Medical students plunge into health disparities in underserved communities
Orientation program helps 1st-year students understand how inequities impact patientsHuy Mach, Gaia Remerowski
Before each new crop of medical students begins classes, the students participate in the Washington University Medical Plunge (WUMP). This week-long orientation program provides first-year students with an overview of the health-care and public-health landscape in St. Louis through lectures, site visits and service projects.
Students also take part in a bus tour of underserved communities, home to many patients these future doctors soon will see and help. The experience aims to expose students to health inequities and foster a better understanding of the social issues that affect many patients’ health and health-care access.
For more information about WUMP, visit the Office of Diversity Programs’ website.