About Tour for Diversity in Medicine
What We Do
Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D) educates, inspires, and cultivates the future generation of minority physicians, dentists, and pharmacists.
Conceived by former medical student leaders, T4D connects high school and undergraduate students with current minority physicians (allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric), dentists, pharmacists and medical students, all of whom serve as Tour mentors and facilitators.
Our bi-annual tours to colleges and universities across the US have engaged underrepresented minorities in interactive and informational sessions. Since 2012, we’ve visited 43 campuses and mentored more than 3500 students. We are proud to have visited a mix of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and community colleges.
Our virtual programs reach an even broader audience as we bring the same interactive experiences through online platforms.
Why This Work Is Important
The number of underrepresented minorities in medical schools (the 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) is alarming. There is a nationally recognized need for a more diverse health care workforce.
In 2009, the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, said of this issue: “Unless the current trend is reversed, our country will see a growing ethnic and racial disconnect between those who receive care and those who provide that care.”
T4D’s community of underrepresented minority physicians, dentists, pharmacists and medical students is committed to helping students be successful in achieving their dreams and joining the health professions.
To educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians, dentists, and pharmacists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need.
Advisors as Partners
In partnership with the National Association for the Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP), T4D invites all premedical advisors from host and surrounding institutions to take part in programming focused particularly on assisting and motivating. The single-day Educational Stops provide a great deal of information, but in no way supplant the education and counseling that focused and meaningful on-campus counseling is able to provide. Our mentors provide each student a brief glimpse into their future – their advisors keep them on that path to achievement.
In recognition of this relationship, the NAAHP and T4D seek to involve advisors with a passion for diversity, and will be offering future benefits for working with both organizations in the future. T4D pledges to continue to motivate and educate our new “mentees” after leaving each campus – and we hope that each advisor utilizes the resources of the T4D and the NAAHP to do the same.
Sustaining Sponsors are committed to the mission and vision of T4D and are involved with the growth and development of our dynamic programming.
Corporate Partners provide significant educational and programmatic support that enriches the opportunities for our students.
Our Advocates promote the mission of T4D and spread the word of our grassroots efforts.