Dear Valued Participant,

This is a survey study exploring the various factors that influence underrepresented minority (URM) medical students’ medical specialty choice. In this study, underrepresented in medicine, as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), includes students who identify as Black/African-American, non-white Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian. The survey will be distributed to members of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Latin Medical Student Association (LMSA).

We would like to determine which factors are most influential to URM students when considering various specialties. This includes, but is not limited to, student level of debt, board scores, clinical grades as well as those factors that may be more unique to minority medical students, including racial stressors and microaggressions. This survey will help us identify the potential challenges URM medical students face as well as the various areas of need with respect to medical education and mentorship. We hope these findings will shed light on how to better support URM students and increase representation and diversity in medicine.

Participating in this survey study is completely voluntary. There is minimal risk associated with this study. The survey is completely anonymous and provided information will not be shared with the respondent's institution or residency programs. Your survey will not be linked with any identifiable information.

We ask that you complete the entire survey. The questionnaire can be completed in one sitting, in less than 7 minutes. Compensation will not be provided for participation in this survey.

Again, thank you for your participation!


Autumn Saizan, BS

Research Fellow

University of Southern California

Nada Elbuluk, MD, MSc

Associate Professor

Keck School of Medicine

University of Southern California

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