Office of Minority and Rural Affairs Mission
The University of Louisville School of Medicine continually strives to ensure diversity and equal opportunity. Our mission is to provide an excellent educational and work environment that promotes an understanding and acceptance of the many differences related to race, gender, socioeconomic class, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities of individuals on our campus.
The School of Medicine has placed a major emphasis on increasing the number of students from racial/ethnic groups designated as underrepresented in medicine and students from rural counties designated as Health Professions Shortage Areas, who apply to medical school, matriculate and ultimately become practicing physicians.
In addition to recruiting students into the medical field, the department of Minority and Rural Affairs also encompasses the following:
1: Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
- Kentucky AHEC is a collaborative effort of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, the University of Kentucky Medical Center and eight regional centers. The AHECs work to improve the recruitment, distribution and retention of health care professionals (particularly in primary care) in medically underserved areas throughout the state commonwealth. Information on the AHEC program can be found on their website: www.louisville.edu/medschool/ahec.
2: The Post-baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program
- The University of Louisville offers a certificate program designed for career changers who majored in an area that did not allow them to take the necessary requirements for medical school admission. You will leave this program better prepared, more confident and a stronger medical school applicant. For more information, visit their website: http://louisville.edu/medschool/postbacpremed/
3: University of Louisville Physician Placement Service. This service has a goal of recruiting physicians for the entire Commonwealth with emphasis on rural and underserved areas. This service is a logical extension of the University of Louisville’s 150 year tradition of educating physicians. For more information, please visit their website: http://louisville.edu/medschool/mdjobs