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Students at Johnson C. Smith University’s College of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Science (STEM) are getting a sneak peek into the medical and allied health professions through the CMC-Biddle Point Mentoring and Shadowing Program.

The pilot program offers students e-mentoring and group mentoring for first and second-year students. Juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements will be able to participate in a shadowing opportunity at Biddle Point Family Medical Center near campus.

The Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) at JCSU sponsored a kick-off during the spring semester to announce the partnership to a roomful of JCSU students, professors and residents from Biddle Point. Dr. Nicole Johnson, M.D., a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and resident at the clinic, founded the program for students. She, along with about 15 third-year residents, will participate as mentors.

Most of JCSU’s 150 science majors enrolled in the College of STEM are interested in medicine or allied health fields. Over half of the students are female, which is above the national average. This is one reason why the partnership with a family practice like Biddle Point makes sense, according to Dr. Sunil Gupta, JCSU professor of biology and faculty medical advisor. “Family medicine is an aspect of medicine dominated by females, partly due to its nurturing role,” he said.

Camille Grimsley, student success coach at JCSU, will manage the program. “Shadowing and volunteer opportunities are often required in the professional school admissions process,” she said. “We hope many students take advantage of this opportunity for direct contact with professionals who can help show the way.”