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Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a portfolio of pathway programs to ​support disadvantaged students pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarships and stipends are given to students at various education levels (from high school through medical school) for participation in academic enrichment, research, community-service learning, and primary care exposure activities.

The Office of Community Outreach

The Office of Community Outreach was established when RowanSOM was awarded a Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant by the Health Resources & Services Administration.

Medical Students

Graduate Students

Undergraduate students

High School students

Medical Students

RowanSOM HCOP Pre-matriculation Stipend Program (for incoming first year students)

Participants enroll in the Rowan SOM Pre-Matriculation Program during the summer before they enter medical school and participate in academic courses, workshops, and advising to prepare them for success as medical students.

  • Summer
  • Application timeline: March - April

Graduate Students

HCOP for Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) students (for second semester first year students)

Participants engage in customized learning experiences which include workshops, test prep, and advising sessions, designed to facilitate their entry into medical school.  The program also includes ongoing educational and mentoring activities.

    • Calendar Year
    • Application timeline: December - January

Undergraduate Students

HCOP Undergraduate Pre-matriculation program (for incoming freshman students)

During the summer before beginning the college experience, students will participate in activities designed to strengthen their academic skills, prepare them for college, and explore careers in medicine.

  • Summer
  • Application timeline: March - May

High School Students

HCOP Explorers (for rising high school juniors & seniors)

A 6-week summer experience for rising high school juniors and seniors.  It is a great way for students who would like to work in the medical field to prepare for it.  Participants will complete research activities with a medical student mentor, prepare for college, and explore careers in medicine

  • Summer 
  • Application timeline: January - April

The Office of Community Outreach Team

Dr. Linda Boyd, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is the PI for the HCOP grant.

Vanessa Atkins

Program Coordinator/ HCOP Case Manager & Advisor

Mary Duggan

HCOP Community Service Learning & Leadership Coordinator

Joelle Reyes

Staff Assistant