Aliabadi-Kazim Scholars Program

Purpose | Apply

The aim of the Aliabadi-Kazim Scholars Program (AKSP) is to provide an opportunity for underrepresented in medicine (URM) individuals, particularly from programs without urology residencies, the chance to gain exposure to urology to consider it as a career choice. The program will also provide coaching on applications and interview skills, with the goal to increase the numbers of URMs from diverse backgrounds in urology.

The program will invite up to 10 URM first or second year medical student-scholars to the University of Minnesota Medical School campus for 1 week in May 2022. Preference will be given to those from programs without urology residencies. Scholars will be exposed to clinical experiences including in the operating room and clinic, exposure to on-going research in the department and a series of professional development activities geared toward making the Aliabadi-Kazim Scholars (AKSs) strong applicants for the competitive match in urology. In addition, scholars will participate in a series of community building social events aimed at exposing scholars to life at the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities.

Application Process:

Our application process is open from December 1st, 2021- January 15th, 2022 for the upcoming summer. Selected candidates will be notified by Feb 1st, 2022. Please apply using the following link below.


Applicants will be responsible for uploading all documents

  • Cover Letter - please address the following questions
    • How will this program benefit you or what do you hope to gain from this program?
    • Do you have a specific area of intersest in Urology? If so, what is it and why?
  • CV
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Complete Online Application Linked Below

Clinical Experience

Scholars will spend time in both the clinic and in the operating room with a variety of faculty members gaining exposure to the breadth of subspecialties in urology. Scholars will function as observers.

Research Experience

Scholars will be exposed to ongoing research at the University Of Minnesota Department Of Urology. This will include talks by our basic scientists and tours of their laboratories.  Scholars will also gain exposure to the clinical research being carried out by our clinicians.  While it is understood that one week of exposure is too short for scholars to engage in research projects, it is hoped that scholars may be able to identify projects that they may become involved in going forward, helping them gain valuable research experience while also keeping them engaged and deepening their connection to the University of Minnesota.

Professional Development

  • Scholars will be provided information regarding the application and match process for urology 

  • Scholars will be provided individual coaching regarding their CV and discussion of opportunities for activities to improve their applications.  Scholars will be given time to format their CVs into professional formats 

  • Scholars will be provided information and the opportunity to practice interview skills including virtual and in-person formats 

  • Scholars will be provided suggestions and feedback on writing personal statements for their applications 

  • Scholars will be provided suggestions, opportunities to practice, and feedback giving scientific talks 

  • Scholars will receive training in evidence based medicine

Community Building

Scholars will be provided opportunities to interact with University of Minnesota Medical School students, graduate students and residents from diverse backgrounds to learn about what life is like here.

Scholars will have the option to participate in various social events such as dinners, trips to the Mall of America, museum tours, and sporting events.