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Pipeline programs aim to diversify health care workforce

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Two pipeline programs aimed at diversifying the health care workforce are planned in the upcoming months at Georgia Regents University.

Applications are being accepted now for a summer enrichment program designed to help under-represented minority, underprivileged and non-traditional students find their way to the health professions. The Summer Educational Enrichment Program, or SEEP, helps diversify the physician workforce by exposing participants to life as a “student” at Georgia Regents University’s Medical College of Georgia. Students live on GRU’s Health Sciences campus in Augusta during the seven-week program and take courses in the biomedical sciences, prepare for admissions exams, gain hands-on experience in labs, shadow health care professionals and receive networking opportunities and exposure to insightful guest speakers.

The Pre-College SEEP program serves current high school juniors and seniors in Augusta and the surrounding area. The College program serves students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors or recent graduates.

The Office of Diversity Affairs in GRU’s Medical College of Georgia will also host Igniting the Dream, an all-day conference on Feb. 23 for undergraduate and high school students that will focus on preparing them to apply to medical school with workshops, hands-on activities and more.

“One of our goals is to make students who are truly interested in attending a health sciences university more competitive in the admissions process,” said Dr. Kimberly Vess Halbur, MCG Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 10 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations are health care-related, and wages in the industry are projected to increase 22 percent through 2018.

The Igniting the Dream conference is $15 and registration is due by Feb. 15. Applications for this summer’s SEEP program, due by March 1, are available at http://www.georgiahealth.edu/careers/specop/apply.html. For more information, call the MCG Office of Diversity Affairs, 706-721-2522.

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