A lack of ethnic diversity exists among the United States physician population. This affects ethnic minority patients because they may seek medical care less frequently or when it is too late. As the U.S. population continues to grow, diversifying our physician population will bring a unique perspective to the field and encourage patients to seek care more regularly.
Mentorship is an important element of a successful career in any field. Physicians who have had mentors report having more career satisfaction and believe that these relationships have positively affected their job satisfaction and promotions in their field. Additionally, students who shadow a mentor oftentimes develop professional relationships that follow the students through their residency and into key junctures in their career. COM-UHP, The Faculty Affairs and Advancement Commitee, Office of Diverisity and Office of Divesity & Inclusion have partnered to provide medical students underrepresented in medicine an opportunity to explore specialtiies in medicine through mentorship.
Speciality Mentorship Programs
First- through fourth-year medical students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine* may apply to participate in the COM-UHP Speciality Mentorship Programs. This unique program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about various medical specialties through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a internist and internal medicine resident.
- COM-UHP Speciality Mentorship Program Sign-up