Scholar Stories

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Setting Intentions and Creating Solutions

February 29, 2024 Comments Off on Setting Intentions and Creating Solutions

“I’ve worked to inspire, mentor, and support aspiring underrepresented minority students on their journeys to becoming health care professionals, too.” Jeremiah Whittington, a fourth-year student at University of Illinois College…

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Living on a Vision and a Prayer

February 15, 2024 Comments Off on Living on a Vision and a Prayer

MD/MPH Candidate Caylon Pettis documents his journey through medical school. For Caylon Pettis, attending medical school was a spiritual calling – one his best friend had dreamt, and for which…

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A Love for Languages and Life Decisions

February 8, 2024 Comments Off on A Love for Languages and Life Decisions

Tasneem Elbashir, an NMF/Johnson & Johnson Pharmacy scholar, details how deviating from medical school led her to become a drug expert.   When diversifying the health care workforce, National Medical Fellowships…

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International Medicine for the Masses

November 8, 2023 Comments Off on International Medicine for the Masses

“As a future neurosurgeon, it’s incredibly important to participate in research with the goal of finding novel ways to help preserve the minds and bodies of our most vulnerable communities…

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Caring for One’s Own Communities in Crisis

August 17, 2023 Comments Off on Caring for One’s Own Communities in Crisis

“There’s a gap between what medicine is willing to fight for and what communities on the ground are calling for when it comes to their well-being.”  When Victor A. Lopez-Carmen…

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Striving Forward in Spite of Systemic and Structural Racism

July 27, 2023 Comments Off on Striving Forward in Spite of Systemic and Structural Racism

Dr. Tahj Blow documents his path to becoming a better doctor for the bodies and minds of Black, Indigenous, Latine, People of Color. Dr. Tahj Blow – a first-year internal…

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From Boston to Brazil: Championing Diversity in Medicine

June 9, 2023 Comments Off on From Boston to Brazil: Championing Diversity in Medicine

Larissa De Souza carries on the family tradition of helping others overcome health challenges. To dedicate her all to the many projects and organizations she’s passionate about, Larissa De Souza…

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Advocating from within for Communities Made Vulnerable

June 1, 2023 Comments Off on Advocating from within for Communities Made Vulnerable

“Physicians in every field must lead fellow providers toward local and global advocacy.”  Upon graduating from Harvard Medical School, Casey Orozco-Poore will begin their five-year neurology residency at the University…

FARE Diversity Scholars Present Research at AAAAI Conference

February 27, 2023 Comments Off on FARE Diversity Scholars Present Research at AAAAI Conference

FARE Diversity Scholars Hang Nguyen and Sydney Butler, MPH presented their food allergy research findings at this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).…

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The Opportunity to Dream Bigger

January 14, 2023 Comments Off on The Opportunity to Dream Bigger

NMF scholar Shanice Cox shares how mentorship and an NMF scholarship empowered her to succeed. Shanice Cox, a first-generation Jamaican-American and third-year medical student at the Burnett School of Medicine…