Ms. Ngobitak Ndiwane is 2nd year of dental student at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. She participated in SMDEP at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine in 2013. Ms. Ndiwane graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. In the… Continue reading

Ms. Karina Valentin participated in SMDEP at Columbia University in 2011. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelors degree in Psychology, and received a master’s degree in Biology from Roosevelt University. Ms. Valentin will be attending the College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences in August 2016. What led to… Continue reading

Ms. Olamiju participated in SMDEP at Yale School of Medicine in 2012. She graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Race & Ethnicity Studies with a focus on health disparities. Today, Ms. Olamiju is a 2nd year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. How did SMDEP influence you? I would… Continue reading

Mr. Onwukwe participated in SMDEP at Columbia University in 2011. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a major in Community Health. Today, he is a first year dental student at Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. What led to your interest in dentistry? Dentists are non-existent in my village, and overall the… Continue reading

Mr. Valencia participated in SMDEP at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry in 2010. Today, he is a first year medical student at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. What led to your interest in medicine? Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to become… Continue reading

I initially became interested in medicine as a career choice by virtue of my early exposure as a teenager. I went to Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions in Houston, TX. During my junior and senior year, I interacted with health professionals during clinical rotations. Obviously, not an experience afforded to all high… Continue reading

MMEP/SMDEP was such a positive influence in my path to becoming a physician. The program aided me in being successful in the basic sciences thus ensuring I could achieve the GPA required to apply and be accepted to medical school. Additionally, by creating an environment filled with people who looked like me and have shared… Continue reading

Dr. Oyewo attended the Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP) in 2005 at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine before the program changed to the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) in 2006. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with my biochemistry degree, Dr. Oyewo attended Mayo Medical School.┬áDuring… Continue reading