Diversity & Inclusion


High School Student Mentoring Opportunities

Please click on each title to expand and find out more details about the high school student mentoring opportunities for students at Perelman.

Dance for Health

Dance for Health hopes to increase physical activity through dance among children and their families, with the goal of lowering the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Volunteer medical students monitor the weights, heights, heart rates, pedometer steps of participants and obtain survey data. They also develop new outcomes to study and have an opportunity to present data at a national conference. Keep up with Dance for Health on Facebook.

2018 Medical Student Leadership
  • Joia Brosco
  • Yasmeen Byrnes
  • Casey Kim


Daughters of the Diaspora

Daughters of the Diaspora, Inc. is a non-profit organization that teaches self-esteem and reproductive health to adolescent young women throughout the African Diaspora. The program partners with students at local universities who tailor the Daughters of the Diaspora (DoD) curriculum for their culture and locale in order to teach adolescent girls how to make great decisions regarding their life and reproductive health.The design is centered on creating sustainable solutions for African women all around the world. DoD will educate and empower young women to make appropriate decisions concerning their reproductive health.

For more details, please contact the organization directly at daughters.o.diaspora@gmail.com.


Educational Pipeline Program

The Perelman School of Medicine and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships collaborate to deliver the Educational Pipeline Program, an initiative that encourages high school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to aspire to medical careers. Currently there are curricula for cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, and veterinary medicine.

The Netter Center recruits a cohort of students from Sayre and West Philadelphia High Schools and the cohort meets at the medical school one afternoon each week for lessons. Faculty advisors oversee the development of clinical cases that are the foundation of the curricula. Small teams of first- and fourth-year medical students lead the classes for the high school students with Penn undergraduate students acting as teaching assistants to lead small groups of the high school students during activities. High school students are taught by undergraduates, who learn from medical students who, in turn, are guided by residents and fellows.

If you are a Penn medical student interested in volunteering to teach or lead a curriculum, please contact Erika Dawson.

Website: www.med.upenn.edu/pipeline/


Summer Mentorship Program (SMP)

In support of the Penn Compact to increase access to Penn’s resources and to impact the local community through engagement, the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) partners with the five professional schools in the University to host an annual Summer Mentorship Program (SMP). The Schools of Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Medicine, and Nursing each host a cohort of Philadelphia public high school students for a four-week experience with the respective school. 

The primary goal of SMP in the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) is to offer promising, yet high-risk high school students an opportunity for mentorship that will affirm their potential for success. SMP at PSOM also aims to further inspire first-generation and underrepresented students’ interest in pursuing higher education at a four-year college or university and to view it as a worthwhile goal. 

In addition to showing students that college is a possibility, SMP was designed to encourage the exploration of professional career paths in medicine and, especially for those who may have not ever had exposure to a college campus, enable the next step of entrance into a four-year college.

Perelman Medical Students: If you are a  interested in leading this summer program for high school students, please contact Erika Dawson.

Philadelphia Public High School Students or Family of a Philadelphia Public High School Student: If you are a  interested in applying to the Summer Mentorship Program, please visit the Vice Provost’s website for requirements and application info.

The 2015 Perelman School of Medicine SMP Cohort Presents 

SMP Mythbusters