School of Medicine Students Will Help Monroe High Seniors

Project’s goal is more city students in college

October 17, 2007

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Rochester City School District are working together to increase the number of city high school seniors applying to college and getting accepted.

The project is called “Ready, Set, Go to College.” In one-on-one meetings Friday Oct. 19 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, 93 second-year medical students will help more than 100 Monroe High School seniors prepare their college applications. The medical school students will stay in contact with the Monroe High School seniors to make sure they meet application deadlines and advise them on problems they might encounter.

“This project came out of a desire by the class to do a community-based program,” said William Gensheimer, president of the second-year medical school class. “Attending college is one of the most important choices a person can make to better their future. In addition, education is important because it helps to promote awareness about wellness and making responsible health care decisions. Our class has two goals for this program.  First, we want every senior at Monroe High School to have the opportunity to attend college. Second, we want education to provide these seniors with the tools that they need to make informed decisions about their own health for the rest of their lives.”

Rochester Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. William C. Cala said: “The guidance of the School of Medicine and Dentistry students will help our Monroe seniors stay on the path to college. We thank them for taking on this important role in the lives of our students. It’s the kind of one-on-one community support that is invaluable to the work of our schools in preparing students for success after high school.”

For the first time, the Rochester City School District’s Department of Counseling and the English Language Arts Department have developed a curriculum to make writing a college application essay and personal statement a part of English classes. School of Medicine and Dentistry students this month wrote letters to the Monroe High School seniors, encouraging them to do a good job on the essay and statement. The Monroe High School seniors will bring their essays to the Oct. 19 meeting with the medical students.

The project started earlier this year when the Monroe High School students, who then were juniors, toured the University of Rochester campus and met with admissions and financial aid advisers. Earlier this month, Brenda D. Lee, M. Ed., assistant dean for medical education and student affairs at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, gave several workshops at Monroe High School on how to prepare for the college application process.

In January, the School of Medicine and Dentistry will hold a financial aid workshop for the Monroe High School students and their parents. The School also has planned a celebration in the spring for the Monroe High School seniors to announce college acceptances.

Adrienne Morgan and Gladys Pedraza-Burgos from the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity coordinate the project.

PROJECT READY, SET, GO to COLLEGE

WHAT: Medical Students work with Monroe High School Seniors.

WHEN: Friday Oct. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry – Upper S Auditorium (Room 3-7619)

CONTACTS: Mark Michaud at 273-4790 or Adrienne Morgan at 275-7203

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