With 51 students representing 30 high schools across the region, the 2018 class of Tap MD – The Health Collaborative’s physician pipeline program for area high school students – is the largest ever for the program, now in its seventh year.
Scroll down to view the roster for 2018. The Tap MD program began in 2011 under the umbrella of the Greater Cincinnati Health Council which has now merged with The Health Collaborative. The mission of Tap MD is to seek and find “untapped” talented high school students to increase the number of future Tristate urban and rural physicians. Any high school junior or senior at least 16 years of age can be “tapped” by a school teacher or counselor.
Participating students must be strong academically, motivated, mature, and dependable. Moreover, students should have a positive attitude! Tap MD students are particularly targeted because they have not yet decided upon a career choice; however, we want students who have true potential and motivation to one day enter medical school. Standardized test scores, grades, and extracurricular involvement are among the factors considered by the selection committee when identifying students for the program.
Students commit to the program for one year, attending monthly experiences at a variety of health and healthcare delivery sites throughout the Tristate area. They are expected and encouraged to attend each month due to the unique nature of every experience, with the understanding that academics and pre-planned commitments should take priority. At each monthly event, they are able to talk with professionals in their field(s) of interest, ask questions, handle equipment and instruments relevant to the job, and even view certain medical procedures as appropriate.
Congratulations to Heleena McKinney, Manager of Healthcare Workforce Innovation, for the program’s huge success! For more information, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://taphealth.healthcollab.org.