Health Careers Opportunity

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  • Office of Health Careers Opportunity

    UPDATE:  STEP will not meet Saturday, January 7, 2017 due to pending hazardous road conditionsThe next meeting is Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.  Thank you.

    The office of Health Careers Opportunity is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs. Formerly known as the division of Multicultural Affairs, it has an over 30-year history of being committed to student success. The office supports the Medical Center's efforts  to train a diverse health-care workforce for the state of Mississippi. The over-arching mission is to foster an environment that recognizes the benefits of diversity and inclusiveness through academic preparation, classroom instruction, community outreach and professional development.  

    We believe that a student being admitted to health professions school is only the first step. Graduation is the goal. We offer preparation courses and pipeline programs to create an atmosphere at UMMC which celebrates diversity and assists students in reaching their goals.

  • Test preparation opportunities

    MCAT Preparation Workshop

    The Office of Health Careers Opportunity and the Office of Admissions, School of Medicine, will host a MCAT workshop Jan. 14-April 29, 2017.    The workshop will consist of two test sessions and 14 instructional sessions. The cost is $200, which includes MCAT resources (books and pre- and post-tests). 

    These sessions meet on Saturdays and are taught by content experts. The workshop is open to undergraduate college students and graduate students. Deadline for registration and payment is Nov. 18, 2016. Payment must be included with the registration form. To register, contact Dr. Gaarmel Funches, director of Community Education and Outreach, at or (601) 984-1333.

    ACT Preparation Workshop

    The Office of Health Careers Opportunity will host an ACT workshop Jan. 7-March 18, 2017. The workshop will consist of pre- and post-test sessions along with three instructional sessions conducted by content experts. Cost is $100, which includes an ACT test textbook with CD-ROM and a pre- and post-test result analysis workup.

    The schedule is located under Training and  Development on the main page of the website. The workshop is open to students 9th grade and above.  Registration is Oct.3, 2016-Nov. 18, 2016. Payment must be included with the registration form since there will not be onsite registration. For more information or registration, call Dr. Gaarmel Funches at (601) 984-1336.