Health Professions graduate schools are committed to increasing diversity in health professions. Most schools have an individual(s) whose major responsibility is to advise current students and/or potential applicants concerning diversity and minority affairs. Further information can be accessed on the World Wide Web:
- One particularly useful site is that of The Association of American Medical Colleges.
- Additional links are available on our site at Pre-Health Web Resources.
- The chapter "Increasing Diversity in Medical School" in the book The Medical School Admissions Requirements (on reserve, BI 000, in O'Neill Library) lists contact people and programs that are available at various medical schools.
- For those interested in a dental career, the book Opportunities for Minority Students in U.S. Dental Schools is available through the American Dental Education Association.
It is important to seek out individuals who work with minorities at each school, as they are the most informed concerning specific policies at that school. If you contact (write or telephone) a particular Minority Affairs officer, convey as much information as you can — including your courses, cumulative averages, test scores, etc. This will allow that individual to better advise you as to your competitiveness at this time and what special programs you might want to consider. If you talk on the phone, be sure to get the person's name. We also suggest that you write a thank-you note after talking with a specific individual.
Many institutions have special summer programs which are especially designed for students who have completed their sophomore year in undergraduate school. It is never too early to start researching these types of opportunities. Feel free to stop by the Premedical Office (Higgins Hall, Room 648) for a listing of resources and opportunities.