Underrepresented Students in the Health Professions
St. Thomas seeks to encourage and support all students who express an interest in pre-health, especially those who identify with populations traditionally underrepresented in the health professions due to economic, racial/ethnic, cultural and/or geographic factors.
Some of the ways this support is demonstrated is by linking students to opportunities for involvement and enrichment, both on and off campus. Below are a few examples:
The St. Thomas Excel! Research Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program that prepares undergraduate students who are first-generation and/or low-income and/or underrepresented in research-based graduate school programs to gain admission and achieve success in their programs
The St. Thomas Student Diversity & Inclusion Services office exists to enhance the campus climate for diversity through programs and initiatives aimed at undergraduate students.
The Minnesota's Future Doctors program works closely with the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota medical schools to increase the amount of applications from minority students (first generation college students, students from underseved communities, etc.). This program is specifically for students who were raised in and attended high school in MN.
The Summer Health Professions Education Program is a free (tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer academic enrichment program that offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized preparation for 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.