UTHSC hosts Determined to be a Doctor Someday Symposium

2017 Symposium participants

The 2017 Determined to be a Doctor Someday Symposium was highlighted in an article by High Ground News.

Click here to watch the Local Memphis Live segment with Amy Speropoulos (aired December 20, 2016). Dr. Rosenthal discusses the DDS initiative and some successes of former participants:

Dr. Rosenthal was featured on WMC Action News 5’s My Empire segment March 3, 2016. Hosted by Kontji Anthony, the segment highlighted her journey with an emphasis on the creation of Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS). Way to go, Dr. Rosenthal!

Here is the video clip:

Christina Rosenthal pic

The 516 Foundation and Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.) initiatives would like to congratulate Dr. Rosenthal on becoming a 2015 graduate of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It was a great year of sacrifice leaving her family, her practice, and DDS, but we are grateful for all that she’s learned and will bring back to our organization. Kudos, Dr. Rosenthal! You inspire us greatly!

Read more about Dr. Rosenthal’s journey by clicking the following  links:

ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership graduate selected for Harvard fellowship

David Waters: Harvard next step for ‘low-income, high-achieving’ North Memphis medical student

Determined Doctor

Harvard fellow shadows ADA executive director


Our very own, Ambassador Chyniece Matthews, was featured in Love, Girls Magazine. To learn more about the magazine, click here:

Learn about Sarah Loguen Fraser flight to becoming the first African-American woman to graduate from Sycracuse by clicking here:

According the American Dental Association’s website (, “there is a critical need in many underserved communities where minority and disadvantaged people are not getting the care they need. Only 12 percent of students entering dental school are minorities, while minorities make up 25 percent of the general population. Recent data shows that minority dentists treat a very high number of minority patients. More underrepresented minority dentists (African American, Hispanic and American Indian) are necessary to eliminate the barriers to oral care. This need is expected to increase as statistics indicate that 58 percent of the population will be comprised of underrepresented groups by the year 2050.”

An article written on January 29, 2010 by Medical New Today states the following:
Although the number of minorities in the medical profession has risen in recent years, decades of discrimination still leaves them drastically underrepresented in the field, as chronicled in new report appearing in the February issue of the journal Academic Medicine.

The U.S. Surgeon General says mentoring is one solution.

“There is no doubt that much progress has been made in the past 100 years with regard to minorities’ representation in the medical profession,” said report co-author IIana Suez Mittman, Ph.D. “Unlike the turn of the twentieth century, currently there is heightened awareness to issues of injustice and inequity, where discrimination is unlawful and minorities are able to attend any medical school of their choosing.”

In 2008, African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans made up more than a third of the U.S. population but only 8.7 percent of physicians and 15 percent of enrollment in medical schools.

According to an article written by Dr. Barbara Hayes, former chair of the Council of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, “pharmacy is experiencing many of the same challenges faced by dentistry, medicine, and nursing in increasing representation of minority students in their professional programs. These challenges include the level of K-12 educational preparation of minority students for college work, including inadequate science education; inadequate numbers of faculty members from minority groups to advise, teach and mentor underrepresented minority students; increasing costs of higher education and declining levels of financial aid; lower performance on admission tests; an over reliance on standardized testing in the admissions process3; unsupportive institutional cultures3; lack of sufficient funding for student support services; and lack of administrative leadership to guide the development and implementation of sustainable programs to address recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority students. There are some emerging issues in pharmacy education that have the potential to negatively impact future enrollment of underrepresented minority students. These issues include increasing the number of hours of pharmacy prerequisites and making the baccalaureate degree a requirement for admission to the PharmD program.”

According to the AACP’s Profile of Pharmacy Students, underrepresented minority candidates submitted 12.6% of pharmacy applications in 2003-2004 (Black, 8.4%; Hispanic, 3.7% and American Indian, 0.5%)4; 11.2% in 2004-2005 (Black, 6.9%; Hispanic, 3.9%; and American Indian, 0.4%) 5; and 13.3% in 2005-2006 (Black 8.9%, Hispanic 3.9% and American Indian 0.5%). 2 There are some limitations to the interpretation of these data due to colleges and schools reporting applicants that had applied to multiple colleges or schools. This impacted our ability to accurately assess the size and composition of the applicant pool.