Thanks to Providence Foundations of Oregon and other Providence partners, college students from underserved communities are being mentored and supported as they apply to medical school. This program helps train future doctors, especially those with diverse backgrounds.

Not only is there a national shortage of physicians and providers, there is an even greater need for providers from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Providence recently partnered with the Portland-based program MedStaircase  to help mentor and support future diverse health care experts. 

For two weeks in August 2022, six MedStaircase pre-medical students worked with Providence clinical leaders and teams in both primary and specialty care. The students were able to observe Providence providers and care teams, develop mentor relationships with physicians, and create experiences that can help in their medical school applications.

It was a Providence team effort to bring the MedStaircase students here. Key partners included the PMG Education Department, Providence Foundations of Oregon, executive leaders and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

“For pre-medical students who come from under-represented backgrounds, there can be many barriers to achieving their dream of attending medical school,” says Brinton Clark, M.D., residency program director for Providence Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Portland Medical Center. “Our goal is to stay connected to these students as they continue their journey to medical school, and to hopefully see them return to Providence as physicians.”  

Working with the MedStaircase students is a wonderful opportunity to help grow the diversity of future, health care professionals of tomorrow. “Our commitment to expanding the diversity in our workforce, especially our clinicians, will not be possible without deepening partnerships with diverse professional organizations like MedStaircase,” says Anthony Herrington, chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer for Providence Oregon. 


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