Marshall School of Medicine moves student pipeline programs online

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With continued social distancing measures in place, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will host its summer pipeline programs for high school and college students online this year. In lieu of traditional on-campus residential experiences, the School of Medicine will use online platforms to engage participants in experiential learning that helps them prepare for application to medical school.
“Although some elements of a truly immersive experience cannot be replicated virtually, the most meaningful components of these programs that help guide students as they make important career decisions remain,” said Shelvy L. Campbell-Monroe, Ph.D., associate dean for diversity and inclusion at the schools of medicine and pharmacy.

The Health Care Pathways Initiative (HCPI) will run June 8 through July 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It gives high school students from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky a glimpse into the care setting and structure of STEM workplaces, including those in science, research, health care, pharmacy, nursing health informatics and engineering. Registration for HCPI is now closed. Learn more at

HCPI is funded by the Army Educational Outreach Program (UNITE), a Walgreens Diversity Grant, Marshall Health and the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Project PREMED will be held July 23 and 24. This program offers an opportunity for undergraduate ethnic minority students to explore medical school as a career path. Students also gain insights into the processes and preparation required for applying to and attending medical school. Apply now through June 30 at

A Virtual Summer Academy will be held June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for undergraduate students who aspire to become physicians. Topics include interviewing skills, maximizing study skills, admissions tips from admission committee members and staff, and advice from current medical students. The one-day academy is open to West Virginia residents and out-of-state students currently enrolled in a West Virginia public or private accredited college or university. Students must have completed at least 30 college credit hours in order to participate. Register now through June 1 at

“We have taken the sessions identified as most valuable by participants of past summer academies and are making them available virtually,” said Jennifer T. Plymale, associate dean for admissions and director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health.

There is no cost to participate in any of these programs. For more information, please contact Campbell by phone at 304-691-1607 or by e-mail at,  or Amber Vance by phone at 304-691-1184 or by e-mail at


Date Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2020