ACG Committee on Minority Affairs & Cultural Diversity
Summer Scholars Program
Be a Research Mentor. Apply Today!
This eight-to-10-week program aims to engage medical students from underrepresented groups in research and mentorship.
by Renee L. Williams, MD, FACG
The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) is committed to diversity in our organization and the gastroenterology (GI) workforce. ACG recognizes the tremendous need to enrich our field with clinicians and scientists from underrepresented groups and cultivate a digestive health community that more accurately reflects our patient populations.
We, the Minority Affairs & Cultural Diversity Committee, believe that a formalized mentorship and research program is one pipeline to accomplish this. Thus, we are extremely excited to introduce the ACG Summer Scholars Program.
The ACG Summer Scholars program is an eight-to-10-week structured research experience for medical students from underrepresented groups. Two students will be chosen from the pool of applicants, paired with research mentors who share similar clinical and/or research interests, and awarded a $5,000 stipend.During the program, the students should also be exposed to shadowing opportunities in the inpatient and/or outpatient setting. At the end of the program, the students are required to submit a progress report and an abstract to a local, regional or national conference.
The committee is currently seeking ACG members interested in participating in the program. Faculty do not have to be from an underrepresented group (though faculty members from an underrepresented group are strongly encouraged to participate), but must be affiliated with an academic institution where their research is conducted.