Careers in Healthcare is committed to supporting students of color and those from all backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. Our goal is to ensure that all UChicago students have access to the support and tools needed to achieve their individual goals and feel supported throughout their academic career.
Careers in Healthcare offers a series of programs and events throughout the academic year to support our community. Below is a list that highlights just a couple of ways to get connected and build your support network at UChicago.
We will be sharing information about these opportunities through the Careers in Healthcare listhost (sign up here if you haven’t already!) in addition to upcoming programs and cohorts, extracurricular activities, internship and job opportunities, and medical school application tips. We also encourage you to make an appointment with a Careers in Healthcare adviser through Slate to discuss your individual goals and interests.
Campus Support and Partnership
Below is a list of UChicago departments and offices that are dedicated to providing specialized programming and support to our students.
Underrepresented in the Health Professions | Professional Organizations
Below is a collection of professional organizations that are dedicated to supporting those who are underrepresented in the health professions, including premed students, through student memberships, programs and workshops, funding and scholarships, internships, and more.
LGBTQ Professional Organizations
- American Medical Student Association (AMSA) – AMSA has a Gender and Sexuality Committee that is dedicated to combating sexism and heterosexism, and to assuring equal access to medical care and equality within medical education.
- GLMA - GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring health equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, and equality for LGBTQ/SGM health professionals in their work and learning environments.
- Medical Student Pride Alliance – Activist and social organization committed to empowering sexual and gender minority medical students and allies, with chapters at medical schools across the U.S.
- OutCare Health Mentorship Program – Outcare is a nonprofit that provides mentorship for current or future students, staff, or faculty who either identify as LGBTQ+ themselves and/or are interested in LGBTQ+ healthcare
- Point Foundation – The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.
- Northwestern University | Identity & Pre-Health Resources – Northwestern University provides potential sources of support, perspective, and experience to LGBTQ premedical students and medical school applicants.
Black/African American Professional Organizations
- American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) – A professional organization comprised of physicians, residents, medical students, pre-medical students, health care professionals, and supporters. Student discounted membership available.
- Association of Black Women Physicians – An organized network of African-American women physicians committed to the improvement of public health and welfare, through the advancement of knowledge concerning women and the community health.
- Black Caucus of Health Workers – An organization that provides an entry point for black and African-American public health workers, both professional and paraprofessional, to APHA.
- CHAMP Resources – A scholarly collection of resources on the rich history of African Americans in the medical professions.
- National Medical Association – A professional organization focused on advancing the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.
- National Optometric Association - Composed primarily of underrepresented minority optometrists and students of optometry (particularly African-American) throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
- National Osteopathic Medical Association – An organization providing leadership to and improve the representation of minorities at all levels within the osteopathic profession; and to heighten the awareness of the osteopathic profession in the minority community.
- Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) - This organization is designed to stimulate, mentor and inspire young African American surgeons and medical students to pursue academic careers.
- United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest, oldest, most successful and most comprehensive minority higher-education assistance organization.
Latinx Professional Organizations
- Medical Organization for Latino Advancement (MOLA) – A non-profit association of Hispanic/Latino physicians and health professionals working for career advancement, linguistic and cultural competency, personal wellness, and health equity for the good of the entire Hispanic/Latino community.
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health – A premier science-based and community-driven organization that focuses on the best health for all.
- National Association of Latino Healthcare Executives (NAHLE) – A national organization led by Latino/Latina executive leaders of U.S. hospitals and healthcare organizations and experts in the fields of health care policy and practice.
- National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)- An organization that aims to empower Hispanic physicians to lead efforts to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations in collaboration with Hispanic state medical societies, residents, and medical students, and other public and private sector partners
Native American Professional Organizations