Pathways to Medicine

 Pathways to Medicine is a Health Professions Program initiative that 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 the following:

  • Fostering a positive community among pre-health students through experiential learning activities outside of the classroom
  • Nurturing 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) organizes various opportunities each term, such as community dinners, workshops focused on academic success and strategies, and guest speakers to share their journey as a health professional — 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 for 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 to expose the student to deeper experiential and intellectual growth by 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 2020-2021

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 currently live in Lawton, OK. I am a '21, double majoring in Biology and Native American Studies. I am an intern for the Pathways to Medicine program. I am also the treasurer for Native Americans at Dartmouth. I have been a learning fellow and tutor for the Academic Skills Center and Native American Program. My passions include Native American healthcare, Indigenous support networks, and multiracial advocacy. My hobbies include watching Netflix, powwow dancing, playing lacrosse, and eating good food. I love Stranger Things and Designated Survivor. 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! My email is

Steven Jump PhotoSteven M. Jump III '21

O-si-yo. Steven Jump da-wa-d0. Tsi A-ni-yv-wi-ya. A-gi-do-da u-yv-wi a-ni-tsi-s-qua. A-gi-tsi-hi u-yv-wi- a-ni-s-qua-ni ka-ne-la. A-de-la tsu-tlv-i tsi-ne-la.

Hello. My name is Steven Jump-Mora and I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. My father's people are bird clan. My mother's family is from México. I grew up in Southern California.

I am pursuing a degree in environmental studies and Native American studies at Dartmouth with the eventual goal of attending medical school. I hope to work for my tribe's health services in the future and help support the well-being of our community.

Sergio Vazquez PhotoSergio Vazquez '22

Hello, my name is Sergio Vazquez and I am currently a second-year (22') at Dartmouth College. I was born and raised in Los Angeles in an inner-city community commonly known as South Central which influenced my motives to join the medical field. I am an intended major in Sociology modified with Biology because I am interested in the cross-section between medicine and the social sciences, specifically health disparities. Apart from being an intern for Pathways to Medicine, I am also the Merchandise Director for the South House Executive Council and was previously involved with La Alianza Latina, CoFIRED, and D1SC. I really enjoy running and photography as well as playing soccer and keeping up with sneakerhead trends in my spare time.