The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine offers a pipeline program as a pathway to health professions success. The program aims to increase the number of individuals underrepresented in medicine and provide a more diverse workforce to meet the health care needs of the communities they serve.
The pipeline program will identify and recruit students at every educational level - elementary school, middle school, high school, undergraduate and post-graduate programs - who have expressed interest and academic potential for a health profession career.
The program offers career exploration, academic support and mentoring activities during the academic year and through summer science enrichment programs. Participating students gain exposure to medicine, nursing and other health science professions to enhance their career interests.
This multigenerational outreach aims to better prepare students to be competitive applicants to health profession programs.
High School Programs
Health Professions Club
High school students at select schools have the opportunity to participate in the Health Professions Club. Students in the club engage in regular information activity sessions and receive mentorship from a college student.
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Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program
The School of Medicine partners with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Quinnipiac to offer the Health Science Professions Summer (HSPS) program. The HSPS program is a one-week commuter program designed for high school students interested in discovering the variety of professions available to students who pursue a college degree in biological and health sciences, nursing and medicine. The students spend four days immersed in hands-on activities and also learn about the college application process.
Charles N. Collier
Assistant dean, health career pathways
Collier works with a number of University and community-based partners to establish a pipeline to health professions for students in elementary school and up. In addition, he developed and oversees the pre-matriculation program for entering medical students. He is also responsible for assisting in the recruitment of students seeking admission to the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and is an ex-officio member of the admissions committee.
Collier came to Quinnipiac from Emory University, where he served as director of pre-professional services. He was responsible for the career development and advisement of matriculating pre-health students. He oversaw a credentialing service for those seeking entry into professional programs after graduation. In addition, Collier established and coordinated a mentorship program where students had the opportunity to explore and observe health professionals in their day-to-day roles.
Amanda St. Bernard
Program coordinator, health career pathways
As program coordinator of health career pathways in the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, St. Bernard is responsible for developing and implementing programs for area elementary schools, middle schools and high schools geared to advising and counseling students toward careers in the health professions.
St. Bernard came to Quinnipiac from Sacred Heart University, where she worked as an undergraduate admissions counselor. Her background includes work with counseling centers at City on a Hill Charter Public School and Emmanuel College, both in Boston. She earned her master's degree in in counseling psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.