ASPO's Pediatric ENT Rotation Program for Minority Medical Students

Purpose: The purpose of the ASPO URM Pediatric ENT Rotation program is to introduce medical students from under-represented minorities to pediatric otolaryngology. The program has been endorsed by the AAO-HNS Diversity Committee.

Targeted group: To be eligible, the medical student must be a member of an underrepresented minority group. The term “Under-represented minority” is defined by the AMA and AAMC as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population”. This includes traditionally defined underrepresented minority groups, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and mainland Puerto Ricans, in addition to other minority groups.

Mini-mentorship Description:
Regional: The awardee(s) will be assigned to a host program relatively close to their medical school program in order to minimize travel expenses. Participants will be expected to drive to their assigned mentorship location, if appropriate. Various programs have been identified as acceptable URM rotation sites in as many states as possible. Although participants will have the option of air travel to reach mini-mentorship sites, the maximum reimbursement is $750 per participant (in excess of lodging and meals).

Mentor responsibilities: At the participating host locations, one member of the faculty (an ASPO member) will be responsible for ensuring that the attendee sees a variety of pediatric ENT cases and specialty clinics; including multi-specialty clinics such as feeding teams, voice clinics, sleep apnea clinics, and airway clinics. The medical student will report to this assigned staff member and receive an overview of the plans for the 5-day rotation. 

Length: The URM Pediatric ENT rotation will last 5 business days.

Observation only: This will be “observation only” and will not require that the medical student obtain clinical privileges at the participating institution.

Funding: ASPO will provide funds for the following, with the provision of receipts.

  • Up to 5 nights of lodging in a hotel ($200 per night maximum)
  • Cost for gas and parking
  • Meal stipend of $25 per day

Available funding from ASPO will not exceed $750 total for each participant.

Evaluations: Both the attendee and the assigned mentor at the participating institution will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the 5 day program.

A maximum of 6 applicants will be awarded the grants per year.