Underrepresented Students

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) states that "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." These programs and opportunities are, however, open to students from all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome to apply.

NAAHP Directory of Summer Opportunities for Disadvantaged and Minority Students

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions maintains a dynamic list of summer research and clinical opportunities for disadvantaged students and students of color.

The Medical Minority Applicant Registry (Med-Mar)

The Medical Minority Applicant Registry is devised to enhance admission opportunities for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. Students register for Med-Mar during MCAT registration. The program's registry distributes web-based biographic information about the applicant to minority affairs and admissions offices at medical schools, aiming to increase opportunities to underrepresented student groups.


An interactive website containing comprehensive information from the AAMC and other resources targeted to applicants and current medical students of color. The site includes an online community where students can ask questions and receive advice from the AAMC as well as leading prehealth, and medical school advisors.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. These students include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, American Indian and Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino, and who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. SHPEP, formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), expanded in 2016 to include a broader array of health professions.

Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. (MIM)

A national nonprofit organization developed by minority physicians to assist students of color with their applications to medical school. Undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students can participate in mentoring activities with current medical students and receive emergency department clinical exposure at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.