Philander Smith College 2020 graduate, Maria Meneses-Ramos in inaugural Public Health program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Philander Smith College Class of 2020 graduate, Maria Meneses-Ramos is in the inaugural Medical Scholars in Public Health program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Meneses-Ramos, who was an honors Biology Pre-Med major, participated in the MedTrack program at PSC.

The MedTrack program is a partnership between UAMS, Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The partnership is aimed at helping more minority students enter the medical field. It provides a combination of mentoring, tutoring and assistance navigating the application process for medical school and other health care career opportunities.

According to Meneses-Ramos, she plans to go to medical school to become a doctor. Her overall mission is to help Arkansas to have a better quality of life.

She said about her undergraduate experience, “Philander Smith College is an institution that stands for what they say they are. They truly are there to help and they stand for social justice.”

Her admission into the Medical Scholars in Public Health program is a first step. The program will serve as an educational bridge to a master’s degree in public health and/or a medical degree for Arkansas residents who come from socially, economically or geographically disadvantaged backgrounds and who have faced challenges in the medical school admissions process.