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  • Welcome to the Morehouse School of Medicine Pipeline Programs!

    Below is a listing of pipeline programs and select post-baccalaureate programs offered at the Morehouse School of Medicine targeting K-12, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and medical students interested in exploring careers in medicine, scientific research, biological sciences and public health.

    If you are interested in applying to the K-12 or undergraduate programs, please complete the Online Primary application to begin the process. 

    Applications to APEX and the Master of Science in Medical Science Degree Program are directed through the Office of Admissions.  Applicants to these programs should only submit the specific program application.


    K-12 Programs

    Benjamin Carson Science Academy [more information]
    The Benjamin Carson Science Academy (BCSA) is a preparatory enrichment program designed to stimulate the interest of minority elementary and middle school students (4th-8th grades) in pursuing degrees in medicine, biomedical research, and health professions. A six-week Saturday Science Academy is offered in the fall and spring; and the four-week summer program takes place in June.
    Contact:
    Dr. Jacqueline Scott, Director, Community Relations and Special Projects
    Phone: (404) 752-1590
    Email: ben_carson@msm.edu

    Medical Preparatory Program (MedPrep)
    The MedPrep Program offers minority students in grades 9-12 an opportunity to learn about careers in medicine and the allied health, with MSM medical students serving as mentors, tutors, and role models. The program meets every other Wednesday from September through May on the MSM campus. A variety of doctors and health care professionals meets with the group throughout the year. Applications are unavailable at this time. 
    Contact:
    Alex Adams
    Phone: (404) 752-1914
    Email: aadams@msm.edu

    NIH/NIDDK Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
    The STEP-UP Program gives high school students who have completed the 11th grade and are from racial and ethnic minority or disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity for eight weeks of summer research training. The experience targets National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK) focus areas.
    Contact:
    Winifred Chapman-Smith, M.P.H.
    Phone: (404) 752-1140
    Email: wsmith@msm.edu

    Promoting Our Worth as Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Innovative Technology (POWER-IT)
    POWER-IT is a two-year program offered to 10th grade students (ages 16-18) selected from three participating high schools: Arabia Mountain (DeKalb), North Springs High (Fulton), and Grayson Technical College (Gwinnett). The program includes information-communication technology clubs, neuroscience lectures, projects/science fairs, leadership training and rotation through an MSM neuroscience laboratory.
    Contact:
    Dr. Marlene MacLeish
    Phone: (404) 576-5706
    Email: mmacleish@msm.edu
    or
    Dr. Angelicque Tucker Blackmon
    Phone: (770) 291-2132 or (770) 374-8373

    Student Initiative on Recruitment (SIR)
    The SIR Program’s high school component introduces socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students underrepresented in medicine from grades 11-12 to the medical field. Participants must be currently enrolled in science and technology based curricula, and will have the opportunity to work with MSM students, residents, and faculty both in classroom and clinical settings. The undergraduate component offers The First Look Program which gives students (particularly juniors and seniors in college) an opportunity to meet medical students, faculty and admissions staff in a half-day informative and interactive session on the admissions process, funding medical school, a view into a day in the life of a medical student and what it’s like to be a practicing physician.
    Contact:
    Kenny Esho
    Email: kesho@msm.edu

    Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program [more information]
    The Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program is a six-week research experience designed for high school students (ages 14-17) interested in careers in biomedical science/research. Faculty scientists serve as instructors, mentors and role models. Students conduct research for approximately 30 hours per week in this program. A 3.5 overall grade point average is required.
    Contact:
    Wanda Harvey
    Phone: (404) 752-1843
    Email: VTSRP@msm.edu


    K-12 and Undergraduate Programs

    Area Health Education Center (AHEC) [more information]
    The AHEC pipeline program is administered through a central coordinating office at MSM, but functions through independent regional centers in Georgia and Alabama. AHEC introduces school children (K-12) and college age students, especially minorities and those from underserved communities, to medicine and other health careers. AHEC also provides training for students and continuing education for health professionals in underserved communities.
    Contact:
    Dr. Daniel Blumenthal
    Phone: (404) 752-1625
    Email: dblumenthal@msm.edu


    Undergraduate Programs

    Atlanta Center for Translational Research in Endometriosis (ACTRE) [more information]
    The Atlanta Center for Research in Endometriosis (ACTRE—“actor”) is a cooperative partnership for research and education between MSM and Emory University. The partnership builds upon strong reproductive research programs at both institutions. The mentored research experience is open to undergraduate students and is aimed at promoting workforce diversity and education in the reproductive sciences and women’s health.
    Contact:
    Dr. Winston E. Thompson
    Phone: (404) 752-1715
    Email: wthompson@msm.edu

    Atlanta University Center—Bridging the Gap (AUC—BTG) Scholar’s Program
    The AUC—BTG program was developed to identify, support, and nurture Georgia resident students (entering college freshmen) enrolling in Atlanta University Center schools who plan to pursue a career in oral health. Various programs are offered which give students the opportunity to complete a fully financed undergraduate through professional school program in seven to eight years. Upon graduation, students are expected to practice in underserved areas of Georgia.
    Contact:
    Dr. M. Guy Bragg
    Phone: (404) 752-1858
    Email: mbragg@msm.edu

    Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
    The MAPS program is the undergraduate component of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). The goal for the MSM chapter is to increase the matriculation of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) students into health related programs through information and mentoring. Medical students meet with undergraduate students monthly to discuss topics ranging from professional school funding to internships and mentoring.
    Contact:
    Alex Adams or Symenthia Dearing
    Phone: (404) 752-1914 or (404) 752-1591
    Email: aadams@msm.edu or sdearing@msm.edu

    National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and MSM Neuroscience Institute (NSBRI-NI) Research Program
    The NSBRI and NI Summer Undergraduate Research Program is designed to help strengthen the pipeline of women and minority students entering the health and biomedical research professions. The program is open to undergraduates, and offers students the opportunity to work in a lab with a mentor for the summer as part of a hypothesis-driven research project. Students will prepare a poster and make an oral presentation for campus-wide audience as part of the experience.
    Contact:
    Dr. Marlene MacLeish
    Phone: (404) 756-5706
    Email: mmacleish@msm.edu

    What I Wish I Knew How To Do When I Got To Grad School
    As a part of research training for Spelman College undergraduate women in the Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) Program, MSM provides a four day workshop on basic research skills. The workshop is facilitated and guided by MSM faculty and graduate students. The peer-mentoring component includes a discussion of what the grad school experience is like, and how to prepare for application to graduate programs.
    Contact:
    Dr. Ward Kirlin or Dr. Mari Salmi
    Phone: (404) 752-1709 or (404) 752-1727
    Email: wkirlin@msm.edu or msalmi@msm.edu


    Post-Baccalaureate Programs

    Academically Prepared for EXcellence (APEX) Program [more information]
    The 10-week Academically Prepared for EXcellence (APEX) Program, an expansion of the former M.D. Summer Program, identifies and recruits highly motivated, economically or educationally disadvantaged students who have a demonstrated potential and ability to pursue a career in medicine.
    Contact:
    Dr. Rita Finley
    Director, APEX Program
    Phone: (404) 752-1614
    Email: APEX@msm.edu

    Minority International Health Disparities Research Program—Howard University/Morehouse School of Medicine [more information]
    The Minority International Health Disparities Research Program is a joint venture between scientists at Howard University and MSM, and offers high level research experience with global diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and TB. This summer program offers participants at the MSM site experience in investigating biomarkers of cerebral malaria found in Ghanaian children. A cost-effective diagnostic test for Plasmodium falciparum parasites using saliva was developed through this research.
    Contact:
    Dr. Jonathan Stiles
    Phone: (404) 752-1585
    Email: jstiles@msm.edu

    MSM/TU/UAB Partnership Summer Cancer Research Training Program
    The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Tuskegee University (TU), and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Partnership invites graduate students to participate in its eight-week Summer Cancer Research Training Program (SCRTP), which takes place in June and July. Graduate students currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at MSM, TU or UAB may apply. Students will receive a stipend for 15 to 20 hours a week. Coursework includes study in cancer education (at UAB), bioethics (at UT) and grant writing/mentored research (at MSM). Students learn to develop research proposals which adhere to NIH guidelines, and present their work in a poster competition at the MSM/TU/UAB Partnership Summer Institute.
    Contact:
    Dr. Elvan Daniels
    Phone: (404) 756-5275
    Email: eldaniels@msm.edu

    Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program [more information]
    The Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program at Morehouse School of Medicine is designed to enhance the credentials of its students for entry into medical school by offering a challenging biomedical sciences and public health curriculum, strengthening critical thinking skills and providing a supportive and nurturing academic environment.
    Contact:
    Dr. Rita Finley
    Director, Master of Science in Medical Sciences Degree Program
    Phone: (404) 752-1614
    Email: MSMS@msm.edu