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Diversity Resources

Relevant Experience

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 Web:

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 SHPEP

International Students

Preparing and applying to United States health professional programs is the same whether or not you are a U.S. citizen. The differences relate to:

  • which health professional schools consider international student applicants
  • funding options for your health professional program

For the purposes of application to health professional programs, international students are defined as students who are not green card holders or permanent residents. 

Resources to Search School Application Policies
Medicine - MD: AAMC Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR)
Dentistry: ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools
Veterinary Medicine: AAVMC Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR)

Additional Resources


adapted from UVA Career Center