Ms. Blunt, a 2010 program participant at the University of Louisville. She graduated from Hampton University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in biology and a concentration in ecology. Today, she is a dental student at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. What led to your interest in a health profession? As a child,… Continue reading

Dr. Ratrice Jackson, a 2011 program participant at the University of Washington. She is 2018 graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry where she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree along with earning her Masters Degree in Health Science. Dr. Jackson received the 2018 Colgate-Palmolive, National Dental Association Foundation Memorial Post-Doctoral Scholarship. Today,… Continue reading

Cynthia N. Ramirez, a 2013 program participant at Duke University. Today, she is a doctoral student in the Health Behavior Research PhD program at Keck School of Medicine of USC. What led to your interest in a health profession? I wanted to prove myself and to others that a female, first generation Latina with a… Continue reading

Dr. Jarita Hagans, a 1996 program participant at Howard University. Today, she is a family practice physician, speaker, and author. What led to your interest in a health profession? I’ve had a love of science and service from a  young age, and this is a career that lets you combine those passions. Who or what… Continue reading

Dr. Da Silva participated in SMDEP at Duke University in 2012. He graduated from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 and is completing an internship in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital. Afterwards, he will be joining the Dermatology residency program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. What… Continue reading

Mr. Tilley participated in SMDEP at University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2011. Today, he is a 2nd year medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What led to your interest in dentistry, medicine, another health profession or other career? I became interested in the health professions in high school. I… Continue reading

Ms. Ndiwane participated in SMDEP at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine in 2013. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. In the summer of 2017, she served as a TA for SHPEP scholars at Columbia University. Additionally, in the summer… 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 medical student at Yale School of Medicine in the class of 2021. How did SMDEP influence… 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