Jan. 10, 2022
Six selected for Pitt’s health professions program
Six Upper St. Clair High School students have been selected to participate in the Health Professions Prep (HPP) program for the 2022 spring season at the University of Pittsburgh. Participants include sophomores Renuka Kota, Jhoran Laffin, Mahir Parmar, Anuj Shah, Burhaan Waheed and Isabella Zhang.
The program will be held virtually each Wednesday evening from Jan. 12 through April 6, 2022. Following an orientation on Jan. 12, participants will begin rotations, in two-week blocks, between each school of the health sciences including dentistry, health and rehabilitation sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.
Students will have opportunities to engage in a variety of interactions including career awareness and exploration, clinical experience, student mentoring, academic experience, reflection, observation and influential conversations, academic planning, and student success skills.
HPP, which serves a maximum of 40 participants, is open to students in grades 9-12 who have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. Candidates were required to submit an application including an essay and letter of recommendation. The program encourages participation from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the health sciences.
HPP is an initiative of the University of Pittsburgh’s schools of the health sciences and affiliated hospitals and clinical sites of UPMC. The program is designed to introduce a broad variety of career options in healthcare to its participants. The program was previously known as the Health Science Career Exploration Institute and the Medical Explorers Program, which began in 1974.