Approximately 70 undergraduate students from across the country, mostly from underserved communities, who are considering attending medical school spent the day on the CDU campus learning and experiencing University programs and culture. The visit to CDU was part of the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.
“This program is a nationwide program and CDU partners with UCLA to host events over the summer for six weeks,'' shared Dulcie Kermah, Interim Executive Director of Pipeline Programs at CDU. “The students are residential at UCLA and one day over the summer they come to CDU for this Science Day. We provide the students exposure to simulation activities and they also get to learn more about CDU graduate programs.”
Students started the day in the Life Sciences Research and Nursing Education lobby, where they were welcomed by CDU staff and faculty. After some introductory speeches, the students were placed into smaller groups and had the opportunity to rotate through simulations in the CDU Simulation Center. There they experienced a part of what actual CDU students encounter during their education. Participants interacted directly with CDU faculty while learning about vital signs, medical personal protective equipment, and wound care. Demonstrations also included identifying various respiratory, lung, and heart sounds. There were stations to learn about and practice foley and ostomy care as well.
Following a catered lunch break, students received a tour of the campus including a walk through all major buildings and the library. This was followed with a gathering in the Keck Lecture Hall where representatives from various University departments made presentations and fielded questions about attending CDU.
Alisa Lopez, Executive Director of Admissions, Outreach, and Pathway Programs for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is proud that the program actively has freshman and sophomore college students “gaining experience here, getting the opportunities to meet professionals, and interact with mentors and others who can provide them more information about being a professional in the field.”
The day concluded with students answering trivia questions about CDU information they learned throughout the day. Attendees demonstrated the type of recall of CDU details that showed they had remained engaged and were leaving informed. A few students who were first to answer the trivia questions correctly also left with CDU-branded gear and apparel.