Inspiring doctors of tomorrow

University of Michigan provides mentoring, training to inspire minority students’ interest in medicine

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Cass Technical High School has developed a partnership with the University of Michigan Medical School as part of a larger effort to connect the U-M with high schools in under-served areas and to stimulate minority students’ interest in careers in the medical field.

The partnership to train the doctors of tomorrow will focus on academic preparation, career enrichment, individual mentoring and hands-on training at the Medical School for 20 Cass Technical High School ninth grade students.

Riding a maize and blue bus, Cass Tech students recently commuted for their first visit to the Health System where 700 medical students are trained each year.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for our students to have hands-on experiences from physicians, and others in allied health professions, including nurses, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and radiology technicians,” says Cass Tech Principal Lisa Phillips. “Our students are sure to benefit from this partnership, which will expand their interest in and access to science and medical careers.”

The four-year partnership between the students and the Medical School began with a panel discussion in October with Cass Tech alumni John Carethers, M.D., chair of the U-M Department of Internal Medicine, Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H., a breast oncologist recently named a Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News and featured in O Magazine, Erika Newman, M.D., a pediatric surgeon, and Samantha K. Hendren, M.D., M.P.H., a general and colorectal surgeon.

Residents and medical students also talked to students about what it takes to have a career in medicine, what sacrifices must be made, and the rewards.

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