FIU sophomores gain early acceptance to medical school

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From left to right: Carlos Suanes, Alycia Shariff, Julio Sanchez, Alexander Rodriguez, Johna Denis, Ana Reyes. Photo via FIU News.


Every year, ambitious sophomores at FIU’s Honors College are given the distinctive opportunity of being considered for guaranteed admission at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM).

In addition to securing an acceptance of admission, the HWCOM Early Assurance Program assists students throughout their premedical planning by helping to define and broaden their academic interests and provide mentorship as the students explore and learn more about the medical profession. 

This prestigious program has a less than 15 percent acceptance rate. This year, six students were selected for the fifth cohort. Among them are ER volunteers, members of various pre-health student organizations, research assistants and participants of physician shadowing programs.

Along with being on the pre-med track, chemistry and music major Johna Denis is also an opera singer and recently performed the Star-Spangled Banner at FIU’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Denis intends to pursue studies in otolaryngology, in particular throat and voice, driven by her passion for singing.

“As a black Haitian American female, I see the health disparities before my eyes,” Denis said. “Even down to where you live, like your zip code, a group of people may be at risk of getting a disease or illness, unlike others…I want to help change that.” Continue Reading

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Feb. 23, 2021

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