Thank you for your interest in the Underserved Pathway! Mentorship is a cricual element for students participating in the Underserved Pathway.

The mentorship program is a longitudinal relationship to help support students’ commitment to a career caring for underserved populations.  Mentoring provides students the opportunity to learn from an experienced role model who can field questions, discuss residency and career plans, and support them in their education, while maintaining focus on each student’s commitment to the underserved.

Mentorship is a requirement for all students in the Underserved Pathway. Students must have a conversation with their mentor at least once a quarter, either in-person or via phone, video chat, or email.

Mentors (health care professionals who work with underserved populations) and students are matched based on geography, common interests, and other factors. Students may be matched based on an existing mentoring relationship, such as with a preceptor or college mentor.

If you are interested in being an Underserved Pathway mentor, and you are a physician or health care professional who works with underserved populations, please email the Underserved Pathway Program Manager at Thank you very much in advance!

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