Diversity in Medicine Webinar Series

The AMSNY Diversity in Medicine Webinar Series was created based on feedback from you, the students for opportunities to learn more about certain specialties, to hear from doctors of color working in underserved communities, and to connect more with one another. The webinar series is designed for current AMSNY post-bac students, and all alumni, whether you’re in medical school, in residency, or practicing medicine. To hear recordings of these discussions, please click the video below. 

May 24: Scholarships and Loan Repayments with Service Commitments 

Discussion with Dr. David Collymore, MD and Dr. Said Saab, MD on scholarships and loan repayments with service commitments. 

April 27: Panel discussion 

Panel discussion from AMSNY post-bac alumni on navigating the Match process.

March 22: Discussion with Dr. Lynne Holden

Dr. Holden is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vice-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is the co-founder and President of Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., a national health and science youth development program founded in 2007. An alumna of Howard University, she received her MD from Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program.


February 17: Discussion with Dr. Daryll Dykes

Daryll Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, the Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Upstate Medical University, talks about his experience as a health policy fellow in the US Congress and at the FDA. Learn more about the importance of advocacy and how combining medicine and legislation promotes quality, safety, value and equity in healthcare for all people.



November 18: Discussion with Dr. Nana Sarpong

Dr. Sarpong is a chief resident in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He attended Brandeis University, followed by medical school at Tufts University. A New York native, he returned to NYC for residency and will be starting a fellowship next year in adult joint reconstruction at Hospital for Special Surgery.



November 2: Discussion with Dr. Joy Howell

Dr. Howell is Assistant Dean for Diversity & Student Life, Vice Chair for Diversity in Pediatrics, and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NYP Komansky Children’s Hospital



September 29: Discussion with Dr. Ade Obayemi 

Dr. Obayemi is a chief resident in otolaryngology at NYP-Columbia/Cornell in New York City.
Originally from Brooklyn, Dr. Obayemi attended medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
He will be pursuing a fellowship in facial plastics and craniofacial reconstruction next year at Upstate Medical University.


August 25: Discussion with Dr. Chidubem Okafor

Dr. Okafor is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist who practices both at a federal prison and a private inpatient psychiatric hospital. He graduated from and did his general psychiatry residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Okafor states his greatest joy besides his family is having a career that directly and positively helps individuals in our society.