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Urban Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Explore the program activities, eligibility, and application requirements for the Urban Scholars Program.

A Diverse Workforce to Improve Health in Urban Communities

The Urban Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine is designed to recruit students from the urban areas of Kansas (Kansas City, Topeka, Wichita, and Lawrence) who are committed to ameliorating the health challenges faced by their communities.

Students who apply for the program must attain a minimum of sophomore standing and have two years of undergraduate education remaining. The program provides Urban Scholars with assured admission to the University of Kansas School of Medicine upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from their undergraduate institution.

Program Activities

In alignment with the vision of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The University of Kansas School of Medicine aims to become a national leader in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of future physicians that mirror the communities we aspire to partner with and serve.

 The program exposes students to a variety of health care services in urban areas, including hospital and office practice. During the junior and senior undergraduate years, Urban Scholars learn at the side of personal and physician mentors for a total of 200 shadow hours accumulated during the four semesters and one summer. Scholars also complete three patient case reports, participate in monthly preparatory courses for professional and personal development, and attend regularly scheduled check-in meetings with physician and personal mentors, as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff.

Review our Urban Scholars Timeline that shows a year-by-year breakdown of Urban Scholars activities and requirements!

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Permanent Kansas residency in the urban areas of Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, or Lawrence
  • Significant experience living in an urban community
  • Applicants must be a member of a population that is underrepresented in medicine (as defined by the Admissions Committee, including Native American, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Cambodian, Laotian, or Vietnamese)
  • ACT composite score of 24 or 75th percentile or above the score of the student’s graduating school district
  • College GPA of 3.25 or higher (cumulative)
  • Attained a minimum of sophomore standing and have two years of undergraduate education remaining
  • Complete a minimum of one academic year of college undergraduate biology and chemistry courses, as required of biology and chemistry majors, including lectures and associated laboratories
  • Committed to practicing medicine and achieving health equity in urban areas
  • Demonstrated evidence of the dedication and compassion necessary to be a competent and caring physician

Two letters of recommendation and a copy of a student’s unofficial transcript are required to complete the application. These documents are to be uploaded within the application.

Selection Process

Applications for the Urban Scholars Program open December 1st and must be submitted to the School of Medicine by April 1st. Application review and interviews will occur in late April/early May, with accepted students beginning the two-year program in August.

Successful Completion of the Program

Once accepted into the program, students must meet the following requirements for assured admission to the University of Kansas School of Medicine:

  • Degree from an accredited college or university
  • Fulfillment of the University of Kansas School of Medicine prerequisites
  • College GPA of 3.25 or higher (cumulative)
  • Minimum overall MCAT score of 500 (minimum score of 124 on each subtest)
  • Satisfactory completion of shadowing hours, participation in preparatory courses and conferences, and attending scheduled meetings with personal/physician mentors and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff
Optional Apprenticeship Opportunity

Additionally, students can participate in the Urban Scholars Program as early as their senior year of high school, during which they participate in e-medicine opportunities as an apprentice and evaluate whether the Urban Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine is aligned with their professional and personal goals. If these students are successful during the apprenticeship period and meet the application requirements, these students can then apply for the Urban Scholars Program.

Apply

IMPORTANT: Upon completing the application, please submit all transcripts and letters of recommendation via email to medadmissions@kumc.edu

Apply Now

If you have issues accessing the application or have questions, please contact ODI@kumc.edu.

Important Dates

December 1st, 2021

Application Opens

April 1st, 2022

Application Closes

April 1st-mid May

Interviews and Decision Timeline

For more information contact:

ODI@kumc.edu
Office of Diversity and Inclusion – School of Medicine

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Mailstop 4007
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-1237