Community Involvement – UCSD Medical Scientist Education Program

Awareness of underrepresented students

We encourage applications from students from underrepresented groups in medicine. MSTP faculty and interns visit and interact with potential applicants at schools that have significant numbers of URM students. We have contacts with Premed Advisors at UC Riverside, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Cruz, Universities of New Mexico and Arizona, California State University in San Diego, Chico, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, and Long Beach – all schools with substantial numbers of URM students.

MSTP representatives (students, faculty, and staff) attend activities focused on MRU participation, including Minority Career Fairs, SACNAS, Medical and Allied Health Careers Conference, California Diversity Forum in higher education, the Minority Intern Research Forum and the National Minority Research Symposium and the ABRCMS recruitment conference. Dr. Insel has presented to the URM-focused Health Professions Program at UCSD and several MSTP students participate in URM student conferences. We have learned that it is important for student “recruiters” to keep in touch with potential candidates and invite them for visits to UCSD. These contacts have led to applications (and in some cases, enrollment) into our MSTP by applicants from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Outreach to high school students

We also work with other UCSD outreach and graduate programs, including the Preuss School, a charter school located adjacent to the UCSD campus. The UCSD SOM Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) supports the development of scientific knowledge and research skills of Hispanic students in order to increase the number of Hispanic health professionals and faculty in health professions schools; HCOE medical students have research experiences that include research as well as presentations of research papers.

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