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Our pre-med pathways reflect our strong belief that the next generation of physicians should mirror the growing diversity of our surrounding community and our country at large. If we are to accomplish this goal, we must invest and strengthen the overall competitiveness of under-represented groups and women.

Currently, the Heersink School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion Student Affairs, hosts pathway programs designed to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce by exposing students from underprivileged and historically underserved backgrounds to various healthcare professions. Activities include an introduction to clinical, social and political issues facing the health care industry, rigorous academic and test preparation, health-related training, physician shadowing and research opportunities. A full list of these programs is included below.


High School Students

Minority Rural Health Scholars and Rural Health Scholars Programs

Pre-College Research Internship for Students from Minority Backgrounds (PRISM)


Undergraduate Students

Blaze to MD Pre-matriculation Program (B2MD)

Burroughs Wellcome Scholars Early Assurance Program (EAP)

Huntsville Rural Pre-Medicine Internship (HRPI)

O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center - American Cancer Society (ACS) Diversity in Cancer Research Initiative (DICR)

Master of Science in Biomedical Health Sciences – Post-Baccalaureate/Graduate Program

Preparation for Graduate and Medical Education Summer Program (PARAdiGM)

Research in Aging through Mentorship and Practice – Undergraduate Program (RAMP UP)

Rural Medicine Program (RMP) and Rural Medicine Scholars Program (RMSP)

Short-Term Research Experience for Under-represented Persons (STEP UP)

Summer in Biomedical Sciences (SIBS)

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences in Genomic Medicine (SURE-GM)

Virtual Immersion Program in Medicine (VIPMed)