If I am selected for the Urban Service Track (UST), am I committed to a career in primary care?
There is no required commitment to primary care for students enrolling in the Urban Service Track (UST). That having been said, we do want to attract students who have an interest in primary care. We recognize that it is not feasible to have students commit early in their careers to one particular area. We hope through exposure to providers and agencies providing such care, Urban Health Scholars will gain a healthy appreciation for the possibilities and rewards for a career in primary care.
How will enrichment activities provided to Urban Health Scholars impact my dental, medical, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant and social worker curriculum?
The UST provides students with additional enrichment opportunities to strengthen their knowledge of issues and vulnerable populations in our urban communities. Activities are planned with exam schedules in mind, and with the goal to not overwhelm student participants. Whenever possible, enrichment activities have been substituted for other curricular requirements, with permission of faculty from the respective schools so students can achieve such balance. For example, in the School of Medicine, whenever possible, Urban Health Scholars are placed at community health centers for their Student Continuity Practice.
What is my time commitment to the UST?
During the two year curriculum, a total of eight learning retreats (four hours in length) must be attended. Two in the fall and two in the spring are held during the academic year for Urban Health Scholars. Students must also attend the academic year opening and closing receptions. In addition, students must participate in at least two service outreach activities per semester; students from the school of Pharmacy must consult Dr. Dang on this. All applicable UST service opportunities are UST sponsored and can be found under the Events and Activities link.
Each year a group of Urban Health Scholars are invited to participate in professional development activities that focus on advocacy and public policy for vulnerable and underserved population. These activities include attending the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy and Issues Forum in Washington DC, profession-specific conferences and meetings, as well as participation in an inter-professional community research project.
What types of financial resources are available to students through UST?
Urban Health Scholars receive financial support for a variety of professional development activities. Interested students should contact the Director of the Urban Service Track to learn more about the activities supported through UST. Financial support for all UST activities is dependent upon availability of program resources.