Minority Senior Scholarship Program
Contact us! MSSP@childrensnational.org
Provider diversity is one important method of addressing racial and ethnic child health disparities, enhancing cultural competency of all providers, and driving institutional and academic excellence. Nationally the races and ethnicities of US children is more diverse than the pediatricians who provide their care and the difference is anticipate to grow more discordant. The difference is even more marked when considering the academic pediatricians who often are leaders in research, advocacy, public policy, education, quality improvement, patient safety, and healthcare administration.
The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) is a funded clinical and career development experience that was established in 2015 to address the goal of enhancing the diversity of academic pediatricians through exposing senior medical students from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM) to academic pediatrics. Through advanced clinical exposure, networking, mentoring, and special sessions, participants are armed with the resources and information needed to confidently make decisions regarding their future training and to better serve diverse populations of children. Barriers to participation are removed through funding to offset the cost of travel, housing, and educational expenses. Scholars participate in one month long rotations July to October.
Children’s National is uniquely situated to provide this perspective given its status as a quarternary care free standing children’s hospital serving Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, areas of West Virginia, and many international patients. We serve a large, extremely diverse population and have significant community engagement through which to teach our trainees and contribute to child health.
Read our brochure to learn more.