Cultivating an interest in health professions early in educational paths

HPREP - Health Professional Recruitment and Exposure Program - is an outreach program for high school students designed to interest and inspire careers in healthcare professions.

The Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) has been recognized as a national effort to encourage underrepresented minority students to consider a career in the fields of science and medicine. Founded at Weill Cornell Medical College in the late ’80s, the HPREP now exists at universities throughout the country, including at the CUNY School of Medicine/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program.


In the fall of 2014, through the diligent work of Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program student Sarin Abiola Soyemi, HPREP was established at the CSOM/Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program. Encouraged by CUNY’s diversity, she was inspired to provide an opportunity for medical students to mentor high school students who aspire to work in the healthcare professions. Our mission is to empower students to see themselves as exceptional, equipped, and highly capable while creating opportunities for medical students to serve as leaders in their community.  HPREP provides high school students with the opportunity to explore various healthcare professions. The mission of the HPREP focuses on exposing underrepresented minority students from underserved communities to a variety of different professions in healthcare.

2022 - 2024 Health Professions Mentorship Program Application
HPREP Participation

As a participant in the HPREP, students are introduced to various healthcare professions through guest speakers and other activities.

 The sessions are held at the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program/CUNY School of Medicine located at the City College of New York. The 2020-21 sessions will be held virtually.

Typically, HPREP students will be able to engage in activities such as:

  • Mentorship
  • Visits to the Gross Anatomy Lab, a unique experience for students to learn about anatomy by examining cadavers.
  • Clinical skills training such as blood pressure measurement and problem-based learning (PBL) workshops.
  • Medical lectures provided by CUNY Med/Sophie Davis students, faculty and staff members.
  • Networking with the CUNY Med/Sophie Davis community and gaining knowledge about the medical school’s admissions process.

Here, students are enriched by the presentations in medicine as they interact with physicians and current medical school students. The goal is to prepare each student with the necessary knowledge, insight, and experience that will support their decision making regarding their future career. We strongly encourage them to consider a career in the fields of science, medicine, and/or traditional research.

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