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MAHEC's First Minority Medical Mentoring Program Interns Graduate

Terrell MortonDerrick BeasleyMountain AHEC's first two Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP) Internship Students graduated in May of 2011. Derrick Beasley and Terrell Morton from Asheville, NC are both graduating in May from Johns Hopkins University and North Carolina A&T State University, respectively. Beasley (photo right) is a 2006 graduate of Asheville High School and majored in biology and public health and has been accepted at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health before going on to Medical School. Morton (lower photo right) is a 2006 graduate of AC Reynolds High School in Asheville. He majored in biology and chemistry and was also the Drum Major of NC A&T's Blue and Gold Marching Band. He has been accepted to the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine. Both students were Gates Millennium Scholars.

The Minority Medical Mentoring Program began in the fall of 2005 as an internship for rising seniors that are under-represented minorities with an interest in practicing medicine. Today, the program pairs minority high school students with physicians, pharmacists and dentists practicing in Buncombe County. The MMMP Program is open to students who are participating in a school-sanctioned internship for course credit through the Asheville City or Buncombe County High Schools. As of June 2011, the program will have graduated 26 students.