University of Vermont

Identities Underrepresented in Medical Professions

All of the health professions have expressed a commitment to better reflect the diversity in the U.S by increasing enrollment of students from underrepresented minority and identity groups and those who have otherwise been educationally and/or economically disadvantaged. Research shows that improving the diversity of providers is likely to improve overall patient satisfaction and follow-through and to increase access to appropriate care for the entire population. Here is an article in The New York Times reviewing a recent study that addresses this issue: The Secret to Keeping Black Men Healthy? Maybe Black Doctors (by Gina Kolata).

We have compiled information about experiential learning opportunities (clinical and research) for pre-health students with identities underrepresented in medicine (URiM). The definition of this term has been adapted over time, and will continue to be amended to reflect changing demographics of the professions and the population. Note that each program defines the term uniquely. Almost all programs listed include categories based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and first-generation college status. Diversity based on ability, geography, sexual orientation, gender identity and other issues are highlighted by some of the programs listed.

If you identify with an underrepresented group, we encourage you to explore the clinical and biomedical research opportunities highlighted below. Many programs have strong mentoring components which add additional and lasting value to the experiential learning experience. We have included additional information about professional organizations within the various professions that connect underrepresented practitioners with each other and also serve as important national platforms to advocate for equity in the health care environment.

Last modified February 11 2019 03:27 PM