Student Programs Overview

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), formerly known as the Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity (OCED) at The University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Medicine has a variety of programs to provide opportunities for underrepresented or disadvantaged students and minority faculty. Some of the programs for students include professional development seminars; personal, academic and career counseling; and the administration of the Health Careers Pathways Program, designed to prepare students for careers in the health professions. The office has formed a partnership with the University of Missouri – Kansas City to administer the Greater Kansas City Health Professions Pipeway Initiative, a bi-state endeavor to provide encouragement and opportunities to minority students in the Kansas City area interested in the health professions and other science-intensive careers.

Health Careers Pathways Programs (HCPP), K - 12 Programs

  • Saturday Science & Math Academy - Is held on Saturdays, October - May for 120 7th - 12th grade students at KCKCC. Students engage in academic enrichment through interactive learning labs, team building, pro-social development and cultural competency awareness.
  • Summer Science Residential Academy - Takes place in six weeks during the summer for 30-50 students going into the 10th thru 12th grades at the KU Lawrence campus. Students participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities: observe research labs, review for the ACT, volunteer for community service activities, and complete medical internships.

Saturday Sci&Math Academy 2014 with Mayor Holland 

 Saturday Academy 2014 with Mayor Holland

 Saturday Academy 2014 with Mayor Holland 


Health Careers Pathways Program (HCPP), College through 20 Programs

  • Health Science Enrichment Institute I - A six-week summer program on the KUMC campus for incoming college Freshmen that teaches diagnostic testing, develops reading and communication, offers instruction in mathematics, biology, anatomy, and English. It improves test-taking strategies and improves note-taking, listening, and time management skills.
  • Health Science Enrichment Institute II - A six-week summer program on the KUMC campus for college Freshmen and Sophomores that teaches critical thinking, organic chemistry, and physics. Offers a reading/writing laboratory that will assist students in enhancing reading comprehension and developing writing proficiency.
  • Pre-Admissions Program - A six-week summer program for college Juniors and Seniors that prepares students to take the MCAT course. Students attend a reading/writing laboratory, receive assistance in preparing the AMCAS application, participate in mock medical school interviews, and take part in clinical rotations.
  1. Complete online application and submit it by March 30, 2017.
    Log in to the Online Application with the following User ID / Password:
    User ID: OCED Program Application
    Password: OCED
    Click here to apply:
    If you have any technical problems, please contact Mr. Greg Fay, 913-588-7347,
  2. Once you save Page 1 of the online application, log back in with your personal User ID and Password to access applications. Your personal User ID is created when you successfully save Page 1.
    User ID: First Name + Last Name with no spaces
    Password: Month + Day of your birth date (4 digits, like 0530) +
    Last Four Digits of your SSN (a total of 8 digits) 
  3. Provide the following supporting documentation:
    A. Submit a personal statement no more than 250 words.
    B. Provide two letters of recommendation from a counselor and/or instructor(s).
    C. Submit an unofficial transcript for all college courses you have completed (or unofficial transcript from high school for HSEI-I).

Your supporting documents must be received by March 30, 2017 for the application to be considered complete. Only complete applications will be considered for acceptance to the program.

Supporting documents should be sent via email to the following email addresses:
Maria Alonso Luaces,
Pamela Scott,
Sherry Kennedy,

If you prefer to send your supporting documents via US Postal Service, please use the following address:
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Kansas Medical Center
School of Medicine
G028 Murphy, Mail Stop 4007
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS  66160-7120
Office: 913-588-1237
Fax:  913-588-8890

If you have questions regarding these programs, please contact our office at 913-588-1237.

Post-Baccalaureate Program 

(KU Online ID Required) - This 13-month conditional admissions program accepts promising medical school applicants who, through interviews, show potential but require additional preparation. A series of courses at KU Edwards campus helps students develop necessary skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students are admitted to medical school.

To Apply

Complete online application and submit it by (deadline to be announced in 2017).

Instructions for applying to the Post Baccalaureate Program will be provided via email to those individuals invited to participate in the program.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact our office at 913-945-6402.

Pre-Matriculation Program

Pre-Matriculation Program (KUMC Online ID Required) - This six week invitation only program is for students who have been accepted to KUMC School of Medicine. It is designed to provide an overview of the Medical School Curriculum and to facilitate students’ transition into Year 1. 

To Apply:
Complete online application and submit it (deadline to be announced in 2017).

Instructions for applying to the Pre-Matriculation Program will be provided via email to those individuals invited to participate in the program.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact our office at 913-588-1547.

Post-Professional Program

The postdoctoral program promotes the recruitment, advancement and retention of minority faculty through programs designed to enhance their teaching, scholarship and research skills.

Nicodemus Free Health Clinic - Student positions are available.

                                        2014 students at Nicodemus Homecoming

View the ODI Program's Chart

View the ODI Program's Presentation

Last modified: Oct 28, 2016