Established in 2013, the University of Michigan Health System Office for Health Equity & Inclusion is a shared service between the University of Michigan Hospital & Health Centers and the Medical School. It leads efforts, advises, and coordinates initiatives to enhance inclusion, increase diversity, and promote equity within the Health System, a core value of the University of Michigan.
One of OHEI's overarching goals is to recruit, educate, train, employ and retain highly qualified, diverse individuals to become leaders in educational, clinical and research programs. To that end, the Leaders and Learners Pathway was developed to engage learners who are from groups underrepresented in medicine, medically under-served areas or have an interest in combatting health disparities.
A cornerstone of the Pathway programs is the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute whose aim is to prepare high school and undergraduate students as well as recent college graduates to become leaders in the health sciences field. The Institute is comprised of three residential academies that expose students to health sciences careers and health disparities; foster leadership development, enhance academic skills and prepares them for admission to medical school.
A distinctive feature of the Michigan Health Sciences Institute is a half-day health disparities conference that convenes participants from the three academies and students attending other summer enrichment programs on the UM campus. The conference's aim is to stimulate an interest and commitment to combatting health disparities.
To learn more about the three academies, click on the links below:
- Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy
- Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy
- Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy
The Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy is a two-week residential program that exposes rising 10th and 11th grade high school students to the University Michigan and UMMS while preparing them for a successful track to biomedical and health professions. The Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy is a ten-week research fellowship program for undergraduate students designed to develop their understanding of biomedical research and health professional careers. The Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy is a six-week residential program that prepares rising juniors, seniors and recent graduates for the medical school admission process (including MCAT preparation and leadership development).