Clerkship for URiM Students

Visiting Clerkship for Underrepresented Minority (URiM) Students

The Visiting Clerkship for Underrepresented Minority Students in Medicine (URiM) is designed to welcome a diverse group of medical students to Penn Pathology and provide an opportunity to experience the exceptional training offered. Visiting students will spend four weeks in either anatomic pathology or clinical pathology. Students will be active members of the pathology team and be directly involved in case evaluation; or spend time rotating through two laboratory areas based on their interest and selection with the course director. Labs available include Transfusion Medicine, Coagulation, Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine, Immunology, Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry. In addition to the daily activities of the rotation, students will attend Grand Rounds and other training conferences.

Opportunities will be provided for visiting students to interact with underrepresented minority faculty and house staff, as well as discuss their career plans with the Pathology Residency Program Director. Each student will be paired with a faculty member that will serve as a mentor and advisor. Accepted applicants will receive up to $1500 for reimbursement of travel expenses, housing, and registrar acceptance fee.

Program Requirements

  • Career interest in Pathology
  • Applicants for the funded clerkship must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. URiM students are now considered to be Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American (American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, mainland Puerto Rican).

Applicants must:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Provide a personal statement discussing career goals
  • Provide one letter of recommendation
  • Provide a curriculum vitae
  • Provide an official medical school transcript

The application deadline is May 7, 2021 and accepted applicants will be notified in early June.