The Health Professions Advising (HPA) office, in alignment with the College's Diversity Strategic Plan, is committed to an inclusive and supportive student experience. We are undertaking a number of initiatives that will provide additional assistance to students who have traditionally been underrepresented in medicine (URM), those at a disadvantaged socioeconomic status and those who are first-generation college students.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) defines URM as racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population. Socioeconomically disadvantaged (SED) and first-generation students are determined based on the occupation and education of a student's family or guardians.

In addition to seminars, mentoring, and professional development opportunities for our students, our office will be creating online guides on the College website and in Canvas to ensure that our underrepresented students have a broad means of receiving support that can be critical to their acceptance to and success in medical school.

We thank our partners in this effort: the faculty on the College's PreHealth Advisory Committee (PHAC), the Muhlenberg Minority PreHealth Society (MPHS) and also the students from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University/St. Luke's "Minorities to Medicine Pathways Program."