Dr. Jiggetts participated in SMDEP at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2008. She completed her undergraduate studies from Stony Brook University. Dr. Jiggetts went on to attend SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Stony Brook University Hospital in 2020. What obstacles did you overcome in your… Continue reading

Ms. Christina Light, program scholar who participated in SHPEP (formerly, SMDEP) at the University of California Los Angeles shares her story about SHPEP.  I participated in SMDEP at UCLA in 2016 and I’m currently a 3rd year dental student at UCLA. I wanted to share my story about SHPEP (SMDEP) and how it helped me… Continue reading

Mr. Daryl Traylor is a 2002 program scholar of the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of science in microbiology and community health promotion (Northern Arizona University). Mr. Traylor went on to earn a master of science in pharmacology and a masters… Continue reading

Mr. Matthew R. Viramontes, is a 2014 participant of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He graduated from the University of California Riverside with a degree in Anthropology in 2016 and later went on to completing a pre-medical post baccalaureate program at UCLA in… Continue reading

Ms. Croker-Benn, a 2014 program participant at Columbia University. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in Global Health & Cultural Anthropology in 2018. Today, Ms. Croker-Benn a 1st-year graduate student at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. What led to your interest in a health profession? My history highlighted issues in… Continue reading

Dr. Jenny Ruiz, a 2008 program participant at Yale University. She graduated from Columbia University Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science with a degree in biomedical engineering and her medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is currently a first year fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at The Children’s… Continue reading

Mr. Rios, a 2018 program participant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is currently a junior studying biochemistry at UT Dallas, School of Natural Sciences. Mr. Rios shares his personal story and experience with SHPEP: “When I was a senior in high school, I wasn’t sure what I was looking… Continue reading

Ms. Ali , a 2017 program participant at the University of Iowa where she is currently a senior majoring in Global Health Studies on a pre-medicine track. What led to your interest in a health profession? I have always been passionate about being a doctor since I was a young girl. I grew up in… Continue reading

Mr. Tice, a 2015 program participant at the University of Louisville. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in pre-professional health sciences. Today, he is a 2nd year dental student at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Mr. Tice’s post graduation plans are to return to the… Continue reading

Mr. Omar Shaban, a 2015 program participant at the University of Virginia. Today, he is a first year medical student at Carver College of Medicine. What led to your interest in a health profession? Growing up my sister had health problems and although it was difficult on my family, it exposed me to many health… Continue reading