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Office of Medical Student Enrichment Programs and Office of Equity & Inclusion

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) is committed to increasing the number of physicians with diverse backgrounds and those who demonstrate a vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations locally and around the world via patient care, research and/or teaching.

Office of Medical Student Enrichment Programs (OMSEP)

The Office of Medical Student Enrichment Programs (OMSEP) was established to continue to broaden the scope of medical education beyond the core curriculum to include research, international, and community service opportunities. 

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 several areas including: International Medicine, Medical Humanities, or Community Research. Take a look at the following Abstract Journals* about past research projects medical students have completed.

International Education Exchange Programs

URSMD COVID-19 Response: At this time, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is not accepting applications or on-site international visiting students for the 2021- 2022 academic year.

International Electives for URSMD Students

URSMD medical students in Phase 3 or Phase 4 are able to participate in international electives at any of the institutions listed below. Students are also able to complete international electives at other institutions/organizations of their choosing.

  • Jagiellonian University Medical School - Krakow, Poland
  • National Taiwan University Medical College - Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Royal College of Surgeons - Ireland
  • Seoul National University College of Medicine - Seoul, South Korea
  • Universidad de Navarra Facultad de Medicina  - Pamplona, Spain
  • Universidad Nacional de San Augustin de Arequipa - Arequipa, Peru
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Facultad de Medicina San Fernando – Lima, Peru 


Electives for International Visiting Students

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

Community Service: Students of Rochester Outreach (SRO)

Students of Rochester Outreach (SRO) offer medical students the ability to work with the community or Rochester to better support and provide opportunities to individuals from all different backgrounds and lifestyles. These groups are led by medical students primarily or a URSMD faculty member.

Students of Rochester Outreach:

Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI)

Office of Equity and Inclusion: 

Pipeline Programs

We have a number of programs and resources for high school and college students, some of which are focused on increasing physicians and scientists who have diverse social, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Medical students have the opportunity to facilitate most of these programs. For more information, click here.

Affinity Groups

While at medical school, students benefit from peer support. Our Affinity groups are one way this support is given. These student led clubs reach particular groups of students and their allies at URSMD.

 Contact for inquiries about any of the following groups.

  • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
  • Rochester Medical Accessibility Coalition (RMAC)
  • Spectrum (LGBTQI)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Visiting Clerkship Program

Our Visiting Clerkship Program is designed to give students that are historically underrepresented in medicine (URiM) or who have demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations an opportunity to experience training at URMC. For more information, click here.

Contact Us

Students of Rochester Outreach:

Summer and Year Out Research (for currently enrolled medical students):

International Education Exchange Programs:

High School and Undergraduate Pipeline Programs:

Affinity Groups: