Webinar in Review: The Impacts and Importance of Pipeline Programs

December 7, 2020

How can institutions and organizations move the needle in impactful ways to better support underrepresented students that are looking to apply or enter a health profession program? In addition to the many obstacles that all pre-health students face, underrepresented minorities often need even more resilience to keep pressing forward through their college studies, MCAT® preparations, and medical school applications and interviews. During a two-part pipeline webinar series, our panelist took a deep dive into defining pipeline programs and discussed tips and advice on how to effectively provide educational and career support for students through statewide and summer programs. 

The Impacts and Importance of Statewide Pipeline Programs

During the first event, the panel discussed topics such as: 

  • The different setups of statewide pipeline programs (length, institutionally vs. state led, etc.) 
  • Perseverance and strategies for setting up a new program
  • Funding challenges and opportunities 
  • The need for providing support and opportunities to disadvantaged/underrepresented students

Our panelists included:

  • Paul Hermesmeyer, Director, Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP)
  • Dr. Ronald D. Garcia, Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Michael A. Molina, Director, CSTEP/STEP, Fordham University
  • Dennis Yim, Director, Live Online Courses, Kaplan
  • Kim Canning, Director, Kaplan Partner Solutions, Kaplan

Developing Tomorrow’s Doctors

During the second event, the panel discussed topics such as: 

  • Insights into summer program schedules 
  • The 2020, 2021, and long term impacts of COVID-19 on existing and future programs
  • The importance of institutional efforts for providing support to future doctors from disadvantaged/underrepresented minorities 
  • Resources and advice for programs that help students face the many challenges of applying and entering health professions programs 

Our panelists included:

  • Claudis Polk, Jr., MA., Director, Office of Scholastic Enrichment and Equity (OSE2), Recruitment Specialist Pre-Med/Pre-Dent, Founder & Director of UNC Minority Men in Medicine
  • Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, MBA, NCMP, FACOG, Executive Director, Div of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
  • Dennis Yim, Director, Live Online Courses, Kaplan
  • Kim Canning, Director, Kaplan Partner Solutions, Kaplan

For more than 80 years, the Kaplan name has stood for opportunity, access, and innovation. If you are interested in learning more about Kaplan partnership opportunities, program resources, or have questions about pipeline programs, please complete this form. From MCAT  preparation solutions, foundational science curriculum support, premedical virtual simulation, and admissions consulting, Kaplan Partner Solutions offers a variety of flexible services to enhance pipeline programs.