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The mission of the Medical School’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to create a welcoming environment for minority and underrepresented medical students. To do so, we work closely with student organizations such as the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students and the Student National Medical Association.
For pre-med students
The Empowering Multicultural Students for Careers in Medicine Seminar guides students as they prepare for the Medical School admissions process.
MAPS Twin Cities Chapter is an undergraduate student organization that assists minority pre-medical students in their professional healthcare careers.
SNMA supports underrepresented minority medical students, addresses the needs of underserved communities, and works to grow the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.
For current students
Clinical clerkship opportunities
The MD and MD/PhD programs offer students a wide variety of clinical clerkship opportunities, most of them in urban settings with diverse patient populations. Facilities include:
- Hennepin County Medical Center, one of the premier hospitals for cross-cultural competency
- Fairview, a comprehensive primary- and specialty-care center
- Abbott Northwestern, part of Allina Health, a major private city hospital
- Regions Hospital, a regional acute-care facility, pediatrics center, and veterans administration hospital
The Twin Cities is also home to community health clinics including Community-University Health Care Center, with many low-income Southeast Asian patients, and West Side Community Health Services, which serves a sizable Chicano/Latino patient base.
In addition, the Medical School’s Metropolitian Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP) offers third-year medical students clinical exposure to diverse urban populations. A rural counterpart also is offered.
A culture of inclusiveness and support
The University of Minnesota Medical School is located in one of the country’s most culturally rich metropolitan areas. Students and scholars from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries are drawn to the school for its dynamic urban community and outstanding educational and cultural opportunities.
Few areas of the country boast as many different ethnic groups as do Minneapolis and St. Paul. Although predominantly Caucasian, the cities have a growing African American community, the country’s largest urban population of Native Americans, the country’s fastest-growing Hmong population, and a significant Chicano/Latino population.