Tulane Urology (PIPE) Scholar Program

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PIPE Scholars

     We are aware that the representation of minorities in the field of urology is sorely lacking.  When it comes to African Americans and Latinos, despite constituting a significant portion of our population, the number of urologists is approximately 5% to 6% of the total urologists in the United States. We are trying to correct some of this imbalance by stimulating URiM (underrepresented in medicine) students to take an interest in medicine, join a medical school, and hopefully pursue urology as a career.
     Tulane Urology has taken the lead by initiating the PIPE (Purposeful Infrastructure Promoting Equality) Scholars Program. For this, we receive applications from individuals who have completed two years of college and who show an interest in a medical career. After applicants are interviewed, two are chosen to participate in the summer. During the program, our scholars will learn basic science research and shadow faculty in the urology clinic at Tulane University Hospital. We are hoping that such PIPE programs will be established around the country so as to bring about a sense of equity not only in medicine but specifically in the much-needed field of urology.



Our scholars for the summer of 2022 (June-July) were Brooke Turner (from Howard University, Washington, D.C.) and Sydney Ambrose (from Xavier University, New Orleans).



Our scholars for the summer of 2023 (June-July) were Shaylyn Cothron and Soon Ja Elzey (both from Xavier University, New Orleans).