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Medical News & Perspectives
September 2, 2009

Program Offers Disadvantaged Teens a Gateway to Health and Science Careers

JAMA. 2009;302(9):933-935. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1184

At a time when employment is hard to find even for adult full-time workers, many high school students would consider themselves fortunate to secure a minimum-wage job for the summer. Only those with luck or connections might be able to obtain a position that helps them build experience toward a future career. But thanks to an innovative program that focuses specifically on those least likely to find such opportunities, a group of New York City teenagers spent the summer as research interns in some of the most prestigious laboratories and hospitals in the Northeast. And that's just one facet of a 4-year high-school program designed to prepare students for highly skilled careers in health and science.