Mr. Elias Hilaire, known by most as “Eli” is a first-year dental student at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. He attended SMDEP in 2015 at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Mr. Hilaire graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park in… Continue reading

Ms. Cooley participated in SHPEP in 2019 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Today, she is a dental student (D1) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. What path did you take when you first started college? I was interested in a health profession major but did not… Continue reading

Mr. Ramos participated in SHPEP in 2019 at the University of Louisville. He studied industrial microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. Today, he is a first year pharmacy student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. What path did you take when you first started college? I studied and completed my… Continue reading

Mr. Collazo participated in SHPEP in 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences. Today, he is a medical student (M1) at Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. What path did you take when you first started college? When I started college, I was interested in the allied health professions, but also… Continue reading

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