MIM Co-founder Featured on NBC

Dr. Yvette Calderon, MIM Board Director and co-founder, was featured on NBC for her leadership in fighting COVID 19 on September 14, 2020.  Dr. Calderon is the first Latina Professor of Emergency Medicine in the country.  She currently serves as the Chair of Emergency Medicine for Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Health System.


Profile of 91-Year Old Harlem Doctor

Dr. Melissa M. Freeman is a 91-year-old medical doctor who is on the front lines in the fight against the opioid epidemic. Freeman finished medical school in 1955 and has practiced medicine since 1961.


The Bronx native is also the granddaughter of a slave in Virginia. Her maternal grandfather, Albert B. Walker, was separated from his mother at the age of 7. When the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, he was told he could return to his mother.


You can view the WABC video segment at http://abc7ny.com/society/black-history-month-profile-dr-melissa-m-freeman/3022970/

Testimonial from Kenya

My name is Maria Christina Gitau and I am 17 years-old. I live in Nairobi, Kenya. I am in my senior year of school. I attend an all-girls school named Kianda School.

My ambition in life is to be at the service at the helpless in my community. I believe we all have a duty to give back to society which has in turn provided me with numerous opportunities that I sometimes take for granted. After volunteering at a local hospital and visiting children battling cancer, I knew it would be my goal to assist these children.

It is for this reason that I would like to become a pediatric oncologist. I know that becoming a doctor is not a very easy task. It is a long journey of study to become a good doctor. But I have confidence in myself to accomplish this.  I recently also discovered my passion for technology and the wonderful things it can accomplish when properly utilized. I am therefore interested in pursuing a course in computer science.

But as I have learned through Mentoring in Medicine, life is a never-ending learning process. It is for that reason that I have decided to never limit myself and will pursue everything in my power in order to achieve my full potential. I hope that in the future I will be able to link these two passions and help my community.


Watching on her computer from Nairobi, Kenya, Mariah participated in our Online Science Discovery Camp on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. She designed the following Healthcare Career Poster:

Mariah also created this video to teach students how to become a Pediatric Oncologist.

Make the Best of the Summer

Get Ahead!  Use Your Summers Wisely!

According to studies, many students lose valuable knowledge and skills over the summer break. (1)  Summer programs around the country provide academic opportunities and real world experiences.  Many of them offer a stipend, room and board.  The time to apply is now!

Outside of regular school activities, build your knowledge and experiences in health and science. (2)  Summer is the perfect time! 

Together let’s make a commitment to avoid any summer slide or “brain drain”.  Let’s get ahead!*

Apply today!  Below are some resources with upcoming deadlines.  

Check our Resources Section frequently for more information:

Websites with Free Activities (K-8)


Summer Programs (K-12)


Summer Programs (High School Students)


Summer Programs for Undergraduate/Post-baccalaureate Students




*Mentoring in Medicine offers biomedical camps for groups of students in middle and high school.  Contact us at info@medicalmentor.org for more information.


(1) McCombs, Jennifer Sloan, John F. Pane, Catherine H. Augustine, Heather L. Schwartz, Paco Martorell and Laura Zakaras. First Outcomes from the National Summer Learning Study. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2015. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9819.html

(2)  Rahmai, Neha.  Five Ways Pre-med Students Can Spend the Summer.  USA Today College. April 7, 2014.  http://www.naahp.org/StudentResources/SummerOpportunities.aspx


MIM Partners with the AMA-Doctors Back to School at Charles Herbert Flowers HS in Maryland


On Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 300 physicians and medical students from across the United States convened one site of the MIM program, Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince Georges’ County, MD. Just over 250 students listened to the words of wisdom and lessons learned.


“Success is not just what is in your head, but what is in your heart also. What drives you? What makes you push through the hard subjects and long days? Own where you come from and use that to remind yourself that you can make it. One doctor shared that “little bursts of miracles” that showed her what an impact her work make to people’s daily lives is what kept her going through chaotic days. Being determined is a great skill; it shows that there is something out there that you care about. I will remember these skills next time I take on a big task.

I wish every student had the opportunity to hear the presenters’ message. I look forward to applying these lessons of strong academics, perseverance and time management today and to participating in next year’s event–and being inspired again.”

—LW, 10th grade

“The information I obtained from the doctors was phenomenal and very useful! I felt so honored to be able to attend such a wonderful event. It was so amazing to see and meet some of the successful doctors from around the world. They were so kind and insightful. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in medicine.”

—MW, 11th grade

“I had the great opportunity to converse with numerous doctors and be educated on multiple topics. I was able to effortlessly list over twenty new things I learned. It was an amazing experience that I would love to do again. So many questions I had were answered. I learned that you have to take time for yourself, not be too concerned about money, and major and do what you are passionate about. I would recommend this experience to everyone whether or not you want to go into the medical field. It was an incredible, joyful and astounding. I have already told many friends about the great experience.”

–HS, 10th grade

The activity was featured in the article, Doctors Visit Flower High School, Offer Advice to Students, The Sentinel Newspaper, April 20, 2016, Candace Rojo Keyes