Partnerships to Broaden Diversity

The Office for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement at Geisel School of Medicine partners with various institutions and organizations to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool to our school. Geisel students attend many of these recruitment events with DICE whenever it is financially feasible and student schedules allow for travel and time away from school. Below is a list of those partnerships.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines. DICE has visited the National AISES Conference Recruitment Fair, the largest of its kind for Native American students who have demonstrated an interest in the sciences with over 3000 Native American students in attendance. Geisel School of Medicine has benefited by attracting a large Native American applicant pool. In fact, almost half of all Native American applicants applying to medical school apply to the Geisel School of Medicine.

Association of American Medical Colleges – Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)
Our DICE staff are members of the AAMC-GDI and attend conferences specifically geared towards issues of diversity and inclusion throughout the pipeline of medical education. Additionally, each year at the annual national meeting, our office along with Geisel Students, attend the Minority Student Medical Career Fair, a recruitment effort where upwards of 700 minority high school and college students attend to learn about careers in medicine. During the past five years, the national conference has been in Washington, DC, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA, and San Antonio, TX.

National Association of Advisors in the Health Professions (NAAHP)
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has worked closely with NAAHP to reach out to advisors that may have personal relationships with minority pre-med students. Through this collaborative effort, the office has contacted numerous interested and qualified minority pre-med students.

National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME)
NAMME is an organization dedicated to improving the overall health status of racial/ ethnic populations that have been historically underrepresented in the health professions. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has been active in the NAMME northeast region. The Director has presented at the regional conference and the office has participated in recruitment efforts throughout the United States.

National Institute of Health Biomedical Sciences Recruitment Fair (NIH)
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has had many successful visits at the NIH. By supporting students who are currently applying to Geisel and encouraging those who had not considered applying, we hope to create a class that has diversity in experiences and background. Overall, the students that we work with during the application process seem more prepared for the challenges of medical school.

Penn Minority Post-Bac Student Organization (PMPBSO)
PMPBSO was founded to support students that have traditionally been underrepresented in medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has visited with students enrolled in the post-bac program at UPENN to answer questions and share experiences. One of our most popular sessions was a discussion on the “Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions by Minority Pre-Med Students.”

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
SHPEP is a six-week summer enrichment program that prepares minority college students for careers in the health professions. It is inclusive of students representing a wide range of economic, cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Collaboration with this program has been the single most important recruitment tool to increase diversity at our medical school. Over 60 percent of all attendees of this program matriculate into medical school. This program offers sites throughout the country and our has visited the following sites in the summertime: Yale Medical School, Columbia University School of Medicine, University of Medical and Dental Schools of New Jersey, University of Virginia Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Duke Medical School.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement has other organizations that it collaborates with from time to time to increase the visibility of Geisel School of Medicine. Some of these include:

  1. Undergraduate Society for Black Engineers at Harvard University;
  2. Harvard Biomedical Sciences Diversity Program Recruitment Fair;
  3. Native American All Ivy Graduate Students Fair @ Dartmouth College;
  4. New England Board of Higher Education Minority College and High School Fair @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
  5. University of Arizona and Arizona State University Biomedical Sciences Recruitment Fair;
  6. Washington University in St. Luis; and
  7. University of Puerto Rico.