Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers "Pathway Programs"

Conceived by President and Dean Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and fueled by her passion to ensure a diverse health care workforce, the Office for Educational Outreach and Health Careers (EOHC) was established in 2012. The Office for EOHC oversees and directs all pathway programs at the institution providing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) exposure and mentoring opportunities for students from elementary through post-undergraduate levels.

The Office is committed to helping Ҵý’s mission to increase the number of individuals underrepresented in medicine, the health professions, and the scientific workforce by providing pipeline programs designed to enhance educational opportunities in STEAM disciplines, intensify exposure to cutting edge biomedical and public health research, and provide preparation for successful application to and matriculation in schools emphasizing careers in the health professions.

Pathway Programs

K-12 Programs

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Ҵý S.T.E.A.M. Academy (Grades 4–8)

Ҵý S.T.E.A.M. Academy immerses elementary and middle school students into the exciting world of STEAM* and health professions.

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Ҵý S.T.E.A.M. Academy (Grades 9–12)

The Ҵý S.T.E.A.M. Academy (9-12) will introduce students to biomedical research and health careers. Participants will be immersed in scientific instrumentation and laboratory techniques, as well as participate in mini-courses and workshops on health equity, careers in the sciences and health professions, critical thinking and career planning

First Look Health TEAM

First Look Health TEAM

First Look Health T.E.A.M. (Teaching Education and Mentoring) is a day dedicated to exploring the exciting world of health careers.


Ҵý-Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy Connect

The Ҵý-Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy Connect Mentoring Program is a partnership with the Ҵý School of Medicine (Ҵý), Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy, Atlanta Public Schools, and Atlanta CARES.

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Ҵý Surgery Reach Program

The Ҵý Surgery Reach Program, formerly known as "Reach One Each One," is an early exposure and mentorship program that aims to introduce underrepresented high school students from the Atlanta Metropolitan area to health professional careers.

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Cancer Health Institute Summer Programs

The overall goal of the Cancer Health Equity Institute Summer Programs are to encourage interest and facilitate student training in cancer research. Through participation in designated seminars and workshops, students will enhance their knowledge, scientific techniques, and expertise in cancer and cancer research. 

High School Community Health Worker Training Program

Community Health Worker Training Program for High School Students & Young Adults

The High School & Young Adults Community Health Worker training program is a year long training program that seeks to increase the number of trained HSYACHWs to engage family, peers and community in strategies for better health and wellness.

Health Careers Exposure Program

Health Careers Exposure Program (HCEP)

HCEP’s focus is to recruit economically and educationally disadvantaged high school and college students who are interested in a healthcare/medical career and provide instruction, mentoring, tutoring and other educational experiences

Undergraduate Programs

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Ҵý's First Look

First Look provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to meet others for an informative session on the admissions process, preparing for the MCAT, interviewing skills, how to successfully navigate medical school and what it’s like to be a practicing physician.

Ҵý Legacy


ҴýLegacy is a unique program designed for our alumni with children who are interested in applying to Ҵý School of Medicine. Our alumni are the foundation of our institution and we are excited to support our constituents who hope to further their family’s legacy at Ҵý.


Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy (UHSA)

The Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy (UHSA) at Ҵý School of Medicine was created in response to the growing need for health care professionals in Georgia’s underserved urban and rural communities.

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Summer Bridge(s) Pathway Programs

The Office of Online Education and Expanded Program offers two- 5 week summer pipeline programs with virtual learning formats and synchronous meetings. The programs are built to expose motivated college students and post baccalaureate students to the health informatics field and biotechnology industry. 

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

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Master of Science in Medical Sciences (ҴýS)

The ҴýS degree program is designed to enhance the credentials of its students for entry into medical school by offering a challenging biomedical sciences and public health curriculum, strengthening critical thinking skills and providing a supportive and nurturing academic environment.

K-Baccalaureate Programs

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Alumni Learning Community (ALC)

The Alumni Learning Community (ALC) is a pipeline initiative that assists Ҵý School Medicine alumni in engaging students underrepresented in medicine and the biomedical sciences and those from underserved communities in outreach activities designed to assist them as they work to pursue careers in the health professions and biomedical research.

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Model Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program

The AHEC Program is responsible for implementing programs and activities to respond to Georgia's health workforce needs that occur in many of Georgia's most rural and urban underserved areas.

EOHC News and Events

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We are always looking for volunteers and have some paid positions! 


Pathway Programs

EOHC Contacts

Dr. Rita Finley
Associate Dean, EOHC/ Director, M.S. in Medical Sciences
(404) 752-1614 


Ms. Ashley Patterson
Prog. Coordinator, 
M.S. in Medical Sciences/First Look
(404) 752-8656

Ms. Leslie Boston
Admin. Assistant, 
M.S. in Medical Sciences/First Look  


Dr. Rahmelle Thompson
Assistant Dean, EOHC/Executive Director, UHSA

Mrs. Linda Nelson
Prog. Coordinator, UHSA
(404) 756-5012

Mr. Jamal Thorne
Prog. Coordinator, UHSA

Ҵý STEAM Academy

Dr. Ryan Clark
Director, EOHC/STEAM Academy 9th-12th
(404) 752-1843 

Ms. Jacqueline Thrash
Prog. Manager, TAG CONNECT & STEAM Academy 5th-8th
(404) 752-1847

Ms. Jaylen Ford-Benjamin
Prog. CoordinatorSTEAM Academy 5th-8th


Dr. J. Wesley Lockhart
Associate Director, HCEP
(404) 752-1197  

Ms. Jasmine Mattison
Prog. Manager, HCEP
(404) 756-8970

Mr. Desmond Brock
Admin. Assistant, HCEP
(404) 752-1694