Welcome to Pathways!
|Our goal is to
serve as a resource for you as you navigate the pathway through school and,
ultimately, to a health career. Each month, you'll receive career and
college planning tips, advice and resources to help you make your
health career dreams a reality.
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The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program
(NC-HCAP) is located at
UNC-Chapel Hill. Additional campus-based centers are located at Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Established in 1971 by Dr. Cecil G. Sheps, we work to increase the number of underrepresented minorities or
economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students who are
educated, trained and employed in the health professions.
more than 35 years, we have provided thousands of students with a
variety of programs and activities to raise their awareness of
opportunities available within the health professions and to increase
their competitiveness as health professional school applicants.
We're always here to assist you. Simply contact us at:
|"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can send it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."
Ever felt there aren't enough hours in the day to do all you have to do? Well, here's a question for you: How are you using your time? The word of the month is MAXIMIZE! Use your time wisely to plan and execute! Procrastination is the enemy. Don't put off the things that can be done today to move you forward for tomorrow. Let this quote by Harvey Mackay guide you to effective time management practices in your life--at school and beyond.
|Health Careers 101 |
said math and medicine don't mix? For BIOSTATISTICIANS, a dose of
medical data and an ounce of statistics create a wonderful career choice for
those who want to help solve health problems!|
Biostatisticians analyze data from clinical trials and help investigators design health studies. They hold academic positions in schools of public health, medicine and statistics; work in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries; and work in health agencies at the local, state and national levels.
Salary: $65,000 or higher, depending on your degree
Education: You have to have a bachelor's degree, but a master's or doctorate degree is necessary for advanced research positions.
Hot Link: American Statistical Association
Source: NC-HCAP Health Careers Information & Enrichment Workshop manual
|Spotlight on Success |
Childhood Emergency Room Experience Paved the Way to Cancer Research
Elizabeth Lassiter, Communications Intern
Hunt, an inner-city kid from Miami,
vividly remembers his first encounter with the medical system.
"The first thing I remember about medicine was sitting with my grandmother
in the emergency room while she was having chest pain. That day we arrived at
7 a.m. and didn't see a doctor until around 4 p.m.," said Hunt.
Hunt didn't go to school that day. Instead he spent those nine hours
comforting his grandmother while she held her left arm and spoke of the pain
in her chest.
"I remember, even at the age of six, thinking, there's got to be a
better way to do this. That's when I decided to become a doctor."
Hunt credits his grandmother and her many trials with the Miami
medical system for teaching him about inequalities in the system. Through the
years he spent taking care of his ailing grandmother, he realized that
recovery could come in all forms.
"I realized that all I was doing [for her] - checking her prescriptions,
holding her hand, reading her stories, cooking her dinner, administering her
medication, telling jokes, crying with her - were all part of caring, a part
of healing," said Hunt.
Hunt went on to enroll in a pre-med curriculum at UNC in pursuit of his
medical dreams. While there, NC-HCAP's Science Enrichment Preparation (SEP)
Program proved to be an invaluable step toward becoming a physician.
"SEP provided a foundation of learning how to study and provided my
first undergraduate experience with medical professions," recalled Hunt.
"I think SEP was great for its ability to show students a broad range of
careers and opportunities for minority students. I came out of that summer
more confident in my abilities as a student and as a student-leader."
After graduating from UNC, Hunt attended medical school at the Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, where he
became particularly interested in surgery for the "craft of
operating" and the intimate interactions with surgery patients.
Following medical school, Hunt spent time working at the Lineberger
at the UNC School of Medicine where he completed research in surgical
oncology. In a position where he felt distant from patients, Hunt managed to
keep sight of the broader community.
"Even though it seems like I'm in a little lab by myself, I'm part of a
group of thousands of people worldwide who are trying to cure cancer."
Today, Hunt is finishing his last two years of surgical training at the University
He has already earned a Ph.D., and was honored with the Ray Bierstedt
Memorial Award from the University of Florida Department of Surgery.
Hunt is well on his way to achieving the goals he set as a little boy in that
room, one step at a time.
|Strategies for Success |
|How to Win the Standardized Test
Seven test-taking tips to help you reach
By Megan Lavine, Communications Intern
Students' problems surrounding standardized tests are most often not with the
tests themselves, but rather with their own test-taking abilities and
anxieties. According to Frank Kessler, UNC Learning Center
reading program coordinator, students who know how the test-taking game is
played have a huge advantage over those who don't. No matter which test you're
registered for, the following seven tips will help give you that advantage!
1. Vocab, vocab, vocab!
vocabulary. Make vocabulary lists and
flashcards and take them with you to study wherever you go. Greek and
Latin root words account for 60 percent of the English language; learning
these roots will save you time studying.
- Read for fun. Reading
often increases the breadth of your vocabulary, the sophistication of your
writing and the speed of your reading.
2. Use practice tests
- Play games. Word
games like Scrabble or crossword puzzles enhance your vocabulary in a fun
- Take a
practice test. Go over the problems that you
missed to pinpoint your trouble areas. This will also help to give you
broader understanding of the main concepts of the test.
3. Learn the tricks
- Books with
past tests are available at local
libraries, bookstores or online. There are many programs offered at
reduced rates on university campuses that help with study skills and
- Beware of
answer choices containing absolutes or conditionals using words like
always, never, except or if. Correct answer choices will not take strong
opinions or stances, therefore you can eliminate overly simple,
eye-catching or opinionated options.
4. Pace yourself
- Read the
questions first. On a reading comprehension
section, reading the questions before the passage can alert you to key
words and ideas. These exam tests for concepts and comprehension so read
for content and try to understand the bigger picture.
5. Read the questions carefully
- Don't get
bogged down. Keep an eye on the clock to
make sure you aren't spending too much time a particular question. If a
question is tricky, make an educated guess (if your test does not
penalize for incorrect answers) or move on to the next question.
6. Re-check your answer sheet
- Understand and
answer. Pay attention to exactly what the question is
asking. Do not make any assumptions about a question or a condition, to
avoid making careless conclusions.
7. Consider commercial preparation courses
- Look over your
exam. If you have time, recheck math computations and go
over your essay to make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors.
- Think about your individual
learning style. Many students opt to take commercial prep courses for
guidance. Teachers in a classroom setting can lead students toward what
they should be studying. Places like Kaplan and Princeton Review offer
all, have confidence in yourself! You've prepared and planned to the best of
your abilities, now go out and ace that test! Good luck!
information and resources related to test preparation to help prepare for
college entrance exams at http://www.kaptest.com.
Browse college rankings, research and evaluate different colleges and
universities, and pick the best match to meet your needs at http://www.princetonreview.com.
Explore various health careers, read about students and professionals in the health
field, and even locate information on current health-related issues and topics
at nchealthcareers.com and
Meet Ms. Rivera
the pre-college outreach coordinator, Koyah Rivera is responsible for
planning, developing and implementing pre-college outreach
initiatives across North Carolina.
joining NC-HCAP, Rivera was employed as a college admissions
at Shaw University in Raleigh. She has served as a Language Arts
teacher for Wake County Public Schools and TV news producer/writer at
two NBC TV stations. She is also the founder/executive director/TV host
of Beyond Gifted, Inc., a non-profit organization which produces the
"Beyond Gifted" television program to assist K-12 students in
developing post-secondary plans to reach school and life success. She
received dual B.A. degrees in communications and English from the
University of North Carolina at Wilmington.