Newark Physicians Introduce Local Youth to Careers in Medicine

Contact: Juanita Howard, (646)530-4656

On Tuesday, July 28, Rutgers NJ Medical School (NJMS) will host pre-college students who are exploring careers in medicine. The youth, who participate in Rutger’s SMART Program, will hear from Dr. Maria Soto Green, Vice Dean of the medical school, along with several resident physicians who will describe their career paths and what life is like as a physician serving the Newark community.

The Physician Pipeline Diversity Project was spearheaded in 2013 by the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), in an effort to recruit more students of color into medicine. The Office of Diversity at Rutgers NJMS and University Hospital Public Affairs will be collaborating on the project.

In 2014, Black and Latino applicants accounted for just 13 percent of total medical school applicants nationally. Rutgers NJMS and University Hospital have a strong commitment to diversity, which is evident in the number of Black, Latino and female mentors in leadership roles in the hospital and medical school.

By providing tours of the hospital, a career panel, and interaction with physicians with similar backgrounds, the Diversity Pipeline Project aims to change attitudes around higher education and grow a physician workforce that truly represents the community.

What: Physician Pipeline Diversity Project Immersion Day

Who: High school students, CIR/SEIU physicians, NJMS Dean’s office, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and University Hospital Public Affairs

When: Tuesday, July 27, 9:30-3 pm