Education and awareness programs in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools, are powerful influences on career aspirations. That’s why on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 80 students of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program from Buford Middle School participated in a tour of the Clinical Skills Center. This community event, sponsored in part by UVA’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the School of Medicine Office for Diversity, focused on outreach, scholarship, and education — a valuable resource for developing diversity and cultural competency in academic medicine.
Hosting young students, such as those from Buford, can help eradicate healthcare disparities, provides a service to the community, and re-shapes the legacy of the University with regards to diverse communities. It also assists in building diversity into the next generation of health professionals.
The goals of the AVID program is to leverage existing outreach, service and educational activities across the School and Grounds related to diversity and inclusion to reduce redundancy, ensure consistent branding, provide resources as necessary, and raise awareness. This event also developed consistent partnerships with local schools to create learning and awareness programs aimed at shaping career aspirations and creating an affinity for the university.
AVID provides tutoring and mentoring for accepted 7th and 8th graders with average GPAs between 2.5-3.0, encouraging them to pursue a college education. Eighty to 85 percent of the AVID students would be first-generation college students, and 90 percent are considered under-represented minorities or of lower socio-economic standings.
According to AVID’S website, their mission is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.” AVID is an in-school college preparatory program designed to assist students in rigorous courses. Its goal is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. In AVID, students learn study skills, Cornell notes, time management, organization, test readiness, critical thinking, writing to learn, and group study skills.
The UVA SOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted The Second Look Weekend Minority Medical Student Reception on Friday, April 1, 2016
For more information visit the National SNMA site