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Saying "Yes!" to Careers in Health Care

Donald West King, M.D.

Donald West King, M.D.
FNLM Chairman

Recently, the Friends of NLM was delighted to co-sponsor the fourth annual "Yes, I Can Be a Healthcare Professional" conference at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem. More than 2,300 students and parents from socioeconomically disadvantaged communities throughout the entire New York City metropolitan area convened for the daylong session. It featured practical skills workshops, discussion groups, and exhibits from local educational institutions, health professional societies, community health services, and health information providers, including the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

If you'll pardon the expression, the enthusiasm among the attendees—current and future healthcare professionals—was infectious!

It was especially exciting to mix with some of the students from six public and charter high schools in Harlem and the South Bronx enrolled in the Science and Health Career Exploration Program. The program was created by Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., funded by the NLM and co-sponsored by the Friends. This new effort entails 40 sessions of biology instruction (covering 12 organ systems of the body) taught by visiting health professionals and mentors over a two-year period. The six schools are characterized by dynamic administrators and faculty recognized for their teaching excellence, and for graduation rates far exceeding the norm.

In our view, there couldn't be a better proving ground for new approaches that stimulate and sustain student interest in healthcare careers. We are proud to be helping young people say "Yes" to careers in health care.

Donald West King, M.D., Chairman
Friends of the National Library of Medicine

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April 6-7, 2010
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