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A Longitudinal Mentorship Program to Bridge Educational Gaps for Minority Students and Enhance Cultural Competence.

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OBJECTIVES: To provide a longitudinal mentorship program to promote cultural awareness in Pharm. D students, involving clinical research projects, which include underrepresented minority (URM) populations, with 50% project assignments to (URM) students.

METHODS/PROPCEDURE: The three-year mentorship program involves two years of clinical practice research with URM patient contact. The final year requires a paper submission to a peer-reviewed journal and/or presentation of an abstract. Of twenty second year Pharm.D students (2004/2005) wishing to participate in the project, twelve (six URM and six others) were randomly selected and paired to faculty mentors based on areas of interest which include smoking cessation, patient safety and diseases prevalent in URM populations (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, kidney transplants etc). The two groups will be compared for career choices and achievements. The 12-student group will be compared to the rest of the class for career choices and achievements.


RESULTS/OUTCOMES: Research is on going for all students. 100% of the students expressed satisfaction with the program. Mentors surveyed favor the longitudinal aspect of this project. 90% of mentors favor continued future involvement. One abstract has already been presented and two submitted. Nine students are still with their original mentors. Number of submitted journal articles and abstracts and group comparisons will assess impact in 2007.

IMPLICATIONS: This project will evaluate the effect of a mentorship program on student success and career choices. Pre and post surveys will assess the project’s value in promoting cultural competence, and the need to offer this program as a selective.
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Amarshi, Rahemat. and Eoff, James. "A Longitudinal Mentorship Program to Bridge Educational Gaps for Minority Students and Enhance Cultural Competence." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p126029_index.html>

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Amarshi, R. N. and Eoff, J. , 2006-07-05 "A Longitudinal Mentorship Program to Bridge Educational Gaps for Minority Students and Enhance Cultural Competence." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p126029_index.html

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Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To provide a longitudinal mentorship program to promote cultural awareness in Pharm. D students, involving clinical research projects, which include underrepresented minority (URM) populations, with 50% project assignments to (URM) students.

METHODS/PROPCEDURE: The three-year mentorship program involves two years of clinical practice research with URM patient contact. The final year requires a paper submission to a peer-reviewed journal and/or presentation of an abstract. Of twenty second year Pharm.D students (2004/2005) wishing to participate in the project, twelve (six URM and six others) were randomly selected and paired to faculty mentors based on areas of interest which include smoking cessation, patient safety and diseases prevalent in URM populations (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, kidney transplants etc). The two groups will be compared for career choices and achievements. The 12-student group will be compared to the rest of the class for career choices and achievements.


RESULTS/OUTCOMES: Research is on going for all students. 100% of the students expressed satisfaction with the program. Mentors surveyed favor the longitudinal aspect of this project. 90% of mentors favor continued future involvement. One abstract has already been presented and two submitted. Nine students are still with their original mentors. Number of submitted journal articles and abstracts and group comparisons will assess impact in 2007.

IMPLICATIONS: This project will evaluate the effect of a mentorship program on student success and career choices. Pre and post surveys will assess the project’s value in promoting cultural competence, and the need to offer this program as a selective.

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