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Building a branch from UPSTEM to the HSC: co-creating infrastructure and skills to increase student diversity and success in our health professional schools


An unmet goal of the U’s health professional programs, including the schools of medicine and dentistry, is to educate diverse cohorts of students who reflect our local and regional communities. To address this longstanding challenge we propose creating a formal collaboration between the HSC and a main campus program that has already made a thoughtful investment in inclusive infrastructure. The Center for Science and Mathematics Education has an innovative HHMI-funded program (UPSTEM) to support success of undergraduates transferring from SLCC, the most diverse population of undergraduates in the state; see: https://csme.utah.edu/upstem/. The goals of the UPSTEM program include building infrastructure to directly support student learning and success, assessing the climate for inclusivity and providing faculty development to create more inclusive student experiences. The immediate goal of this proposed project is to begin a formal collaboration between faculty on main campus who teach undergraduates interested in health professions, including the UPSTEM program leadership, with interested students, community leaders and HSC faculty to co-create a plan for increasing the diversity of our health professional schools. This plan may include recommendations for curricula, identity development programs, faculty development, NIH T34 Bridges to Baccalaureate Biomedical Research grant proposal and/or post-baccalaureate program. This project addresses goals 2-4 of the U’s strategic plan.

Collaborators

JANET LINDSLEY
School of Medicine
Biochemistry
Project Owner

PALOMA CARIELLO
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

JORDAN GERTON
College of Science
Physics and Astronomy

HOLLY GODSEY
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Geology & Geophysics

WINIFRED HOBSON-ROHRER
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

Wyatt Hume
School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

SARA LAMB
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

BOYD RICHARDS
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

Project Info

Funded Project Amount
$15K

Keywords
Student diversity, student success, health equity and inclusion, partnering with communities, health of our communities, co-creating a program with students, STEM, medicine, dentistry

Project Status
Funded 2020
Last Updated: 1/23/20