Education and career paths of LSU's Summer Science Program students from 1985 to 1997

Citation
Eg. Helm et al., Education and career paths of LSU's Summer Science Program students from 1985 to 1997, ACAD MED, 74(4), 1999, pp. 336-338
Citations number
7
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
ACADEMIC MEDICINE
ISSN journal
1040-2446 → ACNP
Volume
74
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
336 - 338
Database
ISI
SICI code
1040-2446(199904)74:4<336:EACPOL>2.0.ZU;2-O
Abstract
Since 1985. the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orlean s, through its Office of Community and Minority Health Education, has opera ted the Summer Science Program for Louisiana high school students from unde rrepresented minorities. The authors conducted a survey during the 1997-98 academic year of the 773 students who had participated in the summer progra m from 1985 to 1997. The goal was to learn what education and career paths these students hail taken since leaving the program. A total of 665 student s (89.4%) responded. Sixty-one were still in high school, 11 had not contin ued their education after completing high school, but 432 of the remaining 583 students had chosen education paths in medicine, another health profess ion, or science? and 31 were enrolled in or had graduated from medical scho ol. These findings indicate that the majority of the summer program student s had maintained the health and/or science career interests they had expres sed during their time in the program. Future studies will use control group s to better ascertain how influential the summer program was in helping stu dents choose and maintain science anal health education and career paths.