Conducting a longitudinal study of the Harvard Health Careers Summer Program for minority and disadvantaged students

This study assesses the impact of the Harvard Health Careers Summer Program (HCSP) on the careers of participating premedical and predental minority students by recording their career trajectories and by asking former students about their perception of the program's influence on their lives and career choices, thereby ascertaining HCSP's long-term strengths and weaknesses. In addition to building a complete database of HCSP students who can be queried about the program's effectiveness, this study will: (1) provide useful information on best practices for such academic summer enrichment programs; (2) provide a national database of successful underrepresented minority physicians and dentists spanning a variety of specialty areas who can serve as future student mentors; and (3) suggest improvements to medical and dental education to ensure the success of future underrepresented minority students in these programs. The deliverables will include the names, addresses and other contact information of successful HCSP applicants who have entered the medical or dental professions, subject to their approval of the release of such information to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation under IRS guidelines of the HMS Office of Research Subject Protection; a list of best practices to inform the field on how to construct effective summer enhancement programs for underrepresented minorities; and an executive summary and full report of the study's findings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $49,662.00

Awarded on: 6/29/2009

Time frame: 8/1/2009 - 7/31/2012

Grant Number: 66123


Harvard Medical School

25 Shattuck Street
Boston, 02115-6092


Robert S. Blacklow
Project Director


Dean K. Whitla
Project Director