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Minority Applicants

There is a critical need for underrepresented minority doctors in the United States. Many medical schools are looking specifically for individuals who are committed to serving communities with high minority populations. Accordingly, special consideration may be given to such students when their applications are reviewed. Less emphasis may be placed on GPA and MCAT scores and more on life experiences, the personal essay, and the interview. If you belong to an underrepresented minority, have a respectable academic record, and are committed to serving minority-dominated communities, then your chances of being accepted to medical school are very good.

There are also several summer programs intended to provide educational and training opportunities for students from minority groups that are underrepresented in U.S. medicine, including Blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians. One such program is the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, SMDEP. There are currently twelve SMDEP sites, each offering a unique program; some designed for students who have finished their freshman or sophomore years, some for upperclassmen, and some for those who have graduated from college. You can only attend one of these programs, so be sure to closely evaluate what they have to offer and what you need to strengthen your credentials. For example, only some of the sites offer help in preparing for the MCAT.

Summer programs are also offered by individual medical schools, including the local institutions UMass, UConn, Tufts, and Harvard. New programs are being developed all the time, so be sure to check out websites such as Syracuse University, and check with the Health Careers Advising Office early and often.

Additional links:

Aetna Foundation Scholars Programs
African American Scholarships & Internship Opportunities
U. of Alabama at Birmingham Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Diversity Student Summer Research Opportunity Program
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI)
American Indian College Fund Graduate Special Scholarships
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Gates Millennium Scholars Program
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Internship Opportunities
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships
American Indian Higher Education Consortium Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship Programs
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Summer Internships
American Indians and Alaska Natives in Health Careers
American Medical News Articles on Health Disparities
American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health Action Committee
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Capstone Program
American University Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
U. of Arizona College of Medicine Arizona Applicant Academy Medical School Application Seminar
U. of Arizona Graduate College Minority Health Disparities Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Spring MCAT Program
U. of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Undergraduate Summer Science Enrichment Program I; Undergraduate Summer Science Enrichment Program II
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
AspiringDocs.org
Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Minorities in Medicine
Association of Clinicians for the Underserved
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
Baylor College of Medicine Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program
The Black Collegian Online Career Center
Black Excel Scholarships for Minorities List
Boston University Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Boston University Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Brigham and Women's Hospital Summer Training in Academic Research and Scholarship (STARS) Program
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Summer Research Program in Genomics
U. of California, Berkeley School of Optometry Opto-Camp
U. of California, Davis Health System Department of Surgery Premedical Surgical Internship and Mentorship Program
U. of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment Program
U. of California, Irvine School of Medicine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)
U. of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Premedical/Predental Enrichment Program (PREP)
U. of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Re-Application Program (RAP)
U. of California, San Diego Summer Training Academy for Research in the Sciences (STARS)
California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Program
Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Healthcare Professionals Readiness and Enrichment Program (H-PREP)
Case Western Reserve University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Minority HIV Research Training Program (MHRTP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) Student Opportunities in Public Health
U. of Chicago Department of Physics Summer REU Opportunities for Minorities and Women
U. of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago Academic Medicine Program II (CAMP II)
U. of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) Program
Chinese American Physicians' Society (CAPS) Scholarship Program for U.S. Medical Students
U. of Cincinnati College of Medicine Summer Premedical Enrichment Program
U. of Cincinnati Summer Undergraduate Resarch Training Program in Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Colorado State U. College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Vet Prep Program
U. of Colorado at Boulder Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program
U. of Colorado Denver School of Medicine GEMS Topics in Biomedical Science and Research Summer Research Internship
Columbia University Medical Center Summer Program for Under-Represented Students (SPURS) Biomedical Research Program
Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) Health Professions Education - Diversity Links
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Program
Consider Medical School Choice Carefully as a Minority Student
U. of Connecticut School of Medicine Bridge to the Future Science Mentoring Program
U. of Connecticut School of Medicine Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program
U. of Connecticut School of Medicine Medical/Dental Preparatory Program
U. of Connecticut School of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship Program
U. of Connecticut Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine College Summer Fellowship Program
Cornell University College of Engineering Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Creighton University Health Sciences Predental Post-Baccalaureate Program
Creighton University Health Sciences Premedical Post-Baccalaureate Program
Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Pre-Matriculation Program
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities: CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) Program
Dartmouth Academic Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (ASURE)
Des Moines University Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program (HealthPASS) (for sophomores and juniors interested in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, and physician assistant careers)
Diversity Affairs Officers Directory
Diversity-Focused Career and Education Sites
Diversity Matters
Drexel U. College of Medicine Drexel Pathway to Medical School (DPMS) Program
Drexel U. College of Medicine Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) Program
Drexel U. College of Medicine Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (IHS) Program
Drexel U. College of Medicine Medical Science Preparatory (MSP) Program
Drexel U. College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Drexel U. School of Public Health Opening the Doors for Diverse Populations to Health Disparities Research
East Carolina U. Brody School of Medicine Summer Program for Future Doctors
East Carolina U. School of Dental Medicine Preparing Tomorrow's Dentists Summer Program (for residents of North Carolina)
Eliminating Health Disparities
Enriching Medicine Through Diversity
Financial Aid for Native American Students
U. of Florida College of Dentistry Summer Learning Program (for Florida residents)
U. of Florida College of Medicine Summer Research Program
Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) at Harvard Medical School
Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program: Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program
Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) Program at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Georgetown Summer Medical Institute at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Georgia Health Sciences University Educational Pipeline Programs
Harvard FAS Center for Systems Biology Undergraduate Summer Research Internships
Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics Center for Causal Consequences of Variation Summer Undergraduate Research Internship
Harvard Medical School Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP)
Harvard Medical School Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP)
Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Biological Sciences in Public Health
Harvard School of Public Health Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences
Health Career Connection Summer Internship Program
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program
Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Programs
Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF) Scholarship Programs
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools Graduate Fellowship Training Program
U. of Houston College of Optometry Texas Optometry Career Opportunities Program (TEXOCOP)
Howard U. Health Careers Summer Programs & Outreach Activities
Hunter College of the City University of New York Center for Study of Gene Structure and Function Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)
U. of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine Urban Health Programs
Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program
Indian Health Service (IHS)
Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program
Indiana U. Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program
Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Summer Academic Enrichment Program (select "Med Prep Program")
Institute for Diversity in Health Management Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
U. of Iowa Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)/McNair Scholars Program
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP)
Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine Graduate Programs Summer Internship Program (SIP)
Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine Summer Institute in Anatomy for Undergraduates
Kaiser Family Foundation Minority Health
U. of Kansas Medical Center Health Sciences Enrichment Institute-Level 1
U. of Kansas Medical Center Health Sciences Enrichment Institute-Level 2
U. of Kansas Medical Center Pre-Admissions Program
Keck Graduate Institute Summer Intensive Program for Premeds
Latino Medical Student Association; LMSA Scholarship for U.S. Medical Students
The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Loma Linda U. School of Medicine Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine Undergraduate Training Program (UTP)
Louisiana State U. Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (for Louisiana residents)
U. of Louisville School of Medicine MCAT/DAT Training Conference for Undergraduates (scroll down to "MCAT/DAT Training Conference")
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence (ASPIRE)
Marquette University Health Careers Opportunity Programs for Disadvantaged Students
Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students
U. of Maryland School of Medicine Office of Student Research Volunteer Summer Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital Summer Research Trainee Program
UMass. Medical School Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
UMass. Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Institutes for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)
Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Medical Career Fairs
Medical College of Wisconsin Diversity Summer Health-related Research Education Program (DSHREP)
Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR)
Mentoring in Medicine Programs
Mentoring in Medicine Resource Links
Mercer University School of Medicine AMCAS Prep Program
U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine MCAT Preparation Program
U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine Minority Students Health Careers Motivation Program
Michigan State U. College of Veterinary Medicine Vetward Bound Enrichment Summer Program
U. of Michigan Medical School Office of Diversity and Career Development Summer Opportunities for Apprenticeships in Research (MedSOAR)
U. of Michigan School of Dentistry Enrichment Programs
U. of Michigan School of Dentistry Profile for Success (PFS) Program
U. of Michigan School of Public Health Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)
U. of Michigan School of Public Health Health Management and Policy Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) for Undergraduate Students
U. of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program
Minority Medical Student Resources
MinorityNurse.com
Minority Scholarships, Fellowships and Summer Research Internships
Minority Student Medical Career Fair, November 8, 2014
U. of Mississippi Medical Center Medical Cooperative Program (MEDCORP); MEDCORP-Direct Program; Health Careers Development Program
MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Summer Research Program
MIT Department of Physics Summer Research Program
MIT Summer Research Program
Montefiore Health Opportunities Program
Morehouse School of Medicine Academic Preparation for Excellence (APEX) Summer Program
Morehouse School of Medicine MD Summer Program; Application Menu
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA)
National Arab American Medical Association Foundation Scholarship
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) Program
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Native Graduate Health Fellowship
National Dental Association (NDA)
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF)/Colgate Palmolive Scholarship Program
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups
National Hispanic Health Foundation Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) Summer Internship Program (SIP) for Underrepresented Groups
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Short-term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Resources for Applicants to Promote Biomedical Workforce Diversity
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Summer Program in the Neurological Sciences and Other Neuroscience Research Training and Funding Opportunities
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program
National Medical Association
National Optometric Association (NOA); Scholarship Opportunities
U. of Nevada School of Medicine Nevadans Into Medicine Program
U. of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity MCAT+ Program
New York University School of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health Biostatistics Summer Undergraduate Research and Education (BSURE) Program
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development (MED) Program
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Science Enrichment Preparation Program (SEP)
Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program
U. of North Texas Health Science Center Summer Multicultural Advanced Research Training (SMART) Program
Northwestern University Physical Sciences-Oncology Center Research Experiences for Underserved College Students
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) Program
Office of Minority Health
Ohio State University College of Dentistry DENTPATH Program
Ohio State University College of Medicine SUCCESS (Summer Undergraduate Course Creating Excellence in Scientific Study) Program
Ohio State University College of Optometry Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC)
Ohio U. College of Osteopathic Medicine Summer Scholars Program
U. of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
Oregon Health & Science University Equity Summer Research Program
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Summer Internship Program
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) Scholarships
Pathways Into Health
U. of Pennsylvania Nano/Bio Interface Center Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
U. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Gastroenterology Division Undergraduate Student Scholars Program
U. of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon Univ. Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Underrepresented Students (SURPUS)
U. of Pittsburgh Intramural Research Training Award (UPIRTA)
U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP)
Prehealth Enrichment Programs Database
Premed of Color
Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network Internship Program
RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Biomedical Careers Program (BCP)
Rochester Institute of Technology List of Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Minority and Underrepresented Students
U. of Rochester Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
U. of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Ron Brown Scholar Program Additional Scholarship Resources
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
Scholarships for Native Students
Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Minority Students
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Undergrad and Postbac Student Opportunities
Society for Neuroscience (SFN) Neuroscience Scholars Program
Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID)
U. of South Alabama College of Medicine Diversity Recruitment and Enrichment for Admission into Medicine (DREAM)
U. of South Carolina Med School Application Preparation Extreme (APEX) (scroll down to APEX info)
U. of South Florida College of Medicine Diversity Initiatives and Pre-Health Summer Enrichment Program (PSEP)
Southern Illinois U. School of Medicine Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP)
Stanford School of Medicine Leadership Education for Aspiring Physicians (LEAP)
Stanford Summer Health Careers Opportunity Program
Stanford Summer Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program
Student National Dental Association (SNDA); Scholarships
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Student National Medical Association Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS)
Student National Pharmaceutical Association; Scholarships
Summer Enrichment Programs
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
Summer Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Minority Students
Summer Opportunities for ALANA (American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American) Undergraduate Students
Summer Programs Offered in Texas, Other States, and Internationally
Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
SUNY College of Optometry Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) for underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged college students
SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine Summer Research Program
SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Graduate Studies Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program
Swarthmore College List of Health-Related Summer Opportunities for Disadvantaged Students/Underrepresented Minority Students
Syracuse University List of Summer Programs
U. of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Office of Health Career Programs Summer Programs
U. of Texas Medical Branch Medical School Familiarization Program
U. of Toledo College of Medicine MedStarz Program
Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program of Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Tufts U. Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences (BDBS) Program
Tufts U. Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Research Program (PREP)
Tuskegee U. Intergrative Biosciences Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IBS-REU)
Tuskegee U. School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment and Reinforcement Program (SERP)
Underrepresented in Medicine Definition
United Negro College Fund (UNCF); List of Scholarship Programs
U. of Utah Department of Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Vanderbilt U. Summer Science Academy Programs
Vanderbilt U. Vascular Biology Summer Research Program for Minority Students
Ventures Scholars Program
Virginia Commonwealth University Division for Health Science Diversity Summer Academic Enrichment Program
U. of Virginia School of Medicine Summer Research Internship Program
Virginia Tech Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program Undergraduate Summer Research Internship
Wadsworth Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Washington U. in St. Louis Amgen Scholars Program
Washington U. in St. Louis Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMed RAP)
Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Access Summer Research Program
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
U. of Wisconsin-Madison Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program for Undergraduates
U. of Wisconsin-Madison Psychology Research Experience Program (PREP)
Wright State U. Boonshoft School of Medicine Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research
Xavier University of Louisiana Summer REU Program
Yale U. School of Medicine Biomedical Science Training and Enrichment Program (BioSTEP)