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Minority Senior Scholarship Program

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Provider diversity is one important method of addressing racial and ethnic child health disparities, enhancing cultural sensitivity
of all providers and driving institutional and academic excellence. Nationally the races and ethnicities of U.S. 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) 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.

Children’s National is uniquely situated to provide this perspective given its status as a quaternary care free standing children’s hospital serving Washington, D.C., 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.

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Support the Minority Senior Scholarship Program

The goal of the program at Children's National is to expose medical students to academic pediatrics and the many educational opportunities our institution has to offer through a one-month rotation with a variety of experiences.

If you would like to donate to support this program, please indicate Minority Senior Scholarship Program – Special Purpose Fund 44506.

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