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 in applying to the DDP, the application portal 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 Sarah Farrell, Director of Development (sfarrell@jhmi.edu), or Kevin McGuire (kmcgui10@jhmi.edu), Sr. Associate Director of Development, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.

 

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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

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News

Example Publications Authored by CSM Scholars

Moghimianavval, H., Patel, C., Mohapatra, S., Hwang, S.-W., Kayikcioglu, T., Bashirzadeh, Y., Liu, A. P., Ha, T., Engineering Functional Membrane–Membrane Interfaces by InterSpy. Small 2022, 2202104. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202202104

Udyavar NR, Ahn J, Crepeau P, Morris-Wiseman LF, Thompson V, Chen Y, Segev DL, McAdams-DeMarco M, and Mathur A. Black patients are more likely to undergo parathyroidectomy for secondary hyperparathyroidism. Surgery 2022; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.surg.2022.05.040

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

Amorim MR, Aung O, Mokhlesi B, and Polotsky, VY. 2022. Leptin-mediated neural targets in obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Sleep, zsac153, https://doi.org/10.1093/sleep/zsac153.

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

Smith TA, Moore BN, Matoso A, Berkowitz DE, DeBerry JJ, Pluznick JL. Identification of novel bladder sensory GPCRs. Physiol. Rep. 2021; 9(8):e14840. doi: 10.14814/phy2.14840. 

Beach MC, Park J, Han D, Evans C, Moore RD, Saha S. Clinician response to patient emotion: Impact on subsequent communication and visit length. Annals of Family Medicine (in press).

Mamo M, Ye IC, DiGiacomo JW, Park JY, Downs B, and Gilkes DM. Hypoxia alters the response to anti-EGFR therapy by regulating EGFR expression and downstream signaling in a DNA methylation-specific and HIF-dependent manner. Canc. Res. 2020, 80(22): 4998-5010.  DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-20-1232

Bicket AK, Mihailovic A, Zheng C, Kashaf MS, Nagarajan N, Huang AS, Chapagain S, Da J, Ramulu PY. Comparison of patient-reported functional recovery from different types of ophthalmic surgery. Am J Ophthalmol. 2021 S0002-9394(21)00083-0. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajo.2021.02.018

Pilla, SJ, Park, J, Schwartz, JL, Albert, MC, Ephraim, PL, Boulware, LE, Mathioudakis, NN, Maruthur, NM, Beach, MC, Greer, RC. Hypoglycemia Communication in Primary Care Visits for Patients with Diabetes. J Gen Intern Med 2021; 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06385-x

Parajón E, Surcel A, Robinson DN. The Mechanobiome: A Goldmine for Cancer Therapeutics. Am. J. Physiol.-Cell Physiol. 2021; 320: C306-C323. doi: 10.1152/ajpcell.00409.2020

Yohannan J, Cheng M, Da J, Chapagain S, Sotimehin A, Bonham LW, Mihailovic A, Boland M, Ramulu P. Evidence-based criteria for determining peripapillary OCT reliability. Ophthalmology 2020; 127(2): 167-176. doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2019.08.027

Park J, Saha S, Han D, Jindal M, Korthuis TK, Moore RD, Beach MC. Are clinicians’ empathic concern and perspective-taking traits associated with their response to patient emotions? Patient Education and Counseling. 2020; 103(9):1745-1751.  DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.04.016

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Park J, Beach MC, Han D, Moore RD, Korthuis PT, Saha S. Racial disparities in clinician response to patient emotions. Patient Educ. Couns. 2020;103(9):1736-1744. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.03.019

Flyak AI, Ruiz SE, Salas J, Rho S, Bailey JR, Bjorkman PJ. An ultralong CDRH2 in HCV neutralizing antibody demonstrates structural plasticity of antibodies against E2 glycoprotein. eLIFE 2020; 9: e53169. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.53169

Karaba AH, Figueroa A, Massaccesi G, Botto S, DeFilippis VR, Cox AL.Herpes simplex virus type 1 inflammasome activation in proinflammatory human macrophages is dependent on NLRP3, ASC, and caspase-1.  PLoS One 2020; 15(2): 1-18. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0229570

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

Park J, Saha S, Han D, De Maesschalck S, Moore RD, Korthius PT, Roter D, Knowlton A, Woodson T, Beach MC. Emotional communication in HIV care: An observational study of patients’ expressed emotions and clinician response. AIDS and Behavior 2019; 23(10), 2816-2828. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02466-z

Saung MT, Muth S, Ding D, Thomas DL 2nd, Blair AB, Tsujikawa T, Coussens L, Jaffee EM, Zheng L. Targeting myeloid-inflamed tumor with anti-CSF-1R antibody expands CD137+ effector T-cells in the murine model of pancreatic cancer. J. Immunother. Canc. 2018; 6(1): 118 (1-11). PMCID: PMC6234697

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.