Dear BGS Graduate Students,
On behalf of Dr. Sharon Lewis, we’re writing to invite you to apply to be a Fellow for the IDEAL Experience Program Educational Pipeline Program! If you have an interest in mentoring young people (MS1s, undergrads, and high school students), as well as connecting with faculty and residents for mentorship, you will want to be a part of the Pipeline Program.
Who: BGS Graduate Students (3rd year and up)
What: Fellows for the IDEAL Experience Program Virtual Educational Pipeline Program
When: January-April 2022; interviews and planning (independent work and monthly meetings) begin in September 2021
Why: Mentor underserved high school students and get them interested in health sciences
Note: BGS students should review the policies regarding Compensation for Teaching Assistantships and complete the appropriate approval form:
What is the Educational Pipeline Program?
The IDEAL Experience Program Educational Pipeline Program is a collaboration between the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. The Pipeline Program encourages high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to aspire to medical careers. A cohort of students is recruited from local high schools by The Netter Center. They will meet one afternoon each week for a 60 to 75-minute lesson. Due to the rapidly evolving changes due to the pandemic, it has not been decided yet if the Spring pipeline teaching will take place virtually or in person. Physicians—faculty members, residents, and fellows—also participate in the program, overseeing the development of clinical cases that are the foundation of the curriculum. Small teams of first-year medical students and Penn undergraduate students acting as teaching assistants lead small groups of the high school students during activities.
When is it?
The Pipeline Program takes place once each week in the spring semester (Wednesdays, 3-5 pm, mid-January through mid-April), and planning (independent work and monthly) begins in the fall semester.
What are the time commitment and responsibilities?
The time commitment is roughly 3 to 5 hours each week; however, more time is required during the planning stages than during the actual program.
Two medical or graduate students serve as fellows for each curriculum (Gastroenterology, Neurology or Cardiology).
Your responsibilities include:
- Create and oversee implementation of curriculum (Gastroenterology, Neurology or Cardiology)
- Generate a schedule of lessons/topics
- Guide and edit lesson plans
- Identify important teaching points and “take homes” for each lesson
- Help with teaching lessons, when necessary
- Engage fellows to assist in accuracy and implementation of curriculum
- Plan special events such as dissections or patient visits, etc.
- Recruit medical student teacher volunteers
- Coordinate and oversee medical student teachers
- Ensure appropriate incorporation of undergraduate teaching assistants
- Facilitate communication between medical student teachers and TAs
- Lead an orientation session for medical student teachers and undergraduate TAs
- Create final project options and prepare high school students for final presentations
Sounds like a lot BUT we have worked with fabulous med students in the past who have designed lessons/programming and shared so much detail that there will be no wheel reinventing here. You’ll get to pick up the baton and carry it forward! AND there are TWO med student fellows per curriculum to share the work.
Bonus: Fellows are paid $1000 in the spring for their work.
How to apply?
Send me your CV and complete this application: https://forms.gle/jn6zqVrcEKuibu5A6
Deadline to apply is Sept 10 at 5:00pm. If you are interested but need an extension, let me know as soon as possible. Dr. Lewis will meet with the applicants virtually in late August/early September and a decision will be made in September. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to email Dr. Lewis at Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Lewis, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Assistant Dean for Diversity Recruitment
AOA Beta Chapter Councilor
Director of the EMG lab at PAH
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Administrative Assistant: Brad Lee