Medical Students Encourage High School Students to Consider Careers in Health and Science

Students at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven are currently running a program to recruit minority high school students into careers in the sciences and health professions. The program is called Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP).

Each Saturday, for 10 weeks, selected high school students attend a lecture by Yale medical and graduate students and participate in discussion groups on a different medical or public health topic, such as drug abuse or AIDS. Topics include problems and issues disproportionately affecting minority communities.

Media are invited to attend all or any part of the HPREP session this Saturday, March 27, which will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 110 of the Hope Building at 315 Cedar Street. The easiest access to the session is by entering the Sterling Hall of Medicine at 333 Cedar Street. The title of Saturday’s session is “Music, Sex, Violence, Suicide and Social Class.”

Yale Medical Student David LaBorde ( is the Yale coordinator of HPREP, which is a national program. He will be available at the session Saturday to discuss the program and facilitate interviews with participating students. The Yale program serves 66 students from 16 different high schools.

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