The 511 / December 9, 2020
For information in the 20th century, we called 411. The 511 includes:
- a handful of paragraphs about health tech or some other science-y thing
- 1 sentence for reflection (and maybe a laugh), and
- 1 track I’ve currently got in heavy rotation.
A different mode of enrollment
Welcome to the 15 people who started following my blog since Thanksgiving.
I’m doing something a bit shorter than usual, as I have an essay on this topic under review. So, here’s the question, the key conditions, and one way to pilot a solution:
With the normalization of online education, can we forge new solutions that simultaneously address:
- racialized health inequities in the US, and
- STEM prep for college-bound kids from underrepresented groups?
- Amid the greater health crisis of COVID, other crises persist, including:
- Racialized residential segregation and economic segregation sustain racial inequality
- Faculty and staff, at colleges and universities across the country, are developing new curricular pathways to address racialized achievement gaps in CHEM 101 and other STEM gateway courses
- Medical school training is ripe for a renaissance
- Money is available to address the inequities and STEM prep: Zimmer Biomet just dropped $2M into the arms of Empowerment Programs, Inc., the NAACP’s fix-it fund. Likewise, the American Medical Association, as detailed in this expose at Epsilon Theory, has some spare change lying around. (A cool $158.6 million from royalties alone in 2018, to be exact.)
Ideas for a pilot program
- Pay promising students from underrepresented groups to enroll in an eight-week hybrid summer course in CHEM after their first year of high school.
- Apply economies of scale to develop a top-flight online lecture component for the course.
- Employ graduate students or med students as teaching assistants in well-equipped labs for small groups.
- Boost retention of the material by periodically priming the students during the school year.
- Students who pass with a B- or better remain eligible to return for the next summer course in BIOL.
- The following year, the students have the option to enroll in a college-prep MATH course.
The money is there. Is the will? Let’s see. I hope that, in just a few days, I’ll be posting a link to the essay at the top of this post.
5(1)1 — On leadership and the power of a good story
51(1) — In rotation: The Go-Go’s’ “Club Zero”
“Club Zero” is a welcome blast from my past, courtesy of the algorithms of Spotify, with a much punkier feel than anything the Go-Go’s landed in rotation on commercial radio back in the day.
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