Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation supports medical school immersion program for area high school students

Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation supports medical school immersion program for area high school students

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RAISE students with Kal Rudman

STRATFORD - Thanks to the generous support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, 24 more high achieving area high school students will have a unique opportunity to raise their academic game this summer at one of the region’s premier medical schools.

This summer marks the second consecutive year that the Rudman Foundation has supported the RAISE (Recognizing Achievement and Inspiring Student Excellence) program at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), which provides a tuition-free, four-week medical school immersion experience. The two dozen RAISE students, represent six area high schools and will have a chance to get hands-on experience under the guidance of physicians, faculty and research scientists at the acclaimed medical school.

“We are already seeing the impact of Kal and Lucille Rudman’s generosity,” said Dr. Venkat Venkataraman, assistant professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience and course director for the RAISE program. “Two of the students enrolled in last summer’s inaugural RAISE program have been accepted into the accelerated medical school programs at Rowan University. They now have the opportunity to complete their undergraduate education in just three years before applying to enroll in RowanSOM.”  

“We’re extremely fortunate that Rowan has enabled us to continue expanding our reach to New Jersey and create and maintain a truly regional network for our longstanding mission,” says Kal Rudman. “Having found tremendous success jump-starting the medical education of tomorrow’s doctors in Philadelphia for over 20 years, the RAISE program we’ve created with Rowan has already elevated our work to an entirely new level in a short period of time. Lucille and I have been based in South Jersey for decades, and thanks to Rowan, we’re finally able to boost the futures of the best and brightest high school students in our back yard … in style!”

The 24 RAISE participants are current students at Camden Academy Charter, Cherry Hill East; Eastern Regional; Kingsway Regional; Sterling; and St. Mary’s College High School.  

The RAISE program allows selected high school students to gain valuable understanding of medical research and health care delivery through:

  • Shadowing of RowanSOM physicians in both the hospital and clinical office settings
  • Instructions on advanced medical research techniques from the medical school’s librarians
  • Classroom lectures on anatomy, genetics and current research into chronic diseases
  • Laboratory experiences that teach anatomical pathways through dissection

Throughout the program, the high school students will be mentored by current Rowan medical students and graduate assistants. The mentors will assist the high school students in developing individual research projects that the RAISE students will present at the end of the program. The mentoring students will also chaperone field trips to science- and medicine related destinations.

About the Kal & Lucille Rudman Foundation

Kal Rudman is a music industry legend, former Today Show music expert, and noted philanthropist. His industry trade, The Friday Morning Quarterback, is invaluable reading for thousands of top music and industry professionals. Many artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton, have come to him for advice with their careers, hoping to be featured in his magazine. Through the Kal and Lucille Rudman Foundation, the Rudmans have offered full scholarships for many city fire fighters and police, built and funded the Emmy winning TUTV (Temple University Television), and sponsors medical summer programs for deserving Philadelphia high school students at Drexel University College of Medicine in conjunction with Hahnemann Medical College, as well as Einstein Medical Center. The Rudman Foundation also provides annual university scholarships to graduating high school students through a mentorship program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children – one of the oldest full-service hospitals in the United States totally dedicated to the care of children.