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The need for more physicians of color to serve in underrepresented communities has become more apparent as health disparities have increased between ethnic groups. Recent studies indicate that physicians of color are more likely to serve in communities with these disparities. In order to place healthcare providers in the critical need areas, the U.S. government has funded several programs to address these shortages.

Although one-fourth of the nation's population is of color, less than ten percent of its physicians reflect that diversity. There is an unmet need which stems from three general weaknesses:

  1. Active recruitment and targeted exposure of underrepresented minority (URM) students to this field of study
  2. Adequate preparation of URM students for the rigorous pursuit of careers in medicine
  3. A lack of a multifaceted support structure for students already embroiled in these undertakings.

Working primarily through local chapters, SNMA is proud to organize and sponsor local Pipeline programs that directly serve students of color through mentoring, education, and guidance.

Pipeline Academy Sites

In order to create diversity within the medical fields, students' preparation should begin very early in their academic career. After high school, undergraduates planning on becoming healthcare providers should be continually exposed to the profession as they matriculate. This impact is significant, especially in communities where the disparities are great and the number of students pursuing pre-healthcare concentrations is disproportionately low.