Promo for Seeding Excellence series with photos of Joel-Burt Miller and Dr. Aerial Petty.

The Seeding Excellence Series is back! We're excited to hear from NMF Young Leaders Council's 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 

Joel Burt-Miller is Secretary of NMF's Young Leaders Council and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and a recent graduate of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Master of Public Health program in Health Policy. Following undergrad, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach English to first- and second-generation learners in New Delhi, India. Upon his return to the United States, he obtained a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Duke University. Mr. Burt-Miller will graduate with his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) this May 2024 with a distinction in Leadership Education and Development. As a passionate advocate for health equity and social justice, Mr. Burt-Miller intends to improve holistic health conditions within underserved communities through practice and policy. He seeks to pursue residency training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, with the goal of best positioning himself to combat physical and mental health inequities.

Dr. Aerial Petty is 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.”