Starting with an initial cohort of 16 medical students, 16 undergraduates and 16 high school students, we have grown to over 50 high school students, 50 undergraduate students, 40 graduate students (across a variety of disciplines), numerous faculty who serve in a variety of capacities and over 250 alumni. Our curricula, which have always been created and revised by our members, have become more student-centered and public health focused.
In this student-run program, students from the Emory School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health and Laney Graduate School collaborate with Emory College undergraduates to mentor South Atlanta, Booker T. Washington, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, The New Schools at Carver, and Frederick Douglass High Schools' students and improve their academic skills by engaging the budding young scholars in hands-on exploration of medical sciences. This layering of mentoring, teaching, and service aims to produce socially conscious leaders with an interest in community involvement and a portfolio of educational skills
Undergraduates join the program in their sophomore year and are paired with a high school sophomore student whom they mentor for the duration of the program. The undergraduates and high school students remain in the program until the completion of their senior year. This three-year mentorship allows the students to develop personal relationships that encourage academic advancement and in-depth discussions during the Pipeline Program sessions.
Graduate students and professional students serve as co-instructors and facilitators. During the sessions, students break into small groups composed of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. These small groups participate in interactive activities and discussions to solidify academic skills and increase health science knowledge.
In 2015, Emory University School of Medicine received a three year grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to educate and expose high school students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to career opportunities in health professions. The new initiative, Emory Pipeline Collaborative (EPiC), aims to prepare students from five Atlanta high schools for health professions by increasing academic achievement, improving college readiness, strengthening social support, and broadening student awareness of pathways to health professions. The Pipeline Program will become the EPiC Academic Year Experience and the Emory Preparatory Research Education Program (PREP) and Emory Summer Science Academy will serve as the EPiC Summer Experience, including residential summer opportunities for the students.
By participating in Pipeline, graduates and undergraduates reinforce their mastery of health science knowledge and enhance their sense of responsibility to serve the community. Through Pipeline, high school students not only learn how to improve their health and well being, they also are inspired to believe in their own intellectual strengths and to aspire to go to college. In our 2012 and 2013 graduating Pipeline classes, 100% of the high school students received at least one college acceptance letter. Our graduates consistently receive more scholarship funding than their non-Pipeline peers (including the Gates Millennium and Posse Scholarships). Through this partnership with these five Atlanta high schools, we hope to continue to positively impact the lives of high school students in our community.