SCORE Program Brings OR Experience to Under-Represented Students

On Friday, February 21, 2020, the third annual Students Capturing the OR Experience (SCORE) program hosted San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students from underrepresented in medicine backgrounds. 

The event, organized and led by Charlene Blake, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care), introduced the students to a day of immersive educational experiences, lectures, and mentoring. Neurosurgeon Shawn Hervey-Jumper, MD spoke to the students about his path to medicine, and later, the students were able to visit his OR and observe surgical resection of a brain tumor. SCORE participants were also able to view a spine surgery by neurosurgeon Lee Tan, MD

Other interactive sessions included a hands-on demonstrations run by specialists in anesthesia, surgery, and nursing. SCORE participants were able to interact with role models across healthcare specialties and even try their hand at medical techniques, like intubation, on practice models.

The SCORE program was developed to encourage under-represented students to pursue careers in science and medicine. In nurturing a welcoming, supportive culture, we can better serve our diverse community by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Learn more about the SCORE Program and UCSF's Office of Diversity and Outreach.