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Medical Careers and Technology  - MedCaT Academy

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The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center received a five-year award from the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $1.5 million to support the Medical Careers and Technology (MedCaT) Pipeline….read more here (direct to press release)

MedCaT Gets National News Coverage for Impact on Student Participant - read the story here.

Medical Careers and Technology Academy - MedCaT

The need to bridge the achievement gap between Native American and Appalachian students and other NC students is urgent. The Medical Careers and Technology Academy (MedCaT) provides a health and science enrichment experience for high school students, based on Problem-Based Learning methodology and focused on career opportunities in health care and biotechnology.  MedCaT is a partnership between the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Center for Native Health at Western Carolina University, Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), the Northwest Area Health Education Center, and the Center for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL). Since the program began in 2010, over 100 students have participated along with 9 teachers.The MedCaT program is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation.

The MedCaT Academy offers an opportunity for Native American and Appalachian students to gain knowledge in and exposure to the biomedical sciences, and for teachers to enhance their professional knowledge base to better serve students in health careers programs. Programs like MedCaT are essential for 1) increasing the numbers of health professionals coming from and serving in disadvantaged and minority communities; and 2) increasing diversity among health care professionals, which has been strongly linked to improved quality of care and cultural competence. 

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Last Updated: 05-23-2016
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