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Supporting Education to End Disparities (SEED)

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Information about SEED

What is SEED?

A medical student group aimed at increasing the number of under-represented and disadvantaged students entering into the biomedical and healthcare fields.

We work with a group of ~50 juniors from North High School (NHS) in Worcester to:

1. Promote awareness of the healthcare and biomedical fields

2. Increase exposure to healthcare and biomedical professions

3. Encourage academic excellence

Why is SEED needed?

  • 82% of NHS students are from low-income families
  • The mean SAT scores for Critical Reading, Math, and Writing are all below the 50th percentile
  • NHS’s overall performance relative to other 4 year high schools is in the 8th percentile
  • The annual dropout rate is double the state average
  • 34% of students scored proficient or higher on MCAS science in 2013 and 48% in math

How can I get involved?

How can I get involved?

  • Speak at one of four hour long Q&A sessions this fall about your experiences from high school to professional school and beyond, what obstacles you overcame, and how to be successful academically and professionally
  • Volunteer to teach medical skills at the Simulation Center event
  • Enhance students’ writing ability as they prepare to apply to college
  • Mentor students as they decide upon what career path to take
  • Expand the group to do even more amazing things!
  • Time commitment can range from as little as a 1 hour Q&A session to planning out entire events, whatever you want to put into it

Contact Us

Max Hazeltine, Co-leader

Max.Hazeltine@umassmed.edu

Daniel Warden, Co-leader

Daniel.Warden@umassmed.edu

Diane Blake MD, Faculty Advisor 

diane.blake@umassmed.edu