Public Health Summit

Advanced Medical &

Intern With A Hospital And Diagnose Real Patients

Meet With Medical School Admission Experts

Become An Ideal Candidate For Acceptance Into The Country's Top Medical Schools

Diagnose Patients Using

Cutting-Edge Technology

Use Virtual Reality To Step Into A Clinic In Nigeria And

Help Physicians Diagnose Their Patients

Work Directly With Leading Medical Experts

Learn from specialists in a veriety of medical fields

Create A Real Public Health Campaign

Help to educate and save lives in the developing world

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Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship Summit

The Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship Summit is a fourteen-day program at Georgetown University. This first-of-its-kind program pairs motivated high school students with medical pioneers from across the globe with the goal of training the next generation of doctors in the fields of emergency room medicine, surgery, medical research, & sports medicine.

In this accelerated internship, students will become experts in various public health issues facing the developing world and create a campaign to be distributed throughout Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Students will receive their choice of specialized virtual training from Washington, D.C. Paramedics, Pediatric Surgeons, NIH Research Staff, and a Georgetown Division I Athletics Trainer.

For their final project, students will study the four most common diseases in developing countries across the globe with international medical experts. Using Microsoft and Facebook’s virtual medical technology students will then diagnose a patient in sub-Saharan Africa

with a doctor in real time and recommend a treatment.

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Rising Freshman To Graduating Seniors

14 Days

August 1st, 2021 - August 14th, 2021

12:00 to 5:00 pm EST

Online

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$2250

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THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

WHERE STUDENTS...

Intern With A Hospital And

Diagnose Real Patients

Create A Real Public

Health Campaign

Meet With Medical School

Admissions Officers

Work Directly With Leading

Medical Experts

Students will intern for the Nagari Medical Clinic & Maternity Ward learning directly from leading doctors in both the United States and the developing world. Students will meet directly with patients to identify their illness and recommend treatments.

This internship is ideal for any student who wants to add practical medical work experience to their resume, allowing them to discover their passion in the field of medicine.

Leadership Initiatives interns will work with doctors and medical health experts from both the developed and developing worlds to create a public health campaign. This campaign will target communities in Nigeria and will be published and widely distributed.

This in-depth public health training is an important first step towards a career in the medical field.

Students will work directly with doctors from international organizations and medical experts in the fields of Surgery, Neuroethics, Sports Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health from the nation's premier hospitals and medical institutions.

Students will walk away from the program with direct experience and knowledge to begin a career in medicine.

Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form our online Medical School Admissions Panel to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in their accepted students.

Students and parents attend an exclusive virtual Q&A with Medical School Admissions Officers from Harvard, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins University.

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Program Highlights

Meet With The Nation's Top Surgeons, EMT's, Medical Researchers, and Physical Therapists

Learn From Medical Experts

Choose Your Field Of Expertise

Doctors For Continuous Medical Training

Exclusive Medical Seminars

During the conference, students will have the opportunity to interact with medical experts from Georgetown University Hospital, the National Institute of Health, Howard University's School of Medicine, and more.

Leadership Initiatives will also host three medical seminars with experts from across the United States, bringing students in direct contact with the future of medicine.

A licensed doctor will be on staff and available for contact with any questions, allowing students to continue their medical training outside of the online classroom. The doctor will teach additional courses in suturing, diagnosing patients, and using medical equipment.

Students will work with medical specialists in the fields of surgery, emergency room medicine, medical research, physical therapy, and sports medicine.

Using Oculus Rift Technology At The Nagari Medical Clinic & Maternity Ward In Bauchi State, Nigeria

Diagnose A Patient

Work Directly With Leading Doctors

Learn How To Identify Diseases In Real Patients

Use Next Generation Medical Technology

Using Oculus Rift Goggles, students will be transported to a hospital in Bauchi State Nigeria, where they will be able to interact with patients in real time. Using a doctor in Nigeria as an extension of themselves, students will examine and diagnose a patient who cannot afford medical care.

Every patient diagnosed by a student will receive free medical care that they would not otherwise be able to afford.

Students will receive advanced diagnostic training on the four leading causes of death in Northern Nigeria: malaria, typhoid fever, nutritional anemia, and acute respiratory infections (ARI).

Dr. Aisha Garba, who has over twenty years experience treating patients in the developing world, will teach interns how to diagnose patients in desperate need of medical treatment.

Apply & Synthesize Your Knowledge To Develop A Public Health Campaign For Sub-Saharan Africa

Develop A Public Health Campaign

Study Major Public Health Challenges

Directly Improve & Change Lives

Students will turn everyday prevention methods into life-saving information that will be posted throughout communities in the developing world to directly improve health outcomes.

Students will have the opportunity to work directly with top medical minds to learn about the major public health challenges faced by the population of Sub-Saharan Africa. Students will address these challenges through the creation of global health campaigns that will directly improve and change lives.

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Enroll Now To Receive A $500 Scholarship

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All-Inclusive Tuition Cost-$2250

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Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions

Georgetown University Hospital
National Institute of Health
American Red Cross
Nagari Medical Clinic & Maternity Ward
Office of Health Affairs
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Collaborate With Top Medical Minds

Dr. Aisha Garba

LI Medical Summit Education Director
Dr. Aisha Garba

LI Medical Summit Education Director

For over 8 years, Dr. Aisha Garba has been a noteworthy medical Student in Zamfara. Dr. Aisha Garba has been honored with a certificate of honor for outstanding performance during her graduation. She holds a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary, one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Central Europe and of one of Hungary’s most important universities and currently resides in Nigeria.

Dr. Aisha has so far led an impressive career as a medical doctor and in her 3rd year of being in the medical field. She is a doctor that has always received excellent feedback from her employers in Nigeria, Germany, and Hungary.

Serving as a medical officer at Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha plays a major role as the lead doctor in diagnosing, treating and counseling patients. Through her commitment to this role, she has helped the Defence headquarters improve patient health, drug-adherence to those on long term medication or the depressed individuals and general well-being.

Prior to her current role at the Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha worked as a doctor in National hospital Abuja, participating along with the surgical team with preparing patients for surgery, assisting surgeries, discharging and follow- up of patients. Before joining the National hospital team, she was a fresh medical doctor at Federal medical center from 2016-2017.

A self-described medical doctor, Dr. Aisha is a medical officer who is committed to touching lives in a positive way. She has spent the last two years creating awareness about different infectious and non-infectious diseases and is currently passionate about the work she’s doing to help the less privileged.

As a medical officer turned public health specialist, Dr. Aisha has developed a unique perspective when it comes to community health and health protection. Influenced by her parents and Dr. Mustapha Abubakar, she aspires to start working with an international Non-governmental organization in the next stage of her career.

She has contributed to a number of different medical outreach charity Programmes, included donation of medical equipment to primary healthcare centers in her state. She has a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary and a master’s degree from the same university.

In her spare time, she cooks, dances, exercises and meets with friends. Dr. Aisha has been featured in Hungary and Nigeria and spoken at several medical events, including schools, hospitals, and religious gatherings.

She is a medical doctor and her impressive medical background allows her to utilize her skills and knowledge while touching the lives of people especially the less privileged all over the world. Ask her about how to make her patient’s happy. It is her secret talent.

Ahmed Mohammed

Harvard Medical School-Director of Talent Acquisition
Ahmed Mohammed

Harvard Medical School-Director of Talent Acquisition

Ahmed has been in the human resources and management field for over 13 years. His professional experiences extend over for-profit and non-profit organizations within the United States. He has managed human resource activities in a Fortune 50 company with sales of up to $50 billion a year and has also successfully lead and transformed recruitment, management functions, and talent acquisition activities at two Ivy League institutions, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Ahmed’s academic accomplishments include a Diploma in Computer Studies from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State Nigeria, an Associate Degree in Computer Applications Management from Bay State College, Boston Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also an Administrative Fellows Program graduate at Harvard University in Boston, MA.

A native of Bauchi State in Nigeria, Ahmed has lived and visited various countries around the world including Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North and South America, and Africa, earning him the title, “global citizen” among his friends and colleagues. He now resides in Boston, MA and travels to Nigeria following his passion for social change in Africa and the world. Balancing everyday life is a process according to Ahmed. “One step leads to the next in an ever-changing cycle. There are no silver bullet solutions. The key is to always be analyzing your personal and professional situation, and making decisions that will have a cumulative effect towards your personal definition of success.”

Tamara L. Owens MEd

Howard University Health Sciences-Founding Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers
Tamara L. Owens MEd

Howard University Health Sciences-Founding Director, Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers

Ms. Tamara Owens is the founding Director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centers at Howard University Health Sciences. She holds a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Communication. She serves on key curriculum committees for Howard University in an effort to develop clinical skills and simulation curriculum for a spectrum of healthcare professionals.

Ms. Owens served on the Board of Directors for the international Association for Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) as President and Chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. She is also a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and served on the Subcommittee for Program Accreditation. Additionally, Ms. Owens served on a taskforce for the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC) to develop a simulation inventory evaluation which was later published. Also, she has worked with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) on research and development taskforce.

Ms. Owens has several publications and is first author of a chapter in the Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs. She has presented at national and international conferences such as the Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Ottawa Conference, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). She has also worked as a special technical consultant for the American College of Surgeons Education Division on the development of a 10 station Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for surgical residents.

Ms. Owens' research interest have covered a diverse range of topics and has taken her globally, as far as South Africa. Her current international research is in Kenya where she will train standardized patients to portray adolescent patients in an effort to train healthcare professionals on how to communicate with adolescent patients with HIV and AIDS.

Laura Restrepo

Manager of Youth Engagement programs at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Laura Restrepo

Manager of Youth Engagement programs at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

LAURA RESTREPO is the Manager of Youth Engagement programs at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, where she oversees UNICEF Clubs in high school and college campuses and the development and implementation of youth-related activations in the U.S. In her current capacity, she has led youth mission trips to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Tajikistan. Prior to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Laura resided in Philadephia managing state and privately funded programs in early childhood education and intervention. She has worked in the public and private sectors with a focus on international development and business. Laura has been involved with UNICEF for over 15 years as a volunteer, serving in different capacities.

Dr. James Giordano

Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology
Dr. James Giordano

Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program and Co-executive Director for the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology

James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry, Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and Co-director of the O'Neill-Pellegrino Program in Brain Science and Global Health Law and Policy at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Giordano currently serves an appointed member of United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), is a Researcher and Task Leader of the European Union Human Brain Project; and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects’ Agency (DARPA), and Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Branch of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon.

The author of over 260 publications in neuroscience and neuroethics, 7 books, and 13 government whitepapers on neurotechnology, ethics and biosecurity, he is an Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine; and Associate Editor of the Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics. His ongoing research addresses the neurobiological bases of neuropsychiatric spectrum disorders; and neuroethical issues arising in and from the development, use and misuse of neuroscientific techniques and neurotechnologies in medicine, public life, global health, and military applications. In recognition of his work, he was elected to membership in the European Academy of Science and Arts.

Nancy Allen

National Consortium for Health Science Education Executive Director
Nancy Allen

National Consortium for Health Science Education Executive Director

Nancy was introduced to Leadership Initiatives in 2017 when a connection was established between LI programs and HOSA–Future Health Professionals, an international student organization with talented members in pursuit of careers in the health professions. Through this relationship, a large percent of the LI participants are now also HOSA members. At the conclusion of her contract as the HOSA Associate Director, Nancy was named executive director of the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE). NCHSE, a longstanding nonprofit, serves as the national authority for health science education and helps shape, grow and enhance successful health science education programs. Through Nancy’s position with NCHSE, LI will continue to be profiled to educators who are major influencers of young people.

An alumna of Clemson University, Nancy is a registered nurse with extensive experience in career and technical education. Her work includes program management, curriculum standards, and assessment development and implementation, professional development models, and partnership building. Her commitment to teachers and students allows NCHSE to serve as the collaborative to support the preparation of future health professionals and community leaders; ultimately impacting the healthcare workforce needs.

Dr. Eric Glasgow

Molecular Biologist/Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center
Dr. Eric Glasgow

Molecular Biologist/Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center

My lab is currently developing technology to test drug sensitivities of cancer directly from tumor biopsies. Small fragments of tumor biopsy are implanted into zebrafish embryos where the response of the cells to drug treatments can be observed at the cellular level through the small, transparent, embryos. This technology, if successful, has the potential to transform cancer treatment by directly identifying the best chemotherapy for every individual cancer patient. In addition to this clinically directed enterprise, we are pursuing a number of basic science and translational projects in neuroscience and cancer biology, all utilizing the zebrafish model. I am broadly trained in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, genetics, and neuroscience, and I have utilized zebrafish as an experimental model for over twenty-five years. I developed the Zebrafish Shared Resource at Georgetown University, one of the first of its kind in the world to offer full-service access to the zebrafish model. I enjoy research and spend as much time as possible in the lab. I also enjoy teaching and have trained over sixty students in my lab over the last ten years.

A complete list of my published work can be found in MyBibliography:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1VGhVn2U03m/bibliography/40535147/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

My lab website is at: https://sites.google.com/a/georgetown.edu/glasgow-lab/

Kimberly Jacoby Morris

Education Specialist at National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Kimberly Jacoby Morris

Education Specialist at National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Dr. Kimberly Jacoby Morris is a science education specialist in the Education and Community Involvement Branch (ECIB) at the National Human Genome Research Institute. Prior to her appointment in ECIB she was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Biophotonics laboratory of Dr. George H. Patterson. Her projects focused on developing fluorescent proteins for accessible imaging technologies. Dr. Jacoby is extremely passionate about creating inclusive environments and supporting accessible science education initiatives.

Rachel Selekman

Pediatric Urologist at Children's National
Rachel Selekman

Pediatric Urologist at Children's National

Rachel Selekman, M.D., M.A.S., graduated from Cornell University and earned her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. She completed her Urology residency at the University of California, San Francisco and developed interests in pediatric urology. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of California, San Francisco. During her fellowship training, Dr. Selekman also completed her Master’s Degree in Advanced Science and obtained rigorous training in the epidemiologic and biostatistical methods of human subjects research.

Dr. Selekman was drawn to Pediatric Urology due to the lasting impact she could have on children’s views of a healthy self as well as the special relationship between a physician and a family. Her research focuses on the implications of antibiotic utilization in the pediatric patient. This includes not only the efficacy of this treatment at the individual level but also the consequences of treatment, such as antibiotic resistance, for both the individual and for the population.

Dr. Oyetewa Oyerinde

Dermatology Resident at Harvard University & The National Institute Of Health-Researcher
Dr. Oyetewa Oyerinde

Dermatology Resident at Harvard University & The National Institute Of Health-Researcher

Dr. Oyetewa Oyerinde is currently a first-year dermatology trainee at the Harvard Dermatology Residency training program. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and earned her B.S. in Sports Medicine at Howard University in Washington, DC. Dr. Oyerinde then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where she served as a peer educator, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society upon graduation. Throughout medical school, she held multiple leadership roles in her local chapter and regional board of the Student National Medical Association, including Co-President and Community Service Liaison respectively. She later took a year off from medical school to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health. Her work resulted in multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals, abstract publications, and oral presentations at national conferences. Her interests in medicine include healthcare disparities, pigmentary disorders and skin of color. Outside of medicine, she enjoys traveling, performing spoken-word poetry, and writing for her blog (www.notanotherdoctorblog.com).

Dr. Blair Heinke

Georgetown University-Team Physician
Dr. Blair Heinke

Georgetown University-Team Physician

Dr. Blair Heinke joined the Hoya sports medicine staff and the Georgetown University Student Health Center in the fall of 2012.

Dr. Heinke received a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and biology from McDaniel College. She earned her medical doctorate at the State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine. Dr. Heinke completed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in urban family medicine and followed that up with a fellowship at University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health Primary Care Sports Medicine. Working at USC, she also aided the university's athletic teams and was an assistant professor in family medicine.

Dr. Heinke is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians as well as a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.

The Sykesville, Md., native currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Guilhem Labadie

Health Science Expert | MD MPH MBA at UNICEF
Guilhem Labadie

Health Science Expert | MD MPH MBA at UNICEF

Dr. Guilhem Labadie is a French Emergency and Family Medical Doctor and has clinical experience in various health systems. He holds a Master’s of Public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, and a MBA from Brown University. Guilhem has served as a health Expert for WHO and UNICEF on international health strategy, standards and monitoring. He co-led the WHO strategic report on Youth Engagement, and managed the update of the UN Global Strategy for Women, Children and Adolescents' Health indicators at WHO. Recently, he co-chaired the UNICEF WHO+ partners advisory group on data collection, to better monitor the impact of Covid19 on Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Adolescent Nutrition essential services. He is now leading a collaborative process to design a set of international standard metrics for community health workers with key stakeholders including WHO, UNICEF, UN Women, USAID, the Health Data Collaborative (HDC), philanthropies, donors and academics.

Gabriel Felix

Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association-Board Member
Gabriel Felix

Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association-Board Member

Gabriel Felix is fourth-year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. He attended Binghamton University in New York, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He has worked at the Kessler Foundation doing research on survivors of traumatic brain injuries and individuals living with disabilities. His interests lie in advocacy, mental health, mentoring, and health disparities.  He currently serves as the National President for the Student National Medical Association and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the National Medical Association.  He hopes to use his position to continue to support medical and premedical students to become culturally competent and socially conscious physicians that advocate for underserved communities.

Carmine C. Carullo

ExxonMobil-Planning & Performance Analysis Manager for Medicine & Occupational Health (Retired)
Carmine C. Carullo

ExxonMobil-Planning & Performance Analysis Manager for Medicine & Occupational Health (Retired)

Since graduating from Wagner College with a BA in economics and masters in finance, Carmine C. Carullo has built a nearly 40-year career with ExxonMobil Corporation. It is here that he has combined his business expertise with civic engagement locally and worldwide. Carullo's ExxonMobil career has taken him from New York, where he worked in accounting and finance; to Singapore and Indonesia to Virginia, where he has worked in various controller and finance positions, as coordinator of government reporting, and as assistant secretary for shareholder relations.

Now, as the planning manager of medicine and occupational health worldwide, he is charged with the well-being of 80,000 employees in 50 countries. He travels extensively to visit the company's more than 100 medical clinics. He is also involved in community health initiatives such as malaria control, HIV/AIDS prevention, clean water delivery, medical waste disposal, and medical donations. He has also worked on hospital projects in Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.

Carullo is a dedicated supporter of civic organizations in his home community as well, especially Food for Others, of which he was a board member and treasurer, 2003-2010. It is the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1989, finance leader for the Emergency Oil Spill Response Team, and treasurer of Felicity Cove Association Inc.

Mitchell Kannry

Battalion Fire Chief at DC Fire Department
Mitchell Kannry

Battalion Fire Chief at DC Fire Department

Responsible for management of Battalion operations, incident command and mitigation of emergencies in our Nation's Capital.

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Learn From Top Medical School Admissions Officers

Paul T. White, J.D.

Assistant Dean for Admissions at Johns Hopkins University Medical School
Paul T. White, J.D.

Assistant Dean for Admissions at Johns Hopkins University Medical School

Paul T. White has been affiliated with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) since 1994, first as director of Undergraduate Admissions and then as the Assistant Dean for Admissions at JHU’s School of Medicine. In addition to his admissions position at the School of Medicine, he was also served as the Assistant Dean for Financial Aid. In addition to his current work overseeing the Hopkins MD Admissions Office, he serves as a voting faculty member on the MD Admissions Committee, sits on the Financial Aid Advisory Board at Hopkins and on the MD/PhD Admissions Committee.

From 2006 until 2012, Paul White served as the Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Medical School before returning to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2012. White’s professional career began at Yale University in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, where he was an Assistant Director of Admissions for Yale College. He later served as an Associate Dean of Admissions at Hamilton College and as Senior Associate Dean of Admissions at Colgate University.

White received his Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

He has served as a member of the National Merit Corporation Scholarship Selection Committee, and he is a member of the Educational Testing Service’s Scholarship Review Committee. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the SEED School of Maryland, a statewide public boarding school and he is the regional director of volunteer services for the annual Yale Day of Service for Yale alumni throughout Maryland and Virginia. He is a past president and co-founder of the Black Faculty and Staff Association of Johns Hopkins University and a past president of Hightower Scholarship, Inc. His speaking engagements have included regional and national conferences on such topics as using social media in admissions; admissions, legal matters and affirmative action and using financial aid strategically. He has served as a consultant to a number of colleges, universities and medical schools on admissions matters both within the US and abroad.

Ed Meyertholen

Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown University
Ed Meyertholen

Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown University

Ed Meyertholen went to Boston College where he graduated with a Biology/Chemistry major. He then attended graduate school at Purdue University and received his Ph.D. in biology in 1982. After holding faculty positions at several universities he settled in Austin, TX where he taught Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Physiology at Austin Community College. In 2005, Ed was awarded a sabbatical leave and was able to do research on Kennedy's Disease in the lab of Dr. Diane Merry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 2012, Ed accepted a position as Assistant Dean and Director of Pre-Health Programs at Georgetown College, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Ed is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the KDA.

Ed and his wife, Pat, have been married for 30 years and have two daughters. Ed was diagnosed with KD in 1999 when he was 45. Since having been diagnosed, he has taken up running and has completed five marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2004. Ed has tried to use his running as a means of raising money for the KDA.

Holli Selman

Assistant Director Of Admissions at George Washington University School of Medicine
Holli Selman

Assistant Director Of Admissions at George Washington University School of Medicine

Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University-Senior Associate Dean for Admissions
Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University-Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Michelle is the senior associate dean for admissions and associate professor of family medicine and population health at the VCU School of Medicine. Having joined the faculty in 1993, her areas of research focus include teaching domestic violence issues, diabetic patient education and rural health.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary and a medical degree from the VCU School of Medicine. Throughout her tenure at VCU she has been committed to enhancing the diversity of physician practitioners and the multicultural awareness of her students. Her dedication to caring for underserved populations led to the development of the Inner City and Rural Preceptorship Program in 1996. In 2009, she received a VCU Presidential Award for Community Multicultural Enrichment, and in 2007 she received a YWCA of Richmond Outstanding Women Award.

In July 2016 Michelle was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the VCU Health System Authority Board of Directors.

Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions For Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School
Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions For Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School

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Meet With Undergraduate Admissions Experts

Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University

I am the former Director of Admission at Regis College in Weston, MA. I have also worked in the admission offices at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University.

My passion for students has always fueled my work with students and their families. The college process is a journey and I enjoy providing guidance and insight for those who are going through it.

Outside of my work in higher education, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, running, and watching sports.

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University

Dan is an Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he's overseen the Visit & Events team since 2017. Responsible for the on-campus and virtual engagement experience of over 70,000 visitors each year, he also manages a recruitment and application evaluation territory that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

An active member of both NACAC and its PCACAC regional affiliate, Dan began his career as an Admissions Counselor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. He then worked as a Senior Admission Counselor at the Catholic University of America, also in D.C., before coming to GW. He earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University

Michelle Stinson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2013, double majoring in English and Government. Following graduation, she began working in Admissions at her alma mater.

In 2016, she worked in College and Career Readiness as a Dual Enrollment and Persistence Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.

As of January 2020, Michelle is currently an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University, and works with students in DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University

Dejah Greene is an Admissions Officer at Howard University who has a passion for assisting students and families in the admissions process.

Dejah is an experienced admissions officer and administrative assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and federal government. Strong in the arts and social sciences with a Master's degree focused in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.

At Howard, Dejah primarily reviews prospective student applications for first preliminary recommendation for admission and works to make decisions based on a holistic view.

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The virtual diagnosis was an incredible experience. I got to see first hand how my work was impacting the patient. Seeing how Leadership Initiatives is changing so many lives in Nigeria is truly inspiring. I am so honored I got to work with so many talented doctors and learn from my incredibly smart peers. Over the course of these past two weeks, I have realized that I really enjoy working with people to help them and I hope that in the future I can help change the world for more people as well!"

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The Bullis School, Class of 2021

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Sara P.

Advanced Medical & Public Health

Internship Summit Testimonial

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When I arrived on the first day on zoom, I did not have a clear view of what I will be doing in the Leadership Initiative. As the week went on, I got an image of Nigerian society and could compare the tough job that Nigerian doctors go through to the amount of support that American doctors receive. During the program, I was asked to run a diagnostic test on Dr. Aisha in front of other interns. I was nervous but I used all of the knowledge that the Leadership Initiatives taught me in the past couple of weeks. In the end, I was very excited that I got the right disease and could not wait to diagnose a real patient. When the day came, I was very excited and I diagnosed the patient correctly."

Student Name:

Elizabeth Seton High School, Class of 2022

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Goldis F.

Advanced Medical & Public Health

Internship Summit Testimonial

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The thing that surprised me the most about the online format was the amount of organization shown throughout the summit. I thought that since this was a big change from the way Leadership Initiatives hosts their programs, it was going to have its setbacks. However, I was happily surprised as everything flowed naturally, and nothing seemed to go off schedule. Also, my favorite experience at the summit was when we diagnosed our patients. I feel like the summit has drilled the symptoms and treatments to malaria, typhoid, anemia, and ARI's into my head. I was glad to know that this studying paid off when I successfully diagnosed my patient with Malaria and gave them the right treatment!"

Student Name:

Auburn High school, Class of 2021

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Miles H.

Advanced Medical & Public Health

Internship Summit Testimonial

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My favorite experience during the past two weeks was making the public health campaign because next year, in college, I would like to major in public health. After making our own public health campaign, I could see myself continuing to make and present them in my future career."

Student Name:

Orange Lutheran High School, Class of 2021

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Ava S.

Advanced Medical & Public Health

Internship Summit Testimonial

"

I was surprised how smoothly the online format ran, especially since it was the first summer Leadership Initiatives was doing the programs online. To my surprise, I was able to get what felt like a comprehensive experience as if I was at Georgetown University in person. I was also pleasantly surprised by how well LI was able to utilize the different features on Zoom that I didn't even know existed, especially the Breakout Rooms, for more centralized team collaborations."

Student Name:

Marriotts Ridge High School, Class of 2021

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Summer Program:

School:

Jaida A.

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

SAT/ACT Training

TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States.

LI has designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices

YDP participants have access to college admissions panels with representatives from some of the top universities in the nation.

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College Probability Modeling

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College Essay Review

All YDP participants are able to submit five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection.

YDP students will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them by any LI staff member.

Students who participate in a YDP help create a new business or expand a growing business in a developing country

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Real-World Experience

Scholarship Assistance

LI has compiled a database of past scholarship recipients to identify these factors and ease the burden of scholarship application for YDP students.

All YDP participantsnts receive professional resume creation advice and help from Leadership Initiatives.

LI will work to ensure that your work to transform lives is recognized.

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Community Service

Leadership Initiatives creates a personalized website for each International Internship Program team highlighting their collaborative efforts with their partner in the International Business & Development Internship, International Law & Advocacy Internship, or International Public Health Internship.

The website displays your team's solutions, grant proposal, photos of your partners, and illustrates the impact your team has had on the life and community of your partners. The website link is included in your letters of recommendation, allowing colleges to independently explore the phenomenal work done by each and every student.

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