An adviser from the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Office of Premedical Advisement & Medical Scholars Program and two students attended the First Look Immersion Program at Yale University School of Medicine this fall.
Fran Scott, assistant director of the FAMU Premed Program, and two pre-medical students, Christopher Washington of St. Petersburg and Kimberly Williams of Orlando, visited New Haven, Conn., at the invitation of the Yale School of Medicine and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Community Engagement and Equity (DICE). Both Washington and Williams are junior biology majors.
“I enjoyed the visit to Yale University as it gave me the opportunity to learn more about one of the top medical schools in the country,” Williams said. “The visit was not only insightful about Yale Medical School but also about the qualities that make a good candidate for any medical school. Attending this program helped me to become more informed as well as excited about the path to medicine and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
The Oct. 10-12 First Look Immersion Program was an opportunity for pre-medical advisers and students to visit the school and gain an insider’s perspective on the “Yale System” of education.
Washington said he really liked the discussion about what medical schools were looking for in applicants.
“This was one of the best topics covered from my experience at Yale. I also love being there because I never thought I would walk on Yale’s campus,” he said. “Others can benefit from this visit by seeing other medical students at Yale who look like them. I definitely left Yale feeling more motivated because it’s rare for me to see students from my demographic at such a highly rated school.”
Participants got to meet current medical students, faculty, and administrators, and take an in-depth look at the Yale Medical School experience. They also met FAMU alumna Jasmine Weiss, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program.
Weiss graduated summa cum laude from FAMU in 2011 with a degree in Biology Pre-Medicine and received her Doctorate of Medicine from Duke University School of Medicine.
“Seeing other African American students attending Yale was moving and inspiring,” said Scott. “It let students know that if you want to attend Yale Medical School – you can do it too. Black success must be an expectation.”
For more information about the premed program visit: http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?PreMed