The recruitment and matriculation of under represented minorities (URM) in medicine is a goal for both the AAMC and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). It is important to recruit physicians from ethnic groups that are under represented in medicine currently for many reasons, including establishing a workforce that mirrors the population and also to spread cultural competency.

To accomplish this goal, the Levi Watkins Jr. Premedical Conference seeks to:

  • Increase the preparedness of URM premedical students entering the medical school application process through information sessions and workshops covering major application areas.
  • Increase the competitiveness of URM applicants through exposure to summer research and clinical opportunities.
  • Facilitate mentorship between URM medical students and pre-medical students.
  • Provide information about other doctoral level careers in the medical field

This conference is named in honor of Dr. Levi Watkins Jr, the first African-American graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM).