HES 2018 Scholars

The goal of the Health Equity Scholars program is to develop physician leaders with the knowledge and skills to promote health equity for medically underserved communities.

What Is Health Equity?

We believe that health equity is, “The absence of disadvantage to individuals and communities in health outcomes, access to health care, and quality of health care regardless of one’s race, gender, nationality, age, ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic status.” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)


We’re looking for students who want to ensure that all individuals and communities have an opportunity for healthy lives. You do not have to be planning a career in primary care. Those who are selected will engage in a series of curricular and extracurricular activities with the goal of developing:

  • An understanding of social determinants of health
  • An ability to lead thoughtful discussion about challenging social and professional issues
  • Expertise in a specific area of population health or health disparities
  • An understanding of common professional issues for physicians who care for underserved populations


  1. Curriculum—Students will participate in 12 hours of UASOM service learning electives during the preclinical years
  2. Extracurricular—Students volunteer 40 hours of direct service work by the start of MS3 year, in an effort to learn about a community and organization while meeting a need. OSL staff will work with Scholars to determine what settings will best meet their learning needs.
  3. Scholarship—Students will complete a scholarly project examining health equity issues, which can be completed during the summer between MS1 and MS2 or, if approved by the Scholarly Activity Director, can fulfil the SOM Scholarly Activity requirement. The project can be traditional research, an education project, or even creation of original materials for community outreach. The OSL will assist you in developing your project plan.
  4. Teaching—As an MS4, scholars will have the chance to teach preclinical students during their service learning activities. Four hours of teaching is required.
  5. HES Program Trainings—Each year, students will have a chance to gather with their HES peers and learn more about health equity through a number of required sessions.
    • MS1 Spring—half day Orientation
    • MS2 Fall--half day retreat
    • MS3 Fall—half day retreat
    • MS3 April—one week special topics course (which counts towards your SOM requirements)
    • MS4 Fall—half day retreat


Students apply and are selected in the spring of first year. To apply, contact us for an application.