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Multicultural Affairs

Emory University School of Medicine welcomes applications from students representing minority groups from all areas of the country. Emory is strongly committed to increasing opportunities for minority students, including thorough and individual consideration of each applicant during the admissions process. The Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs works in conjunction with the Admissions Committee and the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs in the recruitment, selection, and retention of qualified minority students.

Programs for minority students at Emory School of Medicine include:

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Emory University School of Medicine has a strong and active chapter of the Student National Medical Association, an organization with the goals of increasing the number of physicians serving minority and indigent communities and developing future minority health professionals. Emory SNMA members participate in Recruitment Day at local colleges and universities and host undergraduates visiting Emory School of Medicine. They also work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs to sponsor orientation for entering students, provide informal tutoring and academic support, sponsor social events and speakers, and sponsor a big brother/big sister program for entering students. In the Atlanta community, SNMA members talk with high school students interested in medical careers, work with local churches in coordinating health fairs, and volunteer with community organizations. In 1994 and again in 2001, the Emory SNMA chapter cohosted the SNMA National Convention in Atlanta with Morehouse College.

Emory Revisited

Minority students who are accepted to the School of Medicine may return to campus in the spring before starting medical school. This is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with faculty and students and learn more about the school and its opportunities and available resources. This informal program provides additional information to candidates as they make their final decision about medical school.

Summer Science Academy

The Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs also sponsors a Summer Science Academy for high school students. Students in grades nine through twelve participate in a series of lectures, labs, and field experiences in the areas of human anatomy, neuroscience, embryology, environmental biology, and human diseases. The experience is designed to heighten students¿ interest in various scientific areas, introduce them to careers in the health care profession, and reinforce some fundamental principles of science. The program is open to all students, but our target population is metro-Atlanta students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. The popularity of our program has grown over the years. Since its introduction in 1994, the Summer Science Academy (formerly known as the Summer Science Discovery Camp) has increased enrollment from eight to more than one hundred students. A number of our participants return to the program for multiple summers and many have siblings that participate as well. As a result of this program, we have formed many positive long-standing relationships with community schools, parents, church/civic organizations, and Atlanta area businesses. Counselors and teachers for our program are drawn from the ranks of Emory University medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. Some counselors have taught in our program for numerous years. Their long-term involvement serves as a testament to the strength and appeal of the program. Emory University School of Medicine faculty and medical school alumni have also contributed through lectures and demonstrations.

Support Programs

Tutorials and individual counseling are made available when needed for any student experiencing academic or personal problems.

Pre-Health Advisors Program

Emory University School of Medicine maintains a strong working relationship with pre-health advisors at numerous colleges and universities throughout the country who disseminate information about Emory University School of Medicine and assist in attracting applicants. For more information about multicultural programs and services at Emory School of Medicine, please contact: Multicultural Medical Student Affairs, Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs, Emory University School of Medicine, 100 Woodruff Circle NE, P375, Atlanta, GA 30322 404.727.0016.