Inspiring individuals to pursue careers in the health professions is critical to creating a diverse healthcare workforce to serve the needs of all people in our communities. We need to cultivate interest and inspire passion for the health professions now amongst children as young as elementary school, into high school, college, and after college with pipeline programs that prepare them to be our students of the future.
Recently, Dr. Cheryl Brewster, the College of Medicine’s senior executive dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, established a collaboration with Leaders in Training (LIT) to offer “Pathway to Success: Becoming a Health Professional Series.” Through the series, representatives and students from Roseman University’s colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing, Dental Medicine, and Medicine present information about career and education opportunities to high school students in LIT’s program.
LIT is an outstanding, grassroots, community-based program that operates as an after school non-profit organization located on the corner of Lamb and Washington in East Las Vegas. LIT is free to join and exclusively serves students who are first in their family to graduate from college and completing all requirements while in program. Students start as high school freshman and are part of the program for their entire high school career. Students then continue in postsecondary programming four years after high school graduation and are considered alumni eight years after high school graduation. Many of these students could ultimately become future physicians, nurses, or dentists. We’re excited about this collaboration and look forward to its growth. Likewise, we look forward to developing similar programs with other organizations in Nevada.
Speaking of inspiring, I’d like to congratulate Cure 4 The Kids Foundation (C4K) on the opening of The Andre Agassi Foundation For Education Learning Center here at the Summerlin Campus. It will provide C4K patients and their families with direct access to a licensed Clark County School District (CCSD) teacher and aide who will work throughout each school year to offer a full range of educational and support services. Operating virtually during the pandemic, they will provide virtual one-on-one tutoring, interactive lessons and activities, parental and patient support for the Canvas educational delivery program, and other general education needs.
The center serves as a first-of-its-kind educational partnership within the State of Nevada to help pediatric cancer patients – and others with catastrophic conditions – advance their educational progress while receiving life-saving treatments. I’m looking forward to seeing it flourish and serve thousands of C4K patients.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support Roseman University and our partners.
Joe “Pedro” Greer, Jr., MD
Roseman University College of Medicine