New Program – Road to Residency Series

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and the Tour for Diversity in Medicine are pleased to be hosting a series of presentations and workshops for dues-paying members to help them approach the current application cycle. Starting August 10, this series will help with ERAS, personal statements, interviews, and more.

Note: You must be a current paid member of LMSA in order to participate.

UW-Madison Radiology Diversity Visiting Student Scholarship

The Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stands behind our University’s diversity statement: “Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.” We are committed to a culture of inclusion and respect among our patients, faculty, staff, and trainees. Our goal of recognizing and supporting each individual’s unique contributions is integral to our mission of providing remarkable healthcare.

As part of our strategic vision to increase diversity and inclusion within the field of radiology, we have created an exciting new opportunity for medical students. The Radiology Diversity Visiting Student Scholarship, sponsored by the Department of Radiology, is designed to provide 4th year medical students from underrepresented groups in medicine the opportunity to explore radiology as a specialty, connect with mentors and sponsors at UW-Madison, and engage in a scholarly project. Medical students who are interested in Diagnostic Radiology are encouraged to apply for this scholarship using the online form below.

Scholarship Goals

  • Increase the recruitment of students from groups underrepresented in medicine into the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at the University of Wisconsin
  • Provide our scholar with one-on-one faculty and peer mentoring sessions
  • Increase our scholar’s awareness of the opportunities in academic radiology
  • Participate in a research project under the direction of a radiology faculty mentor
  • Introduce our scholar to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Diagnostic Radiology residency program through remote observation and participation in clinical services and department’s educational opportunities

Online Application>

Program Overview
In accordance with guidelines issued by the AAMC, this visiting scholarship will be completed virtually in the 2021 summer. The scholar will complete this 4-week program through the Radiology 910 visiting student elective from 07/19/2021 through 08/13/2021.

  • Students will have the opportunity to meet with Diagnostic Radiology Residency leadership during their rotation for one-on-one and/or peer mentoring sessions.
  • Students will participate in weekly peer mentorship chats with residents from the School of Medicine and Public Health.
  • Under the direction of a radiology faculty mentor, the student will participate in the study design, data acquisition and analysis, and subsequent presentation and manuscript preparation of an original radiology research project.
  • Students will have the opportunity to remotely observe and participate in the clinical services and interdisciplinary conferences within the Department of Radiology. This includes:
    • Abdominal Imaging
    • Breast Imaging
    • Cardiovascular Imaging
    • Head and Neck Imaging
    • Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • Neuroradiology
    • Nuclear Medicine Imaging
    • Pediatric Imaging
    • Thoracic Imaging

Financial Support

The Diversity in Radiology Visiting Research Scholar will be awarded $2000 to support participation in the program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered, an applicant must:

  • Be in the final year of their medical training at the time of the rotation
  • Actively planning to apply for residency positions in Radiology
  • Attend an LCME or AOA accredited medical school
  • Be a U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of the United States as mandated by theAAMC
  • Receive a passing score on USMLE step 1
  • Identify as belonging to a population that is underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC:
    • Black/African American
    • Latinx/Hispanic
    • Native American
    • Alaskan native
    • Native Hawaiian
    • Other Pacific Islanders
  • Be available to participate in this visiting clerkship from 07/19/2021 through 08/13/2021.

To Apply

Please apply using the online application. You will be asked to upload the following documents as part of your application:

  • A brief letter of intent outlining your interests in radiology and goals for the visiting clerkship
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial medical school transcript
  • Available USMLE Step Scores
  • One letter of recommendation (does not have to be from a radiologist)
  • The deadline to apply is June 11th, 2021 at 11:59 PM central time. Applications will be reviewed by members of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Office and Committee and Medical Student Education Committee. Applicants will be notified of a decision (accepted, waitlisted, decline) within 2 weeks. Following notification of application decision, accepted applicants must apply through VSAS. We request that an accepted applicant submit all required VSAS materials within five business days of acceptance. Please reference VSAS for a list of these requirements.

The deadline to apply is June 11th, 2021 at 11:59 PM central time. Please direct questions to the Assistant Director – Education and Communications, Katie Yang (kyang3@uwhealth.org).

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New Opportunity – Resident Scholars Program

As part of the Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine’s (RHEDI) efforts to diversify the family medicine workforce in SRH/abortion care, they are launching a new Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity (RSPWD), aimed at engaging and supporting underrepresented minorities in medicine. They will select 6 to 8 applicants for the RSPWD, which will run their entire PGY2 year.

The RSPWD will consist of:

·    A cohort of scholars who will meet (virtually) 5-6 times a year

·    Webinars/workshops led by RHEDI staff, mentors, and guest speakers

·    Leadership training and mentorship from family medicine-trained mentors who identify as BIPOC

·    Full scholarships (registration, travel, food) to 1 medical conference and 1 reproductive justice conference

·    Scholar-led outreach to medical students at their institutions

·    Academic project support (if desired)

Eligibility

Residents at U.S. family medicine residency programs who will be 2nd year residents in 2021-2022 are invited to apply. Priority will be given to residents with a demonstrated interest in SRH/abortion care within family medicine who identify as under-represented minorities.

Application deadlines:

The application deadline is June 18th, 2021. Finalists will be contacted for an interview, and selections will be made by July 16th, 2021.

Click here to learn more and apply!!

New Leadership Position: Research and Analytics Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the creation of a new position on the national executive board.

The Research and Analytics Coordinator will oversee and maintain communication with the executive board and each planned event. In addition, they will be responsible for creating, maintaining and leading data management and analytics for internal events including but not limited to retreats, meetings, conferences, scholarships, mentorship events, newsletter, policy, and website. They will be responsible for producing event outcomes and performance efficiency results based on objective measures including but not limited to pre-event/post-event surveys, evaluations, comments and feedback. They will develop and maintain data infrastructure (ie. survey monkey) to support easy access to past, present and future data results. In addition, develop methods and controls to ensure consistent application and use of data. They will present results at meeting(s) through visual metrics. Furthermore, promote innovation based on reported findings and partner with other chairs to assess opportunities, develop implementation plans and evaluate strategy for each planned LMSA event. Finally, the Research and Analytics coordinator will collect data to quantify the effectiveness of LMSA, its events, and resources in an effort to publish our findings yearly and use such data for applications to grants and funding.

Please fill out this form for consideration. One person will be selected, and this person will then form a committee. Application due May 31st.

Apply here!

LMSA National Conference Flyer Competition

Hola!

As LMSA prepares for its 17th Annual National Conference and the 50th anniversary of LMSA Northeast, we are holding a nationwide competition to create a flyer for the national conference! LMSA members from every region can join the competition and submit a flyer for a chance to win free admission to the LMSA national conference.

The conference theme is Cincuenta Años de Comunidad: Fostering Service, Health Equity, and Leadership and the conference will be taking place March 4-6th, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA. We will be judging flyers based on their creativity and their use of the conference theme.

Deadline for submission is June 26th and the winning artist will receive free admission to the national conference, conference swag and memorabilia, and credit for their artwork. A sample flyer from the 2021 national conference can be found in the Google form below.

Artists can submit their flyer via Google form here:
https://forms.gle/Bo6WeVrzVZie3vcd6

Thank you and good luck on your submission!

Children’s National Health System Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP)

From Dr. Enrique Escalante at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC:

Greetings!

I am excited to announce that the Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) is accepting applications for our 2021 cohort! The MSSP is a funded opportunity for fourth year medical students applying to pediatrics to rotate at Children’s National in Washington DC and gain exposure to academic pediatrics at a large, free standing children’s hospital. Our scholars receive supplemental mentorship, networking opportunities with current residents, as well as a stipend to offset the costs of travel and housing.

Interested rising fourth year students can visit our website for more information. The application can be found here, and has a deadline of April 30, 2021. Feel free to forward widely.

We look forward to receiving applications from LMSA members!

Quotes from Scholars

“[MSSP] allowed me to explore an area of medicine that I had not been exposed to during medical school…[at] one of the most highly ranked centers in the nation. MSSP also connected me to residents and faculty in all stages of training and has helped me establish lasting relationships that I will work hard to maintain in the years to come.”

Outstanding mentorship and allowed me to meet and discuss my plans and aspirations with important figures at Children’s National”.

“My mentor was so supportive and helped to prepare me for interviews. I felt really supported in the residency application and interview process.”

Posted by LMSA National on March 1, 2021.

Visiting Student Diversity Program through the University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Medicine

The University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Medicine is excited to announce that our Visiting Student Diversity Program is now accepting applications for rotations beginning August 1st, 2021! See the attached document for more information!

Visiting Student Diversity Program provides opportunities for 4th year medical students to do an elective rotation with the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care. Selected students will participate in the clinical activities of the chosen department including conferences and other educational activities. Students will receive up to $950 for housing during their elective that may be accompanied by a stipend provided by the individual department to which the student is assigned.* Electives are available from July through February.

Eligibility

Students must be enrolled as a fourth-year student in an LCME-accredited institution at the time of the elective. Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Apply through VSAS for an away rotation AND submit the supplemental application for the Visiting Student Diversity Program.

Available rotations include:

  • Child Health
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology

*Please note that rotations are still conditional based upon the status of the pandemic at that time. Please send all inquiries to Kate Wessler.

Apply Now! Tour for Diversity in Medicine Pediatric Mentoring Circles

Tour for Diversity Pediatric Mentoring Circles, presented with funding from American Academy of Pediatrics with participation from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors- Application due March 8, 2021

The Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D) was established in 2012 as a grassroots effort to educate, inspire, & cultivate future health professionals of diverse racial and ethnic background by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need. To foster the educational pipeline, T4D uses the experiences of current minority health professionals & graduate students.

In light of the global pandemic due to COVID-19, T4D began offering virtual mentorship programs from students from all backgrounds. For the 2020-2021 year, the organization was fortunate to obtain a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics to establish the Pediatric Mentoring Circles to support diversification of the pediatric physician workforce, targeting students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in pediatrics. Pre-medical students with interests in pediatrics comprised the first cohort in Fall 2020. Fifty-five students were divided into faculty mentor groups. Students represented 16 states with >90% from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. Importantly, 42% of students had never attended a pipeline program, 65% are first generation college students, 75% will be the first healthcare worker in their family, and 100% would be the first physician in their family.

Similarly, Spring 2021 will be comprised of medical students with career aspirations for pediatrics. We aim to advance the physician workforce diversity for pediatrics through supporting students in these Pediatric Mentoring Circles. Our target is students who have not applied to residency yet, ie M1-M3 or dual degree candidate students (ie MD/DO-PhD). We will have virtual sessions with various types of programming including lectures, panels, and small group discussions. The focus will be on advancing students’ knowledge of the specialty and cultivating their interests for pediatrics as a residency specialty. This includes workshops on goal setting, addressing health disparities in pediatrics, and application tips. In addition to the funding from AAP, we are working with the Association of Pediatric Program Directors to increase our mentor pool to accommodate more students.

The Fall 2020 cohort was a competitive process and we expect the same for Spring 2021. This application will highlight your interest in pediatrics. Additionally, your email address will be used to send you an additional survey that will NOT be used for acceptance into the program; this will come at a later date as it is pending IRB approval. All students who apply, regardless of participation in the program, will receive the surveys. We appreciate your response to the survey.

Please be sure that you can participate in all of the required sessions – mark your calendars NOW as all events are from 7-8p eastern: March 15, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, & September 13. The application will close on March 8, 2021 with acceptances by March 12, 2021.

For more information about Tour for Diversity in Medicine, visit tour4diversity.org. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @tour4diversity. Program questions can be emailed to Dr. Robert Trevino at robert@tour4diversity.org.

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