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Multicultural Medical Student Affairs

Because of its commitment to increasing minority representation in medicine and biomedical research, Emory University School of Medicine created the Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs in 1986. While African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and Native Americans make up 25 percent of the U.S. population, only 12 percent of students who graduate from the nation's medical schools are from these groups. In addition, only 6 percent of all practicing physicians are members of these minority groups. Emory understands that there is a need for a more diverse physician workforce and encourages medical school applications from students from these minority groups. The Office of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs offers programs of support and science enrichment that focus not only on current Emory medical students but on college, high school, and junior high school students as well.

Emory School of Medicine recruits minority applicants at colleges throughout the country. We encourage students to visit the campus and talk directly with members of the multicultural affairs office, members of the administration and faculty, and with Emory medical students.

Students accepted into School of Medicine 's first-year class are chosen based on academic achievement, fitness and aptitude for the study of medicine, and personal qualifications. The Admissions Committee considers each candidate on an individual basis. After enrollment, the multicultural affairs office helps with the needs of students and works directly with Emory University 's minority community.

Robert Lee, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs, joined the Emory Medical School administration in 1994. Dr. Lee has 35 years of experience in improving opportunities for minorities in medical education. He is former chair of the Minority Affairs Section of the Association of American Medical College's Group on Student Affairs and is one of the founders of the National Association of Medicine Minority Educators, Inc. Dr. Lee's work is intended to facilitate opportunities and advance the training and the careers of underrepresented minority students in the health professions. One of his most important roles is that of advocate and adviser.

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 co-hosted 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 9-12 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 healthcare 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 8 to over 100 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.

Summer Science Academy Website

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 & Student Affairs

Emory University School of Medicine Building
100 Woodruff Circle, P375
Atlanta , GA 30322
(404) 727-0016