College of Science & Mathematics
Tour for Diversity
The Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D) and the Aetna Foundation stopped by Rowan University this past Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in order to educate and inspire future physicians of underserved communities. Rowan University Office of Health Professions and the College of Science & Mathematics sponsored the event in which more than 15 doctors, dentists and medical school students from across the country, gathered to provide a full-day, hands-on workshop, to undergrad students at no cost.
"Our mission is to make a tangible difference in the lives of students and the broader community by offering the vision and real-world strategies to overcome barriers to address the need for greater diversity in the medical profession," said Dr. Alden Landry, co-founder of the Tour for Diversity in Medicine.
Rowan is the third stop on both organizations' one weeklong tour of the Northeast to five other colleges including: Delaware State and Bowie State Universities, and the Georgetown University school of Medicine. Each stop along the tour features full-day sessions about the medical school application process, admission tests, and interviewing skills. Students will get to work one-on-one with others within the profession, who will be able to offer personal insights following their experiences.
This year will feature something different from the usual tours in that the organizations will reach out to high school students at the D.C. visit of Georgetown University, in order to expose them to academic habits, college preparation, and healthcare skills.
"As our nation's population becomes increasingly diverse, we need to ensure that future health care providers reflect the racial and ethnic diversity that will help further positive health outcomes today and for future generations," said Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation.
The Tour for Diversity in Medicine is part of Hip-Hop Health Inc. and has reached over 1,400 students since its inception in 2012. Their mission statement "is to help diversify the health care profession by giving minority students the advice and tools they will need to pursue medical careers."
The Aetna Foundation is an independent charitable and philanthropic division of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, the Foundation, in conjunction with Aetna Inc., has contributed more than $427 million dollars in scholarships and grants, $14.6 million in 2012 alone. As a national health foundation, they are vested in promoting wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care.