The Doctoral Diversity Program (DDP) is our post-baccalaureate component of the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM Initiative).  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 (Professor of Medicine/physician-scientist), admits ~5-9 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, 46 scholars have participated in the DDP.  To date, 83% have been accepted into MD, MD/MBA, 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, Georgetown, Harvard, UC Berkeley, UTSW, and Oregon Health Sciences among others.  9% matriculated into MS programs 3% became research scientists, and 3% joined Teach for America to become a high school biology teacher.

If you are interested, please apply to the DDP.  The application portal will open Nov. 1, 2022.

If you want to learn more about the DDP, please contact Dr. Deidra Crews (

If you are interested in helping support the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine, please contact Sarah Farrell, Director of Development (, or Kevin McGuire (, Sr. Associate Director of Development, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.



In Memoriam

Nov. 16, 2021

It is with great sadness that we learned today of Ricardo Perez Dulzaides’ passing. Ricardo was a phenomenal human being, who was super-kind, warm-hearted, and caring.  This is a devastating loss for the DDP family and for all who Ricardo has impacted and would be impacting over his life.  To learn more about Ricardo, please check out the very thoughtful writeup that Albert Einstein College of Medicine (where Ricardo was an MSTP student) published on his behalf: Remembering Ricardo Perez Dulzaides

We miss you.  Rest in peace, Ricardo!

Ricardo Perez Dulzaides

DDP Scholar, 2016-2018



Example Publications Authored by CSM Scholars

Kernodle AB, Thompson V, Chen X, Norman S, Segev D, Purnell TS, McAdams-DeMarco M. Short Report: Race and Ethnicity Misclassification in Kidney Transplantation Research. Transplantation Direct, 2022; 8(10): e1373. DOI:10.1097/TXD.0000000000001373
Shawar AR, Truong PP, Shiffman J. The emergence of political priority for addressing child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom. Child Abuse & Neglect, 2022; 128: 105601. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.105601
Chen X, Liu Y, Thompson V, Chu NM, King EA, Walston JD, Kobashigawa JA, Dadhania DM, Segev DL, DeMarco MA. Transplant centers that assess frailty as part of clinical practice have better outcomes. BMC Geriatrics 2022; 22 (82): 1-12. DOI: 10.1186/s12877-022-02777-2.  
Park J, Saha S, Chee B, Taylor J, Beach MC. 2021. Physician Use of Stigmatizing Language in Patient Medical Records. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(7):e2117052. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.17052