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PA students mentor at The Health Career Academy

The Health Career Academy: Atlanta creates partnerships between mentors from many of the graduate health professional programs at Emory and local high school students. This spring, many  first year Emory Physican Assistant program students traded in their student identities for a few days each month, to take up mentor positions at the fronts of high school classrooms, located all across Atlanta.

These mentoring opportunities are intended to provide high school students with an engaging health related curriculum, and to expose them to a wide array of health career opportunities. The program is designed to target high school students from low income and minority communities that are underrepresented in healthcare. HCA hopes to encourage completion of high school curriculum by its participants, as the targeted schools have current graduation rates of 50-60%. The hope is that this exposure will inspire and guide the next generation into the wonderful world of medicine.

Each High School group did a health related media project to educate their peers and competed for awards at Emory School of Medicine.

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