Alamance Community College Partners with Duke University Medical Center & UNC Medical School to Host 2017 Medical Bridge Summer Camp
Black males comprise 6 percent of the approximately 321 million people living in the United States. Yet, in 2014, only 515 black men were accepted into and enrolled in U.S. medical schools — down from 541 in 1978 — and only 1 percent of U.S. physicians are black men.
Challenges such as financial struggles and lack of mentorship have prevented the number of minority males in the medical field from increasing over the past four decades...and Alamance Community College wanted to change that.
To see more black male doctors, ACC knew that they had to address the belief gap, the interest gap, the knowledge gap, and the resources gap that act as barriers keeping students from pursuing these careers. So they partnered with the Alamance-Burlington School System to create a three-week 2017 Medical Bridge Summer Camp for 40 minority male middle schoolers interested in STEM and medical careers.
The students were chosen by application with each young man explaining why he wanted to participate. From that, 40 students were selected.
The camp began on July 10, 2017 and students have been able to interact with mentors and role models during field trips to Duke University Medical Center, UNC Medical School, N.C. Central University’s biomedical/biotechnology research institute, the Greensboro Science Center, and N.C. Bionetwork, while learning valuable skills in math, science, and writing.
In addition to exposing them to future careers in healthcare, the program will expose the young men to the ACC/ABSS Career and College Promise program and available majors in the field, such as medical assisting technology, medical laboratory technology and nursing, ensuring that they have the resources and confidence necessary to pursue medical careers.
There is already a waitlist for next summer’s cohort. For more information, go to the Medical Bridge Camp page on the ACC website.