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Innovative Official Partnership With A.T. Still University Supports Middle School Students to Pursue STEM Careers

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Recently, A.T. Still University (ATSU) and A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-MOSDOH), working in partnership with Affinia Healthcare at the St. Louis Dental Center, announced an innovative collaboration with Marian Middle School that will solidify a continuum of education for middle and high school students at the St. Louis City private all-female school.

The goal of this new partnership is to inspire and encourage students to consider STEM careers in a variety of health sciences, such as osteopathic medicine or dentistry. 

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Front Row Students: Valeria, Lauryn, Harmony, and Natalie.
Second Row Students: X'yLah, Phoenix, Fytiha, Hannah, Mahlia, and Abibatou.
Third Row Adults: Tamara Harris, Director of College & Career Success; Erin Beck, Director of High School Success; John Shaughnessy, Marian Middle School Board Chair; Mary Elizabeth Grimes, President; Craig Phelps, D.O., ATSU President; Clinton Normore, M.B.A., ATSU Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion; Stephanie McGrew, M.H.A., ATSU Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion; Sierhah Price, Principal; Felicia Pulliam, ATSU Diversity & Inclusion Consultant. Photo credit: Courtesy of Mary Lou Olsen and A.T. Still University.

ATSU is a learning-centered university for health sciences and is dedicated to preparing highly competent professionals through innovative academic programs, with a commitment to continue its osteopathic heritage and focus on whole person health care, scholarship, community health, interprofessional education, diversity and underserved populations.

ATSU’s innovative Dreamline Pathways™ programs are comprehensive community-based collaborations that introduce K-12 students to graduate health professions programs offered at ATSU through experiential learning opportunities. Dreamline programs provide health care mentors, campus tours, health and dental screenings and more. 

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From left to right: Tamara Harris, Director of College & Career Success; Mary Elizabeth Grimes, President; Craig Phelps, D.O., ATSU President; Clinton Normore, M.B.A., ATSU Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion; Stephanie McGrew, M.H.A., ATSU Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion. Photo credit: Courtesy of Mary Lou Olsen and A.T. Still University.

In 2021, the university launched a summer immersion experience along with Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, that exposed students interested in STEM to a variety of professions including osteopathy, nursing, dentistry and other health science careers.

Marian Middle School is an independent, Catholic school for girls that aligns its curriculum with the highest national standards and benchmarks adapted to fit the needs of its unique learners. From this foundation, students are challenged to apply their academic knowledge to solve real-world problems. 

Marian provides opportunities for talented young women with high potential and limited means and prepares them for pathways to success in high-performing schools, post-secondary education, and in a multitude of STEM-oriented 21st century careers.  

The next Dreamline Pathways™ program is scheduled for Marian Middle School students on March 5, 2024, at the St. Louis Dental Center. 

Published on March 13, 2024

Courtesy of Dilip Vishwanat and A.T. Still University

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