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.

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.

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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. Medical students create fun and engaging basic science lessons in gastroenterology, neurology and cardiology. Local high school students then attend the medical school one afternoon each week for lessons. It is a fun and rewarding experience for all!

If you are a Penn medical student interested in volunteering to teach or lead a curriculum, please contact Dr. Sharon Lewis.


Summer Mentorship Program (SMP)

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. Each summer, a cohort of Philadelphia public high school students is led my two medical students for a four-week experience in the med school. 

Please visit the Vice Provost’s website for additional information.

The 2015 Perelman School of Medicine SMP Cohort Presents 

SMP Mythbusters