Health Equity Scholar Pathway


The Health Equity Scholar Pathway is an elective program offered through SIU School of Medicine that acknowledges the crucial importance of an integrated commitment of medical students and practitioners who pursue inclusive and bias-free medical education opportunities and make contributions to medical education scholarship and innovation. 

The pathway will provide professional learning in six identified program areas. Completion of the program will result in Health Equity Scholar distinction on residency applications (via ERAS) and the MSPE (Dean’s letter) Additionally, students will be recognized with a certificate at graduation. 

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Photo of 2021 commencement

Health Equity Scholar certification areas

  • Education
  • Research & discovery
  • Advancing patient care
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Social responsibility
  • Community service


The structure of the Health Equity Scholar Pathway consists of professional learning in several identified program areas. 

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Health Equity Scholar Pathways may also be obtained by the completion of coursework. 

Contact information

Please complete our form to register. For other questions or assistance, email