In an effort to inspire, enrich and engage underrepresented students to pursue careers in the allied health sciences, Connect2Mentors invites up to 25 high school students — from all grades — to attend a one-day experience with professional student mentors, helping to pave a path toward their future career.
- Speed networking with health professions students.
- An "escape room" activity.
- Lessons on writing a personal statement for college admissions.
The Irene H. Bailey Cardiology Academy
To encourage students to act and live healthy lives, the Irene H. Bailey Cardiology Academy (PDF) models daily heart-healthy practices — including exercise and diet — for the students to integrate into their lives. Students participate in daily, one-hour personal training sessions by a certified personal trainer, which include both cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Appropriate exercise equipment will be made available to students for these sessions. The students will keep food diaries to track their nutritional intake and will be served a wide variety of heart healthy breakfast/lunch options every day of the program.
The program is five days — running from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day — and it is open to all 11th grade students. This program is funded by the Red Dress Cocktail Party and Fashion Show and supported by Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
Through the Program Participants Will:
- Learn and apply science concepts and inquiry skills by doing hands-on laboratory and clinical activities.
- Explore the variety of academic programs and career choices in the fields of science and medicine.
- Develop mentoring relationships with graduate and medical school students, scientists, clinicians and other health care professionals.
- More information and program curriculum (PDF).
“This program is designed to instill a respect and love in high school students for the science and art of medicine, focusing on cardiology. This is a unique opportunity to make these young minds interested in the most important area of medicine."
— Martha Gulati, MD, MS
Division Chief of Cardiology for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix
Physician Executive Director for the Banner – University Medicine Heart Institute
For questions about either of these programs, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 602-827-2575.