Students and Pathways

Michigan Medicine’s Pathways programs support students by providing diverse opportunities at every level of education. The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) offers programming for students at each step along the health science and medical career pathway, including middle school, high school, undergraduate education, and medical school and graduate education. 

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Empowering students on their journey to healthcare professions
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K-12 Programs

OHEI offers all-day events, as well as multi-week programs, to K-12 learners, exposing youth to the University of Michigan and Michigan Medicine and introducing them to various medical departments and healthcare professions.

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Undergraduate Programs

OHEI offers two multi-week summer programs to undergraduate students and recent graduates who are interested in exploring biomedical research and/or applying and gaining admission to medical school.

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Medical School Programs

OHEI offers programming and support to University of Michigan medical students, including leadership programs, faculty mentors, and sponsorship of student organizations.

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Upcoming DEI Events
Curtis Center Art for Equity Contest: What does Health Equity mean to Future Leaders?
The Curtis Center will be hosting a creative Art for Equity (video, poems, audio, photobook, etc.,) contest for undergraduate students to showcase what health equity means to them. Our event will be an awards ceremony to announce the top 3 winners (with a prize), scored based on a predetermined criteria. Winners will receive a cash prize.
Zero Hunger Food Distribution
This initiative between Kroger's Zero Hunger Zero Waste Youth Advisory Council Member and Maggie's Marketplace aims to not only provide food to individuals in need but also create a supportive environment for community members. In addition to the food distribution, social workers will be present to connect individuals with various community resources.
Environmental Justice Impact on Health Disparities
Fundamental parts of human health and well-being include clean air, clean and adequate water, and protection from chemicals. Yet, many in our community are impacted by a lack of these resources, leading to increased health risks. Join us for an impactful session delving into the critical intersection of environmental justice and healthcare outcomes.
Take a Nature Break with Nature Rx- Morning Event
Take a break and learn more about the benefits of nature for well-being and healing through Michigan’s own Nature Rx program! Meet at one of two hospital locations, then navigate to the Arb–or meet at the Arb. After a mini-session on what Nature Rx is and how to navigate the app, we will head outside. Participants will have an opportunity to practice activities to direct focus to nature and experience its benefits.
Program for Equity in Adolescent and Child Health (PEACH) work-in-progress session
Maria Shakour Skoczylas, MD, a clinical assistant professor in Pediatrics-Hospitalists, will present on her project exploring whether newborns are equitably drug screened.
Take a Nature Break with Nature Rx- Afternoon Event
Take a break and learn more about the benefits of nature for well-being and healing through Michigan’s own Nature Rx program! Meet at one of two hospital locations, then navigate to the Arb–or meet at the Arb. After a mini-session on what Nature Rx is and how to navigate the app, we will head outside. Participants will have an opportunity to practice activities to direct focus to nature and experience its benefits.
LGBTQ+ Parents' Experiences Accessing Health Care for their Children with Developmental Disabilities
In this Bioethics Grand Rounds, Emilee Coulter-Thompson, DrPH, LMSW presents published research on the impact of health care bias and discrimination on LGBTQ+ parents' and their children with developmental disabilities in the U.S. This event is hosted by the U-M Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), and continuing education credits are available.
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Pride Pin Initiative, School of Nursing
This event will explore how wearing Pride Pins in a healthcare setting have impacted patient’s experiences based on anonymous student submissions.
MICHR Community Engagement Showcase: Connecting Academics & Communities in Research
Learn how we support you in building bridges, breaking barriers, and connecting through partnered research.