Recruitment Pathways

Penn CVI is committed to fostering an environment that encourages those who currently are underrepresented in medicine to pursue careers in cardiovascular medicine.  Penn has designed several programs for students at varied points in their academic careers to strengthen their research skills and explore the laboratory setting with invested mentors.  Penn CVI works in partnership with these programs to support a pathway for students from a variety of backgrounds to advance and grow in the field of cardiovascular medicine.

Name Program Students Duration Eligibility 
PASS (Penn Access Summer Scholars) Summer research experience with admissions linkage to students who meet criteria, no MCAT required. Undergrads (after sophomore and junior years) 2 8-week summers Must come from an underrepresented in medicine background, be nominated by pre-health advisor, and a current student at Penn, Princeton, Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and HBCUs: Spelman, Howard, Morehouse, Oakwood, and Xavier.
Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) Summer research experience where students are matched with PI and lab with shared interests.  Stipend and on-campus housing provided. Undergrads (preference for students who have completed sophomore or junior years) 10 weeks Applicants should come small liberal arts colleges or are underrepresented in medicine.  Applicants should intend to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD in biomedical studies.  Applications for summer open in the fall. 
Penn PREP Scholars (Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program) Mentored, protected time to increase understanding of biomedical research before applying to an MD/PhD or PhD program.  Stipend provided. Post baccalaureate 1 - 2 years Open to those who have a bachelor's degree and will apply to a PhD or MD/PhD within two years.  Those who are underrepresented in medicine or will bring diversity to the field are encouraged to apply.  
Okun Summer Cardiovascular Immersion Experience and Scholarship Exposure to clinical cardiology and mentored research experience.  Stipend provided. Medical students about to enter 2nd year. 8 weeks Applicants must be women and/or underrepresented in medicine and completed one year of medical school.   
Penn Port (Postdoctoral Opportunities in Research and Teaching) Postdoctoral research with mentored teaching experience at a partnered institution.  Benefits, stipend, travel, teaching supplies provided. Postdoctoral Fellows 3 year fellowship Must have completed doctoral degree.  Underrepresented in medicine encouraged to apply.  
PennVIEW Postdoctoral diversity initiative designed to expose graduate doctoral candidates in biomedical sciences at Mid-Atlantic universities to postdoctoral research at Penn. Graduate students 2 day event Applicants should come from Mid-Atlantic university and be enrolled in a PhD program.  Must apply and be accepted.

Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

BPP is a resource for all biomedical postdoctoral students.  BPP provides support through administrative assistance, career development, and programming.  They also maintain a list of potential funding sources and fellowships available for postdocs to explore.