They’re here! Yes, 110 high school students are participating in the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA). During their four week stay, the students will live in a University dorm, eat in the UPMC cafeteria, and learn about the field of medicine. They will attend lectures, shadow professionals, go on site visits, and work on team projects. The students are also required to conduct research and write a paper based on their investigation. To assist with this endeavor, the library provides training on how to find reliable, evidence-based information. Library staff provide instruction on PubMed, MedlinePlus, and PITTCat.
The benefits of attending UPHCSA are many. For some students, it is their first opportunity to stay away from home. Others have experiences that cement their desire to enter medicine or another field in the health sciences. And of course, many will make friendships that will last a lifetime.
Participation is highly competitive. Along with the standard application information, students must write an essay introducing themselves to the selection committee, provide a resume listing extra-curricular activities (including volunteer and leadership opportunities), and write an essay on a current health care topic. References from teachers and guidance counselors are also required.
After participating, some students return as counselors and oversee a group of students during the month long program. For more information, visit the Web site of the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA).