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Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

Houston, Texas

The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach provides programs and activites aimed at increasing the enrollment and graduation of students underepresented in medicine.
The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach
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Improving Cultural Diversity

photo Dr. James L. Phillips, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Pediatrics

Dr. James L. Phillips, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Pediatrics

"There's just so much to be done...It's like trying to dry up the ocean with a sponge."

The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach is effectively increasing and maintaining the presence of those underrepresented in medicine within the student body at BCM. Under the leadership of Dr. James L. Phillips, senior associate dean and professor of Pediatrics, more than 900 URM’s applied to BCM in 2007; this is more than a three fold increase compared to the 240 URMs who applied in 1993. The goal is to allow increases such as this to continue through such programs as the following:

BCM Diversity Outreach Programs

Saturday Morning Science
SMS is a community outreach program aimed at motivating inner city kids from 7th through 12th grade to reach their highest potential. Saturday morning lectures take place on the BCM campus January through May. View program details!

Houston Premedical Academy
HPA is a partnership between the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. Selected DHSHP students interested in becoming physicians attend the undergraduate program and receive career and medical school selection guidance. Learn more about the HPA program.

Diversity in the Community

The Office of Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach participated in the 2008 Bright Futures Fair which is a unique and creative opportunity for the youth of Harris County to learn more about health, safety, and careers with bright futures in a fun-filled atmosphere that helps children ages six to fifteen visualize a promising future. BCM medical students hosted an interactive booth showing youngsters an interlocking model of the brain. Read more about our community outreach.

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