Mr. Valencia participated in SMDEP at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry in 2010.┬áToday, he is in his 4th year of medical school at The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and planning to complete a residency program with a dual degree to obtain his IM/MPH. What led… 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