"I truly started to feel comfortable calling myself a scientist": An Exploration of a Short-Term Program to Strengthen the Health Sciences Pipeline
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership (O&L)
School of Education
Jane Bleasdale, PhD
Jessica Blundell, EdD
There has been an intensifying effort on behalf of health science schools to eliminate the nation’s shortages of Under-Represented Minority (URM) health care practitioners (Browne, 2012). Summer and multi-year pipeline and outreach programs for post-secondary URM student populations flourished in response during the last 50 years (Grumbach & Chen, 2006; Barr & Matsui, 2008; Browne, 2012). The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate the effectiveness of the two-day post-secondary health sciences program, Discover NorCal Health College (NCHC), on increasing the level of preparation and persistence of URM, first-generation, and economically disadvantaged students seeking enrollment into an NCHC program. Four former participants were surveyed (Male=1; Female=3) regarding their Discover NCHC experience.
Participants reported high levels of satisfaction with Discover NCHC. All the female participants reported a strong appreciation for the program's social belonging and the extra motivation provided to remain committed to their academic aspirations. Some women also articulated difficulty formulating a science identity, critical to their overall commitment to a science career. Most participants described the continual challenge of navigating impostor syndrome throughout their respective academic journeys. All participants lauded the value of ethnic, racial, and socio-economic representation inherent in the Discover NCHC experience while also recognizing how institutional prestige factors into their professional school decision processes. The study demonstrated that Discover NCHC had a significant impact on the participants’ knowledge and their decision to apply to an NCHC health science program.
Guerrero, Angel-Max, ""I truly started to feel comfortable calling myself a scientist": An Exploration of a Short-Term Program to Strengthen the Health Sciences Pipeline" (2020). Master's Theses. 1346.