Dr. Brandon Henry, a Sacramento State alumnus, during the Tour for Diversity in Medicine. (Sacramento State/Melissa Uroff)
A grassroots project that seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the field of medicine came to Sacramento State on Thursday, Feb. 6, for a daylong event that brought undergraduates face-to-face with minority physicians, dentists and medical students. And a former Sac State student led the way.
The Tour for Diversity in Medicine presented its message in a number of formats such as large-auditorium gatherings, lecture halls, small seminars, and exhibits. Topics included overviews on careers in the field, how to apply to medical or dental schools, honing interview skills, and financial aid information.
The event was open to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in the Sacramento area. The event began in the Terrace Suite in The WELL, and breakout sessions were held at the University Union in the Terrace, Forest and Orchard suites, and the Delta and Summit rooms.
Diversity in Medicine was created by former medical student leaders, and one of its former tour mentors is alumnus Brandon Henry, MD. Henry is a 2012 graduate who attended the Howard University College of Medicine and is doing his residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
Henry already had established his reputation as a leader here before leaving for medical school: He was a student leader in Sac State’s Science Educational Equity program.
Tour mentors comprise medical and dental students, as well as young practicing doctors and dentists.