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      We appreciate your feedback on our report and your insight into the importance of diversity in medicine. We agree that numerous barriers diminish the chance of applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (URiM) successfully matching into a urology residency position. To address these limitations, such as lack of close connection with a physician and lack of mentorship, Urology Unbound, through our pipeline program, the R Frank Jones Urology Interest Group (RFJUIG), is expanding opportunities for these students. This academic year, we established an official peer mentorship program consisting of ‘family’ units comprised of volunteer urology attendings, residents, and medical students. The goal was to develop a longitudinal, bi-directional mentorship system, to nurture URiM urologists from the first date of interest through residency and beyond.
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      1. Diversity and inclusion in graduate medical education chief diversity and inclusion officer accreditation council for graduate medical education. Report. Accessed 2021 September 9. Available from: http://southernhospitalmedicine.org/bfd_download/mcdade-diversity-in-gme/