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  1. 1. Under-represented Students in Health Care Health professional schools continue to seek students from racial/ethnic groups that are currently under-represented in the profession. Minority groups considered to have inadequate representation in the health care profession include African Americans, American Indians, Mexican Americans, Mainland Puerto Ricans, and those individuals from low-income families, and first generation college students. Many professional schools offer programs to encourage and prepare minority students for the study in health care. To be considered for special admissions and enrichment programs, a student should indicate minority status on their application. Socioeconomically or financially disadvantaged advisees may receive tuition assistance for exam preparation courses. Advisees must also request fee reduction or assistance from application service administrators. SUMMER PROGRAMS SELECT PRE-MEDICAL/HEALTH PROGRAMS Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) www.smdep.org/start.htm Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine & Dental Medicine Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and School of Dental and Oral Surgery David Geffen Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at UCLA Duke University School of Medicine Howard University Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Dentistry and Medicine The University of Texas Dental Branch and Medical School at Houston UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical and New Jersey Dental Schools University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Dentistry University of Nebraska Medical Center, Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry University of Virginia School of Medicine University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Yale University Caltech Pasadena - Minority Undergraduate Research Fellowships (MURF) www.its.caltech.edu/~murf/ Caltech’s MURF program provides support for talented undergraduates to spend a summer working in a research laboratory on the Caltech campus. The MURF program aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, and first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.
  2. 2. Cornell - Travelers Fellowship for Minorities (Premedical Summer Research Program) www.med.cornell.edu/education/programs/tra_sum_res.html?name1=Travelers+Summer+Re search+Fellowship+Program&type1=2Active The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician's daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Howard University - Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program http://www.kff.org/minorityhealth/bjscholars/index.cfm The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program brings talented college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy issues, with a focus on issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities. Through the ten-week program, Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to gaining experience in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research memo that addresses a problem of concern to disadvantaged populations. Medical College of Wisconsin - Summer Research Training Program www.mcw.edu/display/router.asp?docid=619#Q3 This 10-week summer fellowship for 14 students interested in the areas of cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematological research is available to undergraduate, graduate and medical students from diverse backgrounds. The program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Lung and Blood Division and offers a monthly stipend to participants. Rutgers University - Project Learn www.ihhcpar.rutgers.edu/projectlearn/ The goal of Project L/EARN is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups in the fields of health, mental health, and health policy research, thereby expanding the breadth of health research to include a broader range of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic issues, concerns and perspectives. UCLA - Premedical Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) www.medstudent.ucla.edu/prospective/premedical/?pgID=181
  3. 3. UCLA PREP is a seven-week program designed to provide premedical and pre-dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry. As a result of full participation in UCLA PREP, participants should have enhanced their chances of being accepted to medical or dental school and succeeding once at their school of choice. University of California, Berkeley - Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) www.grad.berkeley.edu/diversity/srop.shtml The Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of California, Berkeley, was established to promote access to graduate education among undergraduates who have been educationally or economically disadvantaged, and who may not have had exposure to the academic environment of a research university. The program offers internships in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences for sophomores, juniors, and seniors (not graduating in the spring semester/quarter, except UC Berkeley students). University of Cincinnati College of Medicine - Summer Programs http://www.med.uc.edu/surf/special_programs.cfm U of C offers a number of programs specifically for students underrepresented in health care. Please view the site above for more information about their various programs. University of Kansas Medical Center - Health Careers Pathways Program www2.kumc.edu/oced/hcpp.htm The Kansas University, School of Medicine encourages underrepresented students to participate in the Health Careers Pathways Program (HCPP). This program, open to African American, Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian, and rural students, is designed to prepare and support your pursuit toward a medical career. University of Massachusetts Medical School - Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) www.umassmed.edu/outreach/sep.aspx The College Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a tuition-free four-week residential program for undergraduate sophomores and juniors interested in entering the health professions. The goals of the program are to help participants improve their qualifications and competitive standing for admission to professional, graduate and/or medical school. The program includes enrichment activities to enhance participants’ academic and communication skills. Sessions include the professional school application process with emphasis on medical school admissions and financing professional school. Seminars on biomedical research and cultural contemporary health issues are also provided. Additionally, the SEP offers participants the opportunity to interact with medical students, scientists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, each participant is awarded a Certificate of Achievement. University of New Hampshire - McNair Summer Fellowship http://www.unh.edu/mcnair/applicants.html
  4. 4. The McNair Scholars Program is an academic enrichment, graduate school preparation initiative. This intensive academic honors program places emphasis on undergraduate research with the goal of preparing students to earn a Ph.D. Students who are selected are expected to represent themselves as worthy recipients of the designation. Generally speaking, students who are admitted to participate are supported through graduation from college and placement into a program of graduate study. Summer research fellowships are available to eligible college juniors from institutions around the country. Those applicants who are admitted will be engaged in an integrated eight to ten-week research intensive experience. University of Pittsburgh - Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) http://www.medschool.pitt.edu/future/future_03_office.asp The Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) Level I helps underrepresented college freshmen strengthen academic skills and focus their interest in a medical career. SPAEP Level II gives juniors and seniors a mentored research experience and exposure to the hospital environment. Level II also helps prepare you for the medical school admissions process by offering training for the MCAT and interview situations. SELECT RESEARCH PROGRAMS Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Minority Student Summer Research Opportunity Program www.aecom.yu.edu/home/community_programs.asp The Minority Student Summer Research Opportunity Program is designed for undergraduate students who historically have been underrepresented in medicine (African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American Indian), and who have a strong interest in a research career in biomedical or biological sciences. The program provides nine weeks of experience and participation in biomedical research. Students participating in the program conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Research assignments are made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants. Harvard Medical School - Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dms/diversity/shurpintro.html The Division of Medical Sciences administers four research training programs for PhD students in the biomedical sciences at Harvard Medical School. In 2010, the Division will offer for the twentieth consecutive year a ten-week summer research program primarily for college students belonging to groups that are under-represented in the sciences. SHURP presently has 412 alumni from colleges across the country, over 90% of whom are continuing or planning to continue training and careers in the sciences. SHURP is one of the summer research programs participating in the Summer Research Early Identification Program of the Leadership Alliance, a consortium of 33 colleges and universities dedicated to improving the participation of historically underrepresented students in graduate education programs.
  5. 5. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Summer Internship Program http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/graduateprograms/sip.cfm The Summer Internship Program (SIP) provides experience in research laboratories to students of diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minority students and students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds that have completed one - two or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health. The program runs nine to ten weeks and a stipend of $3,000 is provided. Housing is provided near our undergraduate campus; the University has a shuttle service that provides convenient transportation between the Johns Hopkins Medicine Institutions (JHMI) and the undergraduate campus. National Institutes of Health  Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (UGSP) ugsp.nih.gov/home.asp?m=00  Minority Access to Research Careers www.nigms.nih.gov/Minority/MARC/  Minority International Research Training Program (MIRT) www.fic.nih.gov/programs/training_grants/mirt/ National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/training/redbook/brtpug.htm The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has established a Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (BRTPUG) that offers opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate students and post baccalaureate individuals to receive training in fundamental biomedical sciences and clinical research disciplines. The purpose of BRTPUG is to provide research training opportunities to individuals from health disparities groups that are underrepresented in health-related research. Nationally, these groups include but are not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Individuals with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds are also underrepresented in health-related research. The program supports students that will pursue basic science, clinical, biomedical or behavioral health research careers including clinical and laboratory medicine, epidemiology, and biostatistics as applied to the etiology and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases. Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences - Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) for Undergraduates http://sackler.tufts.edu/Academics/Non-Degree-Programs/Summer-Research/Building- Diversity-in-Biomedical-Science.aspx The Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program provides a mentored, 10- week research intensive experience for undergraduates who are interested in pursuing PhD or MD/PhD training upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. Biomedical science is a
  6. 6. rapidly evolving and engaging field that holds tremendous promise for discoveries that will change the lives of all people by improving detection and treatment of disease. Our country benefits from the diversity of its citizens; a goal of our program is to ensure that the biomedical leaders of the future match this diverse profile. Yale University School of Medicine - Bio STEP (Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program) info.med.yale.edu/omca/programs/biostep.htm Yale BioSTEP (Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program) provides intensive, short-term summer research training for undergraduates, especially students from groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences at research-intensive universities. Trainees conduct research for 10 weeks at Yale in laboratories and training sites at Yale School of Medicine and the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center. Each student works in the laboratory of a Yale faculty member who serves as a mentor. Funded by NIH-NHLBI (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health) since 1992, BioSTEP is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Participants receive a stipend and full coverage for the cost of room, board, and travel. Positions for 24 students are offered each year. Participants are selected competitively from a national applicant pool of students attending colleges and universities, including Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. APPLICATION RESOURCES MedicalMinority ApplicantRegistry (MED-MAR) MED-MAR provides an opportunity for minority medical school applicants to have their basic biographical information circulated, at no cost, to the admissions offices of all U.S. medical schools and other health service organizations that request the MED-MAR lists. Desire to participate in this service can be indicated at the time students sit for the MCAT. Interested schools will contact students directly for more information. Write to:  Medical Minority Applicant Registry, Minority Student Information Clearinghouse, Association of American Medical Colleges, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20036. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES  http://www.snma.org/ Student National Medical Association  http://www.amsa.org/ American Medical Student Association  http://www.lmsa.net/ Latino Medical Student Association  http://www.aaip.com/ Association of American Indian Physicians  http://www.ama-assn.org/ American Medical Association  http://www.amwa-doc.org/ American Medical Women’s Association
  7. 7.  http://www.apamsa.org/ Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association  http://www.aaip.com/anams/anams.html Assoc. of Native American Medical Students  http://www.amsa.org/lgbt/ LGBT committee in AMSA  http://www.amsa.org/minority/ Minority Health Committee in AMSA  http://www.nnlams.com/ National Network of Latin American Medical Students|  http://www.namme.org/ National Association of Minority Medical Executives  http://www.apiahf.org/index.htm Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum  http://www.psr.org/spsr/home.cfm?id=home Student Physicians for Social Responsibility  http://www.omhrc.gov/ Office of Minority Health (Federal site)  http://www.hhs.gov/ Health and Human Services (Federal site)  http://www.premedofcolor.org/ For Premed Students of Color  hhttp://www.healthfinder.gov/organizations/ HHS Searchable Database of Organizations  http://www.kaisernetwork.org/health_cast/hcast_index.cfm?display=detail&hc=1141 Sullivan Commission Report on Minorities in Health Professions  http://minorityhealth.org/events.html Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (by their Foundation)