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OHEDI Signature Programs & Events


  • LKSOM Summer Pre-Matriculation Program “PREP” (Every July)

    PREP is designed to support accepted medical students who are historically underrepresented in medicine (URiM). The program provides an environment that supports participants’ smooth transition into medical school and ensures academic success. More specifically, the goals of PREP are to: 1) Provide early exposure to the medical curriculum and the rigor of medical school; 2) Facilitate adjustment to the medical school environment; 3) Assist with the development of learning, study, and test-taking skills; 4) Assist with the development of time & stress management; and 5) Build connections with student and faculty mentors.

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    Application Deadline: Sun, June 30, 2024

  • Diversity Scholars Summer Research & Enrichment Program (Every June – July)

    This is an 8-week program designed for students (rising juniors, seniors, and/or recent graduates) with an interest in medicine and/or basic sciences. The goal of this program is to discover the next generation of healthcare leaders while also paving the road for more diversity and inclusion at Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Selected participants are paired with a principal investigator (PI) and provided with the means to do research through ongoing studies, studies that have recently been completed, or reviews of earlier research studies. Participants can increase their teamwork abilities, confidence, communication skills, and professional outlooks through the curriculum as their team nurtures a prolonged desire in pursuing a professional graduate career. 

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    Application Deadline: Fri, Feb 2, 2024  

  • Health Careers Exploration Day (Every June) 

    Health Careers Exploration Day (HCED) is a 1-day program that exposes Philadelphia-Area high school students from underrepresented and under resourced backgrounds to various career options in the health professions. Throughout the day, students will participate in interactive rotations and workshops facilitated by Temple University students and trainees in various graduate programs from some of the following health professions: medicine, podiatry, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, dentistry, athletic training, social work, public health, and more. There is also a college access session that parents & guardians are welcome to attend.

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    Registration Deadline: TBA

  • Mini Medical School (Every July)   

    Mini Medical School is a one-week program that exposes Philadelphia-Area high school students who are considered underrepresented in medicine to the medical profession in hopes of generating a more diverse healthcare provider workforce in their communities. Students engage in college preparation and educational workshops and activities that will give them a sense of what it is like to be a medical student. They will also be exposed to mentorship opportunities and get a chance to build relationships with pre-med college students, medical students, and other health professionals. 

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    Application Deadline: TBA  

  • Black Men in Medicine Symposium (Every November) 

    The event advocates for Black men in the medical field, whose presence has declined since 1978. Black male physicians at Temple will gather for the annual evening for an event celebrating the achievements of and offering mentorship opportunities for Black premedical and medical students as they make their way into the medical field. The evening is part of the OHEDI’s efforts to recruit, support, retain and advance high-quality medical students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in medicine, as well as to specifically address the ongoing shortage of Black men in medicine.

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    Registration Deadline: TBA

  • Diversity Dialogues (Every 4th Monday, September – May)

    This initiative is a series of discussions aiming to promote discourse, critical thinking, and transformative action around matters of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the medical and health sciences community. The program creates a safe space for members of LKSOM and the Temple University Health System (TUHS) to discuss challenging health equity, diversity, and inclusion topics through the lens of our overlapping roles in health care, teaching, and learning. Diversity Dialogues not only challenge health care injustice, but it also gives perspective and voice to hurt and pain. It establishes a secure environment needed to support affinity groups, allies and those embarking on a journey of self-discovery. Diversity Dialogues sessions are held monthly, typically on the 4th Monday of the month, in person and Zoom.

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