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Highlighting Best Practices: Diversity Recruitment Programs

The ODASIS mission and program was highlighted the National Institutes of Health.

Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS), the program is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. After students are accepted to Rutgers they can apply to the ODASIS program, which includes study halls, group study sessions, additional homework and testing courses, and mentoring from program advisors on a bimonthly basis.

Low number of Minority Medical School Graduates Puts Underserved Communities at Risk

The need for more minority medical school graduates and ODASIS’s success in producing these graduates is discussed in this Latinovations article.

An example of a program trying to better prepare minority students is Rutgers University’s Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) which is working to close this gap in the medical field by recruiting underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students for a future in medicine and in all STEM areas.

Read the Latinovations Article

Is There a Black-Latino Doctor in the House?

ODASIS’s role in increasing the number of minority physicians is discussed in this Diversity Inc. article.

Each year, ODASIS serves roughly 500 at-risk undergrads, and nearly 800 of them have graduated since the program’s founding in 1985. Among the ODASIS class of 2009, 86 percent were accepted to medical school, up from 70 percent in 2007.

Read the Diversity Inc. article.

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