History

The Health Careers Mentorship Program is modeled after Duke University’s Health Careers Exploration Program and was co-founded in 1997 by two students at the University of Texas at Austin while they were volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Austin. Based on their positive experiences through volunteering, they worked with other students of similar thinking in developing a program where interested students as interns could shadow physicians during their daily routines for one semester and run the program the following semester as a coordinator. Since 1997, the program has grown in the number of preceptors and rotations and continues to grow as more students are given the opportunity to be involved in this program that we feel is beneficial in the decision-making process of entering the healthcare field.