The Underrepresented Minorities in Pediatric GME learning community, in collaboration with the APPD Board, is proud to announce that we are taking applications for the second cohort of residents to participate in the APPD AIMS (Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholars) Program. Deadline for application submission is January 10, 2021 (11:59 pm EST).

What is the AIMS Program?

The AIMS Program provides professional development and mentorship with the objective of exposing underrepresented in medicine pediatric residents to the APPD community, and careers in pediatric medical education, earlier in their training with the goal of increasing diversity in pediatric medical education leadership.

Program Features

  • AIM Scholars programming the day prior to the Spring APPD meeting, including
    • Overview of careers in medical education
    • Panel discussions
    • Speed mentoring
    • Networking with APPD leadership and members
  • Paired with a faculty mentor outside of your institution who is a member of the URM in Peds GME learning community
  • Attend the Spring APPD meeting, including the URM in Peds GME learning community meeting during the conference

The application process is web-based and requests:

  • 2nd year categorical pediatric resident or 3rd year resident in a combined pediatrics program in good standing at a residency program that is a member of APPD
  • Underrepresented in medicine: as defined by the AAMC, “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population”
  • Required to attend the pre-conference and spring APPD meeting
  • Complete online application

Application Requirements

  • Demographic information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Short essay questions,
    • Why are you interested in applying for this program? How does it align with your future career goals and specific interest in medical education?
    • What specific goals or skill sets would you like to gain from this program?
    • What skill sets and/or perspectives do you bring to this program?
  • Letter of recommendation from your Residency Program Director
  • Letter of recommendation from another Pediatric Faculty Member at your institution

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Current Cohort

APPD Aims 2020 Cohort

AIMS Program Leadership

Lahia Yemane Headshot

Lahia Yemane, MD

Director (2020-2022)
Associate Program Director, Stanford
Emma Omoruyi Headshot

Emma Omoruyi, MD, MPH

Chair, URM in Peds GME LC
Associate Program Director, UTHSC Houston

Donations may be made to the APPD Advancing Inclusiveness in Medical Education Scholarship (AIMS) for Underrepresented Minorities in Pediatric Medical Education Fund.