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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 health care 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 Hospital 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.

Read our brochure (PDF).

How to Apply

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • From a racial or ethnic minority underrepresented in medicine (URM) including African American/Black, Asian (of Filipino, Hmong or Vietnamese descent only), Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
  • In good standing at an LCME-accredited medical school.
  • Have passing grades in all core rotations (pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and surgery) prior to the start of the program. We realize all grades may not be available at the time of application.
  • Submit a complete application by April 30, 2020.

Applications for the 2020 program are open February 14 – April 30, 2020. All application materials are due by close of business (5 p.m. EDT) on Thursday April 30, 2020.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Minority Senior Scholarship Program, please send an email.