Summer Programs Information

UM Program Preps Youth for Healthcare Careers

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is committed by increasing diversity of future physicians. Known as the Miami Model for Health Professions Education Program, the objective of this initiative is to prepare high school and college students from underrepresented backgrounds successfully pursue a broad array of healthcare professions, including becoming a physician.

Stephen Symes, M.D., FACP, the Miller School of Medicine Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, along with Ms. Nanette Vega, Executive Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, jointly lead the Miami Model for Health Professions Education Program.

The Miami Model for Health Professions Education Program builds upon the lifelong work of Astrid Mack, Ph.D., formerly the Miller School’s associate dean for minority affairs. Dr. Mack played a pivotal role in helping hundreds of disadvantaged youths to secure productive healthcare careers. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion goals is to take Dr. Mack’s invaluable efforts to new heights, and is aided by operational funding from the Miller School of Medicine.

The Miami Model for Health Professions Education Program prepares underrepresented students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully compete for admission to, and graduation from, allied and health professional schools, especially medicine. The program has an amazing success rate to include, 100% of the High School Careers in Medicine Workshop Program participants graduate from high school and attend college, and 60% of participants in the Minority Students in Health Careers Motivation Program and Medical College Admission Test Preparation Program go on to medical school, while 30% continued onto various health professional programs.

An additional objective is to expose underrepresented students who may not be aware of the broad spectrum of vocational opportunities afforded by the healthcare profession. This is facilitated through established partnerships with several local schools and community-based organizations. Finally, the Miami Model for Health Professions Education Program offers a sequence of initiatives from the high school to the undergraduate, graduate level that enables more underrepresented students to progress from one stage of the healthcare-education continuum to the next. Such offerings include individual mentoring, portfolio development, diversity and inclusion training, and academic enhancement.

For more information, please contact us at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at (305) 243-7156 or at

Motivation Class of 2016 Reflecting on Lessons Learned

Every summer the University of Miami and the Office of Diversity welcomes talented minority high school and undergrad students, for rigorous coursework and mentorship focused on developing the future leaders in science and medicine.

We are delighted to share with you, a video they developed, reflecting lessons learned.