Newest Future DOcs Inducted
Dr. Benjamin Carson High School (BCHS) welcomed 30 of its ninth-graders to Future DOcs – a partnership with MSUCOM designed to inspire participating youth to pursue a health-related career. Established originally in February 2012, The Saturday program offers participants health-related lectures and workshops on nutrition, preventive medicine, CPR certification, clinical skills and health privacy, among other topics. The additional students represent a doubling of the number of participants, with last year’s inaugural students, now in the tenth grade, continuing their participation.
The goal of the program is to increase urban involvement and exposure to health-related career options. While not every student may choose to become a physician, the intention is to provide more opportunity and exposure to health-care occupations.
“FutureDOcs is a tremendous opportunity for our students. Many of our students want to join the medical profession, but don’t believe they can do it,” said BCHS Principal Brenda Belcher. “This program helps them visualize themselves in the medical profession, provides an opportunity for them to interact with current medical students and understand how what they are learning in their classes connects to the real world.”
“I love Future DOcs. Many of our mentors continue to work with us after the program is finished for the year,” said tenth-grader Shaila Moore who just completed her second year in the program. “We’ve learned a lot of about medicine, but also participated in community efforts like “Greening of Detroit” and Habitat for Humanity projects. I hope to one day become a neurosurgeon.”
Moore is also the first Future DOcs participant to receive a $2,000 scholarship from Michigan State University. The scholarship is awarded to a select number of students participating in MSU pre-undergraduate outreach programs and can be used to offset MSU tuition expenses when they start college.
“Meeting the needs of medically underserved persons has been part of the values of MSUCOM since we began,” noted Dean William Strampel. “Pipeline program like Future DOcs, which draw from, inspire, educate and equip young people from these communities to later serve these communities is the surest way I know to improve access to good health care.”
Recently the program also expanded into Macomb County where an additional 31 students from 21 area high schools officially started a modified version of the program on February 9.