We’re recruiting a diverse range of students into the School of Medicine. We’re also giving students the opportunity to study health disparities. Here are some examples of our efforts.
Diversity scholarship programs
Two scholarship programs—one created in 2005 and the other in 2009—have helped to increase diversity among Johns Hopkins medical students. The awards help to bring students to campus who show resilience, service to others and global citizenship. To learn more about the success of these programs read the multiple articles written in Dome and other Johns Hopkins Publications. Read the articles "Diversity Scholars", "More Than Numbers" and "Diverse Scholars" to learn more.
Recruitment to training programs
In 2008, the National Institutes of Health recognized three Hopkins training programs for their efforts to recruit underrepresented minorities. These programs use a range of strategies to attract these students to Hopkins, such as one-on-one recruitment by existing students, a minority summer internship program, and work-study arrangements that allow undergraduate students at historically black colleges and universities to work in Hopkins research labs. Follow this link to the NIH Web site to see the institute's listing, in which Hopkins has the most training programs cited.
Dialogue on health disparities
In January 2010, Hopkins medical students, health care providers and community advocates participated in workshops on health disparities after viewing a film on the topic. The school of medicine plans to host similar events in the future. Read the article "Treating the Disease of Racism" to learn more about this eye opening event
Since 2005, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center has provided paid summer fellowships for about six medical students who participate in laboratory research and attend lectures related to cancer in underprivileged populations. The program, known as CUPID—Cancer in Under-Privileged, Indigent or Disadvantaged, aims to bring a diverse group of highly motivated students together for an intensive oncology experience early in their training. CUPID expects to instill an enthusiasm for oncology in a group of future caregivers who are most likely to serve the underserved. This program is open to first and second year medical students from all U.S. accredited schools.
Geriatrics summer scholars
Since 2002, first year women and minority medical students from schools nationwide are encouraged to apply to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Center on Aging and Health for a summer of research and clinical rotations in geriatrics, a specialty in which minorities are underrepresented. Click on the link to learn more about the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program from the Johns Hopkins' Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology website.