RWJF Scholars Forum & SMDEP 25th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon

This past weekend I was in Washington, D.C. for the SMDEP Alumni Summit and 25th Anniversary Celebration. Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded program for underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students on the medical or dental path. It offers academic enrichment, clinical exposure, career development, health policy seminars, and … Continue reading RWJF Scholars Forum & SMDEP 25th Anniversary Alumni Luncheon

Perelman School of Medicine 2015 Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for URM Students

Hey Y'all! I received an email about this program and I figured I'ld share with my younger readers. You don't have to be a Penn undergraduate, so if you meet the eligibility criteria, I encourage you to apply! I personally did not do the program, but it definitely seems like a GREAT opportunity. Check out … Continue reading Perelman School of Medicine 2015 Summer Pre-Med Enrichment Program for URM Students

Meet Micky – A 1st Year Med Student at Icahn School of Med at Mt. Sinai

What happens when you don't get in the first time? You DON'T give up. Instead, you reflect, change your approach, and attack it again. And that's precisely what Micky did. Micky is a first year medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. After an unsuccessful medical school application cycle, he did not … Continue reading Meet Micky – A 1st Year Med Student at Icahn School of Med at Mt. Sinai

Meet Olivia – A 2nd Year Med Student at University of Texas Med Branch

From professional athlete to medical student, Olivia certainly had an interesting journey to med school. She ran Track professionally for a year before going into medical school. I am very excited to feature her as a med student spotlight! Check out Olivia's story and her words of advice.  So what led you to pursue medicine? … Continue reading Meet Olivia – A 2nd Year Med Student at University of Texas Med Branch

My Interview with Accepted.com

Blogging is turning out to be a really interesting experience, I embrace it all. I was recently interviewed by Accepted.com, an admissions consultancy. Although I am not utilizing any consulting services for my application process, their website does have useful tips and advice to guide applicants. In my interview, I discuss my premed journey, my gap … Continue reading My Interview with Accepted.com

Meet Billy – A 3rd Year Med Student at Temple University

Billy is a 3rd year medical student at Temple University School of Medicine. I met him last year at the SNMA Region VIII Conference at Temple. Side note: SNMA conferences are great avenues to meet minorities in medicine. I met Billy and other down-to-earth medical students who showed me that hey, med students are normal … Continue reading Meet Billy – A 3rd Year Med Student at Temple University

Meet Kathryn – A 2nd year Med Student at Meharry Medical College

"You have to fail a little in life to be able to survive and thrive and I am no longer afraid of failure. If I never fail, it just means that my goals aren’t high enough." - Kathryn An MIT alum and 2nd year med student at Meharry Medical College, Kathryn is a testament that when it comes … Continue reading Meet Kathryn – A 2nd year Med Student at Meharry Medical College

Lessons on Cultural Competency: The Nod

I recently stumbled on Dr. Kimberly Manning's blog "Reflections of a Grady Doctor" and found this gem. She recently had her article "The Nod" published in The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA)  - the July 9, 2014 issue. The Nod is a reflection on a common "black-on-black acknowledgment usually given in situations where only a few … Continue reading Lessons on Cultural Competency: The Nod

Meet Stephen – a 3rd year Med student at Tulane and Naval Officer

Stephen is a 3rd year medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine. We initially met in 2010 through the Summer Medical and Dental Education program (SMDEP) at Howard University College of Medicine. As a good friend of mine, I'm very excited to have him share his story about his journey to med school and … Continue reading Meet Stephen – a 3rd year Med student at Tulane and Naval Officer