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Physicians Medical Forum to host Workshops aimed at Increasing the Pipeline of African American and Underrepresented Minority Students to Attend Medical School

High School, Community College, University/College, Pre-med, and Post-Baccalaureate Students Invited to Attend at NO COST | Sat., March 23 and Sat., March 30, 2019

Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) aims to increase the pipeline and the number of African American/ Black and underrepresented minority students who want to become physicians. PMF also provides a network of support that encourages medical students and residents to pursue their careers as physicians in the Oakland/San Francisco Northern California Bay Area. PMF’s mission is to improve the delivery of medical care to the community-at-large. To that end, on Saturday, March 23 & Saturday, March 30th, the non-profit organization will host its 9th Annual "Doctors On Board Pipeline Program” (DOB), a tuition-free, information-filled series of workshops on exam prep, writing personal statements and mastering interviewing skills, mock primary care and suture clinics and, most important, mentoring sessions with doctors, faculty and mentors that inspire and nurture the development of students to become doctors.

Stalfana A. Bello, M.P.A., Executive Director of the Physicians Medical Forum, stated, "The Doctors On Board Pipeline Program is a one of a kind program that pulls together major resources to focus students on becoming physicians. The beauty of DOB is that almost all of the students will be the ‘First Generation’ in their families to become doctors or pharmacists."

Dr. Albert L. Brooks, PMF President and Chief of Medical Services at Washington Hospital Healthcare System in Fremont, CA and Dr. Warren Strudwick, Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine, Emeryville, CA recently discussed that, “Historically, African American/Black & URM students have had limited access and exposure to higher education that encourages them to go into medicine. This remains to be a startling truth, even today. Doctors On Board provides students with their ‘first’ critically important steps towards their exciting journey to becoming doctors.”

Many prominent physicians in Northern California and from Kaiser Permanente, the Sinkler Miller Medical Association, the Students National Medical Association (SNMA) Chapters, Princeton Review SAT and MCAT Prep and faculty, educators and administrators from UCSF, UC Davis, Stanford and Kaiser Schools of Medicine, UC Davis Post Baccalaureate Program, Cal State University, East Bay Pre Health Academic Post Baccalaureate Program as well as other mentors will provide students with an innovative opportunity to explore varied facets of medicine and provide information about medical school preparation, specialties field, and life as a physician.

Physicians Medical Forum is supported by grants from The California Wellness Foundation and the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs.

Segments of the DOB Pipeline Program will include:

  • Workshop on admissions, financial aid, SAT and MCAT Prep Information
  • Workshop on Writing the Best Personal Statements and Outstanding Interview Skills
  • Speed Mentoring/Networking Session with more than 50 physicians/residents, medical students, faculty, educators, administrators, and business professionals
  • Networking/mentoring with doctors, residents, medical students and mentors
  • Mock Primary Care Clinics with real patients
  • Mock Suture/Surgery Clinic Training Session
  • Suture Knot Tying Basic Skills Training
  • Workshop for parents and families of future doctors
  • Students will be awarded Certificates of Completion followed by a reception (at the end of program)

Students who wish to take part in this innovative, inter-active program may learn more and register by visiting Student Application maybe submitted online no later than 5:00 P.M., Friday, March 8, 2019. Parents, guardians and adult family member of students who are accepted into the program may also register at the website to attend the workshop, “Guide to Parents/Family of Future Doctors.”

WHO: Physicians Medical Forum (PMF)
WHAT: “Doctors On Board Pipeline Program” (Pre-Medical Pipeline Education Conference)
WHEN: Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, March 30, 2019
Registration & breakfast (7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.)
Workshops, mentoring, mock clinics (7:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.)    
Workshop: Guide for Parents/Family of Future Doctors (12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.)
Certificate of Completion Award Ceremony and Reception (2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.)

(Only students who attend both days will be awarded certificates of completion)

WHERE: Claremont – A Fairmount Hotel | 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA

Leading physicians, faculty, residents, medical students and business professionals will instruct, mentor and network with the program's student participants. They will include representatives from the PMF Board of Directors, Kaiser Permanente, Sinkler Miller Medical Association (SMMA), Student National Medical Association (SNMA), UCSF, UC Davis, and Stanford Schools of Medicine, Einstein College of Medicine, UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach, John Muir Medical Group, Stanford Health Care, Sutter Health, Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Highland Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital, (partial list).


The Physicians Medical Forum is an Oakland, CA-based non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to encourage recruitment and retention of African American/Black physicians to eliminate health disparities; improve access to care; and maintain diversity within the profession, thereby, improving the quality of healthcare for the community overall.

PMF programs and initiatives include: Community Health Ambassadors Internship Program; Doctors Rock Workshop Series on Mentoring, Exam Prep, Interview/Personal Statement Skills Clinics; Physicians mentoring and networking events, studies on physicians’ retention and recruitment; Visiting Elective/Visiting Clerkship Resident Scholarships, physician education and development; providing scholarships for medical students and residents; networking with legislators and medical organizations; and community outreach programs.

EDITORS: The following “Doctors On Board Pipeline Program” participants are immediately available for pre-event interviews:

  • Stalfana A. Bello, M.P.A, PMF Executive Director & Conference Coordinator
  • Albert L. Brooks, M.D., PMF President
  • Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., M.B.A., Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine, PMF CFO
  • J. Renee Navarro, PharmD., M.D., Vice-Chancellor, UCSF School of Medicine, PMF Board
  • Derrick Taylor, M.D., General Surgery, Kaiser Permanente, (Ret.)
  • Italo Brown, M.D., M.P.H., Emergency Medicine, Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Tiffany Sydlik, Test Prep and Admission, Princeton Review

To arrange interviews, contact:
Stalfana A. Bello, M.P.A. | 510.562.5560 | bhpubrel(at)


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