As first-year students at the U-M Medical School start their education, Dr. Jonthan Finks asks them to take someone along: a high school freshman committed to being in their shoes one day.
The pairings are the heart of Doctors of Tomorrow, a program that aims to change the face of medicine by inspiring underrepresented students’ interest in science and medicine. The program started four years ago with a partnership between U-M and Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
Every ninth-grader who participated in the first class of Doctors of Tomorrow in 2012–13 is headed to college, a first step toward one day becoming a doctor. Friendships have grown and aspirations changed through the program.