New Doctor: Pipeline Programs Give Kids Like Me a Shot

Joseph Myrie grew up in the Bronx with parents who immigrated from Jamaica and Barbados. He was inspired to pursue medicine both by watching his mother, a nurse, and by his pediatrician, who told him how he could turn his love of science into a career. When Myrie got the opportunity to shadow physicians in… Read More

New Doctor Empowered by Experience with Pipeline Program

Albert Fernandez became interested in medicine at an early age after hearing stories from his grandfather who was a physician in Puerto Rico. “What drew me to medicine was seeing the impact my grandfather was able to have throughout his career,” said Fernandez. “I was really impressed by his knowledge and how he was able… Read More

Student Finds Resilience and Support Key in Journey to Med School

As a child growing up in Buffalo, Alexis Sykes developed an interest in medicine while spending time in hospitals visiting relatives and witnessing the important role doctors played. Along with medicine, she became interested in public health and research, developing a passion about how all these fields intersect. “I always thought of a physician as… Read More

Einstein M.D./Ph.D. Student Pulls Others Up Behind Him

Dayle Hodge had been working as a biomedical engineer before deciding to pursue his dream of earning an M.D./Ph.D. But, upon enrolling at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he also discovered a calling to open doors to science careers for younger students of color. Hodge’s outreach mission was driven by his recognition of the advantages… Read More

Overcoming Obstacles en Route to Med School

As a young child living near SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Renee Fleming would ask her mother who the people she saw going in and out of the hospital were. When she learned they were doctors, and that their job was to help people by keeping them healthy, she set her sights on becoming a physician… Read More

Diversity Pipeline Programs Boost Confidence, Open Doors

Dr. Jessica Peña always had an interest in science, but a career in medicine seemed daunting to her. After all, she hadn’t seen doctors who looked like her. That all changed when she enrolled in Weill Cornell Medicine’s Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) which exposes high school sophomores and juniors to science-related activities…. Read More

Med Student Pays it Forward with Diversity Outreach

Growing up in Elmont, NY, Dondre Irving was surrounded by diversity, except for one key area — all his doctors were white. Irving had no idea this was a national trend until he started learning about the medical field, hoping to become part of the disproportionately small group of black men in medicine. In fact,… Read More