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Diversity in Health Professions


MAPS-UVM is dedicated to guiding future under-represented medical students through professional and academic support. We intend to facilitate on-campus networking and enhance career-centered opportunities, as well as aid the personal development of identities as these students prepare themselves to become competitive medical school applicants. Contact us at 


AAMC Aspiring Docs The Association of American Medical Colleges’ dedicated site for informing, advising and mentoring under-represented premedical students. Follow this First Year Medical Student Blog - Aspiring Docs Diaries.

Tour For Diversity In Medicine Co-directed by two physicians of color, the Tour for Diversity hosts day-long conferences on select campuses across the country to promote diversity in the health professions through mentorship. Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students from hosting universities and the surrounding areas are invited to participate. Registration is required. Visit their Voices of Diversity Blog.

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These programs are designed to support under-represented or disadvantaged premedical and pre-dental students by enhancing their preparation and competitiveness as candidates for medical and dental school respectively. Typically tuition-free, these programs may offer the following:

• Academic enhancement and skill development
• Admission test preparation
• Mentoring
• Clinical exposure or experience

Moreover, some schools use these programs as a recruiting tool to improve the diversity of their own medical and dental school enrollment.

American Association of Medical Colleges Enrichment Programs Database
Searchable by location, focus, education level and length of program

A Sampling of Programs:

Gateway to Dentistry – Rutgers School of Dental Medicine 

  • 2-week interactive program for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students and qualified recent graduates
  • Introduction to dental specialties, clinical techniques, lab procedures and dental school student life
  • Sessions are in late May and early January with corresponding deadlines in March & October

Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

  • Six-week expense-free program located on 12 different college campuses
  • Application cycle opens November 1st. Apply early!

Summer Public Health Scholars Program

  • Ten-week program for rising juniors and seniors, and recent graduates
  • Includes coursework, hands-on field experience and mentoring
  • Application is available in November.  Apply early!


  • 7-week tuition-free program for premedical and pre-dental students
  • Early March deadline

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine SPAEP Program

  • Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program
  • Stipend provided

The University of South Florida Morsani PSEP Program (premedical)

  • Educational grant provided
  • March deadline

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View these directories and listings for summer research opportunities off campus.

Diversity Summer Internship Program
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Summer School of Public Health

Diversity Summer Research Opportunity Program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Pipeline Programs (clinical & research)
Students preparing for PhD or MD/PHD programs preferred

Four Directions Summer Research Program
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
8-week program for undergrads with commitment to the health of
Native American Communities

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Paid summer research training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Opening Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research
NIH-funded summer program at Drexel University School of Public Health

Summer Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Minority Students

See research section for listing

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) searchable database

New England Science Symposium
Harvard Medical School, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnerships
A forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.

Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program
Weill Cornell Medical College

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Student National Medical Association
The oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes premedical students in MAPS or Minority Association of Premedical Students chapters. There are 120 formally recognized MAPS chapters nationally. Contact the UVM MAPS chapter at 

Biomedical Science Career Programs New England Resource Directory
Internships, employment, student conference, scholarships, etc.

Diversity in Nursing
Links to scholarships, and specialty nursing organizations and identity groups

Two-year post-baccalaureate program for disadvantaged students
Preference for Illinois residents

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Last modified December 21 2016 09:58 AM