The Pathway Programs support and partner with programs and initiatives that have a relationship with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serve to prepare and inspire talented high school, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students from communities underrepresented in medicine (UIM). While each Pathway Program and initiative has its own distinct goals for students, all strive to:
- Encourage UIM students to consider careers in medicine and/or biomedical science.
- Provide UIM students with skills training, academic, social and emotional support, mentoring, and encouragement to enhance their success.
Building Pathway Programs for UIM Students
Numerous studies document the disparities in the quality of health and health care among different racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Experts agree that increasing diversity in the health care workforce is essential to effectively address these health care disparities.
The Pathway Programs and initiatives contribute to increasing diversity and inclusion within the health care workforce by aiding in the reduction of barriers and the creation of opportunities that assist UIM students in their pursuit of careers in medicine and/or biomedical science.