FAU Pilot Healthcare Outreach Program
Celebrates Successful First Year
BOCA RATON, FL (May 7, 2009) — Florida Atlantic University’s College of Biomedical Sciences Healthcare Outreach Program, in conjunction with Lake Worth High School, has completed its first year of Florida’s first pilot program designed to prepare students from underserved communities for careers in medicine.
A celebration to mark this occasion recently took place at FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science and offered students an opportunity to showcase their learned skills to parents, FAU faculty and Palm Beach County education administrators through a presentation titled, “The Anatomy of Learning.”
“It was extremely rewarding to watch this program take off as it did. There was a lot of behind the scenes work that went into making the concept for this program come to fruition and creating the program’s curriculum. But in the end, I think it was well worth it,” said Mark Goldstein, director of FAU’s College of Biomedical Sciences Healthcare Outreach Program. “These students made remarkable progress in the expansion of their skills, and they expanded their horizons through participation in our yearlong program. It was rewarding for us as we watched their enthusiasm for science and healthcare thrive through their projects and work.”
Sophomore students who have completed the first year of the initiative will remain in the program throughout their junior year.
The Outreach Program has elicited significant interest from parents, schools and students who have expressed a desire to join in the program. Through collaboration between the FAU Upward Bound program, the Broward County School District and the FAU Healthcare Outreach Program, the program will be introduced in the fall 2009 semester at Boyd Anderson, Dillard, Coconut Creek and Blanche Ely high schools.
The students’ education will continue with the “Fun with Forensics” summer program from June 14-20. The program will touch on a variety of fields in healthcare and science and give students the chance to be the lead forensic investigators in a mock crime scene created by Palm Beach County sheriff officers. Students also will take part in research projects, field trips and multicultural activities.
Participants will reside on-campus with chaperones and visit the library, laboratories and FAU Student Union to help acquaint them with college.
“The goal of the summer component of the program is to give students an actual taste of college life by providing them with a balance of education, social and cultural experiences,” said Goldstein.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.