Summer Health Academy - Frequently Asked Questions
What programs do you consider to be a health profession? The student can be enrolled in any degree program, we will assess their health career interest via their personal statement. We will be accepting students interested in all health careers including the following: Dental Hygiene Dentistry Dietetics Forensic Science Medical Technology Medicine Nursing Nutrition Occupational Therapy Optometry Psychology Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Public Health Social Work & Welfare Speech Pathology & Audiology Sports Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Where is your office located? University of Hawaii at Manoa - Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services Room 413 HCOP is a program of the Office for Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED)
Who can I talk to for more information about the SHA? Meet our team here: http://uhmhcop.weebly.com/staff.html Michelle Tagorda is our SHA Program Coordinator Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (808) 956 - 3404 for more information
Who can apply to the Summer Health Academy? Students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2017 semester (Priority will be given to incoming transfer and freshmen students at UH Mānoa)
What is the criteria? http://uhmhcop.weebly.com/eligibility-criteria.html
When is the application deadline? February 1, 2017 11:59pm
How do I apply? http://uhmhcop.weebly.com/application.html
Can I have a hard copy application? Please email email@example.com if you prefer a hard copy of the application
What’s in the application packet? Information needed to complete the online application: -Education background of applicant's parents and grandparents -Family and individual income information -Applicant's FAFSA Student Aid Report -Current and previous college enrollment information -Completed personal statement essay to upload into the application -Contact information of your references for the two letters of recommendation
Who can I ask for a letter of recommendation? Two letters of recommendation are required. - The first letter should be from a professor or counselor. The person should be able to comment on your academic qualifications and on your potential to succeed in the HCOP Summer Bridge Health Careers Preparatory and Academic Enrichment Program and pursue a career in health. - The second letter should be from an employer, pastor, or extra-curricular advisor (coach, club advisor, community leader). The person should be able to comment on your personal attributes and abilities indicating your potential to be a competent compassionate future health care worker, as well as demonstrated commitment to serve the community.
How do I request letters of recommendation? Think about professors, advisors, counselors, and employers who you have a good relationship with. Visit this wonderful resource for a guide on how to requests letters of recommendations: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/health/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Letter-of-Rec-Handout-Final.pdf
How long will it take to finish the application? If you have all of the information required for the application ready (see Question #9), it will take approximately 30 mins to input the information into the application. Please take time to complete the personal statement prior to completing the application.
Can I save my application and come back and finish it later? Application must be completed in one sitting, progress will not be saved. Please allow 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the application. For reference to the full application and questions, download the application here: Summer Health Academy Application Information needed to complete the application
Completed personal statement to upload into the application
Education background of applicant's parents and grandparents
Family and individual income information
Applicant's FAFSA Student Aid Report
Current and previous college enrollment information
Contact information of your references for the two letters of recommendation
How many students are selected into the program? 20 students
How many outer-island student are selected into the program? 10 students
How are the interviews done for outer-island applicants? We will try our best to coordinate interviews between the selection committee and all the applicant.Telephone or videoconference interviews may be accommodated for applicants who do not currently reside on Oahu.
What happens in the interviews? Members of the selection committee will take turns asking the applicant a series of questions. The interview will be roughly between 30-60 minutes.
Do I need to be a current college student in order to apply? Students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2017 semester can apply.
I’m a senior in high school, but still deciding where I want to attend college, but I am interested in the SHA, can I still apply? Yes, please apply and let us know if you decide not to attend a school in the University of Hawaii system. Acceptance letters will be sent out to students on March 6, 2017. The deadline for students to commit to our SHA is March 20, 2017.
I have not been accepted to UH Mānoa but am thinking of attending a couple years from now, can I still apply? Yes, please apply! Although priority is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students to UH Manoa, students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2017 semester can apply.
Will I be shadowing a professional? Students will be connected with a professional in the field they are interested in to complete shadowing hours
What are some of the activities that I will participate in? - Summer activities and core components include: - Assessments (career, learning skills, personality type inventory); - Ohana (family) orientation for incoming students and their families; - Orientation to residential and student life on campus; - Problem-based learning (PBL) sessions on common healthcare issues and research training; - Communication skills (oral and written) and research training; - Health career resources and mentoring support; - Test taking, interviewing and writing skills development; - Cultural awareness activities; and - Primary care clinical exposure.
Where will I be living for the SHA? SHA students will be living on the UH Manoa campus in the residence halls.
Will you provide the food? All meals will be provided
How long is the program? The program is for 4-weeks. Program dates are July 5 to August 1
Will I be able to leave the program to visit family? Students are required to stay on campus during the SHA to experience the fullness of all the activities planned throughout the 4-weeks. There is opportunity for family to engage with the program through our pre-SHA orientation and at the concluding of SHA program through our end of program Ho'ike (celebration)
After successfully completing the program, will I be receiving college credits? At this time, the SHA is not offering course credits for students.
Where can we find the information about the program to spread the information out to students? http://uhmhcop.weebly.com/program-information.html Please share our flyer with interested students: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B94KsTJjgXFSY3d5dk1rQk5tRkk/view?usp=sharing
Is information being sent out to pre-college students? Yes, high school seniors are encouraged to apply
Will the program information be sent out to underclassmen? Yes, although priority is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students to UH Manoa, students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2017 semester can apply.
Will you be looking at student’s high school GPAs? Yes, we will be looking at student’s most recent GPA including high school GPA for incoming college freshmen
How long is the SHA grant? The SHA is a program of a HCOP-Hawaii Pacific Basin grant with Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the John A Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM)
Will you be having this program outside of UH Mānoa? The program is currently being held at UH Mānoa, however students will be taken off campus to visit different health facilities
Who participated in last years program? Last year we had 16 students from UH Manoa, UH West Oahu, Kapiolani CC, and Leeward CC. Students health career interest varied from Nursing, Medicine, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Health Care Administration, and Physical/Occupational Therapy