The Association of Diverse Physician-Scientists in Training (ADePT)

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Begun in 2019, the Association of Diverse Physician-scientists in Training (ADePT) is an organization within the MD-PhD Program for students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in science and medicine, as well as their allies, with the goal of encouraging and facilitating community-building, advocacy, and mentorship.


For more information, contact the ADePT Organizational Board:

Student Leadership

Faculty Advisory

  • Marcus D. Goncalves, MD, MSE, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Events, Activities, and Announcements

ADePT Year End Announcement, 2020

This year has been filled with trauma and adversity. We have seen firsthand how much havoc an invisible foe can wreak on the world and have felt the ripples of the pandemic in all facets of our lives. The injustices against communities of color, specifically the Black community, have continued unabated and have been largely ignored by our current presidential administration. With a new administration on the horizon, it is essential that we reflect on the damage done to communities of color and immigrants, so that we do not repeat them and make amends wherever possible.

The Association of Diverse Physician-Scientists in Training (ADePT) at the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program is committed to helping create a future where immigrants and people of color are empowered and given a platform where they can realize their potential. We are pleased to announce a donation of $500 to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, an organization committed to protecting the human rights of children trapped at the border without their parents. These migrant children have gone through an enormous amount of adversity, and it is organizations like the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights that serve as some of their only advocates who fight for their rights.

We continue to be proud of the work the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program has done to train the next generation of diverse and empowered physician-scientists who will be agents for change and are committed to helping causes that support groups from disadvantaged backgrounds.


The 2019-2020 ADePT Board

Nneoma Adaku
Renan Aparicio
Briana Christophers
Olivia Maguire
Camila Villasante

Dr. Jose Aleman-Diaz, MD, PhD

On December 2, 2019, ADePT hosted their first Invited Lecture with guest speaker Dr. José Alemán-Díaz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Endocrinology at NYU Langone Medial Center and graduate of the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD Program. 

ADePT Dinner, Spring 2022

MD-PhD students and alumni held their spring dinner in June of 2022 and plan the coming year. Pictured are Camila Villasante, Farid Aboharb, Xavier Garcia, Olivia Maguire, Renan Aparicio, Marcus Goncalves, Monica Acosta, Stephanie Pierre, Rhiannon Aguilar, Bri Christophers, Ellie Benitez, and Samuel Williams (clockwise from lower left).