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HCOP-MPA AT A GLANCE Alabama A&M University The Alabama A&M Uni- versity (AAMU) Health Careers Opportunity Program-Medical Pro- fessions Assistance (HCOP-MPA) program AAMU HCOP-MPA evolved from a grant PROGRAM awarded by the Depart- Health Careers Opportunity Program– Medical Professions Assistance ment of Health and Hu- man Services in Washington, D.C. It is housed under the School of Arts and Sci- ences (in the Chemistry Department), lo- HCOP-MPA Telephone: 256 372 8349 Facsimile: 256 372 8800 cated on the historic campus of AAMU. The HCOP-MPA PROGRAMS program aims to encourage more 417 Carter Hall, Normal Alabama, 35762 minorities to pur- sue health-related careers in Medi- Rural Health Pipeline Program cine, Dentistry or Alabama A&M University Pharmacy. Our vision extends to include Forensic Alabama University Sciences, Optome- try, Physical Therapy, Occupational Ther- apy, Public Health and Nursing. HCOP’s target audience is middle school, high school, college level and post-baccalaureate “Diversifying The students who are interested in health-related Healthcare Workforce professions. Students must meet certain of America...One Qualified Stu- economic and educational criteria to qualify dent At a Time! for participation. For additional information, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone: 256 372 8349 We’re Online at: hcop-mpa.org ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS HCOP - MIDDLE SCHOOL Science Opportunities for Kids (SOKS) HCOP - UPPER HIGH SCHOOL chemistry Program Dates: November through May Pre-Health Academy on Saturdays (PAS) Program Dates: January through May The SOKS program is designed to give eligible 6th, 7th and 8t graders the opportunity to engage in activities that Pre-Health Academy on Saturdays (PAS) pro- expand their understanding of the sciences and health vides eligible 11th and 12th graders the opportu- fields. The HCOP-MPA mandate at AAMU is to assist nity to receive enrichment in math and science. America in diversifying her healthcare work- SOKS participants meet for a once a month after-school- PAS provides student enrichment and test prepa- force. Towards this end, the HCOP-MPA office session where they are engaged in a hands-on science offers a variety of programs geared towards ad- session. Students will spend 2 hours conducting experi- ration services for the following examinations: dressing the unrelenting disparities in health care ments or taking field trips led by area scientists, educators • ACT education especially amongst minorities. Addition- and/ or health professionals. ally, HCOP-MPA staff work hard to develop part- • Alabama High School Graduation Examination nerships and pro- All SOKS activities take place at the child’s middle school PAS students meet 15 Saturdays for six hours grams that cultivate or at the North Alabama Center for Educational Excel- each Saturday in the Spring Term. Each PAS our youth to become lence (NACEE). Parents are welcome and encouraged to student is paid a stipend of $75.00 each week leading academicians attend! Participating schools for this program include: throughout the course of the PAS program. with a hunger to learn Davis Hills, Ed White and Westlawn Middle Schools. Each school selects up to fifteen students to participate in Location: All PAS events will take place at AAMU and to become doc- tors, dentists, pharma- SOKS. cists or other health care professionals. HCOP - UNDERGRADUATE HCOP - LOWER HIGH SCHOOL (Seniors and Incoming Freshmen) The HCOP-MPA Programs feature structured and unstructured activities for participants, such as: Pre-Health Exploratory Summer Institute (PHESI) Residential Enrichment Activities for Careers in Program Dates: June Healthcare (REACH) • ACT Test Prep—for high school juniors/ seniors by the School of Education at AAMU. Pre-Health Exploratory Summer Institute (PHESI) is Program Dates: June through July designed for students in the 9th and 10th grades who are • Medical Venturing for High School students in interested in a health career or have an interest to pursue REACH is an on-campus (residential) student en- conjunction with Huntsville Hospital and Boy science in college. Unsure about becoming either a doc- richment program that is focuses on providing aca- Scouts of America. tor, pharmacist, nurse, etc? Then PHESI is the program demic and other student support services for eco- nomically and educationally disadvantaged stu- • MCAT/DAT/PCAT Test Prep by Genesis E- for you. Explore your potential! dents who are desiring a career in pharmacy, medi- Learning Systems. PHESI students are participate in instruction and activities cine, dental or other health care related profes- • Tutoring for students in all academic disci- aimed at enriching their knowledge and provide to them, a sions. plines. hands-on science experience. Students attend two six- hour workshops at Alabama A&M University, get paid, REACH focuses on preparing students through • Mentoring /shadowing opportunities with experience science projects, go to field trips and are ex- academic enrichment summer experience. Partici- health-care professionals. pants spend eight weeks on the campus of AAMU posed to role models in the health industry. There are two • Health care-related field trips and lectures. workshops for each level. engaging in coursework, fieldtrips and recreational activities. REACH students will receive college • Scholarships, financial aid and more! PHESI targets students from disadvantaged backgrounds. credits, a stipend and a certificate of completion. Successful students receive a certificate of completion.