Detroit Pre-Medical Scholars Program
The Detroit Pre-Medical Scholars Program (DPSP) is a partnership effort supported by MI-AHEC, the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU), and the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The initiative, which is funded the Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation through the generous support of Sodexo, is designed to broaden students’ understanding of careers in medicine and increase the number of students pursuing careers as physicians.
The purpose of DPSP is to increase and enhance students’ interest, awareness, and motivation to pursue a career as a physician; provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice professional behavior standards; and expose them to successful professionals who will serve as role models.
DPSP targets 11th grade students from Detroit Public Schools who are interested in becoming physicians. A committee consisting of representatives from participating institutions selects participants based on need, quality of their application materials documenting a strong interest in becoming a physician, interviews, letters of recommendation, and grade point average. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply.
Students will work eight hours a day, five days per week. Schedules are dependent upon the clinical rotation site.
Scholars will receive a work stipend for the six-week program. Benefits may be deducted from students’ checks because of required regulations.
Students will attend weekly seminars on Thursdays. Programs are scheduled to take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Seminars aim to increase awareness of diverse health care options and educational requirements. Medical educators and noted health care professionals will serve as guest presenters. Topics may include presentations on:
- Requirements and responsibilities for a variety of medical occupations and specialties,
- Various diseases, especially those affecting metro Detroit residents,
- Medical ethics, and
- Healthcare delivery issues, including misdistribution and care for uninsured or underinsured populations.
Requirements and Special Projects
Scholars will be required to prepare a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation on their experiences during the summer or a specific medical concern. A bibliography, charts, and graphs and tables of data must be included. Students will receive guidance and assistance with their presentation from program coordinators. Participants will receive more details outlining requirements for presentations. Parents and teachers will be invited to the special session when all students will deliver their presentations.
Students will also be required to participate in an exit interview and to complete a structured questionnaire that will serve as an evaluation of the program. Certificates will be awarded to each student completing the program.
For more information, contact the Southeast Regional Center at (313) 596-0821.