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Dec. 2, 2013 – University Hospitals and the Beachwood City School District are partnering to establish a rigorous four-year, science-based curriculum designed to prepare high school students for professional careers in medicine, the two institutions announced today.
The UH-Beachwood High School Medical Academy will be a seamless academic program that blends traditional Honors and Advanced Placement course work at Beachwood High School with internships, credit-flex studies, augmented summer course work, and structured experiences at multiple sites within the UH system.
“Access to UH resources will greatly strengthen and enhance our students’ ability to apply academic content to the practice of medicine,” said Dr. Richard A. Markwardt, Superintendent of Beachwood City Schools. “We are fortunate to have a local health care provider that is capable of offering the rich range of learning opportunities that UH brings to the table.”
This unique educational partnership represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a major health system and a public school system. While Beachwood High School has a strong reputation for its academic program that is often compared to the area’s finest private schools, Markwardt said that mastery of academic content alone does not prepare a student for a professional career in health care. Academy graduates who enroll in academically-demanding pre-med college programs will have a distinct advantage over students from other high schools.
“Teaching is a part of our mission,” says PJ Hrehocik, Vice President of Corporate Health at UH. “We are excited to partner with a leading school district to further enrich the education of students interested in pursuing a career in health care.”
Beachwood City Schools and UH have applied to the Ohio Department of Education for Straight A Fund dollars to hire a part-time coordinator to assist with initial curriculum and program development beginning in January 2014. If awarded, such money would serve to accelerate implementation of this innovative and collaborative program. Classes for freshman and sophomore students are scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2014.