“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.” Josh Shipp’s quote has one of the most powerful meanings, and thanks to the Tri-State Black Men in Medicine, I am able to continue my success story. My name is Jalen Sullivan and I am a fourth year, Biomedical Sciences student at the University of the Sciences. I am extremely thankful to be a part of this wonderful organization and I look forward to watching this organization prosper for the following years to come.
Benjamin Ogbonna is a fourth year bioengineering student with a minor in chemistry and a focus in pre-medicine at the University of Toledo. He’s currently the president of the National African Student Association (NAFSA) where he advocates for African students to get the needed resources and opportunities to succeed and excel. He aspires to not only be a world-class surgeon but also a fervent activist for his people. In his spare time, he enjoys hooping with his friends and spending time with his family.”
Jehron Pura-Bryant is a second year Masters Student at Drexel University’s College of Medicine. Pura-Bryant received his Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from SUNY-Binghamton University in 2018. Fun fact: Jehron is a National Chess Master since he was 15 years old making him one of the youngest black chess masters in the US. When he’s not studying, Jehron can be found teaching chess to students, or rooting for his home-state New York Knicks in the NBA. Jehron plans to apply to medical school in the next cycle with intentions to matriculate after graduation.
Darious Brown is a current U2 at the university of the sciences where he also is a student athlete studying biomedical sciences. Furthermore, he participates in pre-med club and a stock trading club. In his free time he volunteers at Bethel Presbyterian Church giving food and trading in the foreign exchange market.
Osato Okundaye is a non-traditional pre-med with a Masters of Public health in Epidemiology from New York Medical College. He currently work for Philadelphia's Department of Public Health in their environmental and disease control divisions. Osato is looking to apply to medical school in the 2020 application cycle
Xavier French is a second-year Master of Science candidate at Drexel’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Minor in Nutrition Science from the University of Georgia. Currently, spends his time volunteering in the community through organizations such as Philly Reading Coaches, Promoting Achievements and Learning through Science (PALS), and Manna. He plans to continue uplifting his community through youth education and disease prevention education. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, Xavier will apply to medical school in 2021. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and works with Drexel’s women basketball team.
Abay is a 2nd year master’s student in Drexel University’s College of Medicine graduate biomedical program. After completing his first, year he will be applying to medical school. Abay graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 with a degree in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Africana Studies. He hopes to enter emergency medicine after medical school and use the skills he learns to eventually work between the United States and Ethiopia where he was born to improve the standards of medical training in home country. In his free time, Abay loves playing soccer and basketball, and he is also an avid Philly sports fan.