STEM - MedCaT
MedCaT - Medical Careers Technology
What is the program about?
MedCaT is a partnership between the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Wake Forest University (WFU), and the Center for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Learning (CERTL), the Northwest Area Health Education Center (NW AHEC) of WFU Health Sciences (WFUHS), and the Center for Native Health, Inc to educate North Carolina American Indian students about careers in health sciences, while giving their teachers new tools to motivate and excite them about science and math.
What are the program objectives?
MedCaT Academy will host up to 30 High School students and 5 High School teachers on the WFU campus for a week in the summer with follow-up programs throughout the year offered in Western North Carolina. It aims to : 1) provide a deep science enrichment experience, based on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) methodology and focused on career opportunities in health care and biotechnology; 2) give teachers PBL instructional materials and training that parallel student activities, so they can take this effective methodology back to their schools; and 3)support and sustain the summer enrichment experience through two follow-up sessions on the reservation facilitated by MedCaT staff throughout the school year
When does the program start/end?
1 week in the summer, continuing education during the school year; dates changing yearly.
Where is the program located?
Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University campuses; participating high school campuses
Who is able to participate in this program?
Health occupations students from Murphy, Andrews, Robbinsville, Swain, Smoky Mountain and Cherokee high schools in western NC.
Male and female
Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders
Focus on American Indian students, but all are eligible
Changes yearly - The 2014 focus is Obesity and Diabetes
When does registration/application process start/end?
Applications sent to schools in January, due early March of each year
How do participants register or apply?
Applications completed and given to health occupations teachers and then sent to MACHE
Is there a cost or fee to participate?
Who is the lead organization?
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Who are the other partners or organizations involved?
Wake Forest University, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Center for Native Health Inc., Western Carolina University, Center for Research, Teaching and Leadership at Wake Forest University
To learn more about this program please contact the following:
Program Coordinator: Sarah L. Langdon