted to medical and dental school. During the program, 16 students take a condensed version of histology. The UW Schools of Dentistry and Medicine are joint partners in this project, with the School of Dentistry supporting two entering dental students. Students who pass the final examination can gain credit for fall quarter histology and begin the year with a reduced course load. This program is funded in part by the Health Careers Opportunities Program.

For more information about the overall UW Summer Enrichment Programs, contact David Acosta, associate dean for multicultural affairs, at 206-685-2489,

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