Diversity Outreach Programs

diversity outreach programs

Bridging the Doctor Diversity Gap

There continues to be a big gap between the demographics of physicians and that of America as a whole. Quite simply, our doctors don’t come close to mirroring the growing ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of our citizenry. Yet studies show that greater diversity of practitioners leads to better patient health for underserved and lower-income populations.

As part of our mission to advance human health, NSU MD strives to bridge that gap. We are focused on enrolling a qualified diverse student body and employing top-tier faculty talent across diverse racial, ethnic, socio-demographic, geographies and backgrounds, particularly from populations underrepresented in medicine.

NSU is Ranked Among Top 10 in the U.S. for Hispanic and African American Graduates.

NSU is Ranked First in Doctoral Degrees Awarded to All Minorities.

Our Diversity Outreach

  • Proactive outreach to institutions with qualified graduates renowned for diverse student populations.
  • Targeted communications to potential students emphasizing NSU MD’s commitment to diversity and our numerous supportive organizations on campus.
  • Scholarships to support diverse students demonstrating academic excellence and financial need, with backgrounds or life experiences matching donor requirements and diversity goals.
  • Holistic admissions approaches that showcase a candidate’s experiences; obstacles overcome; service/healthcare commitment; and other characteristics, as well as academic record, to build a truer picture of potential.
  • Learning communities and mentors to support incoming students underrepresented in medicine.
  • Recognition/support of student leadership activities that actively promote and celebrate diversity.
  • Best practices to recruit and support the success of faculty in underrepresented groups.
  • Conducting searches that consistently identify and reach out to a widely diverse applicant pool.  

The NSU MD Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)


METAS: Medical Students Encouraging and Teaching Aspiring STEAM Students

The NSU MD Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Chapter has been established with the intent to develop a network of Hispanic/Latinx medical students at NSU MD with a central mission aimed at increasing the diversification of the South Florida medical community. We have partnered with Immaculata-LaSalle High School STEAM Program in Miami, Florida who has a predominantly Hispanic/Latinx student population to create METAS: Medical Students Encouraging and Teaching Aspiring STEAM Students, a mentoring and teaching program with the objectives of:

  • Provide students to information related to the variety of careers in healthcare and medical specialties.
  • Establish a mentorship collaboration, where high school students are mentored by medical students and faculty.
  • Provide students with skills to be successful in college and beyond.
  • Expose students with medical and clinical knowledge.
  • Inform students of significant health disparities affecting minorities and barriers minorities faced in healthcare.

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Inaugural NSU MD LMSA Executive Board. From left to right: Andrea Roca, Brian Macias Martinez, Jose Garcia, Darisel Ventura Rodriguez, Marla Fortoul, Adrian Alepuz, and Laura Molina

To execute these goals, students participate in a variety workshops, discussions, active-learning activities, and guidance, a resource often lacking for many minority students. The hope is to expand our mentoring and teaching initiative to other high schools with a focus on working with students from historically underserved areas.

The NSU MD Student National Medical Association (SNMA)



The NSU MD Student National Medical Association (SNMA) has been established with the following missions:

  • To serve as a credible and accurate source of information relevant to minority issues in the field of medical education.
  • To encourage and foster the development of minority faculty in order to increase the presence of minority mentors and biomedical researchers in academic health centers.
  • To evaluate and cultivate the necessary measures to eradicate practices in the field of health profession education that compromises the goal of providing quality education to minorities and women.

eric young      wasseem wahood 

        Eric Young (President)           Waseem Wahood (Vice President)


NSU MD SNMA Executive Board: Samantha Marazita, Ahraz Ahsan Rizvi, Qaas Shoukat, Nicole Thornton, Waseem Wahood, and Eric Young.