The Gateway Medical Pipeline
Since itąs establishment in 1986, the Gateway Institute has been a leader in addressing the issue of under representation of minorities in the healthcare professions. This mission is continued through a Medical Pipeline Program at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, funded in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.
The goal of this four-year program is to increase the number of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals pursuing careersi n healthcare, either in medical school or in an allied health professional field. The summer-intensive program targets a cohort of approximately twenty students each year, beginning the summer after their sophomore year in high school and continuing through their sophomore year in college. To date more than 100 students have participated in the program.
Throughout the program, students become familiar with the scope of the health professions, learn how to design and implement a research study, participate in SAT and ACT preparation courses and engage in inpatient and outpatient clinical activities. They receive certification in CPR and take part in exercises to develop leadership and team-building skills. Classes at the Medical School cover a variety of topics including the ethics of medical research, health-care reform, medical imaging, sickle-cell anemia, heart disease, pediatrics, diabetes, stress reduction, health literacy and cultural competencies.
Entry into the program is competitive and limited to current Gateway students. To be considered, students must show a strong interest in the health care field and have a strong academic record. They should have a GPA of 90 or above, scores of 85 or better on the math and science Regents and an above average PSAT score (equates to 1100 in the junior year). The recommendation of their high school counselor and an in-person interview by a Gateway staff member are also required.
The results of the program have been impressive. Program graduates are now enrolled in colleges across the country including Columbia, NYU, Emory and Dartmouth and a member of thei naugural cohort is at Hofstra Universityąs B.A.-B.S./M.D. Program. According to Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the Hofstra Medical School, "the program doesn't just encourage young students to dream big, it charts the course on how to make that dream a reality."