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ProjectMED Video Challenge Winners

AAMC is pleased to announce the ProjectMED Video Challenge Winners:

1st Place

Science on Saturdays: Teaching an Enrichment Science Laboratory Class Camden High School Students Science on Saturdays: Teaching an Enrichment Science Laboratory Class Camden High School Students
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

2nd Place

northwestern Northwestern Medical Scholars Program "Mentoring Families" Initiative
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

3rd Place

Eyes on the Future - Medical College of Wisconsin

Eyes on the Future
Medical College of Wisconsin

About the Challenge

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How can your medical school and/or teaching hospital work with your local elementary school, high school or district to increase the diversity of future physicians and scientists?

ProjectMED challenged medical schools and teaching hospitals to engage community partners in increasing the diversity of future physicians and scientist.

It called on teams of medical students, graduate students, residents, post-doctorates, faculty and staff; in partnership with a community organization, to create brief a brief video depicting an innovative approach to developing programs and initiatives targeting the K-12 public education system and students.

From 19 video submissions 3 finalists were selected, and an online voting audience awarded first, second, and third place. The winning teams will receive a monetary award to fund programming in their community based on the approach illustrated in their video.

Why We Created ProjectMED

ProjectMED challenges you to think about how academic medicine and public education systems can work together to diversify the pool of future health care professionals. This is critical for many reasons:

  • The number of medical school matriculants from historically underrepresented groups—African-American, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Latinos—has remained relatively stagnant over the past five years, despite medical school expansion.

  • 20 years of data shows that the parental income of 80 percent of medical school matriculants remains at the top fifth quintiles of U.S. income.

  • Public education systems are often under-resourced, which can contribute to the lack of diversity upstream at the nation's medical schools.

  • Medical schools and teaching hospitals have the knowledge and resources to be leaders within their local communities and to successfully implement innovative solutions.

Important Dates

December 2014/January 2015
Final Placement Announced