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Recognizing that many students have a desire to work with underserved communities, the school has created five Pathways giving students the opportunity to pursue a particular interest and develop knowledge and skills specifically tailored to working with underserved communities domestically and abroad.
Each Pathway allows students to:
- Organize their courses, clinical rotations and volunteer opportunities around a particular community, population or aspect of healthcare for underserved communities.
- Explore career interests with mentorship from faculty, staff and community members and providers who share those interests.
Students may participate in a Pathway’s offering without completing all the Pathway requirements and may participate in and/or complete more than one Pathway. Completion of a Pathway will be recognized in students' Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) and with a certificate at graduation. The Pathways are coordinated, sharing resources, ideas and the vision of encouraging careers with underserved, diverse communities.
Indian Health Pathway
The Indian Health Pathway provides unique educational experiences in the area of Indian health. The American Indian community is one of the most underserved minority groups in the nation. This pathway is for students who are interested in experience or becoming practitioners in urban and rural Native American communities.
Global Health Pathway
The Global Health Pathway provides medical students with the information and experiences necessary to practice in underserved communities worldwide. It is designed for students interested in research or clinical practice in resource-poor settings and with international communities.
The Underserved Pathway provides a general introduction to communities with health disparities--such as rural, homeless and various racial and ethnic groups. This pathway is for students who are considering underserved careers and want a broad exposure to underserved populations and settings.
Latinex Health Pathway
The Latinex Health Pathway provides medical students a unique educational opportunity in the area of Latinx health. This Pathway is for students interested in becoming practitioners in communities (urban or rural) with Hispanic populations.
LGBTQ Health Pathway
The goal of the LGBTQ Health Pathway is to provide a number of educational opportunities and experiences to medical students that will better prepare them to provide culturally responsive care for LGBTQ populations.
Black Health Justice Pathway
The Black Health Justice Pathway provides a curriculum that highlights the systemic oppression of Black people and its resulting socioeconomic and health sequelae. Provide medical students with the foundational knowledge to assess health inequities through a critical lens. Provide medical students with tools to advocate for health equity within the UWSOM, in Black communities throughout WWAMI, and in their future practices as physicians.