Doctors of Tomorrow
For students at Cass Technical High School in Detroit who are interested in the medical field, the Doctors of Tomorrow (DoT) program provides mentorship, knowledge and experience that prepares them for a future in healthcare.Cass Tech freshman who are admitted to the program are paired with first-year medical students at the University of Michigan’s Medical School. Throughout their time in the program, students will visit the U-M Medical School for a variety of hands-on experiences including virtual surgery training at the Clinical Simulation Center, shadowing a physician, and learning about global health projects at the Schools of Public Health.
The program creates an educational experience for participants while promoting cultural awareness in order to reduce bias in the medical field and encouraging students to foster change in their communities.
Founded in 2012, the DoT program aims to increase diversity in the medical field by mentoring and encouraging youth from underrepresented communities to pursue careers in medicine. After their first year in the program, participants segway into Doctors of Tomorrow Rising, built for students in grades 10-12 to maintain relationships with mentors while preparing for, and applying to college. For alumni of the program who pursue an education at U-M, they can continue into Doctors of Tomorrow Succeed for further education and career guidance.Doctors of Tomorrow launched a summer internship program in 2014, where students are given the opportunity to spend eight weeks working with various organizations in Detroit. Some of these internships have included placements at Artesian Farms, Neighborhood Service Organization, and Project Healthy Communities.
As a participant of the DoT program, students also complete Capstone Research Projects, which allow them to work with their peers and mentors while explore health topics more deeply. Participants look at disease, understand how the condition affects their community, and suggest possible solutions.
At the Capstone Symposium, students present their research projects and share their findings with those in attendance, allowing them to hone their skills in public speaking and presenting research findings.The Doctors of Tomorrow program provides a foundation for students to succeed academically and professionally in the medical field. In fact, some of the past participants have graduated from Cass Tech and continued on to pursue degrees in subjects such as biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience at the University of Michigan.
Through a strong mentorship program and numerous clinical immersions, participants in DoT receive the support and guidance they need to one day pursue a career in science or healthcare.