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Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity (CACHED)

No matter where we’re from, what language we speak, or our economic status, we all need health care. And one of the most rewarding aspects of your career will be working with patients of all cultures and backgrounds. CACHED is dedicated to creating physicians who are culturally humble—who understand the challenges faced by diverse populations.

CACHED prepares you by immersing you in cultural experiences outside of the classroom.

  • Community Service
    Help underserved populations. Form meaningful relationships. These opportunities go beyond what you will learn in a textbook—and help you grow into the kind of physician these communities need.
  • Research Programs
    Explore what excites you. From international medicine to medical humanities, you can get involved in what matters most to you. Our research experiences are meant to complement your interests. We offer local, national, and international options.


  • Fostering inquiry, advocacy, assessment and dialogue about diversity and international affairs
  • Creating educational programs that address issues and experiences of diverse populations
  • Promoting the understanding of the social, political, and economic determents of health through Speaker Bureaus, Special Interest Groups, and Cultural Celebrations
  • Forming outstanding educational pipeline programs and initiatives for those who face social, economic, and educational challenges that thwart their achievement such as the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF) Program
  • Forming and/or maintaining hands-on experiences beyond the classroom that broaden student perspectives on health, human illness, and problems of human suffering in local and global underserved communities
  • Constructing internal and external institutional partnerships to address issues and provide educational experiences regarding diversity, international medicine, research, and community outreach
  • Collaborating with Alumni Affairs to maintain and establish relationships with graduates with an emphasis on those from underrepresented groups

International Medicine

We are currently only accepting applications from students chosen by the coordinators of the schools listed below. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry does not offer elective experiences to non-exchange program international medical students.

Research Programs

Offering our students diverse year-out or summer research experiences locally, national, or internationally is at the cornerstone of URSMD’s mission to create experiences that complement our student’s varied interests. Students can conduct research in the following areas: International Medicine, Basic Science, Clinical, Translational, Medical Humanities, or Community research.

External Research Opportunities

Abstract Journals

Contact Us

For general inquiries:
Call: (585) 275-4172
Fax: (585) 273-1016
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 601
Rochester, NY 14624

Adrienne L. Morgan, PhD
Senior Director
Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity
Assistant Professor
Division of Medical Humanities
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry