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Minorities in Medicine

Franklin & Marshall College has a commitment to promoting the success and achievement of students from groups who are underrepresented in medicine and the sciences. This website contains information that should be helpful during your journey.

Message From the Director of Health Professions Advising

I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the people here at Franklin & Marshall who might be helpful as you pursue your academic coursework and your immediate and long-term goals. First, keep in close contact with your academic adviser and/or professors. You might come across a great summer research opportunity, learn about various options regarding your major, or just find a word of encouragement. I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the SMEP and similar summer programs as well as any pending questions you may have about your courses, schedule, major and other aspects of academic and career planning.

Getting Started

If you are considering a career in medicine, a good place to begin your reading is to visit Considering a Career in Medicine. This Minorities in Medicine site provides information related to minority medical student preparation, the medical education pipeline, and financial aid opportunities available to minorities.

Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP)

The summer Medical Education Program (SMEP) program helps assure that promising, highly motivated minority students gain admission to medical schools. Take advantage of this FREE (full tuition, room and board) six-week summer medical school preparatory program.

The programs are held at several locations including the medical schools at the University of Alabama, Arizona, Baylor, Case Western, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, UMDNJ, and Yale. Applications for these programs for the next summer are usually available on November 1 and due by March 1. For more information, check out the SMEP web site.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Check out the web site for the Student National Medical Association. SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. Membership includes nearly 5,000 medical students, pre-medical students, residents, and licensed physicians. Their programs are designed to (1) serve the health needs of under-represented communities, educating people about important health matters; and (2) assure that medical services are sensitive to the needs of culturally diverse populations.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA is the largest independent national medical student organization. It is a student-governed national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of nearly 30,000 medical students, pre-medical students, interns and residents from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health. Here are some key AMSA sites:

Comprehensive Guides

I would like to recommend two very comprehensive guides for applicants from groups underrepresented in the medical profession. First, a guide titled A Road 'MAAP' to the Medical Promised Land: An Advising Manual for those Planning a Career in the Health Professions, Edited by Wei Li Fang, Ph.D. and Laura Fox at the University of Virginia, appears on-line at:

Second, an excellent published guide is Getting into Medical School: A Planning Guide for Minority Students (1995), Edited by Edward James, is available from The table of contents includes (1) Is Medicine for Me? (2) Advice for Academic Success, (3) Extracurricular Activities, (4) Summer Opportunities, (5) Beating the MCAT, (6) The Application: General Information, Policies, and Procedures, (6) The Interview, (7) Financing a Medical School Education, (8) Choosing a Medical School, (9) Not Accepted? The Decision to Reapply, and (10) What Am I Getting Myself Into? Life in Medical School and Beyond (In a Nutshell).

Third, I have a number of resources in the Office of Student & Post-Graduate Development at 619 College Avenue. These include

  • Keepsake: A Guide for Minority Premed Students, an annual publication of Spectrum Unlimited, 1998-99

  • Medical Crossroads, a publication of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and SNMA

  • Minority Student Opportunities in United States Medical Schools, Association of American Medical Colleges, 1998

  • Opportunities for Minority Students in United States Dental Schools, American Association of Dental Schools, 1997-1999

General Articles of Interest

Let me take this opportunity to share with you a number of excellent articles that I have come across. When you have some time to browse, check out these articles:

Additional Resources

Here is my final listing of web sites that might be of interest. Many are worth investigating:

  • AAMC Community and Minority Education Page

  • MedPrep program at Southern Illinois University

  • MedPrep program at the Univ. of Pitts.

  • Project 3000 by 2000

  • The Medical Minority Application Registry

  • Syracuse Univ. Summer Programs Listing

  • Hughes Program's database of research opportunities

Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP) Related Programs

Other schools with programs similar to SMEP include Albert Einstein, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell Summer Residence, Meharry, National Institute of Health (NIH), New York Medical College, Penn State College of Medicine, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Commonwealth, and Washington University. I would like to single out the Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program (SPAEP) at the University of Pittsburgh. SPAEP is designed to help students strengthen their academic skills and build motivation. Program courses enhance learning and develop study skills in science, written English and public speaking. Participants receive a stipend, personal support and academic counseling as well as the opportunity to interact regularly with doctors and medical students who have similar backgrounds and educational experiences. For more info: