The Permian Basin Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded the Midland College
(MC) Primary Care Pathway Program (PCPP) students the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
Award during the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Thursday, November 11, at the
Petroleum Club of Midland.
Midland College’s PCPP program consists of an enhanced three-year premed curriculum
that includes two years at Midland College and one year at the University of North
Texas. In addition, students participate in healthcare enrichment activities. Students
who successfully complete the program are then eligible to apply to medical school
at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) in Ft. Worth. The program is a partnership
among Midland College, Midland Health, the University of North Texas and TCOM.
An important component of the program includes community service hours. Since the
PCPP’s inception in 2016, participants have completed over 2,000 community service
hours, averaging 100 hours per student, and over 1,000 healthcare-related service
Students volunteered as tutors to children living at Midland Fair Havens, helped at
medical clinics serving the homeless and volunteered at Midland Memorial Hospital
in order to alleviate the shortage of senior citizen volunteers during the COVID pandemic.
Other organizations benefitting from their volunteer efforts include the American
Diabetes Association, Breaking Bread Kitchen, Bynum School, Casa de Amigos, Community
Children’s Clinic, Hispanic Cultural Center of Midland, Keep Midland Beautiful, Midland
Rehabilitation Center, Mission Center Adult Day Care Service, Muscular Dystrophy Association,
National MS Society, Rays of Hope Children’s Grief Center, Safe Place and Senior Life
Students performed these service hours while also participating in over 1,500 clinical
training hours at Midland Memorial Hospital and maintaining an average GPA of 3.8
at MC and 3.9 at the University of North Texas.
The purpose of the program is to increase the number of physicians practicing primary
care in the Midland area and in the state of Texas.
Photo: MC 2nd-year Primary Care Pathway Program students with award. Left to right:
Shaquila Sarapao, Jordyn Ricks, August Peterson, Michael Mangan, Hena Patel, Marisol