Initiated in 1992, Base Pair is a successful biomedical research mentorship program that pairs faculty from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) with high school students and educators from the largest public school district in Mississippi, the Jackson Public School District (JPSD). This biomedical research mentorship program allows each student to experience the scientific field in a "hands-on" manner under the guidance and supervision of a qualified instructor who is a researcher at UMMC. Teacher professional development and science curriculum enhancement activities complement the student participation to create a highly coordinated impetus for science education reform.
The office of Health Careers Opportunity is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs. Formerly known as the division of Multicultural Affairs, it has an over 30 year history of being committed to student success. The office supports the Medical Center's efforts to train a diverse health care workforce for the state of Mississippi. The overarching mission is to foster an environment that recognizes the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness through academic preparation, classroom instruction, community outreach and professional development.
We believe that a student being admitted to health professions school is only the first step. Graduation is the goal. We offer preparation courses and pipeline programs to create an atmosphere at UMMC which celebrates diversity and assists students in reaching their goals.
In 2013, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP), creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice general dentistry. Academic enrichment, faculty and dentist mentoring plus solid dental school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program will enable capable young Mississippians to provide adequate dental care in rural areas of Mississippi.
In 2007, the Mississippi Legislature authorized the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP), creating a unique longitudinal program that identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. Academic enrichment, faculty and physician mentoring plus solid medical school financial support through the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program will enable capable young Mississippians to address the challenge of Mississippi's health care crisis. Students can apply for the program as undergraduates or as admitted medical students.
The vision for Science Teaching Excites Medical Interest (STEMI) is to create a network of high school science educators across Mississippi who will improve the health of our citizens by advancing Next Generation educational standards. Funded by the National Institutes of Health - Office of the Director Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program (2016-2021), STEMI partners with eight school districts, the UMMC Clinical Anatomy and Telehealth programs as well as school nurses to engage Mississippi high school teachers in an online community of learners focused on pedagogical innovation.