Summer Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine

To address the current underrepresentation of minorities in fields that inform the direction of health care practice and policy, the Department of Medicine of the Perelman School of Medicine in collaboration with the Master of Science in Health Policy Research Program and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) have developed a novel Health Services Research Summer Scholars Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine.  During the program, the students will conduct a mentored research project, participate in an Introductory to Health Policy and Health Services Research Seminar course which is offered to Master of Science in Health Policy students (HPR 600) at the Perelman School of Medicine, receive career guidance from multiple health services research role models, attend the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, develop a health services research network and receive a stipend.  The directors for this new program are; Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine, Marisa Rogers, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Rachel Werner, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, in the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Department of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine.

This new program builds on the success of and uses the infrastructure of the very successful LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program.



This program is available for up to two University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine students who are underrepresented minorities in medicine per year.  We welcome applications from all medical students who are members of groups who are underrepresented in medical research. 

Program Dates

The program consists of an 8-week summer internship between June-August 2019.


The official deadline for applications will be February 1, 2019 at 5pm.

The online application can be accessed here.

Further Information

Detailed information about each of the program components can be found here.

Contact Information

Questions about the program can be sent to:

Dr. Rachel Werner
c/o Traci Chupik
13th Floor Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104