About us

HPREP Program Description:

The Health Profession Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) is a program that aims to provide professional development and mentoring to historically underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in health care. With the help of dedicated volunteers, many of whom are medical students and professional faculty, HPREP seeks to provide not only role models who are pursuing careers in healthcare, but also multiple experiences and interactions with medicine.

Sessions are held on Saturday mornings and include hands-on activities such as CPR training and small group activities to allow for team-building and interactions with mentors. During the group sessions, mentors generally share their experiences, offer advice to students, and provide feedback to students regarding writing, public speaking, and interviewing. Many of our participants find this to be a very valuable time.

Participants are required to compete in a case competition, perform a mock interview, and submit a personal statement/reflection.


It is our tradition to award exceptional participants in the program with special recognition during the closing ceremony. Criteria for the awards will be based on performance on the case competition, team building activities, personal statement, attendance, and mock-interview.



Statement regarding COVID-19:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, most of our sessions in 2022 will be VIRTUAL. We will plan for an in person skills/simulation session TBD. We plan to provide a meaningful experience for our program participants.


Meet our co-directors:

Romel Holmes

Romel is a MD student from Anchorage, AK. He graduated from Tuskegee University, where he studied Biology. He has also received a MS degree in Physiology from Tulane University. His interests include addressing health disparities, experimenting with new recipes, and enjoying the outdoors.



Emmanuel Emovon

Emmanuel is a MD student from Charleston, SC. He graduated from Georgetown University, where he majored in Healthcare Management and Policy. His interests include understanding the role of health care systems and policy in improving the health of individuals and their communities, participating in a variety of sports and playing the guitar and piano.


Contact us:
Email: DukeHPREP@gmail.com