University of Illinois SNMA-MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students) Inauguration and Workshop
Dr. Abdullah Pratt served as Keynote Speaker and Dr. Leslie Anderson led a panel speaking on a number of topics centered on improving themselves as applicants to medical school, as Under Represented Minority students.
Julian High School, Millennial Professionals Career Day
Dr. Abdullah Pratt led a panel of various young professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to inspire students from one of Chicago’s high violence risk areas (Roseland) to think about careers with skills that would benefit their own community. This in turn would create even more opportunities for themselves, while positively changing their environment.
Getting Grown Collective
Dr. Abdullah Pratt along with the founder, Taryn Randle, worked in community gardens with high school students, to help them understand their contribution toward improving community health. The student’s efforts included converting dangerous abandoned properties into sustaining gardens in the high violence area of Englewood in Chicago. Some of the young men are part of “Becoming A Man” (BAM), a program for at-risk young men in Chicago. They studied acc supported by UChicago’s crime lab. Dr. Pratt and Taryn Randle are planning expansion of this by hosting community health fairs for youth with support from UCMC nurses as well.
Phillips High School Football Coverage
Second year residents, Drs. Dustin Harris and Abdullah Pratt volunteered to attend varsity football games for an under-resourced team that is in the underserved area of Bronzeville, just north of UCMC. Both residents have covered every game, referred many of the serious injuries to UCMC, and have secured follow- up with Holly Benjamin, MD. Phillips High School is currently the #1 team in the state and undefeated. Phillips High School receives the most athletic scholarships of any Chicago Public School.
HPREP (High School Preparatory Recruitment and Exposure Program
Dr. Pratt taught high school students from Chicago’s Southside the techniques and usefulness of using ultrasound. The students had a great time with cardiac and ocular ultrasound experiences.
Dr. Pratt taught high school students from Chicago’s Southside head to toe clinical skills. The young lady, Karion, became a mentee of Dr. Pratt’s and is a recurring participant in the Illinois Heart and Rescue CPR community education program (see below).
Illinois Heart and Rescue CPR Education in Hispanic Underserved Communities
Illinois Heart and Rescue CPR community education program demonstrated that a former HPREP standout, Karion, is now a consistent community educator. Karion realized that community education can be a contribution she can make towards solving some of the health disparities she and her family have suffered.
HPREP (High School Preparatory Recruitment and Exposure Program) Professional Series
This series is hosted by UChicago Pritzker SNMA students where Dr. Pratt dedicated time to help Under Represented Minority students from Chicago Public Schools develop the professional skills of essay writing, CV/resume development, and interview skills required to become standout Pre-Medical students in college. Dr. Selwyn Rodgers, Trauma Director at UChicago Medicine was a guest speaker, talked about his journey, what has worked for him, and the need for Under Represented Students from Chicago’s Southside to become healthcare professionals to improve their own community.
UChicago EM Residency Community Night (2018)
Our inaugural UChicagoEM Residency Community Night was held on Tuesday, June 4th, 2018. UCEM partnered with local families via the Turning the Page organization and other local public schools (Crane, Whitney Young, Butler, and Englewood Community). The community night had approximately 25-30 participants with about 12 families represented. The mission was to deliver high impact interventions, engage families that have learners interested in medicine, and field questions on how to best foster that pursuit. Throughout the two-hour session, residents and medical students were able to deliver high impact training sessions on CPR, hemorrhage control (Stop The Bleed), and ultrasound education to family units.
Southside High School Medical Symposium (2019)
Sixty (60) high school students from EPIC Academy Charter School located on Chicago’s southeast side attended our Southside High School Medical Symposium. These students have shown an interest in the medical profession. The Symposium was a multi-departmental collaborative effort between The Pritzker School of Medicine, the Trauma department, The Simulation Center, and The Emergency Department. Huge thanks to the support that came from our House staff, medical students, and even pre-med undergrads. They helped facilitate and coordinate the events.