Health Collaborative ‘taps’ three Summit CDS students for medical programs

Health Collaborative ‘taps’ three Summit CDS students for medical programs

Summit students Michael Stanis, left, Madeline Riley, middle, and Connie Nelson have been selected to participate in two regional year-long programs sponsored by Cincinnati’s Health Collaborative.

Three juniors from The Summit Country Day School have been selected to participate in two regional year-long programs sponsored by Cincinnati’s Health Collaborative. 

Michael Stanis was selected into the TAP HC, a program that “taps” high school students interested in healthcare careers. Connie Nelson and Madeline Riley were selected for the TAP MD program in which students learn the ins and outs of being a physician. Both programs are highly selective. Heleena McKinney, Manager of Healthcare Workforce Innovation at the Health Collaborative, said 53 TAP MD students and 30 TAP HC students were accepted from 129 applications.  

“Michael is a model student who earns good grades, but what impresses me most about him is that he’s naturally inquisitive and is intrinsically motivated to learn,” says Summit Upper School science teacher Shannon Smith. “His goal is to understand what we do in class and apply it to the world he lives in, not just to earn an A.  I’m glad he is pursuing a career in science, and I think he'll be a great addition to the TAP HC program.”

Starting this month, Michael will join other students from across the region in experiences every four to six weeks to learn about a variety of healthcare careers, such as healthcare IT, nursing, home health, paramedics, athletic training, occupational and physical therapy.  

Also starting this month, Connie and Madeline will join other Cincinnati area students in monthly experiences and in a variety of medical specialties and practice settings as well as receive insight into medical school.  

“Of all her personal qualities, I am most impressed with Connie’s “can do” attitude,” says Summit Upper School biology teacher Karen Suder. “She never gives up. When faced with a moment of adversity, she raises her head and takes one step at a time. She goes beyond her comfort zone in order to share her talents and begins to discover herself through mentoring younger students and hours of study. Connie commits herself to a task and follows it through to completion. Whether attending study sessions, doing independent research, or making an underclassman smile, Connie strives to understand the world in terms of the past, present, and future.”

Mrs. Suder also had praise for Madeline. “I know Madeline as a determined student willing to challenge herself in Honors Biology and Advanced Placement Biology,” Mrs. Suder said. “Miss Riley is an active participant in study sessions diligently asking questions to clarify material and seeing connections between what are often times abstract and complex scientific concepts. Her interest in science has always been evident.  In ninth grade, she proudly exclaimed that she wanted to be a physician and asked questions about how she can become one.”

To date, The Summit has had a total of 23 TAP MD students since its inception and two TAP HC students in the two years since that program began.