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There are several opportunities housed within the University of Utah School of Medicine available to undergraduate students, medical students, and communities around the State of Utah that align with the goals of the School of Medicine's Exceptional Learning Experience (ELE) that promote professionalism, community, and meaningful relationships.

View the links below to learn more about each of the programs:


Genomics Summer Research for Minorities Internship (GSRM)

The Genomics Summer Research for Minorities (GSRM) internship provides a 10-week summer research program for undergraduate students interested in biosciences or bioinformatics with a focus on genomics research, including ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomics research.

Health Sciences LEAP Program

Heath Sciences LEAP (Learning, Engagement, Achievement, and Progress) is a four-year pipeline program designed to assist undergraduate University of Utah students who are interested in careers in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, or health become competitive applicants to health professions programs. Selected students are required to take one course each semester for 4 years.

Medical Admission Preparatory Program (MAPP)

The Medical Admissions Preparatory Program is designed to assist premedical students from underrepresented backgrounds prepare for the MCAT and strengthen their medical school application. 

The eight-week in person program is sponsored by the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OHEDI) at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Students are afforded opportunities in research, patient exposure, volunteer opportunities, the Kaplan course and writing seminar. Students are competitively selected in the spring for summer admission and upon selection are expected to attend weekly meetings with the cohort and staff advisors. 

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

PathMaker Scholars

The PathMaker Scholars Summer Research Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented students in biomedical cancer research and to encourage students to prepare for careers in research, medicine, and education.

The program sponsors students for a 10-week residential summer research experience, where they will live on campus, learn laboratory training techniques, and work on a project as indicated by a principal investigator in a university laboratory setting. Accepted students who successfully complete the program will automatically be accepted into the following year’s summer program without reapplying.

Pre-Admissions Workshop (PAW)

AAIP has longstanding partnerships with the Four Corners Alliance (University of Colorado, University of Utah, University of New Mexico, University of Arizona - Tucson, and University of Arizona - Phoenix) and University of Minnesota, Duluth to host annual Pre-Admission Workshops (PAW).

The PAW is an event held to bring together AAIP member physicians, AI/AN college students, public health professionals, university admissions professionals and other interested individuals with the goal of providing students with the information and skills necessary to succeed in the medical and health-profession school admission process.

Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE)

The Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program is a unique opportunity for medical students, providers, and the Utah community. RUUTE's learning experiences range from community outreach, becoming a preceptor, to learning experiences for medical students and residents. RUUTE also supports medical students and residents with wellness, housing and mileage reimbursement, application support and more. 

The RUUTE program has developed a K-12 outreach pipeline where the RUUTE team visits K-12 schools in rural and/or underserved areas of Utah to help young students gain interest in the health sciences and provide them with learning experiences they may otherwise not have. One of the biggest goals this program is to help kids interested in the health sciences nurture and cultivate their interests wherever it may take them, showing the many opportunities out there for them within the health sciences.

The Utah Rural Outreach Program (UROP) is a student-run organization that delivers health science learning experiences to K-12 students around Utah. This opportunity allows medical students to practice teaching, provide hands-on instruction to students with dissections, and provide insight on the pathway to being in medical school. Trips occur during winter and spring breaks.

Medical students visit high schools, middle schools, or elementary schools in rural or underserved locations in Idaho with the intent to spark the students’ interest in medicine and the health sciences. 

The Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) program has worked to develop a 10-week research experience for undergraduate students.

The emphasis of this program is to provide research opportunities for students from rural and underserved areas throughout Utah and provide opportunities for students to work on projects emphasizing rural and underserved health.


Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

SPUR provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. The program provides opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of disciplines.