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. One of the most rewarding aspects of your career will be working with patients of all cultures and backgrounds.
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 via patient care, research and/or teaching. As a result, CACHED was established to continue to broaden the scope of medical education beyond the classroom to include health, culture, and educational experiences with the goal of creating cross-culturally humble physicians. CACHED serves as a resource to bridge URSMD with local, national, and international communities.
- Fostering inquiry, advocacy, assessment and dialogue about diversity and international affairs
- Creating educational programs that address the issues and experiences of cultural humility
- Promoting the understanding the social, political, and economic determents of health through Speaker Bureaus, Cultural Celebrations, and student groups such as SNMA, APAMSA and Spectrum
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 CACHED 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)
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
International Education Exchange Programs
Electives for International Visiting Students
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. For more information, click here.
International Electives for URSMD Students
3rd and 4th year URSMD medical students are able to participate in international electives at any of the above mentioned institutions. At this time, there are no language requirements to complete electives in Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Poland. In order to complete electives at one of our international exchange schools, students must submit an application. For further details on this process, check the student handbook or email CACHED.
Students are also able to complete international electives at other institutions/organizations of their choosing. Please see the student handbook for more information or email CACHED.
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.
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.
Abstract Journals (with pdf links)
* Printed copies of Abstract Journals from past years are located outside the CACHED office.
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.
SRO Group Information
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.
Phone: (585) 275-4172
Fax: (585) 273-1016
Address: 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 601, Rochester, NY 14642
Adrienne L. Morgan, PhD
Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Diversity and Inclusion
Senior Director, Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics