DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP)

About DC HAPP

DC HAPP is a pipeline program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion to increase access to healthcare careers and foster diversity in the medical field. Sixteen rising 11th- and 12th-grade students attending Washington, D.C. metropolitan public schools are selected to participate in this program based on their passion and potential for medicine. Students participate in a four-week summer experience and clinical shadowing.

DC HAPP scholars gain exposure to healthcare professions, learn hands-on medical skills, develop public health projects, and prepare for college applications and college life. Medical and public health students, physicians, and other medical professionals serve as mentors, facilitators, and teachers.

DC HAPP seeks to:

  • Identify, recruit, and nurture talented District of Columbia area public school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who have an interest in pursuing careers in the healthcare professions
  • Establish connections between healthcare professionals community, including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers
  • Provide support and resources for program scholars to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the healthcare field
  • Build relationships between scholars and the George Washington University community

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The George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion
DC HAPP ATTN: Jinny Jang
Ross Hall, Suite 708
2300 Eye St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
gwdchapp@gwu.edu