STEEP - Student and Teacher Education Enhancement Program


Feb 22, 2013 (5 years and 4 months ago)


Student and Teacher
Education Enhancement


Develop a comprehensive program
for students, teachers, Mayo
physicians, scientists, and staff to
address the opportunity gap


Provide students who may not be considering medical
careers, the opportunity to become familiar with them.

Show students the skills they will need for these

Highlight resources available to them in their school
and community


Expose teachers to the opportunities available in these
same fields and enhance their ability to advise and
counsel their students.

Promote positive relationships between Mayo staff,
high school teachers, students and the community.

Initial Program Goals

Develop a Pilot Program that:

Introduces students and teachers from
Century High School to Mayo Clinic,
Mayo Clinic resources and careers.

Introduces teachers and students to new
technology, research methods and
resources through a 4
week interactive

Initial Program Goals, cont.

Launch the Pilot Program during the
summer of 2008

Evaluate the Pilot Program and develop
additional program components

Obtain support to implement the full
program in 2009

2008 Pilot Program Components

Establish a Century High School

Clinic partnership

Selection of 9 students by Century Teachers
and Principal.

Selection of 4 teachers by Century Principal.

2008 Pilot Program Components

Mayo Clinic provides educational and
research opportunities during
July 21

August 15, 2008

Year long academic support.

Week 1

Professional Development

Patient centered care

Mayo Clinic history


presentation skills

Case scenarios on workforce situations

People skills in the workplace


(dress and attitude)

Networking opportunities

Week 2

Allied Health Careers


(FISH and Chromosomes



Hands on opportunities to run DNA gels



Research Laboratories

Week 3

Research and Mayo Medical Labs

Respiratory Therapy

Emergency Rooms and Procedure

Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

Simulation Laboratory

Opportunity to experience “simulated” emergency scenarios

Week 4


Define opportunities for continued growth

Allied Health Career options

Computer use in a professional organization

(blogs and face

Future Program Components

Coordination with Career Awareness Programs

Science Symposia

Two hour weekday evening programs

Six hour Saturday program

Selected Topics

Teacher enrichment

CME equivalent

Four to six a year

Summer Research Opportunities

Teachers and students work 4
8 weeks in a research lab

SRP, summer research program

Future Program Components

Exploring Post

Students gain practical experience in science and
medical careers

Engage in activities that emphasize life skills,
citizenship, character

Education and Leadership

Teacher In
service Training

Twice a year workshops for teachers

Student Tours

Custom tours of Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic labs

Future Program Components

Science Outreach Program

Teachers and students utilize some of the educational
resources available at Mayo Clinic

Distance Learning Initiative: Two
way video into the

Student mentoring program

Research Assistance Program: Information gathering
service for teachers



Compared to 2008

In 2008, students worked for 4 weeks while in 2009,
students worked for 6 weeks

Students were paid for time from 9:00

3:00 in 2008

12:00 in 2009

Teachers were paid in 2008 but volunteered in 2009.


August 3


Introduction / Professionalism

Molecular Biology Laboratories

Other Labs

Clinical and Research

August 10

Cell Biology Laboratory and Analysis

Respiratory Therapy

Simulation Center

Target Students

Freshmen and Sophomores preferably (occasional

Students show an aptitude for college but have not yet
chosen Honors or AP courses.

Students are usually the first in their family to consider

Students have no direct contact with professional
organizations such as Mayo and no obvious
opportunity to explore them.

Students should represent all groups of students in
need of this experience

Things we would like to add

1. Begin with a week at High School in order to lay
some of the groundwork for the science and math
needed to understand some of the procedures seen at
Mayo Clinic.

2. Prepare for proper dress code

grant money?

3. Return the program to it’s original length and time.

4. Honorarium for “volunteer” teachers.

5. Expansion to Mayo and JM students.

During the Year

Students will continue to meet with volunteer teachers
through the year in order to support them as they
decide to take Honors/AP level courses.

Maintain the relationships and mentorships that were
built during the summer experience in order to
support these students as they move toward their
educational and career goals.

STEEP 2010

We have connected with teachers and students
involved in an ESL summer school program. This
allows us to prepare students prior to the experience of
STEEP. It also will allow for additional follow up and
for involvement of all three high schools in Rochester.

Student preparation

Day 1


Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5

Genetics and biotechnology

Day 6

Continue biotechnology and tour University of
Minnesota Rochester college programs

Followed By

3 week program in August as has been done in past

planned for July 26

August 12

Students will meet for 4 days each week (12 days total)
from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM

up with students in ESL and biology classes
during the 2010
11 school year and maintain
connections and relationships

Why was STEEP such a wonderful

Students were exposed to professional careers.

Students were exposed to professional behavior and protocol.

Students formed relationships with both Mayo professionals and
teaching staff.

Students received both guidance and encouragement in
educational choices and requirements for college and other
career paths.

Students were given confidence and support in science and math
class at higher levels than they were currently taking.