Alamance Community College will continue the popular Medical Bridge: Minority Males in Medicine camp, now in its fourth year, as a virtual experience for eight weeks this summer.
The goal of Alamance Community College’s Medical Bridge: Minority Males in Medicine program is to get more Alamance County minority boys on track to medical careers as dentists, doctors, or other health professionals. In the past, Medical Bridge sponsored a three-week summer camp on the ACC campus consisting of hands-on science activities, writing, mentoring, and field trips to regional medical centers, universities, and laboratories such as Duke University and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The program also provides year-round professional and science enrichment workshops.
One of the key events is the Personal Pathways to Professions. Medical Bridge addresses the misleading “belief gap”—that minority boys who look like them cannot be medical professionals. Personal Pathways events show how men of color became successful professionals.
Although the Personal Pathways to Professions segment is targeted at minority males, it is open to all male middle and high school students in Alamance County. (Register now by clicking here.)
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the College redesigned all Medical Bridge activities. ACC now has a virtual camp with online activities, including experiments, subject instruction, and personal development. Prior to the beginning of camp on July 20, participants will receive science kits to use in conjunction with the online instruction.
Medical Bridge is a partnership with Alamance Burlington School System and UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School. In 2019, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund awarded a $168,000 grant for three years to support the program. The program began in 2017 with 40 boys from 6th through 8th grades and expanded to 84 boys from 6th to 12th grades in 2020.
The College has worked with Alamance-Burlington Schools to provide web access to campers whose internet resources are limited or non-existent.
Details of Summer 2020 Personal Pathways
For more information, contact Scott Doron at firstname.lastname@example.org.