University of Pittsburgh

Diversity Programs

Diversity Programs

Med School Student

Office Of Diversity Affairs

The Office of Diversity Affairs' mission is to recruit and retain a diverse body of medical students.

Med School Student

Diversity Scholarships And Aid

How do I pay for medical school?
See a list of loan, scholarship, and grant opportunities available to minority students

Our person-to-person approach to teaching medicine revolves around the patient. Before you can make a difference as a doctor, you first must appreciate both the remarkable similarities and subtle distinctions between individuals. That means learning to honor each patient's right to dignity and respect as a human being. 

Just as we expect you to be patient centered, you can expect us to be student centered. It is this daily exchange with patients, families, students faculty and administration in a community of respect and inclusion that makes UPSOM a very special place.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has been and remains committed to diversity and inclusion across a broad spectrum of characteristics and issues. Our commitment to diversity is outlined in our "Framework for Diversity."

Making It Happen

Even today, there is not yet enough diversity in the American physician workforce. The American Association of Medical Colleges and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine want to change that. The Office of Diversity Programs works closely with current and prospective students, the Office of Admissions as well as with the faculty and staff to recruit, retain and graduate a more diverse student body.  We are working to build a more diverse physician workforce. 

We are here to assist you even before we receive your application for admission. And if you're offered an interview we will be here to greet you and guide you through the process. We will get to know you and your situation and serve as an advocate and resource.

We support your to become a physician with heart, body, and mind.

Are you right for medicine?

Like any good drama, the “getting into medical school” story has spun off its share of subplots and myths over the years. One of the important roles of the Diversity Programs staff is to separate facts from the myths about medical school.

While it is true that that no applicant is accepted or denied solely on his or her grade point average or test scores, it is just as true that numbers do not tell the whole story. We encourage applicants to gather all of his or her notes and material evidence of his or her academic and personal achievements and experience before moving forward. You will draw from this self-assessment during the application and interviewing process.

From the minute you make contact our goal is to get to know you as an individual. Our admissions process is both comprehensive and flexible. You will never be seen as just a test score, provocative essay, or top rank GPA. The strength of each incoming class of medical students draws from its diversity of people, places, and points of view.

Keep in mind that we look for people with a demonstrated capacity for self-directed learning, collaboration, and inquiry. We also gauge your ability to relate and communicate—in a variety of settings and across the full range of human emotion and life experience.

Click here for a complete overview of the admissions process, including all of the required materials and a list of important deadlines.

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.