Success Stories

Isaac Avila-Vargas

Isaac Avila-Vargas

“PHAP represented an incredible opportunity to not give up on my dream of becoming a physician. As a first generation college student from an underserved/underrepresented community, it was often challenging to envision myself in a position to become a medical professional. After much consideration, applying to and being accepted into PHAP was a commitment to actualizing my vision. As a non-science major, PHAP allowed me to finish my Pre-Med prerequisites and enhanced my learning of how to study for science specific courses. Aside from practicing new study strategies, I was able to surround myself with a very supportive community of students and staff who shared my interest in the medical professions. Serving as the PHAP Student Association Vice President also allowed me to engage with students on a larger scale and practice the leadership and teamwork skills that I will use during my lifelong career as a physician.”

PHAP 2019-2021

University of California, San Francisco - School of Medicine,

Class of 2027

Diana Duque

Diana Duque

“PHAP gave me a second chance to prove my academic caliber to both the medical schools I applied to, and to myself.  The unwavering support I received from my PHAP advisors, professors, and faculty was vital in helping me achieve my dreams.”

PHAP 2020 - 2021

Wayne State University School of Medicine,
Class of 2027

Samer Michmali

Samer Michmali

“This unique program has so much to offer if you are willing to explore it all. It has helped me learn better study habits, be more efficient with time management, and network with many professionals that have been a huge part of my success. I am thankful for the wonderful staff and would highly recommend PHAP to anyone that is thinking of applying to a professional program. Although nothing can fully prepare you for what you'll experience in a professional program, the knowledge and relationships you will acquire from PHAP will help you in every step of the process.”

PHAP 2017 - 2018

Arthur A. Dugoni- School of Dentistry, University of Pacific,
Class of 2026

Hadiss Jamal

Hadiss Jamal

“The PHAP program was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I came into the program after having completed my Bachelors Degree at UC Berkeley and did not have a competitive GPA to apply to medical school. The professors and faculty at PHAP gave me confidence that there was still hope to make my dream come true.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Class of 2027

Graschelle Hipolito

Graschelle Hipolito

“PHAP equipped me with tools to refine my approach to academics and craft my own objectives for improvement. My PHAP advisors, professors, and peers showed me oceans of support, empowerment, and a sense of self-confidence that was not only uniquely defining, but also undoubtedly pivotal in my journey into medicine.”

PHAP 2020 - 2021

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Class of 2027

Alexander Dao

Alexander Dao

"PHAP gave me the opportunity to finish my prerequisites and also prove I was academically prepared for medical school. I also received excellent counseling and beneficial opportunities that strengthened my resume. PHAP was invaluable in helping me achieve my goal of getting into medical school.”

PHAP 2020 - 2021

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine,
Class of 2027

Jared Peter C Sarinas

Jared Peter C Sarinas

“As an academic enhancer student, PHAP helped me take upper-division science courses which not only improved my GPA but allowed me to study effectively for the MCAT and also served as the basis for my success in rigorous medical school courses.”

PHAP 2019 2020

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine,
Class of 2027

Hilda N. Espinoza

Hilda N. Espinoza

“The advisors and professors at PHAP are genuinely invested in supporting students in their academics and professional applications. PHAP provides students with the collaborative environment needed to succeed as future health professionals and I am so grateful to have been part of the community.”

PHAP 2021 - 2022

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University,
Class of 2027

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen

“I owe much of my success to matriculating into dental school to PHAP. I cannot express how immensely grateful I am for the vast amount of opportunities and the generous guidance I received from professors and peers that helped me to where I am today.”

PHAP 2020 - 2021

The University of California
San Francisco School of Dentistry
Class of 2026

Dylan Wong

Dylan Wong

“Attending PHAP allowed myself to further grow as a student while being surrounded and motivated by other students who were equally ambitious and dedicated to their pursuits in healthcare. With professors who were mindful of our goals to become physicians, PAs, dentists, and other healthcare professionals, we were encouraged and challenged to apply core concepts of our classes to our interests and desired fields.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Class of 2027

Phat Duong

Phat Duong

“I became a better student during my time in PHAP and developed the study habits and skills needed to succeed in medical school.  I left PHAP with more confidence and feeling like I could take on anything medical school has to offer.”

PHAP 2022 - 2023

New York Institute of Technology School of Osteopathic Medicine-Arkansas
(NYITCOM-Arkansas)
Class of 2027

Kimberly Nguyen

Kimberly Nguyen

"I can’t thank PHAP enough for helping me achieve my goal of getting into dental school. The rigorous classwork allowed me to improve my study habits and mentally prepared me for school. Additionally, the mentorship and guidance I receive from my advisors throughout this challenging process was amazing."

PHAP 2019 -2020

Western University College of Dental Medicine,
Class of 2026

Analuisa DeAlba

PHAP without a doubt helped me improve my GPA and MCAT. PHAP is a community of amazing faculty and students who encourage each other to strive for their goals. I will always remember PHAP as the place in which my dreams came into fruition!

PHAP 2020 - 2021

Touro University Nevada
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2026

Nelson Wong

PHAP provided me with a second chance at pursuing my dream profession. I was able to strength myself as an applicant and grow as an individual during my time in PHAP. I can gratefully say it has better prepared me for dental school.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

University of Washington
School of Dentistry

Class of 2026  

Luciano Jimenez

I am deeply fond and indebted to the PHAP program. Not only did it help me to get into dental school but also prepared me well for the future curriculum. I loved the collaborative environment, the teachers, my classmates, and the mentors I found there. All of them helped me realize my dream. PHAP is a truly special place.”

PHAP 2020 - 2021

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
Class of 2026

Juan Jimenez

PHAP gave me the tools to find the confidence and belief needed to apply for and successfully enter medical school. I’m grateful for the small class size, the dedicated professors, and the supportive student environment for helping me reach my goal!

PHAP 2019 - 2020

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Class of 2026

Angela Ling

PHAP is such an excellent program full of supportive staff and collaborative peers. Through PHAP, I was able to build my own confidence and ensure that I would be able to handle the rigorous course load of medical school. I was also able to interact with professors, who always made sure to keep their doors open and welcoming to students, and build solid relationships with them.

PHAP 2019 - 2020

Des Moines University
College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2026

Reeva Gestre

“..PHAP advisors guided me throughout my time in the program—on what classes to take, when to take the DAT, helping me prepare my personal statement, and much more. Not only did PHAP provide me with a science background that I still utilize in my current didactic courses, I also had the opportunity to join numerous clubs and take on leadership positions that challenged me outside of academia. I am so thankful for all the faculty, advisors, and friends that have helped me on this journey! Without PHAP, I would not be where I am today.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

UCSF School of Dentistry
Class of 2025 

Marisa Estipona

“In addition to providing support throughout my education and the dental school application process, PHAP rekindled the confidence I needed to achieve my dream of becoming a dentist. The faculty, professors, and school community truly cares for their students and guides them to be the best they can be. My time in PHAP was vital towards my growth as a pre-health student and future health professional and I am proud to be a product of this amazing program.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

College of Dental Medicine
Roseman University of Health Sciences
Class of 2025 

Fareen Baloch

Fareen Baloch

“PHAP gave me a second chance to prove myself to dental schools. After completing 5 semesters with a 4.0, I refined my study habits and grew confident in myself and my academic abilities. PHAP wasn't just a program-- it was a family and I couldn't have gotten into dental school without them!”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

The University of the Pacific
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Class of 2024

Anosh Kermani

Anosh Kermani

“I needed someone to recognize that I was more than a score. These professors generously offered their time to know me on a personal level.  Their immense support, guidance, and approbation gave me the confidence to relentlessly pursue my goals.”

PHAP 2019 - 2020

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Class of 2025

Aleeza Garcia

Challenged by so much adversity as a first-generation student and graduating undergrad with sub-par metrics, PHAP saw my potential to be academically successful. With the faculty so approachable and willing to help, I was able to demonstrate straight A’s throughout the program, not only bolstering my GPA for applications but also reassuring my confidence and ability to do well under a rigorous program. As a 1st year medical student, I attribute my smooth academic transition largely through the rigor of PHAP courses.

PHAP 2019 - 2021

Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2026

Derek Kim

Derek Kim

“After graduating with a subpar GPA, I wasn’t sure if I could still pursue a career in healthcare. However, at PHAP I learned the skills to become a successful student and, more importantly, I gained the confidence to pursue my dreams of becoming a PA!”

PHAP 2019 - 2021

Physician Assistant Practice (MS)
Rosalind Franklin University
Class of 2024

Giselle Castorena Perez

Giselle Castorena Perez

“I always knew I wanted a career in medicine, but as a first-generation student, navigating academics and the application process was challenging. Through PHAP I found the community and the guidance that prepared me for this next chapter of my career.”

PHAP 2018 - 2020

Keck School of Medicine of USC
Class of 2025

Irina Adao

Irina Adao

“PHAP indeed helps with the tangible things like GPA and apps, but what I love most is its ability to make students believe that their dreams are still attainable - and that’s largely achieved through their faculty, staff, & students. PHAP taught me to believe again in my capacity as a student, leader, & future physician.”

PHAP 2018 - 2019

UCSF School of Medicine
Class of 2024

Jean-Paul Orogo

PHAP helped me improve my academic resume; allowed me to balance two clinical-oriented jobs, volunteering, and extracurricular activities; and guided me through the rigorous application process.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without the lasting connections and friendships I’ve made in this program!!

PHAP 2018 - 2019

California Health Sciences University,
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2026

Taylor Hollis

“.. As a career changer in PHAP, I was given the opportunity to receive an in-depth understanding of the foundational sciences that contributed to my success in the program as well as the MCAT, thus making me a top medical school applicant.”    

PHAP 2017 - 2019

University of Alabama
Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine

Class of 2026

Gerin Albeda

Gerin Albeda

“PHAP was the turning point in my academic career. I continued to evolve as a student, preparing me for the future. The support I received from the faculty allowed me to see my potential and ultimately help me get into dental school.”

PHAP 2017 - 2019

Western University of Health Sciences
College of Dental Medicine
Class of 2026