Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Other Summer Programs at CUIMC

Several other summer research and enrichment programs were active this summer for high school and college students from underrepresented communities in science and medicine, including:

summer health business program

This simulation-based summer program, new in 2022, aims to improve racial and ethnic diversity in the health care workforce, which is widely regarded as an important strategy for tackling racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes. The program hopes to inspire local high school students to pursue careers in the health professions through experience with medical simulators and in-person meetings with health care professionals.

program, by Yarisel Hernandez from Kelly Bryant, DNP, assistant dean of clinical affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing, and Alison Lee, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology, David Wang, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and Roger Leheka Double has been made. The Discovery Center is funded through Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for the Higher Education Initiative of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

SHPEP (Summer Health Profession Education Program)

Founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Summer Health Profession Education Program (SHPEP) is a six-week summer enrichment and residential program for first- and second-year college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP in Colombia started in 2001.

SPHSP (Summer Public Health Scholars Program)

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and aims to increase interest and knowledge in public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health.


The SPURS program, which began under the direction of Andrew Marks, MD, chair of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, brings college students from across the country to campus laboratories for in-depth research experiences.

SPURS is in its 21st year and is designed to expand the pool of medical and biomedical research applicants from diverse and economically disadvantaged groups whose members are underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research.

Treatment Program at Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cure aims to strengthen the pool of students from under-represented and economically disadvantaged groups, including first-generation college students, who are entering cancer-related research areas. Since 2015, the program facilitates practical research experiences in clinical, basic and population sciences in cancer research for high school and graduate students.

Program to Motivate Minority and Undergraduate Graduates in Environmental Health Sciences Research (Primer)

PRIMER is a research program for full-time, undergraduate students, who typically come from underrepresented backgrounds in STEM fields. Funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Primer provides research trainees from New York City area colleges and universities the opportunity to gain valuable research experience in the environmental health sciences.

Biostatistics Epidemiology Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST)

BEST was established to expand and diversify the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences workforce by introducing undergraduates in Biostatistics and Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Research from an underrepresented population. Students engage in eight weeks of research, training, educational and career planning, and social activities around New York City at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics.

For information about programs at other Columbia schools and departments, visit the Office of the Provost website.

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