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About Tour for Diversity in Medicine

What We Do

Tour for Diversity in Medicine (T4D) educates, inspires, and cultivates the future generation of minority physicians, dentists, and pharmacists.

Our Background

Conceived by former medical student leaders, T4D connects high school and undergraduate students with current minority physicians, dentists, pharmacists and medical students, all of whom serve as Tour mentors and facilitators. Our bi-annual tours to colleges and universities across the US engage underrepresented minorities in interactive and informational sessions.

Since 2012, we’ve visited 42 campuses and mentored more than 3500 students. We are proud to have visited a mix of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and community colleges.

Our Objectives

  • To promote medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy to high school and undergraduate students of racial and ethnic underrepresented minorities in medicine, as defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
  • To host on-campus sessions, focusing on premedical academic achievement, medical school application process, and skills-building specific to the medical, dental, and pharmacy fields.
  • To partner with key players and leaders in academia, health care, and education.
  • To encourage the participation of enthusiastic health professionals and health professional students as workshop facilitators and mentors.

Why This Work Is Important

The number of underrepresented minorities in medical schools (the racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population – African-American, Hispanic, and Native American) is alarming. There is a nationally recognized need for a more diverse health care workforce.

In 2009, the U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, said of this issue: “Unless the current trend is reversed, our country will see a growing ethnic and racial disconnect between those who receive care and those who provide that care.”

T4D’s community of minority physicians, dentists, and medical students is committed to helping students be successful in achieving their dreams and joining the health professions.

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Our Co-Directors

  • Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP Co-Director
    Location

    Washington, DC

    Institution

    Veterans Health Administration

    Undergrad

    Duke University

    Grad School

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Family Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, National Health Service Corps, National Medical Fellowships

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015, February 2016

    Kameron Matthews MD, JD, FAAFP is a board-certified family physician and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Provider Relations and Services in the Office of Community Care at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC.

  • Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH Co-Director
    Location

    Hyde Park, MA

    Institution

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

    Undergrad

    Prairie View A&M University

    Grad School

    University of Alabama School of Medicine

    Speciality

    Emergency Medicine

    Affiliations

    Student National Medical Association, MMEP

    Tour(s)

    Inaugural February 2012, September 2012, February 2013, September 2013, February 2014, October 2014, February 2015, October 2015

    Alden M. Landry, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard University, Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Faculty Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership at Harvard Medical School.

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Advisors as Partners

In partnership with the National Association for the Advisors of the Health Professions (NAAHP), T4D invites all premedical advisors from host and surrounding institutions to take part in programming focused particularly on assisting and motivating.  The single-day Educational Stops provide a great deal of information, but in no way supplant the education and counseling that focused and meaningful on-campus counseling is able to provide.  Our mentors provide each student a brief glimpse into their future – their advisors keep them on that path to achievement.

In recognition of this relationship, the NAAHP and T4D seek to involve advisors with a passion for diversity, and will be offering future benefits for working with both organizations in the future.  T4D pledges to continue to motivate and educate our new “mentees” after leaving each campus – and we hope that each advisor utilizes the resources of the T4D and the NAAHP to do the same.

Why Diversity Matters

  • This workshop/event was very helpful and served as a motivational tool for me to continue to reach my dreams of becoming a pediatrician.

    Student Tougaloo College
  • Today I am planning my next step. Without the tour I would not know what was next.

    Attendee
  • I really believe that this tour has opened my eyes to not only new careers but what I have to do to get into medical school.

    Student South Carolina State University
  • This program was very helpful for me. I literally was talking to the Dean of Engineering and Sciences last week about how I am supposed to figure out what I want to be. I explained I wanted to go to med school but I was still confused. This program helped to answer some of my questions. [T4D] even opened my mindset to think about dentistry!

    Student Alabama A&M University
  • [T4D Mentors] are all very inspirational and their stories impacted me greatly.

    Student Winston-Salem State University
  • The world of medicine is not cookie cutter and you have a lot of room to be an individual and successful in medicine.

    Attendee Xavier University of Louisiana
  • This was what I needed and this came at the right time. [T4D] answered all the questions I needed to know and I know where to look/go to seek help along the way.

    Student Alabama A&M University
  • Now being on the "other side," the most valuable thing I got from the T4D is a tangible evidence that my goals are extremely doable and to be more confident in reaching out to and learning from the people who have come before me...When I did T4D it seemed so far away, but here I am 5 years later about to graduate- not because I had good grades and some extracurriculars and definitely not because of my test taking skills, but because I had the opportunity to share my story with people who became my advocates and a part of my support system...Just continue to work hard, position yourself to be helped, be patient and trust the process. The blood, sweat and tears are well worth it and you will be amazing.

    Kayla Williams Howard University School of Medicine

Supporting Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsors are committed to the mission and vision of T4D and are involved with the growth and development of our dynamic programming.

Corporate Partner

Corporate Partners provide significant educational and programmatic support that enriches the opportunities for our students.

Advocate

Our Advocates promote the mission of T4D and spread the word of our grassroots efforts.

Why Diversity Matters

  • This workshop/event was very helpful and served as a motivational tool for me to continue to reach my dreams of becoming a pediatrician.

    Student Tougaloo College
  • I really believe that this tour has opened my eyes to not only new careers but what I have to do to get into medical school.

    Student South Carolina State University
  • This was what I needed and this came at the right time. [T4D] answered all the questions I needed to know and I know where to look/go to seek help along the way.

    Student Alabama A&M University
  • Now being on the "other side," the most valuable thing I got from the T4D is a tangible evidence that my goals are extremely doable and to be more confident in reaching out to and learning from the people who have come before me...When I did T4D it seemed so far away, but here I am 5 years later about to graduate- not because I had good grades and some extracurriculars and definitely not because of my test taking skills, but because I had the opportunity to share my story with people who became my advocates and a part of my support system...Just continue to work hard, position yourself to be helped, be patient and trust the process. The blood, sweat and tears are well worth it and you will be amazing.

    Kayla Williams Howard University School of Medicine
  • The world of medicine is not cookie cutter and you have a lot of room to be an individual and successful in medicine.

    Attendee Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Today I am planning my next step. Without the tour I would not know what was next.

    Attendee
  • [T4D Mentors] are all very inspirational and their stories impacted me greatly.

    Student Winston-Salem State University
  • This program was very helpful for me. I literally was talking to the Dean of Engineering and Sciences last week about how I am supposed to figure out what I want to be. I explained I wanted to go to med school but I was still confused. This program helped to answer some of my questions. [T4D] even opened my mindset to think about dentistry!

    Student Alabama A&M University
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