Junior Medical School wins diversity award

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s Junior Medical School has received one of the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Awards from Insight Into Diversity magazine.

Winners were selected on the basis of efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people from underrepresented groups to consider careers in the STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – fields through mentoring, teaching, research and successful programs and initiatives.

The Junior Medical School was created in 2016, with a goal of inspiring students to discover medicine, empower personal achievement and develop a network of peers and mentors. The program offers monthly and summer intensive programming to youth in Tarrant County.

“Building the pipeline of a diverse physician workforce is a shared effort among us, our local community and school district. We celebrate our responsibility to provide opportunity and improve access to medical education and are thrilled to receive this recognition as validation of our efforts,” Tara K Cunningham, Ed.D., associate dean of admissions and student diversity for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, said in a news release.

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The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is Fort Worth’s M.D. school, and is set to open with a class of 60 students in July 2019, pending accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. TCU and UNTHSC jointly formed the school in July 2015.