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.