We Train the Next Generation of Diverse Health Care Providers
As an organization, we are seeing an increase in students, faculty and staff from different religions, military backgrounds, languages, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities, and other areas of difference. At Penn State College of Medicine, we are committed to providing concrete, proactive services that lead to healthier outcomes for our patients and a more respectful, supportive and productive work environment for our employees and learners.
We Support the Next Generation of Diverse Health Care Providers
Diverse Student Champion Program
Penn State College of Medicine’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Belonging offers the Diverse Student Champion Program (DSCP), a mentorship program which pairs students considered Underrepresented in Medicine (UiM) with diverse mentors, or "champions." The DSCP follows the guidance of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which defines UiM as "those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." At this time, those populations include: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American (American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native), and mainland Puerto Rican.
Through the mentorship pairings under the DSCP, UiM mentees have the opportunity to learn from distinguished College of Medicine alumni and faculty members, as well as clinicians and researchers on our campus. Students will benefit from this supportive relationship by sharing successes and challenges unique to diverse learners in the medical community, strengthening their career networks, and receiving guidance about their educational paths.
The DSCP serves first-year MD and graduate students, with the option to continue the mentor/mentee relationship based on mutual interest and availability.
The application process for Academic Year 2021-2022 is currently closed. Please look for applications to reopen in the late Spring/early Summer of 2022 for Academic Year 2022-2023.
Central Pennsylvania is known for its natural beauty, low cost of living and diverse experiences. Just like the surrounding area, Penn State College of Medicine offers an inclusive and welcoming environment toward people from all walks of life.
While you’re here, you’re part of a community working to impact and improve Central PA, making this region a happy and healthy place to live.
Pipelines K-12 and undergrad
The Penn State College of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented populations in medicine as part of the national effort to decrease the widespread disparities in health outcomes among minority groups throughout the country. It is crucial that the health care system mirror the patients and communities served in order to ensure that their unique needs are adequately addressed. In keeping with this organizational goal, as well as the guidelines set forth by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the Office for Diversity Equity and Belonging offers robust outreach programs to support institutional diversity and establish an effective and consistent pipeline of applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Penn State Health College of Medicine is committed to making medical education accessible to all qualified students. Donors have established 15 new scholarships and strengthen two already-existing funds to support students whose gender, race, ethnic, cultural and/or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body. Scholarship support “not only helps us support a diverse group of students who are already part of our learning community, but it also strengthens our ability to recruit other members of communities that are underrepresented in medicine and build an inclusive culture that contributes to equity in healthcare and scientific discovery for the diverse populations we serve,” said Dr. Kevin Black, interim dean of Penn State College of Medicine.
Diversity is woven into our curriculum
Founded in fall 2018, the Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education works to ensure that medical students, physician assistant students, and graduate students have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide culturally excellent health care and research for diverse populations. Diverse populations include but are not limited to those defined by race, ethnicity, language, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, veteran status and disability.