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Diversity in the Health Professions

The following information aims to support pre-health profession students from groups underrepresented in the medical and healthcare fields. For more information regarding underrepresented groups in medicine, refer to the Association of American Medical Colleges' Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-MAR).

In exploring the national programs, scholarships, and groups for minority pre-health students, students should also consider the support available through Drexel University. In particular, there is a Drexel MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-medical Students) Chapter, which is an undergraduate affiliate of the SNMA (Student National Medical Association). For more information about the MAPS Chapter, students can email Drexel's Pre-health advisor, who serves as the staff advisor for the chapter. 

First-year students are encouraged to explore the Summer Health Professions Education Program (formerly known as the SMDEP), which is a free summer academic and career development program for students who identify as underrepresented minorities or are from communities of socioeconomic or educational disadvantage. The program exposes students to a wide range of careers in the health professions.

General Resources


Professional Groups and Organizations


While the Association of American Medical Colleges currently does not consider LGBTQ  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) applicants to be an underrepresented minority in medicine, there are many professional groups, scholarships, and developmental resources available to LGBTQ students considering a career in healthcare.

In addition to exploring the following resources, LGBTQ students considering a career in healthcare should also utilize the Steinbright Career Development Center's job search and professional development resources for LGBTQ students. Students are encouraged to speak with the Steinbright pre-health advisor with any questions or concerns about disclosure through the medical school admissions process.