Doctors of Tomorrow Program Overview 2020 - 2021
Every year, our Foundations students (9th and 10th graders) present their capstone presentations in poster format to friends and family at the annual symposium. This year, our leadership team worked hard with support from the Michigan Medicine Office for Health Equity and Inclusion to host the capstone symposium virtually through Zoom. Our students heard from our keynote speaker, Dr. Randy Vince from the Michigan Medicine Department of Urology, who spoke about his journey to medicine and provided students with motivational advice. Then, the students took turns presenting their posters, impressing the audience with the thoughtfulness and creativity behind every project. We are so proud of our students for persevering during this challenging year and bringing their best to Doctors of Tomorrow!
Diversity in Medicine Conference
Diversity in Medicine Conference: The 3rd annual Diversity in Medicine Conference hosted by medical students at the University of Michigan took place virtually on Saturday, March 6th, 2021. Under our theme this year, “Enacting Change: The Physician’s Role in Social Justice, Diversity, and Intersectionality,” we brought together over 350 participants from over 100 institutions to learn from our impressive speakers and panelists, including powerhouse keynote speakers Dr. Uché Blackstock, Lash Nolan and Dr. Randy Vince Jr. We were able to share more than 80 posters with research on making our healthcare work force more diverse and our healthcare system more equitable. We look forward to 4th annual conference in 2022!
DoT Rising Students
This year, DoT Rising students rose to the challenge of remote learning — conquering a breadth of topics from home and becoming more engaged and curious in their own communities. They heard from panels that explored different healthcare graduate schools and the experiences of BIPOC individuals in medicine. Students learned how to suture and tie knots from the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS)’s surgery interest group SCRUBS, as well as the importance of self-care and staying true to yourself from UMMS counselor and Detroit native Tu’Rone Elliot. Students also explored career paths in radiology, general surgery, OBGYN, and emergency medicine through learning sessions with Michigan Medicine faculty. This year marked the launch of a new college essay support program that connects students to their previous UMMS mentors for essay brainstorming and editing resources. For their capstone projects, the DoT Rising cohort worked in teams to develop legislative proposals that were aimed at addressing public health concerns in Michigan. Their projects focused on topics ranging from combating food insecurity to increasing mental health resources, which were ultimately presented to the Michigan House of Representatives and reviewed by Representative Darrin Camilleri.
DoT Student Impact Statements
Trevelle Bibbs III
“We learned about how to help a patient with chest pains and how to use the pqrst method to get an understanding of a patient’s situation.”
“We learned how to make a diagnosis based on information about the patient and how to consult with other doctors to find the right treatment.”
“I learned the anatomy of the pulmonary system and it’s pretty cool. I took a bunch of notes on the alveoli and the diseases that can happen in the pulmonary system. . . I’ve learned what it’s like to be in medical school from actual students. I also learned about asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), and other diseases in the pulmonary system.”
“I learned that the purpose of the cardiovascular system is to transport gases, hormones, and nutrients to our other organs. It also fights infections and helps keep us at a stable body temperature. I also learned that inside the lungs are tiny airways called alveoli that help exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide into our bloodstream.”
By the Numbers
As of 2021, we have received $81,500 in donations, and $71,500 Doctors of Tomorrow scholarships have been awarded to students. There have been 324 high school participants and 165 medical student mentors. We have hosted 3 national conferences, and a total of 8 publications, 26 poster presentations, and 5 podium presentations have been submitted about the program. The program has resulted in 72* capstone projects. (*6 capstone projects with partial completion due to COVID-19 stoppage.) In 2021, 27 Doctors of Tomorrow students are now at the University of Michigan, and 20 participants are attending college.
DoT Leadership Highlights
Asavari Rajpurkar, Co-Director of Doctors of Tomorrow Succeed:
“As one of the Succeed Directors, I witnessed the immense grit that our undergraduate students had as they encountered the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenging pre-medical path. Through DoT’s clinical exposure and mentorship sessions, our students always demonstrated their curiosity and passion for building their knowledge about various healthcare careers. In addition to balancing the rigors of a tough academic year, our undergraduates also offered mentorship to DoT high school students as they worked on developing and fine-tuning their research projects. I’m forever inspired by this group of brilliant future doctors!”
Maya Hammoud, Co-Director of Doctors of Tomorrow Mentorship:
“This year was definitely a change for DoT, but it has been so rewarding seeing how we were able to make things work virtually. I really enjoyed working so closely with all of the mentors and seeing the wonderful things the students have achieved with their support. Seeing the accomplishments of the youth of today gives me so much hope for the doctors of tomorrow.”
Sanaya Irani, Director of Doctors of Tomorrow Operations:
“COVID-19 brought about unprecedented times for pipeline programs, yet our leadership team found ways to run fully virtual programming so our students could still experience all that Doctors of Tomorrow has to offer. I am proud to be a part of a team that always puts our students first and I am humbled by our students’ determination and enthusiasm to learn from physicians and mentors about the medical field. Our students rose to the challenges of navigating foreign platforms of Zoom, email and breakout rooms and yet continued expressing curiosity, strived to better their communities through Capstone projects and supported one another. I am excited to continue following the paths of our Doctors of Tomorrow! “
Dr. Jonathan F. Finks, Minimally Invasive Surgeon, Faculty Advisor and Founder of Doctors of Tomorrow:
“I am incredibly proud of the work done this year by our high school students, teachers and medical students. Despite the Covid-19 Pandemic, our medical student leadership team was determined to continue the work of Doctors of Tomorrow (DoT). While we were unable to schedule in-person events, our team developed a robust and engaging virtual curriculum that allowed our high school participants to interact meaningfully with our medical students and faculty. The virtual platform also allowed us to expand DoT to the Marygrove School in Detroit. As in previous years, our Foundation students (9th and 10th grade), along with their medical student leaders and teachers, completed Capstone projects that addressed public health issues facing their city. With our DoT Rising students (11th and 12th grade), we focused on college preparation as in the past, but we also worked with Detroit congressional leaders to explore how public advocacy can effect change in our community. Finally, with our DoT Succeed program for college students at the University of Michigan, we focused on mentorship by medical students, trainees and faculty. We also were able to give nearly $20,000 in scholarship funds to support our Succeed students. As the pandemic ends, we look forward to a hybrid of virtual and in-person programming in the years to come.”
Thank you to our donors and sponsors.
We are so grateful for the generous support of our donors and sponsors, including the Michigan Medicine Department of Surgery and Victory Automotive Group, who make the Doctors of Tomorrow program possible.