Seeding Excellence Series

The Seeding Excellence Series is back!

We're excited to hear from NMF Young Leaders Council's Dr. Joel Burt-Miller and Dr. Aerial Petty as they share more about their professional work and their commitment to health equity. Join us on June 4, 2024 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST for an intimate session that elevates NMF scholars and young alumni. Register today!

Our Speakers 

Dr. Joel Burt-Miller is the Secretary of National Medical Fellowship's (NMF) Young Leaders Council and is an incoming Family Medicine and Psychiatry Resident Physician at Boston Medical Center. A proud first-generation Jamaican-American and native of the Bronx, NY, he recently received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) with a distinction in Leadership Education and Development from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Health Policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Zuckerman Fellow. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health: Science, Society and Policy from Bradeis University and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Sciences from Duke University. Dr. Burt-Miller is deeply committed to addressing health inequities and promoting wellness. In 2020, Dr. Burt-Miller participated in the NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP) and in 2021, he received the NMF Dr. Theodore Quincy Miller Scholarship. During his third year of medical school, Dr. Burt-Miller founded the Ubuntu Healing Project and became the principal investigator for its' published research study seeking to assess burnout, social isolation, and belonging within his learning community. As a passionate advocate for health equity and social justice, Dr. Burt-Miller intends to improve holistic health conditions within underserved communities through practice and policy. As a combined trained physician, his goal is to be best positioned to combat physical and mental health inequities locally and globally.

Dr. Aerial Petty is the Vice President of NMF's Young Leaders Council and currently serves as Chief Resident at the New York Presbyterian- Columbia University Family Medicine Residency Program. As a Spanish major at university, being able to care for a majority Spanish-speaking community was a priority in her residency decision. As a resident, she serves on multiple committees at both the program and GME level, including her program’s Admissions Representation Committee and the GME DEI Subcommittee. Dr. Petty was a three-time recipient of the NMF United Health Foundations Diverse Medical Scholars Program, where she completed a community needs assessment that led to the creation and implementation of a mental health education program for adolescent minority girls in her community. As a resident, she brought the program to the Harlem community and was selected for a grant under the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Resident Service Award, awarded to only two projects nationally each year. Her project was titled, “Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Minority Adolescents in the Harlem Community.”