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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Building a Strong Pipeline of Diversity

In support of Penn State College of Medicine’s commitment to increasing the number of under-represented populations in medicine, the college’s Office for Diversity Equity and Inclusion has implemented and coordinated programs to facilitate the outreach needed to ensure an effective and consistent pipeline of applicants from various recruitment streams from both internal and external undergraduate programs.

Our goal is to increase the number physicians from many underrepresented groups, including Hispanic/Latino, African American and Native American physicians, physicians with military/veteran backgrounds, and physicians with disabilities.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

Who it's for: Future medical students from under-represented backgrounds. MAPS represents the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students of SNMA. MAPS members are considered national Association members and make up about one third of SNMA's membership.

What you'll do: Participate in an annual MAPS conference every summer at Penn State College of Medicine, with access to KAPLAN MCAT test prep courses and panel discussions related to medical school admissions and health disparities; also, potentially start your own MAPS program at your undergraduate institution.

Health Careers Exploration Program (HCEP)

Who it's for: Expose high school students to healthcare careers. Eligibility is restricted to incoming high school seniors who attend Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Sci-Tech, Hershey, Lower Dauphin, Middletown, or Steelton-Highspire.

What you'll do: Through observation, interactive seminars; problem-based learning sessions; and shadowing opportunities, students will enrich their approach to acquiring knowledge in career exploration endeavors, enhance critical thinking skills and gain important information about educational options and career paths in medicine.

Males in Medicine

Who it's for: Up to 25 honors college freshmen males at minority-serving institutions.

What you'll do: Participate in a four-day, three-night summer outreach conference at Penn State College of Medicine, where you'll be introduced to the Hershey area and given a chance to simulate life at the medical college from admissions to residency match.

Short-Term Educational Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

Who it's for: Underrepresented undergraduate students, including African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, who have completed at least their first year of college.

What you'll do: Conduct basic or clinical research with experienced faculty during a 10-week summer program in Hershey. Focus areas include diabetes, nutrition and obesity, and digestive, kidney, and hematological diseases.

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program (SURIP)

Who it's for: Students who’ve completed at least two years of college and are interested in pursuing a career in the biological sciences. This program is appropriate for students considering applying to PhD programs, not medical school.

What you'll do: Work in a basic or clinical research laboratory for a 10-week summer session in Hershey. Potential research includes bioinformatics, bioengineering, imaging, clinical research, and public health.


Who it's for: High school students interested in an introduction to medical topics through lectures, facilitated small group learning experiences, and supplemental activities like laboratories, simulations, exhibits and student presentations.

What you'll do: Participate in a semester-long academic course taught at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays in the fall.