Mohmedyamin “Yamin” Chhipa, East Georgia State College sophomore in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, has recently been accepted to the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). SHPEP is a very competitive program and selection is based in academic excellence. It is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students who are interested in the health professions.
This program is for freshmen and sophomores in college and organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen student’s academic proficiency and career development in the health professions and will prepare for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. SHPEP participants select health care field and a university for their summer program. This program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that works to build a Culture of Health.
Chhipa graduated from Johnson County High School and first attended EGSC in Fall 2017. He is a student ambassador at EGSC and was recently presented with the All-Georgia Academic Team Award, and the award for excellence in Chemistry during the EGSC 2019 Honors Night. He was also on the Dean’s List for 2018.
“I am very proud of Yamin,” said Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Program at EGSC. “He is a very dedicated student that excels academically and is a leader on campus. He is always smiling and willing to help. This summer program will have a positive and long-lasting impact on his future career.”
Chhipa first heard about the SHPEP while attending the Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Recruitment Fair organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges in Atlanta in September 2018. He will be attending the SHPEP program from June 14 to July 26 at Columbia University in New York, NY. Housing will be provided without charge at Columbia University Medical Center Campus in Bard Residence Hall.
His summer program will focus on the physical therapy field. The program will include intense coursework, labs, learning-skills, and career development courses, and seminars during the six weeks of the program. The program will also have hands-on experiences in a lab/clinic including shadowing practitioners across a range of practice areas such as behavioral health, physical disabilities, and cognitive rehabilitation. Finally, the program will expose participants to the diverse social and cultural environment of New York City through various group activities such as museums, landmarks, and plays.
"I am thankful for this amazing opportunity from SHPEP at Columbia University,” said Chhipa. “I am super excited for this journey! I am looking forward to meeting new friends and being around lots of academics that will build a stronger foundation in my career. This program will also help me decide whether to pursue Physical Therapy or Medicine."
“East Georgia State College is extremely proud to have one of its finest students selected for this prestigious program,” said Dr. Bob Boehmer, President of EGSC. “Mr. Chhipa is an outstanding student leader, an active participant in the college’s service projects and an intellectually curious scholar who, in addition to speaking multiple languages, excels in courses in a wide range of academic areas. He will represent EGSC so well in this program and will soon become an outstanding healthcare professional serving his community."