What is HPREP?

The Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is a high school enrichment program aimed at recruiting high school students from Brooklyn, particularly those from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds, into science and medical fields.

HPREP is run by the Daniel Hale Williams Society of Downstate’s College of Medicine. Our organizational goal is to provide support, guidance and leadership opportunities to students who identify as underrepresented in medicine (URM) as well as to the community at large.


How much does it cost to attend? HPREP is free! We only require that you provide transportation to and fro campus and will attend ALL sessions.

How many students are accepted? 36 high-school students participate.

Where do the HPREP sessions traditionally take place? All sessions are at the SUNY Downstate campus located on 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, New York 11226. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all sessions for the 2020 cohort will be held virtually via Zoom. To participate all Scholars must have Zoom downloaded on their home computer or laptop.

Who runs HPREP? HPREP is an entirely student-run. Participants will primarily work with first and second year medical students.

Since HPREP at Downstate is run by students from the College of Medicine, will I be exposed to other healthcare professionals? Yes! HPREP is for people who are interested in any and all healthcare professions. You will get the chance to hear from and speak with students who are enrolled in the following programs; nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, graduate studies and more.

I forget to send in my consent form, but I completed the online application. Can I still submit it after the application deadline? Contact the leadership team via email.

Leadership Team

HPREP Co- Directors:

Diarra Ndiaye (MS2) Diarra.ndiaye@downstate.edu

Julianny Perez (MS2) julianny.perez@downstate.edu

DHWS Vice-President: Ariana Otto (MS2)