Special Programs

Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program

Since 1993, UT Southwestern has been a collaborating partner in the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program. Named in honor of a renowned Dallas African-American physician and education advocate, Dr. Emmet J. Conrad, the Leadership Program is sponsored by the office of Texas State Senator Royce West.

This program selectively assists highly motivated, disadvantaged/minority college students from Texas Senatorial District 23 (North Texas) by matching them with jobs, mentors, and paid summer internship opportunities in a variety of professional careers. UT Southwestern is one of the collaborating partner institutions that provide preceptorships for students interested in careers in the sciences and health professions.

Major Elements

  • Placement of students in internships in a variety of settings on campus
  • Clinical preceptorship
  • Laboratory research setting
  • Various hospital setting experiences
  • Career seminars

HPREP: Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program

UT Southwestern’s Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program is an outreach and enrichment program for Dallas public high school students interested in a career path in medicine, allied health, or science. Created in 1992, HPREP targets—but isn’t limited to—African-American, Hispanic, and other under-represented high school students.

The five-Saturday program begins each year in January. We work with area schools to recruit students, who tour the campus and participate in workshops. Designed to provide a comprehensive overview of health care careers and address academic and social issues important to adolescents, the workshops feature a wide range of topics:

  • Blood typing
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • College admissions and financial aid
  • Disease prevalence: social class and race disparities
  • Emergency medical services
  • Occupations in medicine
  • Preparing for college: College 101
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Teen sexuality and teen violence
  • Using the Medical School library
  • Writing skills

Throughout the program, students interact with UT Southwestern medical, graduate, and allied health students, faculty, and staff, who serve as teachers, advisors, and mentors. They discuss issues at the forefront of medicine and hear first hand from students who share their own academic and life experiences.

To complete HPREP successfully, students have to attend four out of five sessions, write an essay on an assigned topic, and complete a mock college application and a personal statement. At the end of five weeks, participants receive certificates of merit and a program T-shirt. Selected students also receive recognition for outstanding essays.

For more information about HPREP, please call 214-648-0308.

Learn more about other programs sponsored by UT Southwestern’s Office of Minority Student Affairs.

STARS: Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern

STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) was developed in 1991 to:

  • Improve the quality of science education in North Central Texas
  • Stimulate an appreciation of health-related careers
  • Provide ongoing support for science teachers and students
  • Increase science awareness
  • Improve science education by broadening the knowledge base of teachers
  • Assist science education by providing instructional aids

At that time, a partnership was formed to make available to middle and high school science teachers some of the vast educational resources at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since its inception, the STARS Program has grown to serve more than 6,000 teachers and 35,000 students in 2,000 schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The scope of STARS has steadily expanded to include more than 20 separate programs and projects, which are available, free of charge, to teachers and students in Texas.

The School of Health Professions participates in STARS in an effort to inform students about the exciting career options available to them through the School of Health Professions such as prosthetics and orthotics, physician assistant studies, radiation therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling, and medical laboratory sciences.