There is a strong sense of urgency in the concept of “convergence science” concerning education and training where ideas from partners in other disciplines and settings across the globe are integrated into a meaningful academic curriculum.

Our Initiatives

The Department of Surgery is committed to programmatic development that inspires and supports faculty members and trainees to participate in all levels of outreach. Academic institutions play a critical role in the setting of scientific, academic and social projects that are fully integrated with local, national, and global initiatives. 

"The Michigan Promise isn't about one vision. It's about everybody having equal opportunity to achieve their potential, not just here but throughout the entire world."

Dr. Matthew J. Delano

Education Outreach

Leadership Exposure for the Advancement of Gender and Underrepresented Minority Equity in Surgery (LEAGUES)

This program for aims to promote leadership exposure for the advancement of gender and underrepresented minority equity in surgery. Faculty members and residents have the opportunity to mentor fellows through research projects, get involved in fellowship administration. Contact the LEAGUES leadership team at leagues-fellowship@umich.edu for more information. 


This medical student surgery interest group is focused on providing intentional support for students underrepresented in surgery and creating a culture of collaboration, inclusivity, and empowerment. Faculty members and residents have the opportunity to teach technical skills, mentor medical students through research projects, serve on a panel for the Diversity in Surgery series. Contact the SCRUBS leadership team at scrubslead2021@umich.edu for more information.

Doctors of Tomorrow

The Doctors of Tomorrow program is a partnership between Detroit’s Cass Technical High School, the University of Michigan Medical School, and the Department of Surgery in which high school students from underrepresented communities in medicine work with faculty members, medical students and residents to prepare for a career in healthcare. Opportunities include serving as physician mentor, leading educational session, serve on a panel for medical student Q&A, and creating video content. Contact the Doctors of Tomorrow leadership team at dot-leaders@umich.edu for more information.

Community Outreach

Health equity, Opportunity, Pathways, and Education (HOPE) Collaborative 

The Impacting HOPE Collaborative analyzes and enhances systems to increase health equity, opportunity, pathways, and education for children and families who have been traditionally excluded from medicine and quality care. The collaborative is building a contemporary, proactively anti-racist framework to connect and expand resources and partner with local and national community agencies, public health officials, school systems and existing programming at the University of Michigan. Opportunities include attending the annual symposium and becoming an advisor, volunteer or mentor. 

Michigan Women's Surgical Collaborative (MWSC)

The MWSC is a group in the Department of Surgery that aims to find tools to support the success of women and underrepresented minorities through research and outreach, including an annual conference that brings together surgical faculty members and residents from across the country. Opportunities include attending events such as the annual conference and webinars. Contact the MWSC leadership team at MichiganWomensSurgical-Collaborative@med.umich.edu for more information. 

Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI)

The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion at Michigan Medicine develops systems and initiatives to support and promote inclusion, diversity and cultural sensitivity among faculty, students and staff at Michigan Medicine. Opportunities include participating in M-DINE, which offers small-group dinners hosted by various senior Michigan Medicine leadership throughout the year. Contact OHEI at oheiadmin@umich.edu for more information.

Global Outreach

Global REACH

This University of Michigan group partners with faculty members and students in the University of Michigan Medical School who are participating in international partnerships focused on promoting health, research, and education. Opportunities also the Global Health Research Certificate program. Contact the Global REACH leadership team at globalreach@umich.edu for more information.

Michigan Center for Global Surgery

This center in the Department of Surgery aims to reduce barriers of access to basic surgical care globally through clinical care, education, innovation, research, and advocacy. Opportunities include participating in capacity building projects at one of our collaboration platforms in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Sierra Leone, or Taiwan.

Student Associations

In addition to the programs that the Department of Surgery offers, the University of Michigan offers a large number of student associations in which trainees can participate. Trainees that participate in these groups can attend national conferences and health fairs to assist in resident recruitment. Examples of some associations include: