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.
A component of OHEI is the Leaders and Learners Pathway, which includes the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute which consists of three summer academies designed to develop and prepare pre-college, college and recent graduate students for the field of medicine while addressing health disparities. The three summer academies are:
- 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).