UNSOM Prospective Applicants: Underrepresented Medical Students
An important part of the University of Nevada School of Medicine's mission is training physicians for the increasingly diverse patient populations in Nevada. Nevada is home to fast-growing Hispanic, African American and Native American communities. In addition, many of Nevada’s students are the first in their families to attend college, and grew up in communities that may have not had educational resources available to them. Students from these groups, considered underrepresented in medicine, are encouraged to apply to join the UNSOM, and to take advance of numerous outreach and enrichment programs.
UNSOM offers residential pre-medical student programs, Nevadans Into Medicine, information sessions each fall semester, physician shadowing programs and a pre med student conference.
Opportunity for Native American college students!
The School of Medicine and our Area Health Education Center program have funds available to sponsor Nevada students who want to apply to attend this program offered July 31, 2013 in Santa Clara, California.
Acccessing Health Profession Careers Seminar
Santa Clara, California July 31, 2013 8:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Students from Nevada will receive preferential review.
The application deadline is June 7, 2013
Funding includes round-trip airfare and transportation from the airport to the seminar. We are especially interested in freshman and sophomore students who are still exploring their career options. This is a great opportunity to meet other Native American health professions students and health professionals. We also have Nevada health professions students on the student panel and attending to meet student participants.
The following organizations are available for all UNSOM students to increase cultural consciousness:
UNSOM is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. More information for pre medical students is available at AspiringDocs.org.
UNSOM is an educational partner with the Association of American Indian Physicians.
UNSOM supports diversity and cultural competence in medicine. We encourage students to explore these websites:
Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association
Association of Native American Medical Students
Latino Medical Student Association
Student National Medical Association
AAMC's Diversity Initiative
The following organizations are available to increase diversity and awareness for all UNSOM medical students.
The Learning Center at UNSOM aids undergraduate and medical students with resources to maximize their academic success. The Learning Center can advise students in their academic endeavors, provide study skills resources, test taking resources and standardized test resources to better help students who are interested in going into medicine. The Learning Center is an open, environment whose first priority is the academic success of students.
More information about the UNSOM Learning Center is available at: http://www.medicine.nevada.edu/dept/asa/students/LC/learningcenter.htm
Student Outreach Clinic
The School of Medicine is a free, medical student-managed clinic in Reno for indigent patients. The Student Outreach Clinic (SOC) was founded in 1996 by students, and is operated by students who are supervised by faculty and volunteer physicians. The clinic combines the educational and health care missions of the medical school. Patients can receive health care, screening, diagnosis and some treatments, in addition to referrals. Medical students receive valuable, hands-on patient care experience in their first two years of medical school in a rich, diverse clinical setting. Students also learn about clinic management, health access, health insurance issues and other valuable information through their experience in the clinic.
More information on the clinic is available at: http://studentoutreachclinic.org
Graduate Student Association Clubs and Organization
GSA clubs and organizations provide a great opportunity to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and expand your interests and hobbies. Recognized clubs and organizations are eligible to apply for event funding from the Graduate Student Association Council. Applications for club recognition and funding are available on the GSA forms page.
More information on the GSA clubs/associations is available at: http://www.unr.edu/gsa/clubs.html
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