Health Careers Program
Join the Health Careers Program throughout the year as it celebrates 40 years of success!
Spelman Scholars Participate
in Health Video Conference
Two members of the class of 2013 may help change the face of healthcare in America. Chemistry major Ariel Edwards and biology major Jessica Fitzgerald are interns with Catholic Healthcare West and worked at Chandler Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona this summer. The pair made presentations during Catholic Heathcare's video conference on Tuesday, July 26.
Catholic Healthcare (CHW) is a family of more than 50,000 caregivers and staff that delivers excellent care at over 40 different facilities in diverse communities across Arizona, California, and Nevada. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in San Francisco, CHW is the eighth largest not-for-profit hospital in the nation, and the largest hospital system in California.
'Women Making a Global Difference in Health care'
The Health Careers Program was initiated in 1971 to advance more and better-qualified young women into the professional areas of medicine: dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, chiropractic, physician assistant, physical therapy, public health, etc. The Health Careers Office serves as a repository of information for students interested in careers in the health professions.
Students should register each year with the Health Careers Program to ensure access to information about professional schools, admissions requirements, financial aid, summer enrichment programs, and career options. The office also coordinates visits by recruitment personnel from various health professional schools. The program objectives are to:
- Enhance the entry of prehealth professions students into health professional and allied health professional schools upon graduation through development of greater proficiency in standardized test taking, application development, summer program participation, and interview techniques to a degree that they will be competitive for admission.
- Distribute information to students in the prehealth track regarding financial aid available in various health professional
or allied health professional schools.
- Interact with professional school representatives and professional organizations to remain abreast of recent developments, and to serve as a resource of information for the professional schools seeking information concerning students in the Health Careers Program.
- Monitor each trainee's progress throughout her undergraduate career by providing a strong support system including class meetings, counseling sessions, tutoring, workshops, site visits, shadowing experiences, information and career seminars and peer support groups.
Establish an exit interview system for the purpose of tracking prehealth professions students i.e., matriculation through health/allied health professional schools, professional residencies, internships, professional specialties, and employment.