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Program Offers Disadvantaged Teens a Gateway to Health and Science Careers

M. J. Friedrich
JAMA. 2009;302(9):933-935. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1184.
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At a time when employment is hard to find even for adult full-time workers, many high school students would consider themselves fortunate to secure a minimum-wage job for the summer. Only those with luck or connections might be able to obtain a position that helps them build experience toward a future career. But thanks to an innovative program that focuses specifically on those least likely to find such opportunities, a group of New York City teenagers spent the summer as research interns in some of the most prestigious laboratories and hospitals in the Northeast. And that's just one facet of a 4-year high-school program designed to prepare students for highly skilled careers in health and science.

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Starting early has been a key to success in helping disadvantaged students pursue careers in medicine and science. The Gateway Institute for Pre-College Education enrolls students in the ninth grade to prepare them for college and postgraduate education. The Institute provides intensive studies, visits to colleges and research centers, and interships in labs and hospitals.



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