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Building Paths to Health Careers

Donald West King, M.D.

Donald West King, M.D.
FNLM Chairman

The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) is now in its third year of support for an innovative health education program designed for disadvantaged students in third grade through health professional school.

Under the direction of Lynne Holden, M.D., Mentoring in Medicine (MIM) is currently providing course content on advanced biology concepts, organ systems, diseases, and healthcare concepts and health career pathways to high school students enrolled in after school courses.

Student suturing practice

The Mentoring in Medicine program includes
hands-on medical practice,such as this surgical
suturing procedure. Photo:Mentoring In Medicine

Mentoring in Medicine audience

In December 2011, Mentoring in Medicine hosted a
one-day conference attended by more than 1,800
students (pre-high school through college) from the
New York City metropolitan area. Special programs
and exhibits for students and their parents helped
them learn about career opportunities in medicine,
nursing, and allied health fields.
Photo:Mentoring In Medicine

Tests of the program in six New York City high schools have found very encouraging results. Even students with lower grade point averages (GPAs) were able to master the material. Students in all classes showed increases in outside activities learning about health care and reported greater confidence in their ability to succeed in a health professional career.

Courses were uniformly rated as highly effective and worthwhile. The program is being expanded in several high schools to include in-class instruction. Selected articles from past issues of NIH MedlinePlus magazine will be a part of the course content.

The articles provide an excellent overview of common health conditions that students and their families can relate to. And they offer an easy-tounderstand introduction to current research discoveries by NIH physicians and scientists.

We hope that you enjoy and learn from this issue of the magazine. And please consider joining FNLM to support all that the Library does.

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

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Spring 2012 Issue: Volume 7 Number 1 Page Inside Front Cover