About DC HAPP
DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP) is a pre-college matriculation program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Participants are rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in pursuing a medical education and career. During a four-week summer experience and clinical internships during the academic year, DC HAPP scholars learn about potential healthcare professions, participate in college preparatory activities, and are mentored through the college application process. Medical students, public health students, physicians, and other medical professionals serve as mentors, facilitators, and teachers for DC HAPP scholars.
DC HAPP seeks to:
- Identify, recruit, and nurture talented District of Columbia public school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who have an interest in pursuing careers in the health professions
- Establish connections between students and healthcare professionals, including but not limited to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers
- Provide continuing support and resources for program scholars to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the healthcare field
- Build sustainable mentor/mentee relationships that aid scholars in long-term academic and professional success in the healthcare field