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Wayne State, DPS program gives aspiring doctors opportunity to examine medical careers

May 9, 2013

The Michigan Area Health Education Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Detroit Public Schools have teamed up to offer high school students a chance to learn about medical careers this summer. The Detroit Pre-Medical Scholars Program, which will run from Monday, July 15 through Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, seeks to broaden students' understanding of careers in medicine, increase the number of students pursuing careers as physicians, and help students prepare to study on a collegiate level. The Michigan Area Health Education Center (MI-AHEC), a program of Wayne State University that seeks to improve access to primary care in underserved communities, is collaborating with the School of Medicine to help administer the Detroit Pre-Medical Scholars Program. "The Wayne State University School of Medicine is proud of our partnership with MI-AHEC and the Detroit Public Schools," said Dr. De'Andrea Wiggins, director of diversity and inclusion for the WSU School of Medicine. "We are excited about providing students with access to the information, tools, and resources they need to succeed and giving them opportunities to shadow, work with, and learn from health care professionals. We hope the students selected will be inspired to work toward a career of service in the medical field as a result of their participation in this program."