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Investing in the Future of Health Care

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The Children's National intern class for the Pediatric Residency Program.

We work closely with the local, regional and national communities to introduce adolescents, teenagers and medical students to the behavioral sciences. We strive to ensure that underrepresented minorities gain interest in and an entrance to pediatric medicine.

High School Student Opportunities

  • Mentored Experience to Expand Opportunities in Research Program (METEOR v HS). Children’s National participates in the yearly METEOR v HS (high school) program in an effort to build the next diverse generation of physicians, researchers, bioengineers, nurses, psychologists and health care providers. Our goal is to open students’ eyes to exciting career opportunities and get them engaged in health care.
  • Urban Alliance. We partner with the Urban Alliance to provide economically-disadvantaged high school students with exposure, opportunity, support and training needed to prepare them for lifelong economic self-sufficiency. We offer youth real-world experiences to set them up for a future in college and in the medical field.

College and Graduate Student Opportunities

  • Diversity Supplements for NIH Awards. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, post-doctorates and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.

Medical Student Opportunities

Residents at the URM barbecue.
  • Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP). The Children's National MSSP focuses on the need to enhance the diversity of academic pediatricians nationwide. Our program addresses this need by exposing senior medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to careers in academic pediatrics.
  • Mentored Experience to Expand Opportunities in Research I Program (METEOR I). Children’s National participates in the METEOR I program, a competitive fellowship opportunity to support incoming underrepresented-in-medicine students who have been admitted to the M.D. Program and are interested in an academic research career.
  • Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BN GAP). At Children's National, we partner with BN GAP to help diverse medical students and residents become aware of academic medicine as a career option and provide them with the resources to further explore and potentially embark on an academic medicine career.

Biomedical Research Opportunities

In addition to ensuring that underrepresented minorities have access to pediatric medicine, we have a variety of biomedical research opportunities for pre-college, college and medical students, as well as residents, fellows and Children's National faculty.