White Coats for Black Lives Fellowship

The Behavioral Science Department (BSC) in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky recognizes political and social inequalities that have not only created significant health disparities among Blacks in the U.S., but have led to healthcare inequalities experienced by Blacks in the U.S. due to historical explicit bias and contemporary implicit bias across the healthcare system. Furthermore, there is a severe national shortage of physician-leaders who are committed to the health of underserved communities. Blacks represent 14% of the U.S. population, yet account for just 4% of its physicians. As such we are proud to offer the BSC White Coats for Black Lives (WCBL) Fellowship award to qualified incoming first-year medical students with the goal of enhancing their understanding of health disparities, political and social inequalities, and healthcare inequities experienced by Blacks in the U.S. The fellowship experience will enhance medical school training and enable students to be better prepared to care for the underserved patient population of Blacks in the U.S.

The deadline to submit your application and all supplemental materials is May 30, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.  Please submit all applications and supporting materials as a single pdf file and emailed to afern2@uky.edu. Please include your full name and BSC WCBL 2021 in the subject line of your email when submitting your application. The file name for your application should be: Your Last Name, Your First Name, BSC WCBL Fellowship 2021.pdf.  Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to afern2@uky.edu by the letter’s author. The letters must be submitted as a pdf file on official letterhead. All letters should have the applicants name as part of the file name and in the subject line of the email. The file name for all letters of recommendation should be submitted as follows: Applicants Last Name, Applicants First Name, LOR Author’s Last Name. Recommendations sent as an email will not be accepted. Further application instructions will be provided in early Spring 2021 and application submissions will be accepted May 1 - May 30, 2021