Senila Yasmin, M25
Senila Yasmin is a second-year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and is one of the student instructors for the Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) Program. TAHSS is a summer program for high school students who are underrepresented in medicine or from disadvantaged backgrounds. As an instructor, Senila will teach the students Anatomy and Physical Diagnosis over the course of 3 weeks in July. TAHSS students are also paired with a clinical or research mentor where they have an opportunity to shadow in the clinic or participate in meaningful biomedical research.
Senila chose to be an instructor because she participated in the TAHSS program back in 2014 as a rising sophomore in high school. “The TAHSS Program was my first clinical experience and through seeing how a physician practices daily, I was able to envision myself in their position.” Senila’s experience did not end with TAHSS, as the Office of Multicultural Affairs helped her find other resources for students of low socioeconomic backgrounds embarking on medical careers, such as the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP).
“I strongly believe I am here at TUSM today because of the support from my mentors and instructors in the TAHSS Program, who I remain in touch with.” Senila hopes that as an instructor this summer, she can have the same lasting impact on her TAHSS students and inspire them to pursue a career in medicine. “The TAHSS Program has given me so much and I cannot wait to give back this summer as an instructor.”