Fast Forward 15 years: How Winning An AOF Scholarship Altered the Life of Tyree Winters, DO

April 2, 2019

What was it like receiving this scholarship?

Winning AOF’s 2005 Anderson Minority Scholarship award was such a blessing for me because at that time in my life I was reaching my limit for the amount of money I could borrow. My mom was working three jobs to help me stay in school, and I was desperately trying to figure out how to fund medical education. On a whim, I looked up scholarships and found AOF’s Anderson Scholarship…My mom was my guest at the Honors Gala when I received the award. When Dr. Anderson introduced me, he shared a little bit about our struggle.  He asked my mom to stand up and she received a standing ovation.  It brought tears to our eyes.

Describe your career path after winning this award.

I knew that I wanted to serve in underserved communities and pursue academic medicine.   I’ve done both in my residency and now as Associate Program Director at a pediatric residency program and as a Clerkship Director for medical students. Recruitment and retention of minority students in medical school is a big passion of mine, so I’m still active with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and Diversity in Medicine.

What was most memorable to you about your experiences as a minority DO student in training?

The biggest thing is seeing what my predecessors went through and having patients who are also minorities that really value having a doctor who is a minority, too. It always made me want to be a role model and catalyst to bring more diversity into the medical school.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering pursuing a career in osteopathic medicine?

The best advice I would give is that this is a great profession to enter. We are constantly growing in the medical community. Often times, I think minority students feel that we have to prove our worth to others, but once you prove your worth to yourself nothing can stop you.

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Tyree Winters, DO