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MERIT Scholars Learn Indoor Exercises for Winter

17-01-2015 Hits:141 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

MERIT Scholars Learn Indoor Exercises for Winter

            MERIT Junior Scholars started this week’s Saturday session by examining the issue of underage drinking... Read more below

First MERIT Session of the New Year

11-01-2015 Hits:185 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

First MERIT Session of the New Year

MERIT Scholars gathered for the first time in the New Year this Saturday. The Junior Scholars started their session by... Read more below

MERIT's Last Session of the Year!

28-12-2014 Hits:285 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

 MERIT's Last Session of the Year!

        This week, the juniors took a full-length practice SAT exam! Congratulations to all of them for completing the test successfully! ... Read more below

MERIT Performs an Abdominal Physical Exam!

08-12-2014 Hits:462 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

MERIT Performs an Abdominal Physical Exam!

MERIT Scholars started their session wishing Savannah a happy belated birthday! We are so proud of the strong supportive community... Read more below

Seniors Prep for The Baltimore High School Innovation Challe…

23-11-2014 Hits:610 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Seniors Prep for The Baltimore High School Innovation Challenge!

This week at MERIT, Scholars discussed the third habit from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. First, Nancy asked... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Jumpstart their Weekend!

16-11-2014 Hits:573 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

MERIT Scholars Jumpstart their Weekend!

This week at MERIT, Junior Scholars had a jumpstart to their weekend with a soothing yoga session. Nancy led the... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Discuss Nutrition & Diagnose Case Study

09-11-2014 Hits:797 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

MERIT Scholars Discuss Nutrition & Diagnose Case Study

“Proper nutrition fuels your body for the whole day,” said MERIT Scholar Joshua Neal opening up the Health Care Disparities... Read more below

A Healthy Start to a MERIT Session

01-11-2014 Hits:718 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

A Healthy Start to a MERIT Session

The MERIT Scholars started their Saturday session with a nutritional boost in the form of a healthy smoothie containing low... Read more below

Dr. James Harris Shares His Life Journey

26-10-2014 Hits:242 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Dr. James Harris Shares His Life Journey

MERIT welcomed Dr. James Harris to speak about his inspiring path to medicine, featured in NPR’s story An Unlikely Journey... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Making Progress

21-10-2014 Hits:671 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

MERIT Scholars Making Progress

Even though the Baltimore Marathon caused heavy traffic delays, road blocks, and changes in bus routes, MERIT Scholars still trekked... Read more below

#Thankyouhenrietta

12-10-2014 Hits:695 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

#Thankyouhenrietta

This week at MERIT the Junior Scholars attended the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture. The scholars were especially excited to attend... Read more below

Junior Scholars Dance Their Way to SAT Prep

05-10-2014 Hits:661 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

Junior Scholars Dance Their Way to SAT Prep

The Junior Scholars started their Saturday by learning about health and wellness in the best way possible – by exercising... Read more below

Senior Scholars College Tour UMBC!

28-09-2014 Hits:589 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Senior Scholars College Tour UMBC!

Today, on a beautiful Saturday morning, MERIT’s Senior Scholars went off campus for a college tour of UMBC. Follow our... Read more below

MERIT Symposium a Huge Success

28-09-2014 Hits:448 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

MERIT Symposium a Huge Success

                                  The Annual Symposium... Read more below

A Busy Summer for MERIT Scholars

28-09-2014 Hits:356 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

A Busy Summer for MERIT Scholars

Although school was out, MERIT Scholars were actively interacting with health care professionals during their summer internships. The Junior Scholars... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Prepare for the Future

21-09-2014 Hits:220 MERIT Articles Sashini Godage

MERIT Scholars Prepare for the Future

The MERIT Symposium is right around the corner (Tuesday, September 23rd) and the MERIT Scholars are hard at work preparing... Read more below

Words of Advice from Senior Scholars

19-09-2014 Hits:176 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Words of Advice from Senior Scholars

  Kicking off the Saturday session with a new tradition at MERIT, junior and senior Scholars came together to share Roses... Read more below

MERIT Scholars: Back to School & Back to Work

09-09-2014 Hits:206 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

MERIT Scholars: Back to School & Back to Work

The MERIT Scholars greeted the start of the new school year with their first Saturday session today. The Scholars discussed... Read more below

MERIT Summer 2014 Roundup!

25-08-2014 Hits:198 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

MERIT Summer 2014 Roundup!

This summer, the MERIT Scholars all successfully completed paid internships across Baltimore City. The rising juniors first spent three weeks learning basic... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Brainstorm for USAEF

15-04-2014 Hits:542 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

MERIT Scholars Brainstorm for USAEF

This week, the MERIT Sophomore Scholars were brainstorming ideas for our USAEF booth. Some of the ideas they thought of were... Read more below

Health Equity Speaker Series Launches!

07-04-2014 Hits:156 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Health Equity Speaker Series Launches!

Our second speaker in MERIT's new speaker series was Dr. Roland Thorpe who is an assistant professor in health and aging from... Read more below

MERIT Kick-Off!

14-03-2014 Hits:416 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

MERIT Kick-Off!

Today was the Kick Off event for MERIT and the Armstrong Educational Building was with the Junior MERIT scholars, the... Read more below

Final Week of MLC!

01-03-2014 Hits:399 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Final Week of MLC!

MERIT welcomed back prospective scholars for their final week of the Medical Leadership Course. Scholars started off the morning with... Read more below

Round Two of Medical Leadership Course!

09-02-2014 Hits:450 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Round Two of Medical Leadership Course!

This week at MERIT, we welcomed back the potential new cohort of scholars for another round of interviews and interactive... Read more below

Week One of Medical Leadership Course

02-02-2014 Hits:350 MERIT Articles Lizzie Kim

Week One of Medical Leadership Course

This Saturday was a busy day for MERIT. Being selected as a MERIT scholar is a two step process: there... Read more below

MERIT Scholars Warm Up Their SAT Prep as the Temperature Dro…

22-01-2014 Hits:625 MERIT Articles Michael Moubarek

MERIT Scholars Warm Up Their SAT Prep as the Temperature Drops

The week in MERIT our Junior scholars began the morning with an intense SAT Critical Reading session run by Ms... Read more below

HPREP Round 3 with Ralphie the Medical Simulation Model!

17-11-2013 Hits:532 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

HPREP Round 3 with Ralphie the Medical Simulation Model!

Today, at MERIT’s Saturday session, junior scholars attended their third session of HPREP (Health Professional Recruitment and Exposure Program) with... Read more below

Scholars Fall into SAT Prep as the Temperature Drops

02-11-2013 Hits:435 MERIT Articles Michael Moubarek

Scholars Fall into SAT Prep as the Temperature Drops

Today’s Saturday session started off by delaying the SAT prep until after a unique period of reflection where students were... Read more below

Junior Scholars Take a Stand

27-10-2013 Hits:375 MERIT Articles Asako Inagawa

Junior Scholars Take a Stand

This week at MERIT, Jake worked with Junior scholars around the concept of leadership. Starting off with a brief brainstorm... Read more below

Junior Scholars Try Their Hand at Cardiology

19-10-2013 Hits:406 MERIT Articles Michael Moubarek

Junior Scholars Try Their Hand at Cardiology

Today was the second session of HPREP (Health Professional Recruitment and Exposure Program), our Junior class of scholars visited the... Read more below

Our Vision:

Promote a diverse health care workforce to ensure access to high-quality health care for all communities

Our Mission:

The Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT) transforms Baltimore City high school students into Baltimore’s health care leaders by preparing them for success in college and beyond. To accomplish these goals, MERIT provides a holistic support system for three years including weekly Saturday sessions focused on academic enrichment and college admissions guidance, paid summer internships in hospitals and laboratories, and longitudinal mentoring. Scholars are selected during their sophomore year of high school and participate in intensive MERIT programming until graduation, at which point they become MERIT alumni and receive continued guidance throughout college.  Health care disparities will only be eliminated if the workforce mirrors the communities we serve.  MERIT Scholars’ voices are not represented now, but one day, they will be poised to influence critical decisions.