Dr. Kiran C. Patel

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion by Partnering with the Community

At Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD), we invest in the next generation of health care professionals by inspiring high school students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in the medical field. Through mentorship and various science, technology, and math-related activities, students learn about health care careers and how science applies to various disciplines.

Journey into Medicine Mentorship Program

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A Collaboration with Blanche Ely High School

In partnership with the Blanche Ely High School Medical Magnet Program, NSU MD helps students from underrepresented backgrounds develop skills to increase their competitiveness for admission to schools of medicine. Matched with NSU MD clinical faculty mentors, students receive first-hand information about careers in medicine and how to navigate the application process.

The program runs for one academic year. To be eligible to participate, you must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

STEM Seminar Series

A Collaboration with Stranahan High School

To increase the chances of successfully entering a health professions program, Stranahan High School 10th grade students participate in the NSU MD’s STEM Seminar Series. The seminars align with the content in the school’s curriculum, helping students develop an understanding of the relevance of the basic sciences across multiple health professions.

NSU MD basic science faculty from six disciplines – anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology – provide the weekly one-hour interactive seminars. To date, more than 200 students have been impacted. The program begins in January and runs throughout the academic year.



Medical Students Encouraging and Teaching Aspiring STEAM Students


A Collaboration with the Immaculata-LaSalle High School

The NSU MD Latino Medical Student Association Chapter partners with the Immaculata-LaSalle High School Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) program in Miami, Florida to stimulate interest in health care careers. More than ninety percent of the students enrolled in the STEAM program identify as Hispanic/Latinx.


The NSU MD student-led mentoring and teaching program METAS has reached more than 100 high school students to date through workshops, discussions, and active-learning activities.

Arkene Levy Johnston, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Community Engagement, Equity, and Belonging
Professor of Medical Education
(954) 262-4158