NSU Hosts “Make an Impact with the Law and Medicine Day” Program

Participants Included High School Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, FL – An Interdisciplinary Program “Make an Impact with Law and Medicine Day” introduced more than 40 South Florida high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to a wide variety of medical and legal practices.

Nikette A. Neal, M.D., FAAP speaking with high school students on Make An Impact Day

Nikette A. Neal, M.D., FAAP speaking with high school students on Make An Impact Day

The program is designed to empower students to recognize health disparities and to think of ways of addressing legal and medical hurdles through interdisciplinary collaboration. The high school students came from four South Florida high schools: Somerset North Lauderdale, Somerset Miramar, Mater High Hialeah Gardens, and Pinecrest Glades.

The Dec. 11 event, spearheaded by Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Public Impact Elena Marty-Nelson and funded through an LSAC Diversity Matters grant, included sessions facilitated by leaders and faculty members from Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine and Shepard Broad College of Law administrators, professors, staff and students.

Students participated in a negotiations lab, a condensed problem-based learning (PBL) case designed to analyze and diagnose a hypothetical patient’s condition; interdisciplinary health disparities brainstorming sessions, and speed networking with medical and law school student leaders and faculty.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu.

December 17, 2018

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