Pathways to Medicine

pathways to medicine retreat 2018 group photo

Pathways to Medicine is a Health Professions Program Initiative which supports students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine in achieving their pre-health aspirations. Pathways to Medicine was developed by HPP staff, students, and alumni that believe in:

  • Fostering a positive community among pre-health students through experiential learning activities outside of the classroom
  • Engendering a spirit of optimism about one's abilities, attributes, and assets regardless of background
  • Encouraging students through mentorship and reassurance that they are "not going through it alone"
  • Increasing performance outcomes in sciences and pre-health courses through academic workshops
  • Exposing students to health-related careers and alternate paths to health professions schools
  • Creating opportunities for academic support and mentorship from upper class peers, Geisel students, and Dartmouth alumni in the medical field, particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine

How do we accomplish these goals?

The Pathways to Medicine Committee (HPP Staff and Pathways to Medicine Interns) plans termly opportunities such as community dinners, workshops focused on academic success and strategies, and invited guest speakers to share their journey towards a career in the health professions--for all pre-health students.

How can I get involved?

We strive to be as inclusive as possible, and anyone is invited to join our events and workshops. If you would like to be added to the Pathways to Medicine listserv to hear about upcoming events and opportunities, please sign up to the Pathways Listserv. In addition, follow us on our Pathways to Medicine Facebook page to get newsfeed updates.

Be sure to also look through the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) page for information about resources and research, internship, and fellowship opportunities!

What is the Pathways Scholars Program?

The Pathways Scholars Program is designed for students to gain an opportunity for deeper experiential and intellectual growth focusing on topics around the social determinants of health and health equity. Learn more about the Pathways Scholar Program HERE!

The Pathways to Medicine student interns 2018-2019

shelby snyder headshotShelby Snyder '21

Yá'átééh, Shí éí Shelby Snyder yinishyé. Lók'aa' Dine'é nishłį. Hashk'aan Hadzohí bashishchiin. Italian dashicheii. Belgian dashinalí.

Hello, my name is Shelby Snyder. I am of the Reed People clan born for the Yucca Fruit Strung Out in a Line clan. My maternal grandfather is Italian. My paternal grandfather is Belgian. I am Navajo, Southern Ute, and adopted Meskwaki. I am from West Jordan, UT and am currently a sophomore ('21) at Dartmouth College. I plan on double majoring in Biology and Native American Studies. I am currently an intern for the Pathways to Medicine program. I am a first-year UGA, as well as, a chemistry tutor. I am also a Global Health Fellow through the Joan Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. My passions include Native American healthcare, Indigenous support networks, and multiracial advocacy. My hobbies include watching Netflix, playing lacrosse, and eating good food. I love Stranger Things and American Horror Story. If there are two things I can't live without in this world it would be cats and boba (bubble tea). If you ever have any questions or want to know more about how to get involved on campus, I am always available to talk, just reach out! My email is


sydney johnson headshotSydney Johnson '20

Hello! My name is Sydney Johnson and I am '20 from Buffalo, NY, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology. I am an intern with the Academic Skills Center and Tutor Clearinghouse and also working with HPP on the Pathways to Medicine Program. I am also the vice-president of MAPS (Minority Association of Premed Students) organizational team by working in conjunction with current medical students on programming for this coming year. I have recently started shadowing through the Nathan Smith Society in the Trauma Unit and plan on returning as soon as possible. I have done my share of research back in high school as part of Genetics and Pharmacology lab in a cancer research hospital called Roswell Park that focused on resistance mechanisms in malignant melanomas. I have not gone abroad yet but my hope is to be able to travel to Tanzania to the sister hospital of DHMC this summer to do clinical research on tuberculosis and HIV infected patients. Aside from this I am one who is guilty of Netflix binges in my free time and hanging out with friends over good food and conversation. I have a serious coffee addiction and would never turn down a cup if you would like to meet up and talk about life! My email is, feel free to reach out at any time!

hanna shiekh headshotHanna Sheikh '19

My name is Hanna Sheikh and I am '19 from Portland, Oregon. at Dartmouth, I'm a Pre-Health student who is pursuing a Major in Cultural Anthropology Modified with Middle Eastern Studies and a minor in Biology. I have been working as Pathways to Medicine Intern since Spring 2017 and have also been on the Executive Board of the Nathan Smith Society since 2016. I was Global Issues Scholar and have been a Mentor with the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding. In some of my off campus work I've developed an interest in mental health and psychiatry in immigrant and refugee populations in Portland, Oregon and have done research with the Oregon Health and Science University Intercultural Psychiatric Program. After graduation I hope to attend medical school after a gap year of potentially developing my arabic speaking skills through a Boren State department Fellowship.


Past Interns:

  • Marcus Gresham '18
  • Niamé Daffé '18
  • Kaitana Martinez '16