Winkleby Lab In the Prevention Research Center

Center of Excellence (COE)

The COE was established in 1993 through federal grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions. Its missions are to increase the number of underrepresented minority leaders in academic and clinical medicine, and to expand Stanford’s capacity to offer information, research, and training on minority health care issues. COE’s major programmatic areas include: 1) Student and faculty recruitment and development, 2) Information and research on minority health issues, and 3) Preclinical and clinical curriculum development. These areas encompass various outreach efforts, including a regional and national premedical student recruitment program, an early matriculation program to provide summer research opportunities for entering minority and disadvantaged medical students, a leadership development program for minority and disadvantaged medical students, a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care specialties, a faculty development program, a course offering in cultural competency for the community and much more.

Within the COE is the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). The Stanford HCOP grant was established in 1996 through federal grant support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Health Professions. HCOP seeks to produce a diverse and culturally competent workforce by helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursue health careers. The main components of the program include the Santa Clara County Health Professions Pipeline, the Northern California Community College Program, and a six-week in-residence summer program for premedical students. HCOP aims to accomplish the following goals: 1) Create a more competitive pool of minority and educationally, economically, and environmentally disadvantaged students, 2) Increase recruitment into the health professions, especially medical schools and physician assistant programs, 3) Retain medical students in good academic standing and provide educational opportunities to develop their leadership abilities, 4) Increase student exposure to community-based clinics and 5) Decrease medical student educational indebtedness. To achieve these goals HCOP offers health career and role model programs for elementary and middle school students in Santa Clara County, an MCAT preparatory course, a community health scholars program for premedical students completing the summer HCOP, M.D. admissions and financial aid workshops for community college students, physician assistant recruitment and advising workshops, a faculty and student mentorship program for disadvantaged medical students, health career workshops for teachers at various levels in the educational pipeline, and many other quality programs.


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