MEDPATH: Preparing the Way
to Medical School
Many students dream of going to
medical school; however, some
students, such as first-generation
college students and others who lack
the financial and educational resources,
face unique challenges as compared
with their peers.
The Ohio State University College
of Medicine MEDPATH program was
created in 1991 to bridge this gap,
with the goal to increase enrollment of
underrepresented minority students in
the College of Medicine, as well as assist
economically disadvantaged students.
“Prior to its present iteration, MEDPATH
consisted of three tracks that
accommodated students from groups
underrepresented in medicine who
desired to pursue a career in medicine
but were at different stages in their
preparation for medical school,” says
Nikki Radcliffe Goldsberry, associate
director of the MEDPATH program.
MEDPATH is a yearlong post-baccalaureate program designed
to enrich the academic knowledge
base for students prior to their
entrance into medical school that
admits up to 15 students annually.
Applicants must be referred to the
program by the Ohio State College
of Medicine Admissions Committee
and complete an application. Students
who successfully complete all of the
program requirements matriculate into
OSUCOM the following year.
Since the program’s inception nearly
250 students have gone on to attain
the MD degree.
“MEDPATH was the key that unlocked
my academic potential,” says Dwayne
Whitfield, MD ’ 17, and a 2013
MEDPATH alumnus. He credits “the
rigors of MEDPATH and the resources
and support” for his new pathway
as a physician. Dr. Whitfield will do
his residency in family medicine at
East Jefferson General Hospital in
Demicha Rankin, MD ’06, and
a 2002 MEDPATH alumna, is an
anesthesiologist at Ohio State Wexner
Medical Center. She says MEDPATH
helped her think about her personal
and professional goals in preparation
for medical school. “The program
allowed me to tap into my potential
as a future physician and gave me
the confidence to handle the medical
school curriculum,” she says.
Students in the MEDPATH program
begin in August with a weeklong
orientation that includes an assessment
and instruction in learning strategies,
test taking and problem solving.
During the academic year, students
take a variety of foundational courses
that include, but are not limited to,
biochemistry, genetics, medical
terminology and physiology. Tutoring
is provided in addition to other key
components such as service projects,
professional development sessions and
a mentoring program. The final six weeks
entails coursework in human gross
anatomy, biochemistry and immunology.
2002 MEDPATH alumna Demicha Rankin, MD
’06 is an anesthesiologist at Ohio State
Wexner Medical Center.
2013 MEDPATH alumnus Dwayne Whitfield, MD
’ 17 is currently doing a family medicine residency
at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA.