Posted: July 18, 2013

Young Doctors DC (YDDC)

Description

Young Doctors DC (YDDC) is a multi-pronged mentoring, education, and pipeline to health careers program for high school boys in Southeast Washington, DC. The program will begin with its first cohort of students July 2013. The curriculum was designed to support the academic and social development of participants, enhance participants' knowledge of public health, mental health and chronic health issues within their communities and introduce participants to health professional careers. The program also includes service-learning projects that require the "young doctors" to use their specialized health training to conduct free health clinics in their communities under the supervision of the Young Doctors' professional staff.

The young doctors start the program during the freshman year of high school and continue until high school graduation. Each summer the young doctors participate in an intensive summer health academy that includes living and taking classes on the campus of Howard University and shadowing health care professionals. During the academic year, the young doctors attend Saturday academies at Howard University where they continue their medical knowledge-based learning in addition to receiving homework help and traditional academic assistance.

Keywords

Community Engagement, Diversity, Mentoring, Health Careers E-PREP, Pipeline Program, High School, Enrichment

Authors

Malcolm H. Woodland, PhD, Young Doctors DC

K. Torian Easterling, MD, MPH, Young Doctors DC

Adrian Thompson, MS, Young Doctors DC


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