The Office of Scholastic Enrichment and Equity (OSE2) provides underrepresented students with direct academic, social, and professional support and development.
We believe this to be true: “Differences do not equal deficiencies, they equal opportunities to learn.”
OSE2 seeks to prepare future leaders in their overall development. Through exposure we hope to develop and enhance their cultural knowledge, critical analysis and thought processes, resiliency, self-efficacy, group dynamics and interpersonal skills, communication and conflict management skills to aid them in their pursuit as leaders of equity and humanitarianism in the world of medical education and healthcare while fostering an environment conducive to their well-being.
We strive to: “Enrich our learning community, develop our students’ ability to save lives, and develop their abilities to keep communities living.”
The Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity offers these main programs and initiatives specifically targeted toward minorities and underrepresented students who are interested in health and allied health professions.
Each summer, our Medical Education Development (MED) program provides an opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds to experience the rigors of the medical school curriculum while shadowing physicians, developing clinical skills through patient simulation, and participating in professional development seminars designed to enhance the student’s appreciation for and deepen their understanding of the medical professions.
The Office of Scholastic Enrichment & Equity actively recruits throughout the state and the country at various recruitment fairs and presentations to pre-health clubs to recruit for the MED program. In addition, our office hosts visiting school groups from the K-12th grade level leading educational workshops to expose students to various aspects of the health professions and provide student and administrative information panels for college groups who wish to visit our campus. We also host an open house each fall for students interested in attending medical or dental school and/or the MED program. Staff is also available to meet individually with students regarding their journey to medicine/dentistry.
See dates that our office will be recruiting:Important Dates
Our office supports one of the largest Student National Medical Association chapters in the country. A diverse group of energetic and committed leaders, our SNMA supports and impacts the local community through health education fairs, community outreach through the Share-Your-Christmas Drive, HIV Awareness Campaign, and helps staff a local soup kitchen. In addition, SNMA also provides mentorship, education, and inspiration to elementary and high school students interested in medicine through pipeline programs. These programs allow students from surrounding communities to learn about the sciences and careers in the medical field on the campus of UNC School of Medicine.
Our office supports one of newest Latino Medical Student Association Chapters, established in the Fall of 2013. The LMSA UNC Chapter’s primary goal is to gather students of all backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate levels alongside physicians, to work together on improving the health of the Latino community.
The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) at the UNC School of Medicine is a student-run organization that strives to represent Muslim students at UNC, foster campus and community-wide engagement with Islam and Muslims, and provide Muslim students with a community for both academic and spiritual support.
We have numerous projects in the works, thanks to our hard-working members and allies throughout the allied health services of UNC. Throughout each medical school year, we strive to share several talks with medical students and faculty, including how to be an LGBTQ+ ally, living as an LGBTQ+ physician, the endocrinology of transitioning, how to counsel patients on safe sex practices, and more. We also continue to be deeply involved in the ongoing evolution of the UNC SOM curriculum in order to work with faculty and address LGBTQ+ health education in both the pre-clinical and clinical years.
One of the core programs of OSE2 is the Medical Education Development (MED) program. The MED Program was established in 1974 to increase opportunities in the health professions for underrepresented minority (URM) students. These students demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but have lacked the opportunity in the past in moving toward their professional goals.