The Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP) is our post-baccalaureate component of the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM Initiative) pipeline program.  The CSM Initiative seeks to develop scholars from low-income and diverse backgrounds to help them build the accomplishments, skills, network, and support necessary to achieve advanced careers in biomedical, medical, health-related, and STEM professions.

The DDP program, directed by Dr. Deidra Crews (Associate Professor of Medicine/physician-scientist), admits ~5-8 scholars per year interested in pursuing MD, MD/PhD, PhD, and other health and biomedical research careers.  The program receives ~150 applications annually, yielding ~3-5% acceptance rate. Selected scholars spend up to 2 years in the DDP.

While in the program, DDP Scholars join a research lab at Johns Hopkins and conduct rigorous original research that they get to publish (check out the Publications page).  Scholars receive course work in scientific scholarly writing and Kaplan MCAT, GRE, or DAT exam preparation as appropriate for each scholar.  Scholars get extensive clinician shadowing opportunities and participate in a lunch and learn seminar series where they hear from extraordinary leaders in the medical and biomedical communities from UIS/UIM backgrounds.

Scholars benefit from peer mentorship and guidance from the DDP Director during monthly ‘Coffee Breaks’ inclusive of small groups of DDP scholars. Scholars also meet individually with the DDP Director to identify specific areas to strengthen. The scholar and research mentor form strong, productive bonds that foster the scholar’s growth. The scholars also join a longitudinal mentor group, which is led by a CSM faculty member. This group provides yet another opportunity for network building and mentorship that benefits the scholar as they move forward with their career.

To date, 23 scholars have participated in the DDP.  Of the first 14, 72% have been accepted into MD, MD/PhD, or PhD programs at a variety of institutions across the country, including at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Brown, Albert Einstein, Baylor, Kennesaw State, Duke, Emory, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Ohio State, Tufts, University of Chicago, and Washington University St. Louis among others.  7% matriculated into MS programs and 20% became research scientists.

If you are interested in applying to the DDP, the application may be found here.

If you want to learn more about the DDP, please contact Dr. Deidra Crews (dcrews1@jhmi.edu).

If you are interested in helping support the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine, please contact Katie Sullivan, Associate Director of Development (ksulli52@jhmi.edu).

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Example Publications Authored by CSM Scholars

DeLong K*, Bensouda S*, Zulfiqar F, Zierden HC, Hoang TM, Abraham AG, Coleman JS, Cone RA, Gravitt PE, Hendrix CW, Fuchs EJ, Gaydos CA, Weld ED, Ensign LM.  Conceptual Design of a Universal Donor Screening Approach for Vaginal Microbiota Transplant. Front. Cell. Infect. Microbiol. 2019, doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2019.00306   *Co-first authors
Colbert MD, Flyak AI, Ogega CO, Kinchen VJ, Massaccesi G, Hernandez M, Davidson E, Doranz BJ, Cox AL, Crowe JE Jr, Bailey JR. Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies Targeting New Sites of Vulnerability in Hepatitis C Virus E1E2. J Virol. 2019 Jun 28;93(14). pii: e02070-18. PMID: 31068427
Little HC, Rodriguez S, Lei X, Tan SY, Steward AN, Sahagun A, Sarver DC, Wong GW. Myonectin deletion promotes adipose fat storage and reduces liver steatosis. FASEB J. 2019; 33: 1-22. PMID: 31002535
Blair AB*, Kleponis J*, Thomas DL 2nd*, Muth ST, Murphy AG, Kim V, Zheng L. IDO1 inhibition potentiates vaccine-induced immunity against pancreatic adenocarcinoma. J Clin Invest. 2019 Apr 1;129(4):1742-1755.  *Co-first authors.  PMID: 30747725
Goffigan-Holmes J, Sanabria D, DIaz J, Flock D, Chavez-Valdez R. Calbindin-1 Expression in the Hippocampus following Neonatal Hypoxia-Ischemia and Therapeutic Hypothermia and Deficits in Spatial Memory. Dev. Neurosci. 2019; 12:1-15. PMID: 30861522