Physician shortages have caused a lack of access to care for patients, particularly in minority and low-income areas.
As a part of its commitment to diversity, PCOM launched its Opportunities Academy during the summer of 2016. The Opportunities Academy is an intensive, five-week pilot program designed to provide a pipeline that routes motivated students with an interest in STEM+M toward four-year degree programs and into training for the health professions. The Academy immerses participating high school students in science, health and medicine curricula.
The 33 students in the inaugural Opportunities Academy class studied cancer, infectious disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disease through lectures, demonstrations and field trips to some of Philadelphia’s most prestigious scientific institutions. Students also had the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of leaders in the health care field.