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What is the role of diversity offices?

Discussion in 'Underrepresented in Healthcare' started by TTfutureMD, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. TTfutureMD

    2+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2010
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    I hear all over that med schools have these offices and I'm just curious about what there role is. I mean, I get that they are there for support. But what kind of support do urm need? In another thread most people said that they have not experienced racism at their institution and that they feel part of the broader medical community. So I'm curious what kind of support might I be on he lookout for while applying to schools.

    Also- med students and physicians- med school is often described as like drinking from a fire hydrant. Can someone please break down how on earth anyone can excel at drinking water from a fire hydrant? Is it understood that even though you are flooded with information that you will only master a certain percentage of it? How does all this work.

    Lastly, I know of a thread for nontraditional students that answers this question but I am interested in hearing the urm perspective- what things do you know now as a medical student/ physician that you wished you knew before selecting schools to apply to and before actually selecting schools? What are important questions to ask myself before committing to paying for a school to consider my application?

    Thank you kindly- I'm trying to submit my amcas by the end of this week, so you insight is much appreciated!!
  2. DoctaJay

    DoctaJay bone breaker
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    You question is extremely loaded which may be why folks have viewed but not replied. I can help answer a couple of your questions.


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