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Underrepresented Minority Medical Students

Underrepresented Minority Medical StudentsProgram Overview
Three funded visiting clerkship positions in the general surgery and general surgery subspecialties will be available at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, PA from August through October of 2016 for highly qualified applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.

  • Funding will include up to $1500 for reimbursement of travel and housing
  • Each student will be provided a resident or faculty member that will serve as a mentor and advisor
  • Each student will have the opportunity to meet with the General Surgery Program Director
  • Students will have the opportunity to speak to a current General Surgery Resident for advice on succeeding during their clerkship

Program Description
The purpose of this visiting clerkship program is to give students the opportunity to experience the premier general surgery training experience offered at the University of Pennsylvania. Also, this clerkship experience will allow the students an opportunity to form a relationship with current house staff and faculty.

Students will have the opportunity to rotate on one of four 4 week rotations: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery, Bariatric and Foregut Surgery. Students will be expected to function at the level of an advanced medical student. They will be expected to actively prepare for and participate in morning rounds, attend all available operations and give at least one formal presentation during the course of their rotation. Students will be expected to attending all divisional and departmental conferences during this time.

Application Requirements
  • Applicants for the funded clerkship must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. As defined by the AAMC, this includes African Americans, Mexican Americans, mainland Puerto Ricans, and Native Americans (that is American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives).
  • Applicants must:
    • Complete the application form
    • Provide a personal statement discussing career goals
    • Provide one letter of recommendation, preferably from a surgical attending
    • Provide a curriculum vitae
    • Provide an official medical school transcript
    • Provide a photograph
  • As a visiting medical student, all applicants must also complete the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's visiting student clinical elective application. Please refer to
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Surgery Education Diversity Committee. The application deadline is May 6, 2016 and acceptance will be sent by mid-May.
Applications should be sent to:
Department of Surgery Education
Diversity Committee
4 Maloney, DSE
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact Information:
Mark Malachesky
Director of Surgical Education
Olugbenga Okusanya
General Surgery Resident PGY 6
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