Project Spotlight

Visiting Scholar Program for Underrepresented Minorities in GI

At the University of Virginia in the School of Medicine we currently are dealing with a diversity challenge.  We attract very qualified medical students and undergraduates from diverse backgrounds, but are not able to retain them for graduate medical education (residency) or faculty positions.  This past year in internal medicine we screened over 2000 applications, interviewed 700 candidates, and matched 30 medical students, but only 1 was an under represented minority (URM). Starting a program that is focused on bringing URMs to UVA will make them aware of the strengths of our program and the opportunities available at UVA.  This will give us the chance to demonstrate our commitment to URMs and alleviate their concerns to train or practice at UVA.  This program would create a two week rotation for a visiting student or resident, from another program, interested in Gastroenterology to be exposed to a liver transplant service, an experience unique to only a few centers.

Visiting Scholar Program for Underrepresented Minorities in GI