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ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative

The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) was created in 2003 to increase the participation of those underserved and underrepresented training in hematology-related fields and to increase their representation in the number hematologists with academic and research appointments.


MRI Impact Report

Celebrating 20 years of building pathways in the field of hematology for minorities, ASH’s Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) is proud to present the MRI Anniversary Impact Report. Browse to explore past award recipients and their success, view success data/metrics, and hear from founding MRI participants about the resounding impact of the program over the last 20 years and beyond.

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Minority Recruitment Initiative Programs

The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) is designed to offer an introductory mentored biomedical research experience to students in medical school.

The Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) provides support for minority resident physicians in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program to conduct hematology focused research.

The Minority Hematology Graduate Award (MHGA) provides support and offers exposure to academic hematology for doctoral students in their first, second, or third year of graduate school.

The Minority Graduate Student Abstract Achievement Award (MGSAAA) is designed to attract and/or retain PhD students to the field of hematology through the ASH annual meeting.

The Minority Hematology Fellow Award (MHFA) encourages junior researchers to pursue careers in academic hematology by providing research funding and mentorship over a two-to-three year period.

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASH-AMFDP) seeks to support the development of medical school faculty from historically marginalized backgrounds and enhance their influence as leaders, researchers, and advisors.

Featured Spotlight

Dr. Laura Michaelis interviews Dr. Rayne Rouce about her work with children as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, in the lab, her work with advocacy and promoting diversity in health care, and her passion for music that has led to a rap career inspiring youth.

Featured Spotlight

2018 ASH President Dr. Alexis Thompson has a conversation with Dr. Melody Smith about Dr. Smith's experience navigating the ASH career development and leadership pathways to help inspire aspiring hematologists and inform them of all the resources available through ASH.

Photos From Past Events


ASH would like to acknowledge the following companies for the educational grants provided in support of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative:

  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

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ASH Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of MRI

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The ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative (MRI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

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