The ASPIRE Student Experience 

Aspire student working in the lab

Students will begin the program in summer 2022 spending 10 weeks (40 hours a week) conducting research with a principal investigator (PI).  The PI and the student may choose to extend the experience to two summers while working with program coordinator to explore alternate forms of funding.

Undergraduate student learning experiences include the following:

  • Assignment to a principal investigator
  • Longitudinal mentorship with physicians, researchers, graduate students and professional students

  • Learning modules geared towards increasing students’ understanding of health equity, systemic racism and discrimination, bias elimination and gender equality

  • Membership in a student organization, such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) or the Student National Medical Association Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (SNMA-MAPS)

Sample Courses:

Each week of the summer, students attend sessions to learn from physicians and professionals across The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children's Hospital and more. Past sessions include:

  • Affirming Care for LGBTQ+ Patients
  • Treating Muslim Patients
  • Medical School Admissions 101
  • Technology Implementation in Healthcare
  • Gender Affirming Care and Surgery for Transgender Patients
  • Personal Statement Workshop
  • Housing Discrimination and Health Equity
  • A Conversation with our Dean Carol Bradford, MD, MS, FACS


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