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Robert Layne, MEd, director of outreach programs and coordinator of the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative

          What is your role and how does it support the overall institution? My work helps to increase the numbers of students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and groups who are underrepresented in medicine and other STEM careers and to create more diversity among the student body and workforce. As director of outreach programs and the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative coordinator, I help Worcester Public Schools administrators, teachers, students and families understand the academic rigor and social preparation skills required for students to pursue careers in health care and other STEM professions, and make students aware of the careers available in health care and biomedical medical research. One way I do this is by arranging internships with our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Medical Center. I also recruit students for our two summer programs: the High School Health Careers Program and the undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program. What part of your job brings you the greatest satisfaction? Being able to work with young people from grades K to 20 brings me the greatest satisfaction. I especially enjoy watching some of our students working with high school students who are interested in becoming physicians. I feel tremendous satisfaction when high school and college students who have been in any of our WPC or summer pre-matriculation programs apply and get accepted to medical school, especially UMMS. I also feel honored that I get to work with students who are focused and motivated to be academically successful, and want to give back to their communities. What do you like about working at UMMS? I get a great sense of accomplishment fulfilling my responsibilities and addressing different challenges every day. I get to represent UMMS throughout the Worcester community on different advisory boards and committees, so I learn first-hand about new initiatives and changes that will be taking place at our partner schools. Most recently, I was asked to participate on a state-wide advisory committee based on our success with the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative.

What is your role and how does it support the overall institution?
My work helps to increase the numbers of students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and groups who are underrepresented in medicine and other STEM careers and to create more diversity among the student body and workforce. As director of outreach programs and the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative coordinator, I help Worcester Public Schools administrators, teachers, students and families understand the academic rigor and social preparation skills required for students to pursue careers in health care and other STEM professions, and make students aware of the careers available in health care and biomedical medical research. One way I do this is by arranging internships with our clinical partner, UMass Memorial Medical Center. I also recruit students for our two summer programs: the High School Health Careers Program and the undergraduate Summer Enrichment Program.

What part of your job brings you the greatest satisfaction?
Being able to work with young people from grades K to 20 brings me the greatest satisfaction. I especially enjoy watching some of our students working with high school students who are interested in becoming physicians. I feel tremendous satisfaction when high school and college students who have been in any of our WPC or summer pre-matriculation programs apply and get accepted to medical school, especially UMMS. I also feel honored that I get to work with students who are focused and motivated to be academically successful, and want to give back to their communities.

What do you like about working at UMMS?
I get a great sense of accomplishment fulfilling my responsibilities and addressing different challenges every day. I get to represent UMMS throughout the Worcester community on different advisory boards and committees, so I learn first-hand about new initiatives and changes that will be taking place at our partner schools. Most recently, I was asked to participate on a state-wide advisory committee based on our success with the Worcester Pipeline Collaborative.