Gateway Education Program (GEP)

Summer 2017 Dates: Monday, June 26 - Friday, August 4, 2017


This internship is an opportunity for local high school students, who would traditionally identify as underrepresented in medicine, to explore their dream of becoming a physician. Georgetown University School of Medicine in partnership with Mayor Marion S. Barry’s Summer Youth Education Program will sponsor an internship for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are residents in the District of Columbia, attend District of Columbia Public Schools, and citizens of the United States. We are looking for motivated high school students who are interested in attending medical school. The GEP Scholars are matched as interns to various medical departments that correspond with their high school coursework and extracurricular activities. GEP Scholars will also participate in professional development workshops and brown bag presentations  focused on health disparities.


Come join us on our campus for a summer of exploration into the field of medicine!
Time: summer 2017
Location: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Contact: | (202) 687-1645


Internship Details

A GEP Scholar Will:

  1. Office Support - Provide departments with research support and office support.
  2. Research - Work on their health disparities research presentation.
  3. Shadowing - Participate in clinical experience, shadowing, medical simulations.

Selection Process:

  1. Complete an Application - DCPS Youth Education Program
  2. Application Review
  3. Onsite School Interview
  4. Complete Required Week Long Boot Camp/Orientation

For a full sample schedule of the 2016 Summer, please explore our calendar of activities here.


Current Gateway Interns

Jayla Sypert

Jayla Sypert attends Mckinley Technology High School. She is a rising senior, with an infectious smile who lives by the words of Frederick Douglass, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress". As a GEP Summer Program intern, she spends her time on the Georgetown University Medical Center researching health disparities and shadowing Dr. Amma Mauer and Dr. Angela Levy and the medical team in the Radiology department. Jayla intends to pursue a career in nursing, become a head nurse, and teach best practices to  others within her profession.

Damoni Tolson

Damoni Tolson is a rising senior at Mckinley Technology High School in Washington,D.C. Damoni approaches his athletic and academic endeavors with ambition and the goal of mastery. As a GEP Summer Program intern, he will be completing a research project on local health disparities and shadowing Dr. Amma Mauer and Dr. Angela Levy and the medical team in the Radiology department. Damoni is interested in forensic science and is using the summer to strongly consider medical school.

Kaylah Bias 

Kaylah Bias is a rising senior at McKinley Technology High School. Kaylah’s vibrant and systematic approach to the sciences has afforded her several opportunities, including the GEP Summer Program. This summer, Kaylah will be working on a research project examining health disparities facing the African American population in the District of Columbia and shadowing Dr. Eileen Moore in Internal Medicine. Kaylah looks forward to pursuing her interests in dermatology and biochemistry cosmetics.  

Ruth Tesfai

Ruth Tesfai is a rising junior at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC. Ruth’s consistent drive and quiet tenacity provides an excellent platform for her current STEM research in biotechnology at McKinley. During her time with the GEP Summer Program, Ruth will be researching global health disparities, working on a social media campaign and shadowing Dr. Michelle Roett in the department of Family Medicine. Ruth intends to pursue her goals of attending medical school in the not-so-distant future.

Tajuan Spady

Tajuan Spady attends Eastern Senior High School and is a rising junior. TaJuan’s perseverance to expand his knowledge in the sciences is something to behold. As a summer intern for the GEP Summer Program, TaJuan will be shadowing Dr. Michelle Roett in the department of Family Medicine, and completing a research project on local health disparities in the District of Columbia. In addition, TaJuan looks forward to pursuing a career as a physician.

GEP Staff

 Malaika Lindo

Ms. Malaika Lindo is the current Diversity Education Coordinator working with the GEP Summer Program. As the coordinator, she is excited to nurture the interests and create programming in the health sciences and develop strategies to pursuing academic and professional careers in the field of medicine.

Jasmin Lara

Jasmin is a recent graduate from the University of Florida from Miramar, Florida. She majored in Psychology and minored in Women’s studies. She believes that strides must continue to be made for equality, and that proper health care starts with understanding and integrating diversity into the medical community. She grew up in the rich and culturally diverse beaches of south Florida and hopes her experiences will add knowledge to her team, and that she will gain hands on experiences with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Joshua De Los Santos

Joshua is a freshman undergraduate student at Georgetown University from Yonkers, NY. He is a Biochemistry major (pre-med), and future urban studies minor. He believes that everyone thrives in an inclusive and dynamic environment where everyone has an impact, the Georgetown Medical school is no exception. Standing by Georgetown's motto Cura personalis (care for the whole person), Joshua wants to help facilitate a diverse group of students, staff and faculty that will ensure the next generation of doctors can apply Cura Personalis to each patient. Joshua hopes one day to become a public health administrator in his hometown and work directly with healthy policy to address the concerns of everyone in his community.'