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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 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 Eliminating Health Disparities
American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health Action Committee
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) List of Resources for Minorities in Science
American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Capstone Program
American University Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, November 12-15, 2014
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
Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS); List of Premedical Student Summer Programs and Postbac Programs; Premedical Student Scholarships; Medical Student Scholarships
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 Training as Research Scholars (STaRS) 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 Biological Sciences Division PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program)
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 MCAT Review Course
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 Cancer Center Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program
U. of Colorado Denver Department of Pharmacology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for Underrepresented Populations
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 Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Pre-Matriculation Programs
Creighton Unversity Summer Undergraduate Biomedical Health Disparities Research Training 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-Focused Career and Education Sites
Diversity in Medical Education: Facts and Figures
Diversity Matters
Drexel U. College of Medicine Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Course
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 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
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) List of Diversity Programs and Related Resources
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
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 Care Careers Enrichment Programs
Health Career Connection Summer Internship Program
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program
Hispanic Dental Association (HDA); Annual Meeting, August 14-16, 2015
Hispanic Dental Association Foundation (HDAF) Scholarship Programs
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools Graduate Fellowship Training Program; Student Mentorship Program for Hispanic Health Research
U. of Houston College of Optometry Texas Optometry Career Opportunities Program (TEXOCOP)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP)
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 Program Summer Prematriculation Program
Illinois College of Optometry Focus on Your Future Summer Program
Indian Health Service (IHS); Scholarship Program; Student Opportunities
Indiana U. Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program
Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Summer Academic Enrichment Program (select "Med Prep Program")
Iowa State University George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program
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) for Undergraduates
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 Disparities Policy
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
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence (ASPIRE)
Marquette University Health Careers Opportunity Program Opportunities for Disadvantaged Students
Marshall University Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Internship for Minority Students
U. of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program in Cancer Research
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)
Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) Participating Institutions; MARC U-STAR FAQ
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 (for Georgia residents)
U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine MCAT Preparation Program
U. of Miami Miller School of Medicine Minority Students in Health Careers Motivation Program
Michigan State U. College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer Program
U. of Michigan Medical School Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy (MHSCDA)
U. of Michigan Medical School Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Summer Academy (MHSURA)
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 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 Biology/BCS/CBMM Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program
MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences Summer Research Program
MIT Summer Research Program
Montefiore Health Opportunities Program
Morehouse School of Medicine Academically Prepared 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 Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME); NAMME National 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); NDA Convention, July 24-28, 2015
National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF) Colgate-Palmolive Scholarship Program; NDAF Scholarships
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); NHMA Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2015
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidnew Diseases (NIDDK) Diversity Summer Research Training Program (DSRTP) for Undergraduate Students
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 (NMA); NMA Annual Convention, August 1-5, 2015
National Optometric Association (NOA); Scholarship Opportunities
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholarship Program; NSBE Internship Search
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 Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Medical Education Development (MED) Program
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Science Enrichment Preparation Program (SEP)
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE-REU) Program in Molecular Biosciences
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
U. of Notre Dame Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface (CBBI) Program Summer Research Training Program for Underrepresented Minorities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Laboratory Technology Program
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) Program
Office of Minority Health; State Minority Health Contacts
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; Pathways Into Health National Conference, October 12-14, 2015
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 School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
U. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP)
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) (click on "College Students")
Ron Brown Scholar Program Additional Scholarship Resources
Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Summer Research Experience Program in Cancer Science
Rutgers University Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Project L/EARN Summer Research Training Program
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); Annual Conference, June 17-20, 2015
Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Scholarship Program; MAES Leadership Academy Conference
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; 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 (scroll down to "scholarship/award forms")
Summer Enrichment Programs
Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP)
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 Office of Minority Affairs Summer Research Program (scroll down to "Undergraduate 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 Toledo College of Medicine Biomedical Research Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
U. of Toledo College of Medicine Clinical Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
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 Bioscience Summer Undergraduate Research Program
U. of Utah Native American Summer Research Internship
U. of Utah Undergraduate Research Access for Minorities Program (URAMP)
Vanderbilt U. Summer Science Academy Programs
Ventures Scholars Program
Virginia Commonwealth University Division for Health Sciences Diversity Summer Academic Enrichment Program
Virginia Commonwealth University Division for Health Sciences Diversity Health Professions Career Exploration
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 Psychological Research Experience Program (PREP)
Wright State U. Boonshoft School of Medicine Short-Term Training Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research