Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Diversity and Inclusion


Our Mentoring Programs

The Buddy System

The summer before their matriculation, entering first year minority students are matched with second year students who serve as mentors during the summer and subsequent school year. These upper class students provide advice about moving to Philadelphia, housing, extracurricular activities and how to do well academically. Frequently, they offer used textbooks and tips on exam preparation.

Faculty/Housestaff and Student Mentoring Program

In the fall semester, minority faculty and residents have meetings with students to discuss their specialties and the criteria for successful academic performance in their specialty's clerkship. These sessions are open to all and facilitate continuous interaction and networking among students, faculty and residents.

Faculty/ Housestaff and Student Program with the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology