Meet the Future Black Doctors of the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Contest

Here are some of the entries from the first round of scholarship submissions.

Meet the Future Black Doctors of the Diversity in Medicine Scholarship Contest

Get to know some of the individuals who submitted entries for the #MoreBlackDoctors Diversity in Medicine Scholarship, made possible by The Dr. Oz Show and HealthCorps. You can learn more about the next round of scholarships and catch up on our webinars here.


De'Naysha Mullings Tampa, FL
Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (2021)

“I want to be a role model and provide opportunities for all who look like me and show that we belong, too."

Amira Collison Silver Spring, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (2021)

“In addition to caring for individual patients, I plan to address broader challenges facing underprivileged populations through medical research."

Fatuma-Ayaan Rinderknecht San Francisco, CA
UCSF (2024)

“What has been most important to me is my advocacy work focused on improving anti-racism in medicine and recruiting Black students into medicine."

Tatiana Hatchett Long Beach, CA
St. George's University (2024)

“I believe that as a future doctor, I will lead with compassion and empathy...I plan to return to South Los Angeles with my Medical Degree to heal, serve, and inspire my community."

Oluwa Toba Akinleye Valhalla, NY
New York Medical College (School of Medicine) (2024)

“I am passionate about serving underserved communities and working within disadvantaged populations as a doctor because I understand just how much of an impact providing proper attention and service could make"

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako New Haven, CT
Yale University (2021)

“I attended Howard University for college, where racial justice was constantly at the forefront of our minds, and those years gave me a strong foundation in my commitment to racial justice."

John-Rudolph Smith Rochester, MN
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (2024)

"You can't be what you don't see."... I will seek to establish institutional policies directed towards the recruitment of Black medical students, residents and faculty.

Terrance Embry Nashville, TN
Meharry Medical College (2021)

“Despite my adversities growing up, I put the community first. All of my efforts result from my experiences, and I am determined to improve care for patients who have similar experiences to me."

Derrick Lewis Rochester, MN
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine (2023)

“I stand at the intersection of people and policy... listening to my community and advocating in halls we've never had a voice in."

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