Summer Underrepresented Minority Medical Student Research (SUMMR) Program

At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), delivering high-quality care to our diverse patient population and their families is our top priority. In an effort to meet the needs of our patients, we continually strive to create a workforce that reflects the richness of our patients’ diversity. We strongly believe that diversity in our faculty, trainees and staff directly contributes to clinical and research breakthroughs and to culturally competent, family-centered care.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Summer Underrepresented in Medicine Medical student Research (SUMMR) program aims to increase diversity in the next generation of clinicians and scientists. This program encourages the participation of underrepresented in medicine summer scholars (African-American, Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Natives) who will spend time in both clinical and research environments working with international experts in pediatric care and child health research.

Each summer scholar will receive access to online lectures and virtual events for the 8-week summer experience. Select scholars will be invited to join in person and those selected will be eligible to receive a $4,000 stipend for their in-person participation. We are offering a varied array of experiences across the Departments of Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry, Pathology and Critical Care Medicine/Anesthesia.  Scholars will have the opportunity to meet with the leaders of our Pediatric Residency Program as well as resident and fellow trainees during their time at CHOP. Eligible students must be enrolled in U.S. medical schools and must be U.S. citizens.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Notifications of acceptances will be announced in early April 2022. 


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“CHOP is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive biomedical research, clinical, and administrative workforce on our campus, in our satellite facilities, and in the greater academic community. This commitment is exemplified by our many efforts surrounding pipeline programs that support diverse scholars, our focus on diversity health initiatives, and outreach to the diverse community that we serve in Philadelphia and beyond. Diversity is celebrated throughout the institution, and employee resources are in place to foster an inclusive environment. CHOP is committed to providing the best possible care and attention to all of our patients and families, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, dietary, spiritual, or socio-economic background.” — Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD


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