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OU Diversity Scholar Visiting Medical Student Elective

As a joint venture between the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center Department of Dermatology, we are pleased to offer the Diversity Scholar Visiting Medical Student Elective. This elective is seeking applicants who come from an underrepresented-in-medicine background and have demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations. Students must display genuine interest in exploring issues of social determinants of health, population medicine, access to care, and social justice as it relates to dermatology. We seek to increase diversity and cultural competency in the healthcare workforce and to promote interest in academic medicine.

Testimonials from past Diversity Scholar Recipients:


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  "My month-long experience with OU Dermatology solidified my goal to increase diversity within the field    of      dermatology. As a medical student of color, I believe it is important for dermatologists to be well-versed in      assessing and treating skin of color conditions." 

  - Sherifat Ademola, MS4, 2021 Diversity Scholar







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  "As I acclimated to the program, I was elated to see a wide diversity of patient presentations. These patients      allowed me to become more comfortable with complex medical histories. During my rotation, I gained many    important skills including how to complete a full-body skin exam, competency with a dermatoscope, and         notably how to perform skin biopsies." 

  - Mia Broughton, MS4, 2021 Diversity Scholar










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  "During my time at OU for the diversity scholar student elective, I rotated through a variety of clinics and worked    with multiple residents and faculty members. I was able to see patients, expand my dermatology knowledge and    skills, and build mentorships. I am very thankful to Dr. Allen and the other faculty who made me feel supported    and excited for a future in dermatology." 

  - Maureen Ezekor, MS4, 2019 Diversity Scholar








Amanda Arreola, MD  - Amanda Arreola, MS4, 2019 Diversity Scholar

Program FAQs

Who is Eligible to Participate

  • U.S. citizens
  • Economically disadvantaged or of a low socio-economic status (SES), or self-identifies as a member of a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in medicine relative to their numbers in the general population
  • Enrollment as a 4th year medical student at an LCME-accredited institution at the time of elective. Must have completed core rotations
  • Demonstrates commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations
  • A Step 1 score greater than 220 is highly encouraged

What are the Expectations of the Program?

  • Complete a four (4) week elective in clinical dermatology in Oklahoma City, OK
  • A stipend of $1500 will be provided to help cover housing, travel, food, and other living and associated expenses
  • Mentorship with select dermatology faculty members and residents to provide career and professional guidance as well as a personal connection to the community. Emphasis will be placed on the residency application process
  • Scholarly production of dermatologic issues related to skin of color and associated practice gaps as well as social determinants of health
  • Networking opportunities within the department and medical college at large
  • Participation in daily clinics and didactics and resident interaction

How do I Apply?

Please include the following in your application:

  • Submission of formal application on VSLO (Listed as Sub-I)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including USMLE Step 1 Score
  • Include self-identification of which underrepresented in medicine group you belong
  • Please answer the following supplemental questions:
  1. Describe your career goals.
  2. Why are you interested in an elective in dermatology at University of Oklahoma?
  3. Describe your commitment to promoting the health of diverse patient populations. How do you think social determinants of health impact patients in the specialty that you are choosing to pursue?
  4. What role should diversity play in the make-up of the healthcare workforce?

Please submit your application to:

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Applications are due 60-90 days before anticipated elective.

2022 Elective Dates:
Aug 1 - 26
Aug 29 - Sept 23
Sept 26 - Oct 21
Oct 24 - Nov 18

Multiple applicants may be accepted.