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Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows

Penn State College of Medicine’s Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) is a network of diverse residents and fellows representing all specialties.

NURF is sponsored by Penn State Health’s Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity in the residency and fellowship programs through community involvement, mentorship with diverse faculty, professional networking, and support of recruitment of diverse medical students into the residency programs.

The group is open to residents and fellows who are part of an underrepresented group as well as those who wish to advocate for minority/underserved communities.

Learn more about underrepresented groups in medicine via the AAMC

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Learn More about NURF

Community Involvement and Outreach Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine recognizes the value of serving the local diverse community, including providing medical care at neighborhood clinics and events, participating in high school enrichment/outreach programs and providing proactive health guidance to members of the local community.

Events include:

  • Supporting efforts at Bethesda Mission
  • Participation and attendance at community health fairs and exhibits
  • Sponsorship of community health forums for diverse communities
  • Partnership with community groups and advocates to promote health equity for diverse individuals
Mentorship Expand answer

The College of Medicine encourages partnerships between colleagues and with faculty and fosters a climate of growth.

Through mentorships, residents and fellows have the potential of contributing to research partnerships, finding networking opportunities and supporting aspiring physicians in the local community.

Activities include:

  • Assisting diverse medical students with residency mock interviews and residency application workshops
  • Providing virtual shadowing opportunities for pre-medical and medical students
  • Advocating for research in health disparities
Events Expand answer

Penn State Health and College of Medicine consist of a diverse community representing physicians in a number of medical specialties in multiple hospitals as well as in a number of medical practices.

The goal of NURF is to provide support to diverse residents and fellows from a social perspective as well as from a personal and professional growth perspective. To carry out this goal, the network hosts events such as:

  • Financial planning lecture series
  • Welcome reception for new residents and fellows
  • Social events with diverse physicians and faculty

Upcoming events are listed here as available.

Recruitment Expand answer

The resident and fellow network is committed to increasing the representation of individuals from diverse backgrounds within the medical profession, including networking with the College of Medicine’s partner schools, Lincoln University (Pennsylvania), Hampton University (Virginia), Jackson State University (Mississippi) and Xavier University (Louisiana).

The resident network also participates in recruitment efforts through Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association.

For Details

To learn more about NURF, email or call 717-531-1012.

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