Underrepresented in Medicine

AAMC Definition of Underrepresented in Medicine (URM)

"Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." This lens currently includes students who identify as African Americans and/or Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), Pacific Islander, and mainland Puerto Rican. The definition also refers to students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

HPP and Students Identifying as URM

The pre-health advisors of the Health Professions Program are committed to supporting Dartmouth students of color and those from all backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. Our goal is to help ensure that all Dartmouth students have access to the support and tools they need to achieve their aspirations and that all pre-health students are part of Dartmouth's pre-health community. Please meet with your pre-health advisors from term one and beyond to discuss course selection, extra-curricular, and the medical school application.

Join Pathways to Medicine

Along with our one on one advising and attending regular HPP and NSS events and workshops as part of the greater pre-health community, we invite you to participate in our Pathways To Medicine program. In collaboration with students, we create opportunities for academic support and mentorship with upper-class peers, Geisel students, and especially, Dartmouth alumni of color at different stages of their medical career through Pathways to Medicine. Please sign up here TO BE ADDED TO THE LISTSERV or contact HPP@dartmouth.edu for more information!

Important Resources

Here are also some other important resources for Dartmouth students who identify as URM, with text excerpts from their website descriptions.

  • Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS): Dartmouth's very own chapter
  • OPAL: Office of Pluralism and Leadership: OPAL provides academic and sociocultural advising, designs and facilitates educational programs, and serves as advocates for all students and communities. OPAL is for all students who want to get the most from their unique Dartmouth experience.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): A national organization that connects native students with possible career paths, generate interest in the sciences and be a general support system for students in STEM fields. The Dartmouth Chapter is lead by Professor Glueck, Professor Re, and Amelia Ashley ('18). For more information, you can email each individual directly.
  • EE Just STEM program: "The E.E. Just STEM Program exemplifies the spirit of Ernest Everett Just (Class of 1907 Valedictorian), a pioneering African-American cell biologist who made significant contributions to genetics and embryology. The program promotes academic excellence, strategies for academic success, supportive community of STEM scholars, graduate students, postdoctoral, and faculty mentoring." You must be identified as an E.E. Just Scholar prior to matriculation.
  • Undergraduate Advising and Research: UGAR is a good place to find research opportunities, fellowships, and funding at Dartmouth or external programs specifically for URM students.

There are also other great resources at Dartmouth including:

Research and Internships

To encourage diversity in medical education and in the physician profession, there are a number of research programs and internships, which are eager to recruit URM students.

The list below includes a summary document that contains valuable links, a database of research/internship/fellowship resources, and important links to other web sites, including the AAMC and the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). If you know of anything else we should know about, please contact The Health Professions Program!