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.

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!

pathways to medicine Interns

Hubert PhotoHi everyone! My name is Hubert Galan-Vargas '23! I am Biology & Spanish modified with Latin American Studies double major, on the pre-medical track! Some things that I’m involved with on campus are Strengthing Educational Access with Dartmouth (SEAD), People of Colors Outdoors (POCO), and both the Queer History Celebration & the Pride committee. I am also a part of the Dartmouth Health Care Foundation Society and will be an intern with Pathways to Medicine this year! I’m extremely passionate about addressing health disparities perpetuated by language barriers, LGBTQ+ health, and low-income/urban community health. I’m super excited to be an Intern this year and hope to be part of facilitating a community where like-minded students can support each other's needs and grow with each other!

yisiaraHi everyone, my name is Yisiara Aguirre! I’m a ’23 and I use she/her pronouns. I was born and raised in Central Florida before coming to Dartmouth. I am double majoring in Biology and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies modified with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies! During my time at Dartmouth, I have been involved with FYSEP, the Women in Science Program, Dartmouth Cancer Scholars, and research through the Hispanic Transplant Program and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. I am passionate about learning about health disparities and how we as future health professionals should work to alleviate the medical needs of marginalized populations that lead to those health disparities. I am excited to work as a Pathways to Medicine intern and foster a strong community among underrepresented pre-health students!