Mission: To educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need.
- To promote medicine and dentistry to undergraduate students of racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities in medicine as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- To host sessions on university campuses focusing on premedical academic achievement, the application process, and other skills necessary for success in the medical and dental fields.
- To partner with key players in the academia, health care, and education.
- To involve enthusiastic health professionals and health professional students as workshop facilitators and mentors.
Conceived by former medical student leaders, Tour for Diversity in Medicine is a grassroots effort to educate, inspire, and cultivate future minority physicians and dentists. Current trends in racial and ethnic health care disparities are widely documented and a major focus of many recent federal and state health policy changes. One frequently discussed solution is the need to increase the number of minority providers. The numbers of underrepresented minorities in medical schools (those racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population – African-American, Hispanic, and Native American) are alarming. T4D seeks to address this concern by using the experiences and advising of current minority physicians, dentists, and medical students to help undergraduate students along the educational pipeline to medical/dental school.