As an institution, we are committed to being more forthright in our intentions and actions to root out discrimination and racism, and continue to support and challenge all of us to explore how we can grow together to be more inclusive and equitable every day.
At Michigan, you will find the tools and resources to serve diverse patients in communities around the corner and across the globe, pursue research questions about equity and inclusion, and learn from interacting with an amazing group of peers and mentors.
Ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Opportunities
Curriculum for Health Disparities and the Underserved (CHDU):
M1s who serve on the CHDU committee are committed to seeking out ongoing opportunities to incorporate meaningful health disparities education into the M1 curriculum. After identifying these opportunities, CHDU members engage with students, faculty and administration to craft implementation plans. Ongoing projects include providing incoming students with resources for self-learning and discussion through reflection questions, and developing programming to enhance Race, Identity, and Privilege in Medicine discussions during the M1 year.
The CHDU has also created a maternal health disparities supplement for the Scientific Trunk's Pregnancy and Reproduction content; worked with dermatology faculty to provide feedback on lecture slides using a DEI framework; collaborated with the Student Council to create a review process for DEI-related concerns that arise from questions on evaluations/assessments; incorporated learning objectives, supplemental readings and edits to the Doctoring course substance use disorder packet; and worked with Doctoring course administration to improve sessions, including the session on Immigration and Health.
Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP) - Maintains long-term community partnerships with:
OutMD Student Org: Creates Medical School Pride Alliance Report Cards
White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) Student Org: Creates institutional Racial Justice Report Cards
Serving Under-Resourced Communities
Arab American Health Initiative (AAHI): Non-profit started by Michigan medical students.
Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS): Students can volunteer or do an elective rotation.
Medical Home Visit: Students work with physicians VA Home Based Primary Care
Migrant Head Start
Global and Domestic Research-Related Opportunities
Global Health Equity:
Fogarty International Center Fellowship (Dose of Reality post)
Global Anesthesiology (Sierra Leone)
Global REACH (Student Funding, Faculty Funding, Research Support)
Grace Care Center Diabetes Clinic (Sri Lanka)
OBGYN-related opportunities (Ethiopia, Guatemala)
Project Shunt (Guatemala)
Community-Based Health Equity:
Capstone Project Archives: Extensive references to clinics that other students collaborated with in past years.
Michigan medical students have access to several opportunities to improve their medical language skills through electives and student groups including Medicine in Spanish, Medicine in Mandarin, American Sign Language, Medical French and Medical Arabic.
Student- and Department-Organized Conferences and Events
Diversity in Medicine Conference: Unites health professionals from across the country to highlight efforts to increase diversity in medicine.
HOPE Symposium: Creating pipelines and pathways for an equitable future in the healthcare workforce.
NIH Electives and Research Years
Mentorship and Menteeship
Latin American and Native American Medical Association (LANAMA) mentorship program with students in Latinx Undergraduate Medical Association (LUMA)
Success Connects: Through UMMS’s OHEI and undergraduate school’s OAMI, mentorship opportunities with pre-health UMich undergraduate students.
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Mentorship Pairing Program
ANASTOMOSIS Surgical Mentorship program
Anesthesiology Mentorship Program
Dermatology Pipeline Program
M-FAMS - Michigan Faculty-Medical Student Partnership: Collaboration between the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) and our Student Diversity Council (SDC). Connects students with faculty members for any DEI-related efforts, questions or issues.
Ophthalmology Pipeline Programs
Paths of Excellence Faculty Advisor Pairings: Through a Paths of Excellence track, students are hand-selected mentors based on shared interests or experiences.
Department-Specific DEI Initiatives
Identity-Based Student Groups
One of our central goals is that each future physician improves access and health care for underserved and vulnerable patients and populations in their everyday work, whether it be academic medicine, teaching, research, or community practice.
Communities We Serve
Some of our faculty research mentors talk about what inspires them to seek answers for individual patients and entire communities they may never meet, and the significant contributions medical students make to push our knowledge forward while they train with us.