Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment programs for High School Students -STEP

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY.
Type Academic Enrichment, High School Students, Test Preparation


STEP is a New York State funded program for high school students who are economically disadvantaged or from underrepresented backgrounds. The program is designed to stimulate participants’ interest in career development opportunities in medicine and the health care professions. STEP students have the opportunity to work directly with physicians, technical staff, certified teachers, medical, and graduate students. Students are exposed to a variety of academic and professional skill development opportunities to enhance their problem solving, critical thinking and test taking skills with an emphasis on active or “hands-on” learning. Further details on the STEP program are available in our STEP Brochure below (PDF form).

Twenty participants will be recruited to participate in the URSMD four-week, one hundred and twenty hour STEP Phase I summer program. The STEP Phase I summer component is designed to strengthen the problem-solving, test-taking, conceptual processing and computations skills of the participants. The program’s developmental approach places emphasis on increasing skill development, tied to core learning objectives.


Applicants must be members of an Underrepresented Group (see groups below):

African American/Black Hispanic American Indian Alaskan Native

OR Applicants must be economically disadvantaged and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a New York State resident
  • Be a U. S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Entering Grades 7 through 12 having a GPA of 2.8 average or better
  • Express interest in science and /or the health professions.

More Information

Catrina Rockwell
The Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED), 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 601
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: 585-275-2175