Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars
A Diverse Workforce to Improve Health in Urban Communities
The Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars 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 must apply for the program by the end of their second year in college. Additionally, students can apply as early as their senior year of high school, during which they have the opportunity to participate in e-medicine opportunities as an apprentice and evaluate whether the Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars program is aligned with their professional and personal goals.
The program provides Scholars with assured admission to the University of Kansas School of Medicine upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from their undergraduate institution.
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 the variety of health care services in urban areas, including hospital and office practice. During the junior and senior undergraduate years, Scholars learn at the side of personal and physician mentors for a total of 200 shadow hours and 50 community service hours accumulated during the four semesters and one summer. Scholars also complete 3 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.
Applicant Eligibility for Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars
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
- Belong to an underrepresented group in medicine
- ACT composite score of 75th percentile or above the score of the student’s graduating school district
- 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
Students submit application materials to the School of Medicine by late Spring. We anticipate selected candidates will interview in the summer. Accepted students begin 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 and/or upward trend during the two year program
- Minimum 500 MCAT score
- Satisfactory completion of shadowing and community service hours, participation in preparatory courses and conferences, and attending scheduled meetings with personal/physician mentors and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion staff
Participants in the Urban Medicine Program for Underrepresented Scholars program are strong candidates for the Kansas Medical Student Loan program, which provides tuition and living expenses. Loan recipients agree to specialize in primary care of emergency medicine and work in a medically underserved area of Kansas.
For more information contact:
Office of Diversity and Inclusion – School of Medicine
***Student recruitment for this program begins Fall 2021!***