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214CollegeofScienceandMathematicsTourforDiversityinMedicineT4DandtheAetnaFoundationstoppedbyRowanUniversitylastSeptemberinordertoeducateandinspirefuturephysiciansofunderservedcommunities.RowanUniversityOfficeofHealthProfes-sionsintheCollegeofScienceandMath-ematicssponsoredtheeventinwhichmorethan15doctorsdentistsandmedicalschoolstudentsfromacrossthecountrygatheredtoprovideafull-dayhands-onworkshoptoundergradstudentsatnocost.Ourmissionistomakeatangibledifferenceinthelivesofstudentsandthebroadercommunitybyofferingthevisionandreal-worldstrategiestoovercomebarri-erstoaddresstheneedforgreaterdiversityinthemedicalprofessionsaidDr.AldenLandryco-founderoftheTourforDiversityinMedicine.Rowanisthethirdstoponbothorganiza-tionsoneweeklongtouroftheNortheasttofiveothercollegesincludingDelawareStateTourForDiversityMakesStopatRowanandBowieStateUniversitiesandtheGeorge-townUniversitySchoolofMedicine.Eachstopalongthetourfeaturedfull-daysessionsaboutthemedicalschoolapplicationprocessadmis-siontestsandinterviewingskills.Studentsgottoworkone-on-onewithotherswithinthepro-fessionwhowereabletoofferpersonalinsightsfollowingtheirexperiences.ThisyearwillfeaturesomethingdifferentfromtheusualtoursinthattheorganizationswillreachouttohighschoolstudentsattheD.C.visitofGeorgetownUniver-sityinordertoexposethemtoacademichabitscollegepreparationandhealthcareskills.Asournationspopulationbecomesincreas-inglydiverseweneedtoensurethatfuturehealthcareprovidersreflecttheracialandethnicdiversitythatwillhelpfurtherpositivehealthoutcomestodayandforfuturegenerationssaidDr.GarthGrahampresidentoftheAetnaFoundation.TheTourforDiversityinMedicineispartofHip-HopHealthInc.andhasreachedover1400studentssinceitsinceptionin2012.Theirmis-sionstatementistohelpdiversifythehealthcareprofessionbygivingminoritystudentstheadviceandtoolstheywillneedtopursuemedi-calcareers.TheAetnaFoundationisanindependentcharitableandphilanthropicdivisionofAetnaInc.Since1980theFoundationinconjunctionwithAetnaInc.hascontributedmorethan427milliondollarsinscholarshipsandgrants14.6millionin2012alone.Asanationalhealthfoun-dationtheyarevestedinpromotingwellnesshealthandaccesstohigh-qualityhealthcare.Morethan15doctorsdentistsandmedicalschoolstudentsattendedTourofDiversityprogramatRowanUniversity.StudentsinRowansappliedbehavioranalysiscourseshaveauniqueop-portunitytotakecourseswhileatthesametimelearningabouttheagenciesthatpro-videservicestochildrenandadultswithspecialneeds.Initiatedin2008byDr.MaryLou-iseKerwinprofessorandchairofthePsychologyDepartmentgraduatecoursesintheMasterofArtsandCertificateofAdvancedGraduateStudyinAppliedBe-haviorAnalysishavebeenofferedatcom-munityagenciesandaretaughtbyadjunctfacultymemberswhoworkinleadershippositionsattheseagencies.Someoftheagenciesthathavepart-neredwithRowanincludeDevereuxinWestDeptfordBancroftNeurohealthinHaddonfieldTheCenterforNeurologicalandNeurohealthinGibbsboroandY.A.L.E.SchoolSoutheastinVoorhees.ThecurrentprogramcoordinatorandAssociateProfessorofPsychologyMichelleEnnisSorethfavorsthismodelbecauseitprovidesstudentswiththeopportunitytodirectlyobservetheapplicationoftheoryandproceduresforclientsandtheirfamiliesintheseagencies.Facultymemberswhoteachthesecoursesintheiragenciesappreciatetheopportunitytoteachthenextgenerationofbehavioranalystsandshowcasetheiragen-ciestoRowansstudentssaysSoreth.Inadditiontobeingmoreconvenientforthesefacultymembersthismodelalsoallowsthemtoscreenandrecruitpotentialemployees.Thisuniquearrangementbenefitsthestudentsdirectlybyexpandingtheexpertiseoffacultytowhomtheyareexposedaswellasallowingthestudentstoexperiencethepoliciesandproceduresofeachagencyfirst-hand.TheDepartmentofPsychologyhasbeenpleasedwiththismodelfordeliveringsomeofitscoursesandcontinuestoexploreothercreativewaystopartnerwithcommu-nityagenciesforthebenefitofourstudentstheagenciesandtheUniversity.BenetsBountifulforPsychologyMajors