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Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)


[Odia] My name is Odia Kane I am from New
Haven Connecticut. I attend the University of Connecticut I’m a cognitive
science and political science double major and in SHPEP this summer I am in
the first-ever public health cohort. So one of my favorite parts about this
program is that first I got to come to the other side of the country but mainly
because Seattle is such a huge proponent in this idea of holistic and very
strategic public health that I don’t really see very much in my own hometown.
It’s a city but it’s not at the magnitude of Seattle. It doesn’t have the
depth, it doesn’t have the variety of people. So to see that an entity like
King County Public Health or the PATH organization to be such huge nonprofits
but have so much work going on in terms of the health of citizens not just in
this country but residents of the world it was something I wouldn’t have access to back home. So I really appreciated that opportunity this summer [Sara] I am the co PI for
the School of Public Health on the Summer Health Professions Education
Program and that is a partnership with the School of Medicine, School of
Dentistry and School of Public Health. So they have a really packed agenda the
students are pretty motivated and committed to take six weeks out of their
summer and they all take a range of kind of core sciences, so biology
chemistry physics and then all of the students regardless of their career
pathway choice are taking a population health course and we do a community
health assessment. They were divided in teams to go out in the community to
research a bit of the background and looking at demographics of different
neighborhoods within Seattle and and looking at health outcomes in those
neighborhoods and doing presentations on that. In addition this summer we added a
biostatistics curriculum, Tim Thornton from biostatistics led that
and that was quite successful with all of the students. The program is designed
to increase representation of students from backgrounds underrepresented so
that tends to be minority, ethnic or racial minority students but also
includes students from low socioeconomic backgrounds or other backgrounds that
are not as prevalent in the health professions. [Odia] My personal takeaway is having these constant affirmations of my career goals
and my personal aspirations because I want to be an epidemiologist in the
future and then eventually go into health policy and I’ve been told time
and time again even indirectly from speakers that would come in that I have
a lot of value and I have a lot to offer to world. [Edwin] Dr. Patel was one of the
doctors I shadowed he works at Swedish and I think he was really open and he
told me if you if you ever wants to come back or if you want to see what like my
work is on a consistent basis come back come back again just give me a call
we’ll work something out. That’s really important and I value that and I thank
Dr. Patel for his work and for his willingness to to open the doors for me
to come and shadow him and get these kinds of opportunities. [Sara] For future
students I think apply you know it’s a phenomenal program,
the networking and the mentoring for them I think is tremendous the
connections that we’re able to help them develop in the community and and mostly
their connections with each other just that you know when you’re feeling like
you know maybe it’s not the right path or you don’t belong having that network
that you can draw from and people who can support you if things aren’t going
well is just phenomenal.

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