Exposure is key!
Determined to be a Doctor Someday (D.D.S.) is a pipeline program designed to expose students to the various disciplines of healthcare. More importantly, beyond the technical element, they see possibility! Transparency and vulnerability are encouraged among our healthcare professional guests, and the by-product of this exchange is an embodiment of hope. Fun, discipline-related activities are done. Scholarships and prizes are awarded, and students leave more “determined” than ever to pursue their dreams.
With the newly added toddler component, DDS is one of the few organizations in the country providing a STEAM-based curriculum outside of the traditional school setting.
Mentorship and Resources
Is there a need for a program that would provide mentorship and resources for students who wish to obtain doctorate degrees in healthcare? Currently, professional schools across the nation are reporting low minority enrollment numbers in their programs, and these shortages are not specific to one particular discipline. It is known that minority professionals typically treat minority populations. With a reduction in the number of graduates from these professional schools and an increase in the number of minorities in the general population, the barrier to obtaining healthcare will continue to enlarge if this trend continues. Unfortunately, this will result in millions without access to care. So, the answer to the aforementioned question is, “Absolutely, Yes!”