According to the Association of American Medical College, Compassion and service are essential components of being a doctor. The Perelman School of Medicine students' commitment to community service demonstrates this belief. Here are an illustrative four programs in which our underrepresented minority medical students or Office for Diversity have had a significant role.
Puentes de Salud was established in 2006 by two Latino physicians who are faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine. It is a non-profit health clinic which offers low cost health care as well as social services to migrant Latino patients. Our Latino Medical Student Association is a major source for volunteers. For more information, look at the website: www.puentesdesalud.org
Cut Hypertension originated with the Student National Medical Association and operates in a barber shop in the heart of West Philadelphia every other Saturday. Medical students do blood pressure screening and provide information about the risks of hypertension especially among Black males. Please read more about it here.
Educational Pipeline is a program of the Office for Diversity and Community Outreach in Undergraduate Medical Education. It provides mentorship and neuroscience education at all levels. High school students are taught by undergraduates, who learn from medical students who, in turn, are guided by neurology residents and fellows. Additionally, it is a valuable means for college students, medical students, physicians-in-training and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania to contribute meaningfully to their surrounding community. The Netter Center for Community Partnerships makes a valuable contribution to the program by recruiting the high school and college student participants as well as coordinators. Go to the Educational Pipeline website for more information.
The Summer Mentorship Program in the Perelman School of Medicine offers motivated students a glimpse into the lives of professionals in the medical field. Entry into the program is highly competitive and is open to students enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade at any Philadelphia Public or Charter High School. The goal is to show students that college is a possibility, especially those students who have never had exposure to a college campus. In addition to the website: www.med.upenn.edu/diversity applications are available from school counselors and teachers at the home school.