The American Osteopathic Foundation’s William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship recognizes minority medical students who are proven leaders in addressing minorities' educational, societal, and health needs. In 2018, AOF recognized two such students.
Kaylette Jenkins, OMS IV
Student Doctor Jenkins was first exposed to osteopathic medicine through a geriatrician DO who was treating her grandmother after a seizure. “I saw the benefits of treating the patient as a whole, as it significantly increased my grandmother’s quality of life. I knew that I wanted to be trained in OMT so that I could have all the training possible to provide my patients with immediate and therapeutic relief along with their routine standard of care.”
She was elected Diversity Committee Representative and General Council Member to the Council of Osteopathic Government Presidents. She works to help increase diversity in medical school admissions and create programs that support minority students throughout their education and training.
As a member of the Student National Medical Association, she volunteered in local middle and high schools to expose young minority students to science and osteopathic medicine. “By seeing faces that look like theirs donning a white coat, it shows them that it is possible to rise above their current circumstances to pursue a career in medicine,” she says of this experience.
Student Doctor Jenkins earned a Master of Biological Sciences from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2014 before entering the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). She has received many awards and scholarships that she credits with helping her pay for medical school. After graduation, she plans to create a scholarship for future Rowan minority students to pay this generosity forward.
She is committed to education, having served as an Anatomy Professor at Drexel, an MCAT instructor for The Princeton Review, and as a tutor for her fellow medical students.
Dean A. Micciche, Assistant Dean for Student Programs and Alumni Engagement at RowanSOM says that Student Doctor Jenkins “is a dynamic leader who is engaged with her community and who, by word or action, has truly touched so many, while achieving individual success in osteopathic medicine.”
Zuri Hudson, OMS IV
A 2013 cum laude graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Student Doctor Hudson earned a Masters of Science degree from Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) in 2015. She is currently working toward both her Masters in Business Administration and a DO degree from LMU’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She credits her parents for instilling in her a passion for leadership and service: “They] have always pushed me to look past anyone’s socioeconomic status, race, gender, or religion to see them as people – this is why I treasure diversity and the position I am in as an underrepresented minority entering the current medical field.”
As the National Diversity Representative on the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, Student Doctor Hudson hosted a workshop focused on creating a diversity-centered mission statement and created a questionnaire to assess diversity resources. She regularly publishes articles and gives presentations on how to increase diversity on medical school campuses. She has served as President of the Student Government Association and in 2017 was named the LMU-DCOM Student Doctor of the Year.
Student Doctor Hudson also prioritizes giving back to her community. She has tutored her fellow students and worked as an OMT teaching assistant. In her spare time, she founded a recycling program, as well as a mental health awareness initiative at LMU-DCOM. “I have been afforded many opportunities while on LMU-DCOM’s campus and on the national osteopathic stage to leave a mark, learn how to empathize with those around me, and mobilize resources to further the community.”
J. Michael Wieting, DO, Senior Associate Dean at LMU-DCOM, says that Student Doctor Hudson “is an outstanding minority student who has shown an unusually impressive depth and breadth of commitment to the profession, scholastic excellence, and accomplishment in the areas of education, population health, and socio/political causes.”
“Our future is so bright as minority medical students and I cannot wait to see how our communities grow in diversity,” she says.
The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is proud to award Kaylette Jenkins, OMS IV, and Zuri Hudson, OMS IV, with the 2018 AOF William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarships.