Volunteer, Scholarship, and other Opportunities

March 1, 2022

Please see below. Deadline has been extended to April 1, 2022

Hello -

I am writing to alert you to the newly established Cancer Education Healthcare Equity Fellowship.  This fellowship provides a funded opportunity for a post-clerkship, third year medical student, doing a year-out, to work with an interdisciplinary team of cancer educators to research and develop content pertinent to cancer education targeted towards LGBTQI+, racial, or ethnic minority groups. This mentored fellowship experience will involve an initial systematic review of the literature focused on cancer-related healthcare disparities and inequities that will subsequently inform the development of new targeted content as well as the initiation of research projects related to the work and mission of Oncolink.  

The deadline for submission of applications is April 1, 2022.  Click on the link below to obtain more information about the fellowship and to submit an application.

For questions, contact Carolyn Vachani at Carolyn.Vachani@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.


Horace M. DeLisser, M.D. 
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Academic Programs Office
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Academic Programs, Room 644
Jordan Medical Education Center, 6th Floor, Building 421
3400 Civic Center BLVD, 
Philadelphia, PA  19104-5162

Fax: 215-898-0833
E-mail: delisser@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


February 28, 2022


Our national organization, Women in Medicine (WIM), would like to announce three $5,000 Leadership Scholarships available for medical students this year. Through its annual retreats, WIM engages a national community of lesbian, sexual minority women and gender expansive physicians & medical students and families. WIM values cross‐specialty continuing medical education, family‐oriented community building activities, and professional mentorship.

The medical students who are the selected recipients of these scholarships, must attend the annual meeting, which this year will be held from June 9 - 12, 2022 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Selected medical students will meet virtually with the attending physicians sponsoring the scholarships prior to the meeting and will give a plenary five‐minute talk on their leadership work and vision. Hopefully afterwards, they will continue their mentoring relationships with the physicians sponsoring the scholarships. There is an additional mentoring program during the meeting which includes meeting attending physicians in the specialty in which the student is interested. There are two scholarships for LGBTQ+ leadership (e.g. curriculum development), and one scholarship for anti‐racism and social justice leadership for a LGBTQ+ medical student. About 15 – 20 medical students attend our national meeting annually from medical schools across the United States and Canada, often forming an important network that goes beyond the annual meeting in supporting each other, as they are often isolated as the only LGBTQ+ medical student in their class/school.

Please distribute these flyers to the appropriate venues in your school, e.g. to the financial aid office, to the Diversity Officer, to the Associate Deans who may know of appropriate applicants, and to medical students. The deadline for the applications is March 15, 2022. An electronic flyer is attached to help you distribute this information.

Thank you for your support of sexual and gender minoritymedical students who contribute diversity to their class as well as to the future of medicine.



MB Velasquez, MD

WIM President 

Women in Medicine

P.O. BOX 107

Colchester, VT 05446


February 25, 2022

Greetings from Camp Ho Mita Koda!


My name is Ian Roberts and I am the Executive Director of Camp Ho Mita Koda, the world’s first and oldest operating summer camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes.


I am reaching out today with a fantastic summer opportunity for your medical, nursing, dietetic, and matriculating students. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, we are currently planning for our 93rdseason of operations and solidifying our medical team. We would love to have your students join us this season to learn more about Type 1 Diabetes in a non-traditional and very engaging and immersive environment while having some outdoor summer fun! 


Students would work alongside leading Pediatric Endocrinologists as well as certified diabetes nurse educators and other medical professionals representing the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron Children’s, and MetroHealth hospital systems. A flyer is attached for review and distribution. It would be a truly life-changing opportunity for anyone interested in endocrinology or pediatrics! 


It would be greatly appreciated if you would post the flyer or share the information alongside your other summer research, clinical, and volunteer opportunities. We know it would be a great option for your students. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns. For more information on our program, please visit www.camphomitakoda.org, or reach out directly and I would be happy to chat with you about the program and how we can best support your students. 


Thanks so much! 


With Gratitude,


Ian Roberts, Executive Director

Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation


phone: 440.739.4095 

Helping children living with Type 1 Diabetes grow in mind, body, and spirit. 


February 25, 2022

Please Note:   Extended deadline – March 14, 2022



Dear First Year Student -

As you make your plans for what you will be doing next summer, I am writing to inform you about the Spirituality and Health Summer Internship Program.  Through this full-time, intensive 6-week program (Monday Through Friday, 6/27/22-8/5/22) students will:

  • Examine their personal experiences, attitudes and beliefs regarding religion and spirituality.
  • Develop and practice techniques that will enable them to process their emotional reactions to loss and grief.
  • Experience first-hand the spiritual resources and concerns of patients and their families.
  • Develop skills for eliciting and responding to the spiritual/religious resources and concerns of patients.
  • Become informed about major spiritual and religious traditions and pertinent research on the impact of patient spirituality on health.
  • Learn from physician-mentors how they have integrated their spiritual/religious values into medical practice.
  • Learn about community agencies and programs who's religious and/or spiritual values and motivations are enlisted in the provision of medical care.

These goals are achieved through patient/family visitations and contact, small group discussions, didactic seminars, shadowing on-call experiences, field trips, and training in relational communication and meditation and mindfulness. (The program is an in-person experience but will be adapted as needed to meet institutional regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic).  

All students, regardless of their belief system (including non-belief), are welcomed and encouraged to participate in this program.

A stipend of $3000 will be provided to program participants.

Click HERE to get the perspective of a student who participated in the Spirituality and Health Summer Internship Program.

The extended deadline for applying is March 14, 2022[Application attached]

Please contact me if you have questions or need more information.

All the best!!

Dr. DeLisser 

P.S. Also please note that this program fulfills one of the important requirements for the area of concentration in Spirituality and Health (See attached). 

Horace M. DeLisser, M.D. 
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Academic Programs Office
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Academic Programs, Room 644
Jordan Medical Education Center, 6th Floor, Building 421
3400 Civic Center Blvd, 
Philadelphia, PA  19104-5162

Office: 215-898-4409
Fax: 215-898-0833