Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Health Administration


College of Health Professions

First Advisor

Jami Jones

Second Advisor

Kit N. Simpson

Third Advisor

Willette Burnham-Williams


There is a constant need for diversity in the physician workforce, which means that there is also a critical need to diversify the medical school population. The Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body of all U.S. medical schools monitors the compliance of medical education programs with recognized accepted standards including includes diversifying the physician workforce through pipeline programs and partnerships. The objective of this project is to evaluate outcomes of the Medical University College of Medicine’s Summer Institute (SI) program and the Postbaccalaureate Reapplication Program (PREP) in matriculating and retaining underrepresented minorities (URM) in medicine students. Out of one-hundred and thirty-five underrepresented in medicine pipeline program participants between 2006-2016, sixty-two (46%) successfully graduated from the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Data suggest that the PREP and SI pipeline programs are effective in matriculating minority students to medical school and retaining them to graduation. Future studies should evaluate the effectiveness pipelines programs and include additional variables to identify the specialties of medical school graduates and variable to determine if they are working in underserved areas.


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