University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Outreach Programs, S3-104
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655-0132

P: (508) 856-2417
F: (508) 856-6540

Director: Robert E. Layne

Contact: Madeline B. Rivera
P: (508) 856-2707
F: (508) 856-6540

High School Health Careers Program (HSHCP)

Year Program Started: 1970

Max. Participants/Year: 20

Application Deadline: March 15

Program Timeframe: July (four weeks)

Academic Level Targeted: grades 9-12

Racial/Ethnic Focus: any racial/ethnic group

Type of Program: education, counseling, mentoring, career/academic planning, job shadowing/internship

Program Attributes: non-credit, meals provided, housing provided, books/supplies provided, counseling provided, mentors/advisors provided, stipends are provided upon completion of the four-week program

Program Acceptance Requirements: class year (grades 10 and 11), area of residence (Massachusetts high school students), disadvantaged status (economically disadvantaged and first-generation college bound student), U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Primary Science Discipline(s) Targeted: biology, academic enrichment courses, English, math, information technology, science

Additional Comments: The goal of the High School Health Careers Program is to expose high school students who are underrepresented in biomedical, biotechnology, and health care professions (BBHP) at an early stage in their academic development. We encourage program participants to set high academic goals and assist them in developing strategies to achieve those goals. Participants are placed in job-shadowing/internships in the health care and science professions. Participants are provided the opportunity to network with other Massachusetts high school students. We also offer the participants the opportunity to interact with medical students, scientists, and health care professionals. Participants are informed about college application and financial aid process.