Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

2011 Entering Class Diversity

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has a strong history and committment to building a diverse student body since 1968 when it formally established the Office of Minority Affairs now known as the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach in Undergraduate Medical Education.

During the interview season, in addition to the recruitment of students from the traditional groups underrepresented in medicine, the office targets all applicants interested in minority health issues in projects for underserved communities and in cultural competency programs. The Office, the Penn Med chapters of the Student National Medical Association and the Latin Medical Student Association, invite underrepresented applicants and those interested in health care disparities to attend the informational sessions, which affords applicants the opportunity to meet and interact with underrepresented medical students as well as faculty. Most importantly, the Program highlights community service opportunities and activities sponsored by the Office, one of which is the Faculty Mentoring Program which pairs interested students with a Penn Med minority faculty.

The Perelman School of Medicine has a mission to foster intellectual, racial, social, and cultural diversity to enrich the lives of its students, faculty, and the community. For further information, contact the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach, Suite 100 Stemmler Hall, 3450 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6087, 215-898-4409; fax 215-898-0833. The office web site is

To learn more about AAMC's efforts to increase diversity in Medicine, please visit their website


Page Updated: 11-Sep-2013