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Detroit health director joins Cass Tech’s Doctors of Tomorrow celebration

University of Michigan partners with high school to bridge racial gap in medicine

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Detroit Health Director and University of Michigan graduate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed  will join 9th graders who are on a path to becoming the next generation of doctors during a year-end celebration at 5 p.m. May 4 at Cass Technical High School.  

The University of Michigan Medical School has partnered with Cass Tech to inspire minority students’ interest in medicine.

Through mentoring by U-M medical school students and hands-on training in the hospital setting, the Doctors of Tomorrow program is designed to increase racial diversity in medicine by recruiting and nurturing high-achieving students.

Five Cass Tech students who participated in the inaugural Doctors of Tomorrow program four years ago have been accepted to the University of Michigan and will begin their studies in the fall. Five additional students are on the admission wait list.

Students have learned what it takes to have a career in medicine, the sacrifices that must be made and the rewards.

Those messages have been shared in panel talks given by Cass Tech alumni John Carethers, M.D., chair of the U-M Department of Internal Medicine, Annette Joe, M.D., breast radiologist, and anesthesiology trainee, Lakeisha Marshall, M.D., who graduated from Cass Tech at age 14.

On May 4 students will deliver Capstone Research Projects. The projects allow students to not only research disease, but to understand how that condition affects their community.

This year students examined youth violence, obesity, inequality in health care, hunger and nutrition, with the nutrition group building a vertical garden at the high school under the direction of Artesian Farms.


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