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Applications are due 60-90 days before date of anticipated elective.

One applicant selected per each 1-month elective.

2023 Elective Dates:

July 31 - Aug 25
Aug 28 - Sept 22
Sept 25 - Oct 20
Oct 23 - Nov 17

OU Diversity Scholar Visiting Medical Student Elective

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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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2022 Diversity Scholar Recipients

"It was an amazing experience rotating with the OU Dermatology Team and I am grateful for such a warm welcome. This rotation helped to highlight the many dermatologic needs of patients of skin of color, and I hope to emulate one day the exemplary medical care that I observed from both faculty and residents. In addition to the excellent mentorship of Dr. Allen and Dr. Levin, it was a joy to increase my clinical dermatologic skills and knowledge in a supportive environment. I am so grateful to have been awarded the OU Dermatology Diversity Elective Scholarship and thank the OU Dermatology Team for making this memorable experience possible."

- Daniel Eli Luna, MS4, 2022 Diversity Scholar

"I truly enjoyed my away rotation with the OU dermatology team. During my month-long experience, I was able to rotate through the various clinics such as complex dermatology and cosmetics. All the residents and faculty were so gracious and provided invaluable teaching throughout the day. This rotation expanded my dermatology knowledge and clinical skills set. I am grateful that I was awarded the Diversity Elective Scholarship and I am especially thankful to Dr. Allen and Dr. Levin for their amazing mentorship."

- Christy Nwankwo, MS4, 2022 Diversity Scholar

2021 Diversity Scholar Recipients


2019 Diversity Scholar Recipients


Program FAQs

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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 or DO equivalent, 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 passing Step 1 score is required with no prior failures.

What are the Expectations of the Program?

  • Complete a four (4) week elective in clinical dermatology in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • A stipend of $2000 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:

  • Curriculum Vitae, including USMLE Step 1 Score Report.
  • Include self-identification of which underrepresented in medicine group you belong to.
  • 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. Discuss how social determinants of health impact patients in Dermatology?
  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.

2023 Elective Dates:
July 31 - Aug 25
Aug 28 - Sept 22
Sept 25 - Oct 20
Oct 23 - Nov 17

One applicant selected per each 1-month elective.