Spring 2019 MHP Newsletter


Dear Medical Honors Program Alumni

Hello from Gainesville! First, we want to thank the large number of you that reached out to us after the publication of the MHP Newsletter last Fall. We heard back from people that were near (Orlando), far (Iowa), wide (Washington State), and all places in between. One of the common responses that we received was, “I would love to be …

2018 MHP Fall Social

On Friday, November 9th current MHP students had the opportunity to mingle and network with past alumni at an MHP alumni-student reception. The event started at 4:30pm and was held in the Harrell Medical Education Building. Dr. Sayeski opened up the event with a few words of appreciation and welcome, and the rest of the evening was spent socializing, exchanging …

Save the Date

If you missed out on the 2018 MHP Fall Alumni-Student Reception, the MHP would like to extend an invitation for this year’s upcoming Fall Alumni-Student Reception which will be held on Friday, October 4th. Location and time will be announced as soon as we learn more details. For any comments, questions, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

Transition in Time: JHMP to MHP

The Medical Honors Program (MHP) underwent a name change from what was formerly known as the Junior Honors Medical Program (JHMP) due to several reasons. The adoption of a few programmatic changes, one being the creation of a Rural, Urban and Underserved in medicine track, around this time motivated the decision to change the name to mark a new era within the history of the MHP. Additionally, there was a general consensus to omit the term ‘Junior’ to more accurately reflect the rigor, professionalism and maturity required and demonstrated among the cohort.

Diversity and Equity: A Conversation with Rebecca Oyetoro, MS1 and Dr. Donna Parker, MD, Associate Dean of Diversity and Health Equity

The infusion of diversity and equity into healthcare has always been a long-standing goal for the UF College of Medicine (UFCOM). As such, the Medical Honors Program (MHP) aims to reflect these efforts to remain true to the values of UFCOM through their admissions process. In an interview with Rebecca Oyetoro, MS1 and MHP Class of 2022, she reflects on …

MHP in Forbes

Check out the Forbes article featuring MHP and how it is different from other accelerated BS/MD programs! Dr. Sayeski and Ms. Thomas discuss the application process, an ideal candidate for admission, and the special highlights of the program.


MHP Alumni Spotlight: 10 Questions with Prerak D. Shah, MD, FACS – Class of 1996 JHMP

What is your academic background/clinical interests? Sometimes discovering who and what you want to be in life results in some unexpected turns. After graduating from UF College of Medicine (COM) in 1996, I chose to pursue a career in Pediatrics and started this journey in Chicago as a Pediatric Resident at Northwestern University. Soon after, I decided to change career …
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Social Activities

Parting Words

As part of the MHP Newsletter team we want to thank you for trusting us with this very first volume for the MHP newsletter. This has been an amazing experience, being able to connect with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and we hope you have enjoyed the stories and articles presented within. As we transition into a new stage of our lives, our first year of medical school here, we hope to emulate and grow from the memories and lessons learned within this program.
Thank you again!
Dionne, Hugh, and Mallika

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Graduating over 500+ alumni since its creation in 1972, the MHP would love to hear from you about your stories and achievements. If you are interested in giving back read more below about how you can leave your legacy today. Any amount is always appreciated.

Medical Honors Program Fund: An MHP fund has been established via the UF Foundation. 100% of all contributions will go directly to the program and advance the mission of the MHP via investments in program development, scholarship, leadership, research, innovation, and education. With your generous support, we look forward to the continued positive impact that our students have in the betterment of healthcare, both locally and globally. All donations are fully tax deductible. To give, please click here.

MHP Contact Information: Do you have any questions, comments, stories etc. about the MHP? If so, we would love to hear from you. Please consider adding your bio to our alumni highlights! Current bios can be found  here.

To add your bio, please email med-admissions@ufl.edu

Thank you!