Pipeline programs are investments in the future. They are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and other health professions. These programs were created as part of the College of Medicine’s core mission to prepare diverse and culturally competent physicians focused on improving access to high-quality healthcare in Michigan. The Central Michigan University College of Medicine supports the belief that physicians of the future need to reflect the growing diversity of our surrounding communities and our country. Our pipeline programs were designed to increase diversity of the healthcare workforce by exposing interested students from rural and underprivileged backgrounds to various healthcare professions.

CampMed

CampMed provides a hands-on educational summer experience for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or other health-related fields. This three-day, overnight event is scholarship-based and provided at no cost to the student.

Throughout the week, students are exposed to the elements of medical school and college life. Staff and faculty will work with the attendees, engaging them in hands-on demonstrations and activities. Accepted applicants, with the assistance of current medical students, will participate in typical medical student activities. Offices across campus will provide important information, including admissions, financial aid, and student life. The participants experience college life by staying in the residence halls, eating in the residential restaurants and participating in organized nightly activities.

Health Careers Program (HCPP)

The Health Careers Pipeline Program (HCPP) is a nine week curriculum in the fall for 9th and 10 graders from three, local participating high schools. It is designed to recruit a diverse group of students interested in pursuing a health professions career. The program is designed to provide high school students with opportunities to not only learn how to improve their health and wellbeing, but also inspire them to believe in their own intellectual strengths and aspire to post-secondary educational pursuits in the health professions.

The three main goals of this program include:

  1. Mentorship
  2. Leadership
  3. Health and Wellness
A unique feature of the program is the “layering” of mentors. Under the guidance of CMU medical students and other undergraduate health professions student mentors, high school students will explore career options, engage in hands-on clinical simulation experiences, learn how to navigate the post-secondary environment to achieve their goals, and become more observant of their own health and wellness. 

The high school students will be mentored by baccalaureate level students in various health professions. The baccalaureate students will be mentored by medical students. The program is a strong collaboration between the Mid Central AHEC and two medical students who developed the nine week curriculum and all the operational and organizational formats. Each session will feature an aspect of health care and well-being that supports student learning and engagement. Local health providers from the community will also bring their expertise to weekly presentations. Sessions will allow time for high school students to meet with their mentors and discuss their thoughts, reactions and responses to the content of each session. 

Mid Central - Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Mid Central AHEC hosts multiple pipeline tours and educational session throughout the year for various regional high school classes and middle school groups. These activities include a question and answer session with one of the faculty physicians on her personal journey through medical school, and a representative from the College of Health Professions discusses the various programs offered including the academic pathways to each program for the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Health Sciences Administration, Physiology, Audiology and Speech and Language Programs.

These programs are followed by facility tours of the College of Medicine and the College of Health Professions at CMU. Approximately 250-300 students participate in the AHEC pipeline programs each year and over 1,000 students from local and regional high schools have attended this program over the last three years. 

Three Fires Internship  

The Three Fires Tribal Internship is a collaborative program between the CMU College of Medicine and CMU Office of Institutional Diversity. The program is designed to enhance the participant’s intellectual knowledge and prepare them for future endeavors in medicine by strengthen research, writing and interpersonal skills. Historically underrepresented student participants have the opportunity to be mentored by Faculty and Staff for five (5) weeks during the summer on Central Michigan University’s campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The program recruits students who are interested in medicine as a career. These students are transitioning into their sophomore year of college. The commitment to the 5-week program is instrumental to interns’ professional goals. 

Students will have lab experience, observation opportunities and conduct research along with built-in experiential learning components. The interns are given the opportunity to conduct research side-by-side with the professionals in their field and give back to the local community through service learning opportunities. Experiential learning includes but not limited to, mentor Native American youth, mentor Upward Bound high school students in the evenings, co-instruct a science course geared to high school students, and attend a conference pertaining to their careers. Interns participate in micro-aggression training, laboratory training, and professional development workshops throughout the program with esteemed faculty and staff members.