A.I.M. FOR PRE-MED SOLUTIONS INC.
A.I.M. for PRE-MED Solutions
Who we are?
What we offer
Statement Of Purpose
Black and Hispanic physicians make up less than 10% of the physician workforce despite the fact that the population in the United States is becoming increasingly diverse. To adequately address the healthcare needs of this diverse population, we need to significantly increase the number of Black and other under-represented minorities (URM) in the physician workforce. Studies show that when a patient and their doctor are of the same race, the patient will experience a more satisfying doctor-patient relationship.
Studies also show that African-American and Hispanic physicians are more likely to return to practice in an underserved community as compared to their white counterparts.
To increase the number of Black and other URM doctors, we must develop strategies and initiate programs that will inspire, recruit, and educate ethnically diverse physicians.
Over the past several decades, the number of Black and other underrepresented minority (URM) students applying to medical school has not increased to any significant degree. In fact, the number of Black males applying to medical school has actually decreased.
The reasons for the lack of minority physicians are multifactorial:
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To change the face of medicine … one doctor at a time.
To diversify the physician workforce by developing a pipeline of academically prepared minority students that will become well trained, culturally competent physicians.
We will become the nation’s number one source of knowledge and information that will Advise, Inspire, and Mentor the next generation of minority physicians.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julianne Adams-Birt, M.D.
President/Owner…Radiant Women’s Health Conyers, GA.
Dr. Julianne Adams Birt was born and raised in Harrisburg PA. She received her B.S. degree from Clark Atlanta University where she majored in Biology, Pre-Med. She then taught Health and Science in the Atlanta Public Schools before deciding to go to medical school. Dr. Birt received her M.D. degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2001. In 2005 she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. where she was the first Black female to graduate from that program.
Dr. Birt is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and she is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She founded and owns Radiant Women’s Health in 2011. Her drive became to serve the women of metro Atlanta on her terms to provide healthcare on a personal level and to educate them in the process. She founded Dr. Ju Delivers where she continues to educate and speak to women to enhance health literacy. Most notably, Dr. Birt has become an advisor for national pharmaceutical companies and is an enthusiastic proponent of advancing female sexual health speaking to lay women locally but also at national conferences to physicians and other health care professionals.
In her leadership roles, she has previously served as Chief of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Departments at DeKalb Medical Hillandale and Rockdale Medical Centers. Since 2013, she is the medical director at the Refuge Pregnancy Center in Conyers, GA. A past president and chairman of the board for the Atlanta Medical Association, current executive board member of the Georgia State Medical Association and selected to the Council on Concerns of Women Physicians of the National Medical Association, her engagement is evident. She has recently been nominated and selected to the Georgia Physician Leadership Academy in Class XII in the Medical Association of Georgia. Recognized by the Atlanta Medical Association for her contributions in 2015, she was named Young Physician of the Year and received an honorable President’s Citation Award for her community service involvement.
Dr. Birt continues to inspire the next generation of physicians. Many young, impressionable patients who share their dreams of medicine have seized the opportunity to shadow her in her office. She can be found at Career Day programs seeking to encourage middle school and high school students interested in medicine. She is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and mentors with the Atlanta Medical Association’s S.H.A.D.O.W. (See How a Doctor Organizes their Work) program. Speaking life into the future is Dr. Birt’s repayment to those who paved the way in medicine before her.
Jada Bussey-Jones, M.D.
Emory University School of Medicine
- Professor of Medicine
- Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion Emory Internal Medicine Department
- Chief, Grady Section General Medicine and Geriatrics
Dr. Jada Bussey-Jones is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is also theVice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Bussey-Jones received her BS in Sociology and her M.D. degree from Emory University. She currently serves as the Chief of Grady General Medicine and Geriatrics and the Director of Education for Emory’s Urban Health Initiative – leading community-based participatory programing and training of health professionals to improve the health and decrease disparities among diverse populations in Atlanta.
Dr. Bussey-Jones has nationally recognized educational expertise in the areas of minority health, health equity, as well as patient and provider education. She developed and directed curricula on cultural competence, disparities, and social determinants of health for students, residents and faculty and was recognized with an Educational Innovation Award for this work. She has also chaired the National Disparities Education Task Force for the Society of General Internal Medicine organization and served as editor for a special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine dedicated to disparities education. In this role, her leadership resulted in an awardwinning national disparities course, web based educational modules, and two national symposia on disparities at both the Society of General Internal Medicine and at the American Association of Medical Colleges. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.
Dr. Bussey-Jones has mentored hundreds of minority students, residents, and faculty in her long faculty career. She has participated in the admissions committee process for many years where she has had the opportunity to interview and deliberate on hundreds of applicants. This experience has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of the admissions process.
Dr. Bussey-Jones is married to Dr. Frank K. Jones and they have two sons, Kelvin and Jayden. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc..
Aisha DeBerry, J.D.
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, GA. Campus
Aisha DeBerry received her Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Northeastern University and her Doctor of Law degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She works at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Georgia as the new director of diversity and community partnerships. Ms. DeBerry formerly served in the Office of Student Affairs and was the admissions coordinator/recruiter for the inaugural DO and Pharmacy classes at PCOM Georgia. Aisha currently works with faculty, staff, and students around the topics of cultural humility, awareness, and support. She co-chairs the President’s Diversity Council and aides the LGBTQIA council on providing the campus with best health practices as it pertains to the LGBTQIA community. She has also been charged with leading diversity efforts at the new South Georgia campus in Moultrie, to include climate surveying, strategic programming, and community collaboration.
Aisha has a true passion for diversity and its effects. While in law school she charted the first Black Law Students Association, where she served as local chapter president and Sub-region Director for the National chapter. She was also an executive member of the Women’s Law Society, OUTlaw, an LGBTQIA organization, and the Immigration Law Society.
Aisha believes in community engagement and is currently a board member for several organizations including the Georgia Diversity Council and the National Association of Minorities in Medical Education. Aisha also serves as a council member for the inaugural Diversity Council of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Aisha is a native of Jackson, Mississippi but calls Atlanta her second home.
- Former President, Mourning Family Foundation
Mr. Diggs is the President of the Broward Health Foundation. He is the former President of the Mourning Family Foundation and the former Chief of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce. Bill was a two-term Board Member of The Children’s Trust where he held the position of Secretary for three years. Presently, he is the Board Chairman for KIPP Schools in Miami, and he is also a board member of Career Source South Florida. He is also a board member of the nationally recognized nonprofit National Center for Family Philanthropy. Bill is a founder of the 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. and he also founded The Young Professionals Network of Miami.
Bill wrote a syndicated newspaper column that appeared weekly in The Miami Herald from 2008 to 2011. He regularly speaks at various high schools, business conferences and youth conventions. The topics range from issues affecting African Americans in corporate America to topics such as the importance of mentoring and professional development among many others. Bill was selected as the CEO of the Year in 2008 by The South Florida Business Journal. He was also listed as one of Miami’s Top Leaders by Miami Today. Bill was selected by the United States Small Business Administration as the Minority Small Business Champion of the Year in 2011. Bill has twice been the commencement speaker for the graduating classes of Miami Dade College.
Along with being an avid golfer and jazz enthusiast Bill is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta Georgia where he obtained a BS degree in Political Science. Bill is originally from Augusta Georgia and is the son of Margaret and Joseph Diggs. Bill is married to Marie Diggs. He has two children Drew and Dominique.
Byron K. Edmond, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
- Johns Hopkins University
BYRON K. EDMOND
Dr. Byron “B.K” Edmond is a 1986 graduate of Morehouse College. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1990 and in 1994 he completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Harvard’s Anesthesia program at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology ,served Seven Years in the Army Medical Corps and has held an academic affiliation with the Uniformed Services Medical School in Bethesda since 1994. Dr. Edmond has been practicing Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Walter Reed Military Hospital and instructing in Echocardiography for 25 years. He is also on staff at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr Edmond is one of the founders the Thomas J. Blocker Society, a Morehouse College Alumni support organization for students pursuing careers in health sciences. Over the years he has been instrumental in organizing events designed to increase alumni student engagement. Each homecoming for seven years he and his sister Cassandra Edmond coordinated The Why We Can’t Wait Office of Health Professions Mentoring Breakfast. In February 2019 the same team coordinated A Why We Can’t Wait Super Bowl event with over 250 regional pre-med and pre-dent students and 200 trained health professionals.
He is a member of the National Association of Health Professional Advisors and has mentored hundreds of developing health professionals over the course of his career.
He is married to Dr. Regenia Edmond and he is the father of Jordan Edmond. Dr. Edmond and Dr. Frank Jones have been friends for over 35 years and have worked together on numerous projects.
Dr. Edmond is excited to be part of Dr Jones team.
Tracee Guilford, M.B.A.
Tracee Starks Guilford, M.B.A., is a native of Marietta, GA. She obtained her B.A. degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia, and her M.B.A. degree in Leadership from Walden University. For the past 14 years, she has utilized her business, leadership and marketing expertise within the healthcare industry. As a Hospital Development Specialist, Tracee managed compliance of organ and tissue donation in 13 Georgia hospitals. During this time, she also served as a department chair on the Life Link Foundation Performance Improvement Committee. Additionally, she served on the Donation Advisory Board at Grady Hospital for six years.
Marketing, public speaking and building relationships with key stakeholders is vital for Ms. Guilford in her current role as a Director of Sales and Marketing with Senior Lifestyle Corporation. She volunteers her time as a Vice-Chair of the Local School Council at New Manchester Elementary School in Douglasville, GA. Tracee also volunteers with the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Sickle Cell Anemia Association, and The Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry Project.
Tracee is also an entrepreneur. She was the owner and lead instructor of a very successful dance studio. This gave her an opportunity to participate in something else that is very near and dear to her heart …mentoring young girls. Tracee’s marketing and communication skills will be a huge asset for this organization.
Yolanda Hood, Ph.D.
- Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Dr. Yolanda Hood is the Director of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs at Emory University School of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Promotions & Behaviors from The University of Georgia. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Mercer University in Technology Management and Educational Leadership, respectively. Dr. Hood has over 20 years of experience in higher education. Her research centers on addressing the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in the healthcare workforce, specifically by examining the facilitators and barriers to successful entry into a medical education program, and the academic achievement gap associated with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Frank K. Jones, M.D.
Adjunct Professor of Surgery
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- GA. Campus Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
- Morehouse School of Medicine-Atlanta, Georgia Wound Care Physician
- Piedmont Fayette Hospital-Fayetteville, Georgia
FRANK K. JONES
Frank K. Jones, M.D. is a Board Certified General Surgeon in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). He completed his residency in General Surgery at Howard University, and his fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at the University of Maryland. He also earned a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Dr. Jones has always been passionate about helping students get into medical school, especially students of color. For 19 years he served on the admissions committee at MSM and on the Surgery Residency selection committee at MSM for 16 years. Over the course of his career, he has taught and mentored over a thousand students and residents. Currently Dr. Jones holds the titles of Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-GA. Campus. His current clinical focus is as a wound care surgeon at Piedmont Fayette Wound Care Center. Dr. Jones is the president of the Atlanta Medical Association.
Dr. Jones is the founder of the S.H.A.D.O.W. (See How A Doctor Organizes Their Work) Program. This is a mentoring program that he runs in association with the Atlanta Medical Association. He has been a frequent speaker for many schools, colleges, and pre-med organizations. Dr. Jones founded Pre-Med Solutions so that he can devote more time to advising pre-med students.
Dr. Jones is married to Dr. Jada Bussey-Jones and they have two sons, Kelvin and Jayden. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc..
Clarence Outland, M.B.A.
Clarence Outland Jr. is a West Alabama native that grew up in the small rural community of Boligee, Alabama. He is a graduate of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. He later earned an MBA (Strategic Management & Finance) from the University of Georgia’s Terry School of Business.
Clarence worked as a research chemist in the tobacco industry for Brown & Williamson and RJ Reynolds Tobacco Companies from 1996 thru 2005. In 2006 he began a career in healthcare sales with Quest Diagnostics and since 2010 Clarence has been a surgical sales consultant (Account Executive) for Ethicon Surgical Care, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
Clarence is a member of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Black MBA Association, former member of the 100 Black Men of Macon/Middle Georgia, the Atlanta Chapter of the National Sales Network, and he is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Clarence is the proud husband of Monita and the father of four wonderful children - Taneisha, Clarence III, Makaila, and Cason.
Kelvin Walker, M.B.A.
- Dallas, Texas
- Council Member. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business and Community Advisory Council
Kelvin Walker is the Chief Executive officer of the Dallas Citizens Council. The Dallas Citizens Council is comprised of the area’s CEOs and top business leaders who provide guidance on the policy issues that will move Dallas forward and serve in the moments that matter the most for the city. Prior to leading the Citizens Council, Mr. Walker spent 20 years in the private equity industry, serving as a Managing Director and Dallas Market Executive at RLJ Equity Partners, a private equity fund with over $400 million under management and also as Managing Partner of 21st Century Group, LLC. In this capacity he served on several portfolio company boards as a director. Prior to joining 21st Century Group, Mr. Walker was a Senior Vice President at Mesirow Financial. Prior to that, Mr. Walker was Vice President at Bank of America.
Mr. Walker earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College. He received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University and was a Johnson & Johnson Fellow.
He has been active in the Dallas community for over 20 years and is currently on the board of directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. Mr. Walker also serves on the board of Oncor, the largest electric delivery company in Texas. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of Methodist Health System, the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The Dallas Foundation and The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business Community Advisory Council. Mr. Walker is married to Celia Walker, and they have two children. He is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Kevin J. Watt, M.D.
Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Dayton, Ohio
Ophthalmologist, Private Practice
KEVIN J. WATT
Kevin J. Watt, MD is a graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is also a former faculty member. He served as chief resident in the ophthalmology residency program of Akron City Hospitals/Summa Health System before returning to Wright State University in 1999 as a clinical instructor of ophthalmology. Dr. Watt is the former Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He served as the AAMC Central Region Representative to the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) from 2013-2015. In addition to his work with the medical school and the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, Dr. Watt participates in a private ophthalmology practice in Dayton, Ohio. Before earning his medical degree, Dr. Watt received his B.S. degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and he completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine MEDPREP program. Dr. Watt has been instrumental in mentoring hundreds of minority pre-medical students around the country, and he has played an integral role in getting many of them accepted to medical school
BOARD OF ADVISERS
Valerie Bennett, Ph.D.
Faculty Member, Morehouse College Director of TRIO program
Lloyd Bridges, M.D.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Luther Burse, M.D.
Kenyon Fort, D.D.S.
St. Petersburg, FL
Miles Johnson, M.D.
Charles King , M.Ed.
Kansas City, Kansas
Marlah Mardis, M.D.
Jeffery Riddle, J.D.