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Pathways to Medicine

pathways to medicine retreat 2016 group photo

Pathways to Medicine is a Health Professions Program Initiative which supports students of color, 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 especially, Dartmouth alumni of color, at different stages of their medical career

How do we accomplish these goals?

The Pathways to Medicine Committee meets weekly to plan termly opportunities such as community dinners, workshops focused on academic success and strategies, and inviting guest speakers to share their journey towards a career in the health professions--for all pre-health students.

The Pathways to Medicine Committee includes Sarah Berger, Valerie Orellana, and Pathways to Medicine Co-Directors (read bios below).

How Can I Get Involved?

If you would like to be added to the Pathways to Medicine listserv to hear about upcoming events and opportunities, please contact Sarah Berger or Valerie Orellana. In addition, follow us on our Pathways to Medicine Facebook page to get weekly newsfeed updates.

Important Information and Resources

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

The Pathways to Medicine student interns 2017-2018

Marcus Gresham

Hi! I'm Marcus Gresham, an '18 majoring in Sociology and minoring in Biology. I am involved in the Pathways to Medicine Program, NAACP, and the Afro-American Society. The coolest health opportunity that I've done thus far has been planning a health fair for black men in Atlanta. For fun, I enjoy playing basketball and DJing. Fun fact: I can move my ears.




Niamé DaffeHi! My name is Niamé Daffe and I'm an '18 from Mali and Swaziland.I am double majoring in Biology and Sociology with the intention of pursuing a career in public health. On campus, I am in the exec board for DASA (Dartmouth African Students Association), I dance with Soyeya, I work at the Rockefeller Center where I do database management and I am an intern for Pathways to Medicine. Last summer for my first off term, I went home to Swaziland and I shadowed a lab technician at a hospital. For my sophomore summer, I will be working on campus as a student intern for the Academic Skills Center. I really enjoy having long conversations, reading and watching Netflix. I also enjoy playing all types of sports and taking care of my plants. 


Past Interns

Kaitana Martinez '16

Last Updated: 11/15/17