Minority Affairs & Diversity
Do you have questions or issues regarding equal opportunity compliance and policies at the University? Looking for resources for resolving discrimination concerns? Need assistance with staffing or faculty job searches? We’re here to help.
The mission of the Medical School’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to create a welcoming environment for minority and underrepresented medical students. To do so, we work closely with student organizations such as the Minority Association of Pre-Med Students and the Student National Medical Association.
For pre-med students
The Empowering Multicultural Students for Careers in Medicine Seminar guides students as they prepare for the Medical School admissions process.
MAPS Twin Cities Chapter is an undergraduate student organization that assists minority pre-medical students in their professional healthcare careers.
SNMA supports underrepresented minority medical students, addresses the needs of underserved communities, and works to grow the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.
For current students
Clinical clerkship opportunities
The MD and MD/PhD programs offer students a wide variety of clinical clerkship opportunities, most of them in urban settings with diverse patient populations. Facilities include:
- Hennepin County Medical Center, one of the premier hospitals for cross-cultural competency
- Fairview, a comprehensive primary- and specialty-care center
- Abbott Northwestern, part of Allina Health, a major private city hospital
- Regions Hospital, a regional acute-care facility, pediatrics center, and veterans administration hospital
The Twin Cities is also home to community health clinics including Community-University Health Care Center, with many low-income Southeast Asian patients, and West Side Community Health Services, which serves a sizable Chicano/Latino patient base.
In addition, the Medical School’s Metropolitian Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP) offers third-year medical students clinical exposure to diverse urban populations. A rural counterpart also is offered.
A culture of inclusiveness and support
Diversity in our community
The University of Minnesota Medical School is located in one of the country’s most culturally rich metropolitan areas. Students and scholars from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries are drawn to the school for its dynamic urban community and outstanding educational and cultural opportunities.
Few areas of the country boast as many different ethnic groups as do Minneapolis and St. Paul. Although predominantly Caucasian, the cities have a growing African American community, the country’s largest urban population of Native Americans, the country’s fastest-growing Hmong population, and a significant Chicano/Latino population.
What students are saying
"This is a very student-oriented medical school—it seems to care a great deal about the welfare of students, whether you're talking about clinical experiences, learning opportunities outside the medical school, financial aid, or diversity. It's also a school where patient relations and human relations really matter."
—Steve Mouacheupao, M.D., former student
"World-class research experiences were one reason I chose this school; also, my family was here. It was definitely the right decision. Already I've worked with one of the country's leading researchers on sickle-cell anemia and done a clinical rotation at an outstanding neurological clinic at a city hospital. I've also been able to adjust my curriculum around my role as a parent—a five-year program instead of four, financial assistance for day care, and so on. You can get whatever you need here."
—Michelle A. Knight, M.D., former student
"The research experiences here are amazing. This school offers a great environment—a challenging, supportive, and very interactive program, with good teachers and strong opportunities for both clinical work and research—an especially good combination for someone like me who wants to be both a scientist and a doctor."
—Morayma Reyes, MD.PhD., former student
"The teachers are approachable and the students pull together, especially since there's pass-fail grading the first two years. At the medical fraternity where I live, we share cooking and help each other study. Many of us are involved in the community, helping to meet people's health needs. Minneapolis is a nice place to live—one of the great pluses is that the people are so much friendlier than many other places."
—YouaPa Yang. M.D., former student