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Minority Outreach

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Community and Minority Outreach

The Office of Admissions at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to reaching out to pre-college students from all backgrounds.

Through innovative programs and events, the Office of Admissions provides exceptional opportunities for young people to learn about the medical professions, scientific inquiry, and much more.

Interested in learning more? Contact Associate Director of Admissions Marsha L. Williams at or 215-871-6712.


Admissions Community Research

Physician Scientist Training Program – Summer Program

The Physician Scientist Training Program – Summer Program targets racial groups that have been historically underrepresented in the medical professions for their population size, and who face a health disparities gap. The program supports a pool of gifted students from minority populations with a training model from seventh grade through senior year of college. The students are rotated through basic science labs in academia, the National Institutes of Health, and the pharmaceutical industry.

The program is designed to produce candidates for medical degrees and dual medical/PhD programs, with comprehensive training initiatives that span the junior high school, high school, and college summers, using an integrated developmental regimen that prepares the students to successfully pursue a research career in medicine. High school students work in a laboratory, learning research skills.

  • Students are assigned to a PCOM medical student who serves as a mentor.
  • Students are given a presentation on admissions to PCOM.


Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

Office of Admissions, Learning for Life (Career Exploring), and Student National Medical Association

HPREP is a high school pipeline program that meets once a month from October to June. HPREP exposes high school students to science-related activities while introducing them to careers in the health professions, stimulating academic and scientific interest in high school students as well as providing mentorship.

Students receive:

  • Exposure to the healthcare field
  • Mentorship
  • Inspiration and leadership promotion
  • Confidence building and motivation for positive change
  • Combat minority science stigma
  • Facilitate workshops that provide both hard and soft skills
  • Team building and academic support


Annual Spring MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students) Open House – The Road to Medical School

Office of Admissions and Student National Medical Association
  • A forum geared to help students prepare for a career in medicine.
  • Provides exposure to osteopathic medicine.
  • Provides exposure to medical students who can serve as mentors.

To learn more about how PCOM respects, encourages and promotes diversity, visit the Diversity and Compliance homepage.