Recruiting your own: building a pipeline program to improve admission of underrepresented or disadvantaged students to medical school

Date:                    Saturday 24th August

Half Day:              0930-1230

Level:                    Introductory


  1. Anneke M. Metz, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine - Carbondale Campus, USA
  2. Wendi Wills El-Amin, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Springfield Campus, USA

Summary of theme and why it is important:  Students from minority groups are under-represented in medical school in many countries. For instance in the United states, the number of African-American, Native American and Hispanic/Latino medical school matriculants has remained relatively stagnant in the past 10 years, and these groups continue to be underrepresented in medicine. Canadian data indicate that medical students of African or Caribbean heritage are underrepresented in that country. The Australian medical workforce is under-represented in indigenous peoples. In addition, ethnic diversity is becoming ever more common in European societies due to migration and refugee crises, and the physician workforces in those nations are often underrepresented in persons of color. In most, if not all countries, there is also an underrepresentation of individuals from poorer socioeconomic classes. Given that studies indicate a strong need for a more diverse physician workforce to better represent and serve increasingly diverse populations, it is becoming more and more critical to recruit qualified students from underrepresented groups into medical school. Promising underrepresented students, or those from poorer socioeconomic circumstance, may have suffered from lack of opportunity and thus may not be able to put forth competitive applications to medical school without additional support. However, a well-structured pipeline program can address this “opportunity gap” (which has been historically been thought an achievement gap) by recruiting and preparing promising socio-economically disadvantaged students for medical school, and thus increase the numbers of disadvantaged or minority students that matriculate and successfully complete medical school. Such a program must utilize a holistic approach that addresses students’ scientific knowledge, academic skill and socio-economic difficulties simultaneously. In this workshop, based on experience with the long running MEDPREP post-baccalaureate (45 years) and P4 high school pipeline (9 years) programs, we demonstrate a proven structure for a premedical pipeline that consistently and significantly increases minority student representation in medical school cohorts.

Who should participate in the Pre-Conference Workshop? This workshop will appeal to any institutional stakeholders interested in issues of medical student diversity, and to those interested in learning more about recruiting diverse students and preparing them for medical school success.  We anticipate that this topic will be of interest to academic deans, faculty and admissions personnel, as well as medical students. Institutional representatives who are interested in learning more about issues facing under-resourced students, or about structuring a pipeline program for under-represented students at their medical school, would particularly benefit from this workshop.

What will they gain from participating?  Participants will be exposed to proven techniques and program structures that maximize student success. Workshop sections will include: 1) Identifying and recruiting promising disadvantaged students, including early pipeline programs at the high-school level; 2) Learning issues that may be faced by socioeconomically disadvantaged or under-represented students; 3) Structuring an effective curriculum to ensure competence in pre-medical curricula and prepare students for medical school success; 4) Integration of student personal and financial well-being into program objectives and curricula; 5) Building student success through cohort building and peer support; and 6) Recognizing the value of diverse cohorts, which cultivate inclusive environments and culturally responsive students. All sections will include active participation to help participant connect the instructional modules of the workshop to the issues at their own institutions.

Cost: Euros 90 (includes coffee)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-conference Workshop participants must also register for AMEE 2019 and pay the conference fee.


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