The Atlanta Alumni Learning Community (ALC) focuses on engaging and inspiring students in grades K-12. The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Alumni community has been charged with the responsibility of answering President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice's question, "Who will be us in the future?" The Atlanta ALC is working to address this question by working to increase both awareness and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines in K-12 grades within the MSM Promise Area as well as interaction and engagement of local MSM Atlanta alumni. By engaging colleagues in healthcare, hospitals, schools, and community organizations, MSM Atlanta alumni are building networks of support for local students who have an interest in pursuing health careers.
The Atlanta ALC has established that the three best age brackets to engage with for the Atlanta area are elementary (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). For these age brackets, the Atlanta ALC plans to focus on engagement in age appropriate activities that foster the students enrichment exposure and exploration of future careers in biomedical, health and medical sciences as well as allied health professions. MSM Atlanta alumni will use personal experiences to help inform and inspire students and future plans.
The goal of the ALC is to engage MSM alumni, who will then engage their colleagues in medicine, other community leaders and organizations, as well as educators to form partnerships and sponsor health career awareness activities in their respective communities. The four pilot cities are Albany, Atlanta, Columbus, and Macon. The learning community model is one that has been successful at MSM for a number of years, and is one of the reasons why the school is nationally recognized for its excellence in social mission.
As we face one of the most significant provider shortages in history, it is essential that we recognize, nurture, and promote local students who have a desire to pursue a career in medicine.
We invite Morehouse School of Medicine alumni to contribute further service to their communities through their Alma mater. We also welcome schools and students that would like to participate to do so.