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 these, 60% of DDP scholars have so far matriculated into MD, MD/PhD, or PhD programs at a variety of institutions across the country, including at Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Brown, Albert Einstein, and Kennesaw State Universities.  In addition, scholars have been accepted at Duke University, Emory University, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Ohio State University, Tufts University, University of Chicago, and Washington University St. Louis.  30% have gone on to become research scientists.

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

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 (


Example Publications Authored by CSM Scholars

McAdams-DeMarco MA, Ying H, Thomas AG, Warsame F, Shaffer AA, Haugen CE, Garonzik-Wang JM, Desai NM, Varadhan R, Walston J, Norman SP, Segev DL. Frailty, Inflammatory Markers, and Waitlist Mortality Among Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease in a Prospective Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2018; 102(10):1740-1746.  PMID: 29677074.
Perez-Dulzaides R, Camacho E, Cordero RJB, Casadevall A. Cell-wall dyes interfere with Cryptococcus neoformans melanin deposition. Microbiology. 2018; 164(8):1012-1022.  PMID: 29939127.
Osman G, Rodriguez J, Chan SY, Chisholm J, Duncan G, Kim N, Tatler AL, Shakesheff KM, Hanes J, Suk JS, Dixon JE. PEGylated enhanced cell penetrating peptide nanoparticles for lung gene therapy. J Control Release. 2018; 285:35-45.   PMID: 30004000.
Chavez-Valdez R, Emerson P, Goffigan-Holmes J, Kirkwood A, Martin LJ, Northington FJ. Delayed injury of hippocampal interneurons after neonatal hypoxia-ischemia and therapeutic hypothermia in a murine model. Hippocampus. 2018;  28(8):617-630. PMID: 29781223.
McAdams-DeMarco MA, Konel J, Warsame F, Ying H, González Fernández M, Carlson MC, Fine DM, Appel LJ, Segev DL. Intradialytic Cognitive and Exercise Training May Preserve Cognitive Function. Kidney Int Rep. 2017; 3(1):81-88.  PMC5762950.